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                                                        Features                                                                    In Every Issue
                                                         8 | North Allegheny High School Marching Band Selected to                   4 | From the Publisher
                                                             Represent Pennsylvania in the 56th Presidential Inaugural                   Marion Piotrowski

                                                             Parade                                                                  6 | Movers & Shakers
                                                        10 | Getting Schooled on the Local Education Scene                           7 | Mover & Shaker of the Month:
                                                             Janice Lane Palko                                                           David Woten Jr. & Lois Rebich
                                                                                                                                         by Christine Bahr
                                                        12 | The Latest Educational Toys For Young Minds
                                                             Paula Green                                                            34 | Visit with the Utays
                                                                                                                                         Drs. Joe & Carol Utay
                                                        14 | You Can Take It With You
                                                             Janice Lane Palko                                                      35 | KidZone
                                                                                                                                         Sponsored by
                                                        16 | Area Schools at a Glance
                                                        Image & Lifestyle
                                                        38 | A Fun, Fashionable Winter Friend                                       36 | Enhance Your Life
                                                             Kelly A. Smith                                                              Donna Summers Moul, MSEd

                                                        39 | Protecting Your Skin and Hair from Winter Weather                      46 | Relationships
                                                             Stephanie A. Truchan                                                        Robert and Michele Tedder

                                                        40 | Little Changes Make Big Differences
                                                             Dr. Bridget Chufo
                                                                                                                                    50 | Happenings for Seniors
                                                        Senior Living
                                                                                                                                    53 | The Town Crier
                                                        48 | Sharing is Caring                                                           Joe Bullick
                                                             Barbara A. Killmeyer
                                                                                                                                    54 | Support Our Troops
                                                                                                                                         Paula Green
                                                        Real Estate
                                                                                                                                    55 | Trivia Connection
                                                        52 | Is Your Mortgage Payment Going to Break Your Budget?                        Paula Green
                                                             by Jacquelyn Brinker, Branch Manager
                                                                                                                                    57 | NC Happenings
                                                        Advertorials
                                                        42 | Lumps, Bumps and Knots
                                                             Dr. Shannon Thieroff, Choice Chiropractic & Wellness Center
                                                        47 | Your Brain May Be Playing Tricks with Your Hearing
                                                             Dr. R. Patrick Francis, AuD.
                                                        56 | Sisters of Divine Providence




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                                                                                                          Northern
HAPPY NEW                                                                                                 Connection
                                                                                                                        Your Community Magazine




YEAR 2009!                                                           P.O. Box 722
                                                                     Wexford, PA 15090-0722

Welcome to NC magazine’s 10th year                                   Phone: 724-940-2444
of connecting you to the community.                                  Fax: 724-940-2447
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      he January issue features NC magazine’s 10th annual

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                                                                     President & Publisher
                                                                     Marion Swanson Piotrowski
      education issue. Once again, we spotlight some of the
                                                                     Executive Editor
      area’s outstanding educational facilities that provide         Janice Lane Palko                                                  Laura
                        quality education that best fits your        Managing Editor/                                                Piotrowski
                                                                     Public Relations Coordinator
                                                                                                                                   llpspc@nauticom.net
                             individual and family needs and         Paula M. Green
                                situations.                          Marketing & Account Executive
                                                                     and Office Coordinator
                                       This New Year, along with     Laura Lyn Piotrowski
                                   our cover stories and regular     Marketing & Account Executive
                                                                     Mary L. Simpson
                                    features, NC magazine is
                                                                     Design & Production
                                    introducing a few new features   Kostilnik & Assoc., Inc.
                                    that have been recommended       Lori Sheppard
                                                                     Michele Larson
                                   by the readers and encouraged
                                                                     Web Master
                                  by our guests at our annual        Pat Miller, TypeLink
                                                                                                                                         Mary
                               Appreciation Luncheon. I would        Advisory Board
                                                                     Kathleen Brenneman                                                Simpson
                            like to thank all of you who offered     Jean Dennison                                                mlsspc@nauticom.net
                       suggestions, recommendations,                 Suzie DeVore
                                                                     Dr. Robert W. Ford
compliments and encouragement as NC magazine enters it’s             Linda Harvey-Burkley
                                                                     Sr. Ursula Kelly
10th year of publication.                                            Dave Marko
     Personally, a very special Thank You goes to NC                 James Eric Mastroianni
                                                                     Carolyn Pschirer
magazine’s advertisers and sponsors for your financial
                                                                     Core Writers
commitment. This has enabled me and my staff to continue to          Christine Bahr
                                                                     Jacquelyn Brinker
bring to our community a quality publication. Your success is        Joe Bullick
our success! NC magazine truly is your community magazine;           Rosemary Garrity
                                                                     Paula M. Green
it is published, printed, serviced and distributed by your           Barbara A. Killmeyer                                            Janice Lane
neighbors, families and companies, who take great pride in           Dave Marko                                                         Palko
                                                                     Donna Summers Moul, M.S.Ed.                                  northcon@nauticom.net
presenting you the number one publication in the area!               Janice Lane Palko
                                                                     A. Michele Tedder, MS, RN
     Thank you for your support and enjoy reading the January        Robert W. Tedder, MSW
issue. Together we continue to make our community an                 Dr. Carol Utay
                                                                     Dr. Joe Utay
outstanding place to live and work. L
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                                                  -Ralph Nader       area’s finest community publication, Northern Connection.
                                                                     The publication is dedicated to the people, communities,
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                                                                     the area.                                                          Paula
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MOVERS & SHAKERS


 Two local physicians will be honored by the           Lakevue Athletic Club members have been                                                                           prize winners included: Anders Bergren,
 Allegheny County Medical Society (ACMS) during        depositing old sneakers in collection boxes at the                                                                Thanh Doan, Akansh Murthy, Alexander
 their ACMS Gala, which will be held Jan. 31, at       club for recycling through the Nike Grind pro-                                                                    Radkoff and Charles Wei.
 the Westin Convention Center hotel. Francis           gram. Since Nike began recycling in 1990, they
 X. Solano, M.D. will be honored with the              have collected over 21 million pairs of shoes with                                                                Fox Chapel Area High School Spanish Club student
 Nathaniel Bedford Primary Care Physician              the goal of decreasing the need for virgin rubber                                                                 Cassady Rosenblum wrote an article in an
 Award. Gerald W. Pifer, M.D. will be presented
 with the Frederick M. Jacob Award.

 Elizabeth Rosemeyer has been selected as the
                                                       and putting less used rubber in landfills.                                                                        effort to get much-needed medical supplies to
                                                                                                                                                                         Trinidad.

                                                                                                                                                                         The Pennsylvania
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 new executive director of The Pittsburgh Project.                                                                  Ed Wielgus               Tom Kelly                   Association of School
                                                                                                                                                                         Administrators is naming
 Dr. Robert Prazer has opened WDA Preschool, a                                                                 Members of the North Hills School Board unani-            Pine Richland School District
 state-of-the-art preschool to help children prepare                                                           mously elected a new president and vice president         superintendent James
                                                                                                               during their annual reorganization meeting on             Manley, Ph. D., as the

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 for the increasing demands of school. The school
 is located in Wexford.                                                                                        Dec. 2. Edward Wielgus will serve as president            2009 PA Superintendent of
                                                                                                               and Thomas Kelly was elected vice president.              the Year.
 Ann M. Mitchell, PhD, RN, AHN-BC, associate                                                                   Both offices are one-year terms.
                                                                                                                                                                         Dr. Bille Rondinelli, assis-
 professor in the Department of Health and
 Community Systems at the University of Pittsburgh                                                             Quaker Valley High School, Scott Lammie                   tant superintendant/sec-        James Manley, Ph.D.     movers & shakers of the month
 School Of Nursing, was inducted into the American                                                             of Gibsonia, and Larry Karnoff of Fox Chapel              ondary of Pine-Richland
 Academy of Nursing as a Fellow.                                                                               were honored by the Western Pennsylvania Chapter          School District, was honored
                                                       Gateway Rehabilitation Center recently

 Mona and Dave
 Bhatia have recently
                                                       held a media breakfast.

                                                       Lia Sophia recently announced that Susan
                                                                                                               of the Association of Fundraising Professionals as part
                                                                                                               of the 25th Anniversary celebration of National
                                                                                                               Philanthropy Day®.
                                                                                                                                                                         by The Pennsylvania
                                                                                                                                                                         Association for Supervision
                                                                                                                                                                         and Curriculum
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 David Woten, Jr. & Lois Rebich
                                                                                                                                                                         Development, with the 2008
 opened a franchised loca-                             Borghi received top honors for its Excellence
                                                                                                               Five Fox Chapel Area High School seniors were win-        PASCD Supervision and
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 By Christine Bahr
 tion of Kiddie Academy, a                             Beginnings Program Achievers for outstanding
 child care learning center                                                                                    ners of an Online Video Contest at the National           Curriculum Development
                                                       sales accomplishments and professionalism.


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 in Wexford. Mona is the                                                                                       Constitution Center. The winning students                 Award.                                                      f you look back to when you were a student, you may remember one or more
                                                                                                               included: Anders Bergren, Thanh Doan,
 onsite owner/operator and                             Maureen Ford was named executive director of                                                                                                                                  teachers who made a profound impact on your life or your career. Two local
 has a master’s degree in                                                                                      Akansh Murthy, Alexander Radkoff, and                     Pine-Richland High
                                                       the Lawrenceville Corporation (LC). She joins LC                                                                                                                              teachers have touched the minds and hearts of thousands of students, winning
 Accounting and an associ-                                                                                     Charles Wei. The award recipients took a tour             School is only one of 20
                                                       with more than 20 years of executive experience in                                                                                                Dr. Billie Rondinelli
 ate’s in Early Childhood                              real estate, public administration and marketing.
                                                                                                               of the National Constitution Center with                  schools out of 670 high                                 the prestigious “PA Teacher of the Year Award” in consecutive years.
 Education. She taught for                                                                                     Pennsylvania Governor Edward G. Rendell and               schools in Pennsylvania to earn a silver ranking in         Lois Rebich, Response to Intervention Specialist in the North Hills School
 seven years and believes that laying a strong foun-                                                           First Lady Judge Marjorie O. Rendell.                     the U.S. News & World Report’s annual ranking of        District, did not choose teaching as her initial career path. Armed with a master’s
 dation in early childhood is important.                                                                                                                                 best public high schools in America.
                                                                                                               Fox Chapel Area High School was ranked                                                                            degree in business administration, Rebich set out for the
 The Pittsburgh Promise has launched a new             Spotlight on Schools                                    among the best high schools from across the               Pine-Richland High School                               business world, but her true path in life began to emerge as
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     Area Boasts
 website www.pittsburghpromise.org to help pro-                                                                country. The school received a Silver Medal rank          teacher Lauren Martin has                               she often found herself working with young people. She
                                                       North Hills School District                             by U.S. News & World Report.                              earned national board certi-
 mote the scholarship program among students,                                                                                                                                                                                    volunteered as a Junior Achievement Advisor for teens,
 their families, existing and prospective donors and
                                                       administrator Jeff Taylor                                                                                         fication from The National
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 worked with college recruits and coordinated factory tours
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               of Two
                                                       was recently honored with                                                                                         Board for Professional
 college and universities state-wide.
                                                       the Robert V. Flynn
                                                       Memorial Distinguished
                                                                                                                                                                         Teaching Standards. She is                              to enlist new employees, taught CCD at her parish church              Teacher of
 The Pittsburgh Promise has unveiled a new                                                                                                                               now certified in Adolescence                            and tutored neighborhood children in math.
 fund called Neighbor-Aid. This special endowment
                                                       Service Award from the
                                                       Pennsylvania Association for
                                                                                                                                                                         English Language Arts.                                      After the birth of her children, the need for reliable                the Year
 has been established to help strengthen the                                                                                                                                                                                     daycare arose which prompted her to open a home-based
 region’s safety net for families and individuals in
                                                       Supervision and Curriculum
                                                       Development.
                                                                                                                                                                         Pine-Richland High School
                                                                                                                                                                         students: Alex Toa, Mike           Lauren Martin        facility. One of the requirements was to have a certified              Awardees
 hardship.
                                                                                                                                                                         Georgiadis and John                                     teacher on staff. At her husband’s suggestion that she
                                                       North Hills Senior High              Jeff Taylor                                                                  Matune have been selected to participate in the
 The Grable Foundation announced a funding
                                                       School has implemented a
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 become that teacher, Rebich enrolled in Chatham College to major in elementary
 commitment to The Pittsburgh Promise of $5 mil-                                                                                                                         Pennsylvania Music Educators Association Jazz
                                                       program called The DISCOVER program. This                                                                         West Festival to be held Jan. 9-10 at Upper St.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 education. She began her student teaching at East Hills Elementary School in the
 lion over the next five years, the biggest grant in
 the Foundation’s 32-year history.
                                                       new resource offered through ACT, is a web-                                                                       Clair High School.                                      Pittsburgh Public School District. This experience, coupled with her desire to work
                                                       based tool that allows students and their families                                                                                                                        with young people, strengthened her passion for teaching. “It took me 16 years to
 Allegheny County executive Dan Onorato                to explore career interests and college information                                                                                                                       recognize my calling, but I can tell you in the 20 years since I traded the board-
 joined the Pennsylvania Housing Finance Agency        anytime, anywhere.
                                                                                                               A team of fifth grade Hartwood Elementary stu-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 room for the classroom, I have never doubted my decision,” Rebich said. “Over the
 (PHFA), Moon Township officials, the Felician
 Sisters, and developer a.m. Rodriguez Associates                                                              dents in the Fox Chapel Area School District won                                                                  years I’ve had people say, ‘I can’t imagine being in the classroom with kids all day.’
 to celebrate the grand opening of the WoodCrest                                                               the ‘Battle of the Books” Tournament. The win-                                                                    and I just smile and reply, ‘I can’t imagine being anywhere else.’” Rebich stated
 Retirement Residence. The four-story building                                                                 ning team called themselves “The Revenge of the                                                                   that winning the “Teacher of the Year Award” was the highlight of her career.
 houses 59 rental units for qualifying seniors.                                                                Reading Chocolate Bars.” Team members includ-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     David Woten, Jr., teaches 6th and 7th grade music, 8th grade general music at
                                                                                                               ed: Conor Gaffney, Nathan Matisko, Elliott
 For the third consecutive year, Patrick J. Clair                                                              Norman, Brendan Whelan and Matthew                                                                                Carson Middle School in the North Allegheny School District and is an Adjunct
 of Goehring, Rutter and Boehm has been named to                                                               Wilk.                                                                                                             Professor at Duquesne University. Under his direction, Carson’s music elective pro-
 “The Best Lawyers in America” list.                                                                                                                                                                                             gram has grown from 50 students to over 250 students. His success is attributed to
                                                                                                               Two Fox Chapel Area High School students won
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 recognizing that good teachers teach students, not content. Even though some stu-
 Three local business women were presented with                                                                awards at the Princeton International Model
 The Women of Integrity™ Award. Winners includ-                                                                United Nations (UN) Conference. Senior Reid                                                                       dents are musically gifted and some musically challenged, Woten provides the same
 ed: Carol Kinkella, Laura Rosato, Ph. D.,                                                                     Goldberg and junior Philip McGrath each                   Two Pine-Richland High School students, Alex            encouragement and passionate direction. “I can remember wanting to teach as early as
 and Lucy Seger.                                                                                               won fourth place awards in their committees.              Toa and Kayla McMurry, performed at the                 third grade. My success in music and my desire to teach made music education an
                                                       Artwork created by a North Hills Senior High                                                                      Carnegie Music Hall in Pittsburgh in November.
                                                       School student was selected for the school district’s
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 obvious career choice,” Woten said. “I teach because it’s a way to change lives one at a
 Focus on Renewal (FOR) received a donation                                                                    Five Fox Chapel Area High School seniors were
 of 300 children’s books from the Volunteers of        2008 holiday card. Julia Klein, a junior, submit-       named the grand prize winners of the                                                                              time, a way to challenge others to do more than they ever thought they could.”
                                                       ted the winning entry.                                  Pennsylvania Coalition for Representative                                            (Continued on page 8)            He also performs as guest conductor at music festivals throughout Pennsylvania,
 America All Of Us Care’s Books-To-You Program.
 The books will be distributed through Focus on                                                                Democracy (PennCORD) “Voting: The Power of                                                                        has served on the American Choral Director’s Board of Director’s, and has founded
 Renewal’s Parent-Child Home Program.                                                                          Your Voice” online video contest. The grand                                                                       the ACDA Middle School Honor Choir Festival. After high school graduation, he
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 enlisted in the US Army Reserves where he served eight years as a heavy-wheeled
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 mechanic. He is also an author, whitewater kayaker, and has served a volunteer fire-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 fighter. L

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MOVERS & SHAKERS


 Pine-Richland High School junior Ryan Wirth was      The North Allegheny School District Board of           The Office of Education of the Diocese of
 selected to take part in a National Security Forum   Directors has named Joy Gaetano, SPHR, to              Pittsburgh notified St. Teresa of Avila School
 in Washington, DC this fall through the National     the position of director of Human Resources.           that their 8th grade students have scored in the
 Youth Leadership.                                                                                           top five percent of diocesan students in mathe-
                                                                                                             matics for the last five years.
 Pine-Richland High School and Middle School will
 host the Pennsylvania Music Educators                                                                       Evans City
 Association’s Junior High School Orchestra pro-                                                             Elementary stu-
 gram on Jan. 23 & 24 at Pine-Richland School                                                                dents were big
 District. The Pine-Richland students that will                                                              winners in the
 perform include: Emily Reiling, Brienne                                                                     2008 Mars
 Okuda, Lauren Berlin, Kaitlyn McGowan,                                                                      National Bank
 Emma Walker, Sam Lewis, Camille                                                                             Holiday Card
 Boufford, Gretchen Plant, Leah Sturman,                                                                     Contest. Paul
 Alena Smigla, Laura Herrle, Branden                                                                         Grewar won
 Glass, Anna Goertler and John Michael                                                                       first place, and
 Oleska.                                                                                                     Adam
                                                                                                             Szwaczkowski took home a
 Pine-Richland Middle School eighth grader Nate       St. Sebastian’s JV football team, Ross                 second place award. Since
 Roberts was recognized at the Pennsylvania           Twp., played St. Bernard’s – Mt. Lebanon in a          an Evans City student won
 Association of Student Councils State Conference     championship game at Duquesne University on            first place, the school
 in Gettysburg. Roberts was awarded the Dale          Nov. 9. The St. Sebastian team took home the           received a $500 award for
 Hawley Award for outstanding leadership at the       championship trophy by the score of 26-8. The          art education.
 middle school level.                                 JV team consists of 4th, 5th and 6th grade stu-
                                                      dents.                                                 The Goddard School
 A North Allegheny High School senior Stacey                                                                 located at 3000 Brooktree Road in
 Chen won First Place in the Extemporaneous
 Speaking competition at the Glenbrooks National
 High School Speech and Debate Tournament
                                                      Eleven St. Teresa of Avila students were selected to
                                                      participate in the North District Diocesan
                                                      Honors Band. The students are: Mary Tresky,
                                                                                                             Wexford, hosted a Food Drive to support The
                                                                                                             North Hills Community Outreach on Nov. 17-26.
                                                                                                             The school accommodates about 130 children,
                                                                                                                                                                Giant Eagle
 held Nov. 22-23, in Northfield, IL.                  Meredith Walker, Cassidy Petrigac,
                                                      Lindsay Caprio, Olivia DiMaio, Allison
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 COVER STORY




10th Annual Education Issue
Getting Schooled on the
                                                                                                                                       from school and choose to return in order
                                                                                                                                       to earn their high school diploma and a
                                                                                                                                       Summer School program aids local stu-
                                                                                                                                       dents in need of summer make-up cours-

Local Education Scene                                                                                                                  es. In addition, the 3 Rivers Computer
                                                                                                                                       Clubhouse in East Liberty offers an after-
                                                                                                                                       school learning center.
By Janice Lane Palko                                                                                                                       “We have a 98 percent graduation
                                                                                                                                       rate and 100 percent placement rate of
                                                                                                                                       our students in either military, college,
     ducation methods and programs are      Phase 4 Learning Center                         “Our mission is to work with at-risk       higher education or in the workforce,”

E    always evolving. Chalkboards and
     abacuses have been replaced by
SMART Boards and graphing calculators.
                                                For some students, the traditional
                                            classroom setting does not work, which
                                            can often frustrate students, parents and
                                                                                        students by providing an exceptional edu-
                                                                                        cation by focusing on four areas: aca-
                                                                                        demic, social, behavioral and future
                                                                                                                                       Suica-Reed said. Phase 4 is accredited by
                                                                                                                                       the Middle States Association and has
                                                                                                                                       been designated as one of the ten models
                                                                                                                                                                                     Center for Health Promotion Research at
                                                                                                                                                                                     Oregon Health & Science University.
Researchers are always studying the best    school administration, leaving them feel-   needs. Hence the name Phase 4. This            for “Best Practices” in alternative educa-        North Hills Senior High School is
ways for reaching students. Northern        ing as if they have no education options.   helps students to graduate from high           tion in Pennsylvania. Their curriculum        one of five local schools to be selected by
Connection magazine is proud to intro-      But there is help. Phase 4 Learning         school prepared to become contributing         aligns with the Pennsylvania Department       the Pittsburgh Steelers to participate in
duce our readers to some of the innova-     Center, Inc., a community-based, non-       members of the community,” said Terrie         of Education’s guidelines and the local       the ATLAS and ATHENA programs.
tive programs making a difference in edu-   profit corporation approved by the          Suica-Reed, president and CEO and co-          school districts.                             The ATLAS program targets adolescent
cation in our area.                         Pennsylvania Department of Education,       founder of Phase 4 Learning Center.                “I’m very proud our students, certi-      male athletes’ use of anabolic steroids,
                                            provides alternative education for such         Students are referred to Phase 4 by        fied educators, counselors and administra-    alcohol and other drugs and use of sport
                                            students.                                   their local school district. The first Phase   tors,” Suica-Reed said.                       supplements while improving healthy
                                                                                        4 location opened in September 2003 at                                                       nutrition and exercise practices. The
                                                                                        Century III Mall, West Mifflin, with one       Atlas and Athena Program                      ATHENA program helps to reduce disor-
                                                                                        school district and six students. Since            Most would assume that high school        dered eating and use of body shaping and
                                                                                        that time, Phase 4 has opened three more       athletes are at the top of the charts when    other drugs among young women, while
                                                                                        locations: Washington Crown Center             it comes to fitness, but that may not         promoting healthy nutrition and exercise.
                                                                                        Mall, Washington, Pa.; Beaver Valley           always be the case. The ATLAS (Athletes           Coaches and student athletes are
                                                                                        Mall, Beaver, Pa.; and 3 Rivers Computer       Training & Learning to Avoid Steroids)        trained as “Squad Leaders” to lead their
                                                                                        Clubhouse in Pittsburgh’s East Liberty         and ATHENA (Athletes Targeting                school teams in exercises using peer and
                                                                                        section and works with 60 school districts     Healthy Exercise & Nutrition                  group influences to promote sports nutri-
                                                                                        educating 600 students.                        Alternatives) program is designed to help     tion and healthy behaviors. These weekly
                                                                                            Phase 4 offers several different pro-      students focus on nutrition and exercise      sessions include role-playing, student-cre-
                                                                                        grams. The High School Diploma pro-            as an alternative to drug use. This initia-   ated campaigns and interactive games. L
                                                                                        gram serves at-risk student from grades 7      tive is funded through a $1.2 million
                                                                                        to 12. The Diploma Retrieval Program           annual grant from the NFL’s Youth
                                                                                        targets students who have withdrawn            Football Fund in conjunction with the


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The Latest                                    Internet sites, links or pop-ups.
                                                  Another hot Fisher Price interactive
                                              toy is the Smart Cycle. A nice bonus to
                                                                                             children to read on their own by using a
                                                                                             specially designed touch pen. The pen
                                                                                             contains a lens in the tip which is sensi-
Educational                                   this hot pick is that children exercise and
                                              learn at the same time. The Smart Cycle
                                                                                             tive to the specially printed words on the
                                                                                             pages of the books.
Toys For                                      hooks up to your television, allowing
                                              them to enjoy interactive adventures,
                                                                                                  The LeapPad Plus Writing comes
                                                                                             with two interactive books: Interactive
Young Minds                                   exercising without even knowing it.
                                                  A toy that also hooks up to your televi-
                                                                                             Book 1 and Interactive Writing Book.
                                                                                             With these starter books, kids learn an
                                              sion and is a great educational choice is      assortment of facts about science, geogra-
By Paula Green                                Vtech’s V.Smile TV Learning System.            phy, foreign language, phonics and more.
                                              Simply plug the console into your TV, pop      With the writing sampler book, children
“The purpose of learning is growth, and       in a game called a Smartridge and let the      practice drawing letters and numbers,
our minds, unlike our bodies can con-         fun begin. The games build skills in           spelling words and more.
tinue to growing as long as we live.”         spelling, logic, counting, problem solving,         The LeapFrog Leapster 2 handheld
                     —-Mortimer Adler         phonics and vocabulary. Kids don’t even        games offer a learning experience through
                                              realize how much they’re developing their      built-in tutorials and learning levels that
         hildren these days are learning      minds in language, science and math.           adapt to your child’s pace. Its touch

C        even when they play. So many
         new, innovative learning tools
have hit the stores, that it is virtually
                                                  Another fun VTech product is their
                                              Kidi Art Studio which consists of an art
                                              desk with touchpad and stylus and a stool.
                                                                                             screen stylus helps develop motor skills
                                                                                             used in writing, while its compact design
                                                                                             makes it easy for kids to play with on the
impossible to list them all.                  The system is connected to the TV in           go. You can also connect it to a computer
     Right now electronic toys are quite      order to view one’s work. An attached          to monitor your child’s progress.
popular. The Easy Link™ Internet              camera that allows children to take pic-            A good tip for selecting that special
Launch Pad by Fisher Price is a launch        tures and subsequently modify them is          educational toy is to make sure it is fun.
pad for children to automatically access      also included in the studio.                   If you can manage to combine learning
their favorite, kid-friendly websites. The        Leap Frog has hundreds of education-       with having fun, you are one step ahead
smart key links them directly, securely       al products. A few of the newest ones          of the game. You are helping them to
and only to the Easy Link character’s offi-   develop reading and writing skills. The        mold their mind in a relaxing and fun-
cial website, blocking access to any other    LeapFrog Tag Reading System allows             filled manner. L




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From the Editor...                            thereof, is a major influence on a person’s
                                              life. Recently, I attended a workshop for
                                                                                                 nates eventually dies.
                                                                                                      I don’t know why we sometimes lose
Just a Thought!                               parents of high school juniors, and the guid-      our lust for learning. Perhaps it’s a fear of
                                              ance counselor presented some remarkable           failure. I worked for Westinghouse Electric

You Can Take                                  statistics from the U.S. Dept. of Labor that
                                              demonstrated that the more education a
                                              person has, the more money they are likely
                                                                                                 Corp. in the early 80s when computers
                                                                                                 began to revolutionize the workplace. Most
                                                                                                 embraced the new technology, but there
It With You                                   to earn and the less likely they are to be
                                              unemployed.
                                                                                                 were others who opted to retire rather than
                                                                                                 to learn how to use a personal computer.
                                                   Education may be a serious subject, but       Nobody likes to feel inadequate and unsure
By Janice Lane Palko                          should learning be as well? Sometimes I            of themselves, but if you’re not stepping out
                                              think as we grow older we lose our enthusi-        of your comfort zone, you’re really not liv-
     ducation. Even the word sounds seri-

E
                                              asm for learning. It’s unfortunate because         ing. Have you ever learned how to do
     ous, and certainly education is a        learning is a sign of life. If you aren’t learn-   something you initially thought very diffi-
     weighty matter. Education, or the lack   ing, you aren’t living. Anything that stag-        cult? Do you remember how alive you felt
                                                                                                 then? Learning was exciting then and it still
                                                                                                 can be today.
                                                                                                      Ever watch toddlers? Their whole life
                                                                                                 is consumed with exploring, learning and
                                                                                                 failing. Sure they may struggle and fall sev-
                                                                                                 eral times before actually standing, or take a
                                                                                                 few spills before getting the hang of walk-
                                                                                                 ing, but they don’t let setbacks hold them
                                                                                                 back. And neither should we.
                                                                                                      Several years ago I read a book written
                                                                                                 by a woman who claims to have had a near-
                                                                                                 death experience, and something she wrote
                                                                                                 struck me and remains with me today. She
                                                                                                 stated that when we die, there are only two
                                                                                                 things we take out of this world and into the
                                                                                                 next: One is love and the other is knowl-
                                                                                                 edge. In essence, we are what we have
                                                                                                 loved and learned.
                                                                                                      A common reason for giving up on
                                                                                                 learning is the “I’m-too-old- you-can’t-
                                                                                                 teach-an-old-dog-new-tricks” excuse. In
                                                                                                 Anthony DeStefano’s book The Travel
                                                                                                 Guide to Heaven, he states that in Heaven
                                                                                                 there will be so much more to explore and
                                                                                                 that we’ll have the opportunity to study and
                                                                                                 learn forever. So if you believe that the
                                                                                                 afterlife is going to be the ultimate in con-
                                                                                                 tinuing education, there’s no reason to
                                                                                                 believe you are too late to learn in this life
                                                                                                 because you can always finish your study in
                                                                                                 the next.
                                                                                                      So live a little and learn a lot. Think of
                                                                                                 all the things you’d like to do or learn and
                                                                                                 jot them down. In the book The Success
                                                                                                 Principles by Jack Canfield, the co-creator of
                                                                                                 the Chicken Soup for the Soul series, Canfield
                                                                                                 talks about former Notre Dame football
                                                                                                 coach and ESPN sports analyst Lou Holtz.
                                                                                                 Many years ago, Holtz drafted a list of 107
                                                                                                 things he’d like to learn or do during his
                                                                                                 lifetime—everything from shooting a hole-
                                                                                                 in-one to having dinner at the White
                                                                                                 House. As of the book’s printing, Holtz had
                                                                                                 achieved 81 of the goals on his list. If Holtz
                                                                                                 can do it, there’s no reason you or I can’t do
                                                                                                 the same.
                                                                                                      So as we begin a new year, take the
                                                                                                 opportunity to learn something new. After
                                                                                                 all, when it comes to knowledge, it seems
                                                                                                 that you can take it with you. L


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Area Schools
at a Glance...
ACHIEVA                                     to preschool. In Beaver, Butler,
                                            Clearfield, Clarion and Jefferson coun-
ACHIEVA is western                          ties, ACHIEVA provides independent
Pennsylvania’s largest                      assessments for infants and toddlers.
early intervention                          .................................................................
provider, with more
than 50 years of expe-                      Alpha School
rience with infants and
toddlers. ACHIEVA’s                         An independent, Catholic, co-educa-
Early Intervention                          tional, K-8 school, founded and spon-
team works with children who are ages       sored by the Sisters of Divine
0 to 3 who have either minor develop-       Providence. Our mission is to provide
mental delays or more complicated dis-      a comprehensive education for students                              and philosophies providing the oppor-
abilities. Services are tailored to fit a   in a loving, caring atmosphere. Using                               tunity to enrich and enlighten.
child’s specific needs and are provide in   traditional and innovative methods in a                             Students are prepared culturally and
the child’s home. ACHIEVA also pro-         small class setting, we foster the spiritu-                         verbally to be effective, efficient partici-
vides preschool readiness programs for      al, academic, physical, emotional and                               pants in a global community. Alpha
2 and 3 year olds with cognitive delays     social growth. Alpha’s student body                                 foresees our graduates as independent,
to help them prepare for the transition     reflects the diversity of many countries
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creative citizens who have the ability to                           al, personal, social and physical devel-                            dents to every area of curriculum from                              and Pittsburgh school districts. A focus
move within both national and interna-                              opment of each student. Assumption                                  daily Religion class to Spanish and                                 is placed on the faith formation
tional arenas.                                                      School is more than just a great aca-                               computer classes. Weekly class                                      throughout the curriculum with high
.................................................................   demic environment. It is a place of liv-                            Liturgies help students grow in their                               academic standards and a variety of
                                                                    ing Christianity where your child will                              relationship with God. We offer a                                   extra-curricular activities. The success
AGORA                                                               experience the love of God and                                      strong athletic program as well as a                                of our program is manifested by our
                                                                    embrace his or her Catholic faith.                                  wide range of activities to enhance the                             excellent results on national standard-
The Agora Cyber Charter School and                                  Assumption School is a positive envi-                               basic curriculum. Before and after                                  ized achievement tests and the levels of
K12 ignite minds of all kinds, bringing                             ronment for your child to learn and                                 school care program available.                                      accomplishment that have been
learning and possibility alive. As a public                         grow. We offer a safe learning environ-                                                                                                 obtained by our graduates as they con-
                                                                                                                                        .................................................................
cyber school serving Pennsylvania stu-                              ment, caring and supportive parish and                                                                                                  tinue their educational program and
dents in kindergarten through twelfth
grade with the K12 curriculum—as well
                                                                    community, with emphasis on moral                                   Christ the Divine Teacher                                           enter the mainstream of society.
                                                                    values and loving discipline. Diocesan                              Catholic Academy                                                    .................................................................
as the support of state-certified teach-                            financial aid information is available.
ers—Agora is tuition free. The K12912                                                                                                   Christ the Divine Teacher Catholic
high school program used by Agora
                                                                    .................................................................                                                                       Eden Christian Academy
                                                                                                                                        Academy is a Pittsburgh Diocesan
includes more than 90 courses to meet                                                                                                   Regional elemen-                                                    What do our parents have to say about
the needs of diverse learners, as well as
                                                                    Butler Catholic                                                                                                                         Eden Christian Academy?
                                                                                                                                        tary school pro-
up to four levels of world languages and                            Butler Catholic School offers a child-                              viding a Catholic                                                   “Outstanding academics.” “Each
electives that let students follow their                            centered educational environment                                    educational pro-                                                    teacher cares about my child.” “They
own path to post-high school success—                               where Gospel values and Academic                                    gram for students                                                   support the values we teach at home.”
whether that’s in college or in the work-                           Excellence come together. Our small                                 enrolled in grades                                                  “Having the Bible integrated in to
force.                                                              class size offers student opportunities                             pre-kindergarten                                                    every subject challenges my kids educa-
.................................................................   for individual attention, be it for extra                           through eight.                                                      tionally and spiritually at the same
                                                                    help or challenges that require them to                             Located in                                                          time.” With reviews like this and
Assumption School                                                   “go beyond” the ordinary curriculum.                                Aspinwall, PA, the                                                  achievement test scores up to three
                                                                    Our Pre-School class size is limited to                             school currently                                                    grade levels ahead of area public
Assumption School’s mission is to par-                              15 with parent choice of morning or all                                                                                                 schools, all in a nurturing Christian
ticipate with the family and the entire                                                                                                 serves families residing in the Fox
                                                                    day sessions for four year olds. Full-                              Chapel, Shaler, Hampton, Riverview                                  environment, why not check out Eden
community in the religious, intellectu-                             day kindergarten introduces all stu-                                                                                                    for yourself? Eden Christian Academy-
                                                                                                                                                                                                            Celebrating a quarter-century of learn-
                                                                                                                                                                                                            ing and living God’s purposes.
                                                                                                                                                                                                            .................................................................




                                                                                                                                                                                                            Geneva College
                                                                                                                                                                                                            At Geneva College, we believe that
                                                                                                                                                                                                            education is more than career training.
                                                                                                                                                                                                            It’s a pathway to purpose - a way for
                                                                                                                                                                                                            you to grow and develop into the per-
                                                                                                                                                                                                            son God designed you to be. Geneva’s
                                                                                                                                                                                                            55-acre campus is located in Beaver
                                                                                                                                                                                                            Falls, Pennsylvania, approximately 35
                                                                                                                                                                                                            miles northwest of Pittsburgh.
                                                                                                                                                                                                            Founded in 1848 by the Reformed
                                                                                                                                                                                                            Presbyterian Church of North
                                                                                                                                                                                                            America, Geneva is committed to a
                                                                                                                                                                                                            Christian worldview that acknowledges
                                                                                                                                                                                                            God’s sovereignty over every area of
                                                                                                                                                                                                            creation. Geneva provides an array of
                                                                                                                                                                                                            academic options and opportunities.
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Professors with wide-ranging experi-                                is February 23rd. Girls on the Run is                               snack for the next day. Our choices are
ence and expertise will expand your                                 a non-profit prevention program that                                dictated by a desire to provide healthy,
mind, challenging you to learn more                                 encourages preteen girls to develop                                 nutritious food for our children. Some
about yourself and the world around                                 self-respect and healthy lifestyles                                 of the choices this year have been: gra-
you. Call for a visit today.                                        through running. Girls train for 12                                 nola bars, pumpkin muffins, granola
.................................................................   weeks with certified GOTR coaches for                               with blueberries and tea biscuits.
                                                                    the 5K run event on May 17th. This                                  Before our winter break, our parents
                                                                    spring there will be 40 Girls on the                                are invited to attend a sing-a-long with
                                                                    Run program sites in Southwestern PA                                our children. They will also be invited
                                                                    for girls in grades 3-8.                                            to partake of some treats prepared by
                                                                    .................................................................   the children. Our children benefit in
                                                                                                                                        so many ways from their cooking expe-
                                                                                                                                        riences!
                                                                                                                                        .................................................................

                                                                                                                                        Goddard School
                                                                                                                                        By creating an environment where
                                                                                                                                        teachers support the nurturing and
Girls on the Run at                                                                                                                     learning your child needs, where hands-
                                                                                                                                        on owners offer a personal interest in                              school’s year round program provides
Magee-Womens Hospital                                                                                                                   your family’s childcare decision, and                               consistency for children from six weeks
of UPMC Opens Spring                                                                                                                    where your child’s natural curiosity and                            to six years old, while the choice of
Registration                                                        The Glen Montessori                                                 creativity are developed, The Goddard                               either a half- or full-day schedule offers
                                                                                                                                        School® is dedicated to providing the                               flexibility for families. The North Hills
Magee-Womens Hospital of UPMC is                                    School                                                                                                                                  area is home to two Goddard School
now registering grade school girls for                                                                                                  foundation to encourage your child’s
                                                                    At The Glen Montessori School, food                                 lifelong love of learning. Children gain                            locations in Cranberry Township and
the spring session of Girls on the Run                                                                                                                                                                      Wexford.
                                                                    preparation is a fun learning experi-                               self-confidence as they explore learning
(GOTR) and Girls on Track. Programs
                                                                    ence. Each of our 3-6 year old class-                               centers for dramatic play, math, creative                           .................................................................
begin the week of March 2 and run
                                                                    rooms has a baking day to prepare                                   art, science, music and computers. The
through May 22. Registration deadline
                                                                                                                                                                                                            Kane Modeling
                                                                                                                                                                                                            School & Agency
                                                                                                                                                                                                            Six-year-old
                                                                                                                                                                                                            Haley Scott, a
                                                                                                                                                                                                            Modeling, Acting
                                                                                                                                                                                                            & TV
                                                                                                                                                                                                            Commercial
                                                                                                                                                                                                            Course student at
                                                                                                                                                                                                            the Marilyn E.
                                                                                                                                                                                                            Kane Modeling
                                                                                                                                                                                                            School & Agency
                                                                                                                                                                                                            in Butler, has had
                                                                                                                                                                                                            numerous national bookings in New
                                                                                                                                                                                                            York City during the past year. She
                                                                                                                                                                                                            booked the speaking role of “Young
                                                                                                                                                                                                            Marah Lewis” on the Guiding Light, a
                                                                                                                                                                                                            principal role in national TV commer-
                                                                                                                                                                                                            cials for Wal-Mart, Chuck E. Cheese,
                                                                                                                                                                                                            Eggland’s Best Eggs (plus printwork),
                                                                                                                                                                                                            and “Guess What I Am” game (plus
                                                                                                                                                                                                            printwork); printwork for Simiplicity
                                                                                                                                                                                                            Patterns and the children’s book
                                                                                                                                                                                                            Rumble Tum (cover and feature in) to
                                                                                                                                                                                                            be released in 2009.
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                                                         Kiddie Academy
                                                         Owners Mona and Dave Bhatia have
                                                         brought Kiddie Academy to Wexford.
                                                         Kiddie Academy is part of a national
                                                         network of almost 100 child care learn-
                                                         ing centers; the Wexford location is
                                                         now open and serves families and their
                                                         children ages 6 weeks to 12 years old,
                                                         offering full time care, before- and
                                                         after-school care and summer camp
                                                         programs. Kiddie Academy’s propri-
                                                         etary curriculum is called Life
                                                         EssentialsSM and includes develop-
                                                         mentally appropriate instruction, fami-
                                                         ly-style dining (with meals and snacks
                                                         provided) along with outdoor play and
                                                         fitness. The learning center is licensed
                                                         by the Commonwealth of
                                                         Pennsylvania, signifying its commit-
                                                         ment to quality education and the
                                                         highest standards in child care.
                                                         .................................................................

                                                         Kindermusik
                                                         Kindermusik by Lynda/musicforalife-
                                                         time.com offers
                                                         developmentally
                                                         appropriate early
                                                         childhood
                                                         music/movement
                                                         classes for chil-
                                                         dren newborn to
                                                         seven years.
                                                         Musical fun and
                                                         learning contin-
                                                         ue all week long
                                                         in the car and at home…for a lifetime.
                                                         “Music is an intensely SOCIAL
                                                         ACTIVITY. There is an increasing
                                                         amount of literature that highlights the
                                                         key impact which peer groups, the
                                                         family, the relationships between
                                                         teacher and pupil and between pupils
                                                         themselves, have upon a child’s interest
                                                         in and knowledge about music and
                                                         indeed on their developing personal
                                                         identity as ‘musical.’”
                                                         MacDonald/Miell, “Creativity and
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                                                         Music Education: The Impact of Social                               lege students. La Roche combines
                                                         Variables” International Journal of                                 educational experience with clubs, ath-
                                                         Music Education.                                                    letics, social and community volunteer
                                                         .................................................................   activities, spiritual well-being, and
                                                                                                                             more to offer students preparation for
                                                                                                                             life – and life goes way beyond the
                                                                                                                             classroom.
                                                                                                                             .................................................................

                                                                                                                             Total Learning Center
                                                                                                                             You know your child can do better in
                                                                                                                             school, and you have tried everything                               Michele’s Dance Center
                                                                                                                             you know with little results. TLC                                   For the 10th year, Michele’s Dance
                                                                                                                             determines then solves the real learning                            Center participated in Santa
                                                                                                                             problems for preschoolers through                                   Spectacular in Downtown Pittsburgh.
                                                         The Kiski School                                                    adults using cutting-edge researched                                Michele Koerts-Fester is the choreog-
                                                                                                                             brain-based methods. Specialties:                                   rapher and stage manager for this show.
                                                         This Kiski School is a college prepara-                             improving memory, attention, process-
                                                         tory boys boarding school for grades 9-                                                                                                 Michele’s Dance Center’s Company is
                                                                                                                             ing (thinking), reading, writing, math,                             comprised of dancers between the ages
                                                         12 and post-graduates. Day options are                              study skills and more. Services: evalua-
                                                         also available to boys living in the area.                                                                                              of 6 to 18 years old. Throughout the
                                                                                                                             tions, tutoring, brain-based programs,                              2008 holiday season, they performed
                                                         For 121 years, Kiski has provided aca-                              enrichment for gifted, speech and lan-
                                                         demic excellence, comprehensive ath-                                                                                                    not only downtown but also at various
                                                                                                                             guage, and teacher and parent consulta-                             venues in the community including
                                                         letic and extracurricular activities, and                           tion and training. TLC turns school
                                                         small classes, allowing each boy to                                                                                                     Passavant Hospital’s Light Up Night,
                                                                                                                             underperformance into achievement                                   Shoppes at Northway and Ross Park
                                                         receive personalized attention and extra                            beyond your expectations. Winner!
                                                         help when needed. The school pro-                                                                                                       Mall. Michele’s Dance Center offers
                                                                                                                             Best Tutoring & College Prep,                                       classes for ages two through adult in
                                                         vides rigorous academic instruction                                 Nickelodeon
                                                         based on a liberal arts curriculum of                               .................................................................
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                                                         the humanities, sciences and fine arts,
                                                         with extensive training in computer
                                                         technology. Kiski is known for its
                                                         teaching practices suited to the learn-
                                                         ing needs of boys. Discover Kiski, the
                                                         place where we teach boys how they
                                                         like to be taught. The Kiski School is
                                                         located 30 miles east of Pittsburgh.
                                                         .................................................................




                                                         LaRoche College
                                                         A private, Catholic, co-educational col-
                                                         lege north of Pittsburgh founded by
                                                         the Sisters of Divine Providence in
                                                         1963, La Roche College welcomes stu-
                                                         dents of all religions, ethnic origins and
                                                         talents. Undergraduates may choose
                                                         from more than 50 majors, including
                                                         the top 10 majors among today’s col-


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                                                         ballet, tap, jazz, tumbling, pointe, hip
                                                         hop and baton.
                                                         .................................................................

                                                         Montessori Children’s
                                                         Community
                                                         Montessori Children’s Community,
                                                         conveniently located in Sewickley,
                                                         offers a morning and afternoon
                                                         Children’s House (Preschool thru K)                                 Learning Center provides a highly
                                                         program as well as Lower and Upper                                  structured and individualized learning
                                                         elementary programs. Based on the                                   environment for students in grades K-5
                                                         child centered educational philosophy                               who are experiencing difficulty in their
                                                         of Dr. Maria Montessori, we offer a                                 current educational setting due to
                                                         challenging academic curriculum                                     social, emotional or behavioral chal-
                                                         taught in a                                                         lenges.The Pace Learning Center is a
                                                         stimulating                                                         private academic school open to refer-
                                                         environment                                                         rals from school district representatives
                                                         where each                                                          or by direct referral from families.
                                                         child is
                                                                                                                             *Not real Name
                                                         inspired to
                                                         become a                                                            .................................................................
                                                         confident and
                                                         independent
                                                         learner.
                                                         Organized
                                                         into multi-age classrooms with low stu-
                                                         dent to teacher ratios, highly qualified
                                                         teachers work one-on-one and in col-
                                                         laboration with students. The school
                                                         offers enrichment classes such as
                                                         Spanish, Art, Music, Computer,
                                                         Science Lab and Physical Education.                                 Quigley Catholic
                                                         We have a strong community of fami-
                                                         lies and staff dedicated to providing the                           Why has Quigley Catholic been cho-
                                                         best education possible for each child.                             sen as a one of the top Catholic high
                                                         Being part of a nurturing community                                 schools in the USA for the last five
                                                         has allowed our students to develop                                 years? Quigley Catholic students and
                                                         strong interpersonal skills, moral                                  faculty are part of a family environ-
                                                         awareness, and a sense of commitment                                ment that focuses on preparing for a
                                                         to making a global contribution.                                    successful college and life experience.
                                                         Montessori Children’s Community will                                This Christ-centered education will
                                                         provide your child with a strong aca-                               challenge each student to become the
                                                         demic foundation while nurturing                                    best that they can be. Self-discipline
                                                         his/her love of learning. A Montessori                              and responsibility is stressed everyday.
                                                         Children’s Community education is the                               The AP and college in high school
                                                         best gift you can give your child!                                  programs gives students an opportunity
                                                                                                                             to earn up to 29 college credits that
                                                         .................................................................
                                                                                                                             can be transferred to any college or
                                                                                                                             university. Come meet our students
                                                         Pace Learning Center                                                and faculty.
                                                         At 7 years old, Kelly* had spent more                               .................................................................
                                                         time out of school than in. His class-
                                                         room behaviors kept disrupting other                                Rothrock Kung Fu
                                                         students and his anxiety about school                               & Tai Chi
                                                         made it impossible for him to focus on
                                                         learning. Pace Learning Center, a pro-                              Rothrock’s Kung Fu & Tai Chi Studio
                                                         gram of Pace School, was designed                                   has been offering instruction and training
                                                         specifically to work with children such                             in Kung Fu since 1973. The academy is
                                                         as Kelly who are at risk for school fail-                           headed by Master Rothrock, who has 40
                                                         ure in these crucial early years. Pace
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                                                         years’ of experience and a staff of expert
                                                         instructors. The main system of Kung Fu
                                                         that we teach is Northern Eagle Claw.
                                                         Classes are separated by level and age
                                                         and geared toward today’s modern
                                                         lifestyle. More than just the physical ben-
                                                         efits, Kung Fu and Tai Chi develop the
                                                         mental aspects that improve your every-
                                                         day life. One of the basic Chinese
                                                         philosophies of Kung Fu and Tai Chi is
                                                         that the mind controls the body.




                                                         .................................................................

                                                         Sewickley Academy
                                                         Sewickley Academy, the oldest inde-
                                                         pendent school in the Pittsburgh region,
                                                         prepares students for a lifetime of suc-
                                                         cess by inspiring them to reach their full
                                                         potential as curious, courageous and
                                                         compassionate learners. Exceptional
                                                         programs, small classes and talented fac-
                                                         ulty help our students become conscien-
                                                         tious leaders, critical thinkers and
                                                         responsible members of a global com-
                                                         munity. The Academy enrolls 800 stu-
                                                         dents in Pre-K through grade 12 and is
                                                         located approximately 12 miles north-
                                                         west of Pittsburgh. All grades are locat-
                                                         ed on a single 16-acre campus, with an
                                                         additional 14 acres nearby containing
                                                         athletic fields and tennis courts.
                                                         .................................................................

                                                         Shady Side Academy
                                                         Shady Side Academy is a nationally
                                                         respected private school in Pittsburgh
                                                         for boys and girls in pre-kindergarten
                                                         through grade 12, with an optional
                                                         five-day boarding experience for high
                                                         school students. Three age-specific
                                                         campuses with extraordinary resources,
                                                         teachers who actively mentor, a for-
                                                         ward-thinking curriculum, a diverse
                                                         and inclusive community and a legacy
                                                         of alumni accomplishments all inspire
                                                         Shady Side students to high achieve-
                                                         ment in academics, the arts and athlet-
                                                         ics and to meaningful ambitions in life.
                                                         .................................................................
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                                                                                                                                                                                                 St. Teresa of Avila School                                          Now Hiring
                                                                                                                                                                                                 A Vibrant Part of the North Hills for
                                                                                                                                                                                                 More Than 100 Years
                                                                                                                                                                                                 At St. Teresa of Avila School in
                                                                                                                                                                                                 Perrysville, Principal Sister Karen
                                                                                                                                                                                                 Brink is greeting students at the front
                                                                                                                                                                                                 door as she does every school morning.
                                                                                                                                                                                                 On this particular day, students are
                                                                                                                                                                                                 donating new hats, gloves and scarves
                                                         Saint Alexis Catholic                                                                                                                   as part of a service project. The outer-
                                                         School                                                              St. Joseph High School                                              wear will be given to children in eco-
                                                                                                                                                                                                 nomically depressed areas in a neigh-
                                                         Saint Alexis Catholic School provides a                             Since 1915, Saint Joseph High School                                boring county. Sister Karen believes
                                                         Catholic, safe, warm, and caring envi-                              in Natrona Heights has offered a col-                               that her students have eagerly
                                                         ronment where each child can grow                                   lege preparatory education grounded in                              embraced a valuable lesson in giving.
                                                         spiritually, mentally, physically and emo-                          the Gospel values of Jesus Christ and
                                                         tionally. We offer highly academic, val-                            has served the families in the Alle-Kiski
                                                         ues-based curriculum and also feature                               Valley. The school creates an environ-
                                                         the St. Anthony’s program for children                              ment that nurtures the whole person by
                                                         with special needs. We offer programs                               encouraging spiritual growth, academic
                                                         for PreK 3 and Pre K 4 and both half-                               excellence, extracurricular participation
                                                         day and full-day Kindergarten. Our                                  and service outreach. Our mission is to
                                                         grades 1 to 8 are in small classroom                                graduate men and women who are
                                                         environments. Each Friday our stu-                                  committed to holiness, justice, integrity
                                                         dents come together for Liturgies as                                and learning. We exist as a partner to
                                                         well as worshipping on other prayerful                              parents, so that adolescents may engage
                                                         occasions throughout the year. Please                               in the process of identity formation
                                                         call us to schedule your tour.                                      secure in the knowledge that home and
                                                         .................................................................   school share the same commitment to
                                                                                                                             the Catholic Church and its teachings,
                                                                                                                             as well as to the value of personal
                                                                                                                             responsibility and initiative in all areas
                                                                                                                             of the curriculum. Saint Joseph High
                                                                                                                             School is committed to providing an
                                                                                                                             atmosphere in which each student pre-                               “You see it in their eyes,” she says.
                                                                                                                             pares not only for further formal educa-                            “They seem so happy and excited to be
                                                                                                                             tion, but also for lifelong learning.                               helping other kids.” Founded by the
                                                                                                                             .................................................................   Benedictine Sisters more than 102 years
                                                                                                                                                                                                 ago, St. Teresa’s provides an enriching
                                                                                                                             St. Sebastian                                                       curriculum for students in grades pre-K
                                                                                                                             Saint Sebastian School in the North                                 through 8th grade. The school’s distin-
                                                                                                                             Hills has been guiding students in the                              guished history is complemented by a
                                                         Saint Athanasius School                                                                                                                 continued commitment to faith and
                                                                                                                             development of spirituality, scholarship
                                                         Saint Athanasius School is located in the                           and service for more than 50 years. We                              academic excellence. Students can also
                                                         West View Borough of North Hills in                                 offer an innovative education for pre-                              participate in a noted sports program,
                                                         Pittsburgh. We serve students in PreK                               school, kindergarten and students in                                and in extracurricular activities such as
                                                         through 8th grade and are accredited by                             grades one through eight. The success                               robotics, forensics and the Pennsylvania
                                                         the Middle States Association. Our                                  of our curriculum can be measured by                                Junior Academy of Science. “We want
                                                         manageable class sizes, small-town loca-                            standardized test scores that are above                             our students to grow and realize their
                                                         tion, dedicated parents and the nurtur-                             the national average and among the                                  potential,” says Sister Karen as she
                                                         ing environment created by our faculty                              highest in the Diocese of Pittsburgh.                               describes her passion for the school.
                                                         and staff make our school a “Family in                              Students can participate in a wide range                            “It’s a real privilege for me to work
                                                         God.” We foster creative learning that                              of athletic and extracurricular activities                          here.” St. Teresa’s will host an Open
                                                         promotes diversity and active growth in                             that cultivate talents and friendships. A                           House, January 25 from 9:30a.m.to
                                                         virtue. On May 10, 2009, we’ll celebrate                            Catholic education builds strong minds                              noon. For more information, call
                                                         the 100th Anniversary of St. Athanasius                             as well as a strong faith.                                          412.367.9001, ext. 531.
                                                         School. All graduates are encouraged                                .................................................................   .................................................................
                                                         to contact the school office (412-931-
                                                         6633) for information concerning the                                                                                                                                   (Continued on page 32)
                                                         celebration.
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                                                                    day Kindergarten program which fol-                                 The Young Writers                                                   including the development of: cogni-
                                                                    lows the North Allegheny curriculum.                                Institute                                                           tive, relational, sensory, social and
                                                                    Providing a full day program ensures                                                                                                    motor skills. Speech, language, music
                                                                    that the children are not rushed, and we                            The Young Writers Institute is an                                   and occupational therapy are included
                                                                    are able to extend the learning process                             extended creative writing workshop                                  on-site. The Wesley Spectrum Family
                                                                    to allow each child the opportunity to                              designed to enable students who enjoy                               and Child Development Center spe-
                                                                    truly understand a concept before mov-                              writing to learn more about the writing                             cializes in the treatment of children
                                                                    ing on to something new. We offer a                                 process and their own work. Students                                with autism. Other services include:
                                                                    smaller class size. Having a smaller class                          can focus intensely on writing in a sup-                            BHRS wraparound, social skills, and
                                                                    size ensures that your child will be                                portive and stimulating environment                                 therapeutic creative arts.
St. Ursula                                                          receiving the utmost attention they                                 where everyone writes. Students explore                             .................................................................
                                                                    deserve. The teacher is able to work                                multiple genres including poetry, fiction,
For almost 100 years, St. Ursula has                                with each child on an individual basis                              non-fiction and memoir. Teachers are                                Western PA
offered students in grades K-8 an exem-                                                                                                 fellows of the Western Pennsylvania
                                                                    assessing each child’s strengths and                                                                                                    Montessori School
plary education rooted in Catholic val-                             weaknesses and then working with that                               Writing Project or instructors from the
ues. Exceptional standardized test                                  child to ensure they are successful and                             Creative Writing Program of the                                     Western Pennsylvania Montessori
scores, small class sizes, highly qualified                         feel confidence, letting them know they                             Department of English, University of                                School is the oldest Montessori school
faculty and a close-knit faith community                            CAN do it. We offer a variety of hands                              Pittsburgh. In a community of writers,                              in Western Pennsylvania. Founded in
are just a few reasons to choose St.                                on materials that allow the children to                             students can challenge themselves, get-                             1965 by a group of parents, the not-
Ursula. New in fall 2009, St. Ursula will                           be active participants in the learning                              ting and giving feedback on new and                                 for-profit school provides quality, indi-
offer a full- or half- day Pre K program                            process. As the Chinese proverb says                                revised writing. Two locations: The                                 vidualized learning programs for 20
to 4 and 5 year olds. St. Ursula also                               “Tell me and I will forget; show me and                             University of Pittsburgh, Oakland                                   months to 6 year olds. Part-day and
offers a full day kindergarten program.                             I may remember; involve me and I will                               Campus; Mellon Middle School, Mt.                                   full-day classes are available for chil-
.................................................................   understand.” These are only a few of the                            Lebanon. Serves students entering                                   dren as they work to develop their
                                                                    many reasons why you need to stop in                                grades 4-8 (both sites) and                                         independence, self-direction, self-con-
Tender Care                                                         and visit Tender Care Learning Center                               9-12 (University site only). Scholarships                           trol and self-esteem. While learning
Learning Center                                                     where your child will prepare for a life                            are available based on need.                                        within the Montessori philosophy, the
                                                                    time of learning.                                                                                                                       children also take Physical Education,
So why choose kindergarten at Tender                                                                                                    Mt.Lebanon: June 22-July 1                                          Music and Spanish. The school is
Care Learning Center? We offer a full                               .................................................................   University of Pittsburgh: July 6-17                                 licensed by the American Montessori
                                                                                                                                        Visit www.wpawritingproject.org for                                 Society, The PA Department of
                                                                                                                                        complete information.                                               Education and the Department of
                                                                                                                                        .................................................................   Public Welfare. L

                                                                                                                                        WDA Preschool
                                                                                                                                        Licensed by the PA Board of Education
                                                                                                                                        and under the direction of Dr. Robert
                                                                                                                                        Prazer, WDA Preschool prepares chil-
                                                                                                                                                                                                            Grant Funds Early Literacy Project
                                                                                                                                        dren ages 3-5 for academic success. By                              By Caitlin Palko
                                                                                                                                        using a proven curriculum that inte-
                                                                                                                                        grates movement, vision and auditory
                                                                                                                                        skills as part of the preschool experi-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                 iteracy is a tool vital to our success, and its importance is underscored by its position in the heart

                                                                                                                                                                                                            L
                                                                                                                                        ence, WDA better prepares children
                                                                                                                                        for the ever-increasing demands of aca-                                  of the kindergarten curriculum. Children entering kindergarten today need to engage in early
                                                                                                                                        demia. At WDA, the children learn
                                                                                                                                        through exciting play experiences while
                                                                                                                                                                                                                 literacy experiences before the first day of school in order to reach their potential and become
                                                                                                                                        gaining the necessary pre-skills for                                successful readers and writers. To aid children, I’ve undertaken a research project that focuses on
                                                                                                                                        reading, writing, math and science.                                 facilitating early literacy experiences for preschool age children, so that they can enter kindergarten
                                                                                                                                        Daily activities include gross and fine
                                                                                                                                        motor development, Spanish and Sign                                 ready for reading instruction.
                                                                                                                                        Language instruction.                                                  As a student studying early childhood and elementary education at Clarion University, I’ve
                                                                                                                                        .................................................................   received a grant to develop educational materials to help preschool age children become successful
                                                                                                                                        The Wesley Spectrum                                                 readers. Through literacy kits that are brought into the home and worked on with their caregivers,
                                                                                                                                        The Wesley Spectrum Elementary
                                                                                                                                                                                                            children experience literary opportunities that will later help to develop early literacy skills including:
                                                                                                                                        Center is a private. academic School for                            phonemic awareness, print concepts, vocabulary development, letter recognition and identification,
                                                                                                                                        children in kindergarten through third                              development towards understanding of the alphabetic principle, and a motivation to read.
                                                                                                                                        grade and is designed specifically for
                                                                                                                                        children with an autism spectrum dis-                                  If you are interested in having your child participate in this study, please contact me at:
                                                                                                                                        order. The school offers an assessment                              s_cepalko@clarion.edu. Participants must be three and four years of age. L
                                                                                                                                        that includes skills tracking system and
                                                                                                                                        an IEP that identifies areas of focus,

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 CATHOLIC SCHOOL
                                    Visit with the Utays                                                                                        KidZone
 10090 Old Perry Highway
                                    Your Child Needs
  Wexford, Pennsylvania
                                    Better Attention
         A Complete Catholic
           School Program
                                    Dear Drs. Utay:
                                         I truly believe my son can do much better in school if only he’d focus his attention
                                    better. We’ve tried motivating him by reinforcing good attention and punishing poor
                                                                                                                                                Testicular Cancer                                                        By H. Joseph Bitar III, MD
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    ost teenage boys are not aware
     in a Tradition of Excellence

         Pre-School thru 8
                                    attention. Gains are short-lived. Now we’re thinking maybe it’s not worth the investment
                                    of time and energy to push him to improve his attention which is, well, good enough.
                                                                            Sincerely, Considering Giving Up in North Hills
                                                                                                                                                                                                                         M          that testicular cancer can hap-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    pen to them. It occurs in
                                                                                                                                                                                                                         approximately 8,000 men per year in the
                  N                                                                                                                                                                                                      U.S., mostly from their teens to their
                                    Dear Considering Giving Up in North Hills:                                                                                                                                           early forties.
       Full Day Kindergarten            Do not give up! Your son does need to strengthen his ability to control the focus of                                                                                                  It is a very easy cancer to treat, if
                  N                 his attention. How do we know that without ever meeting your son? Because ALL stu-                                                                                                   caught early. In stage 1, the survival
          Small Class Sizes         dents need to optimize this crucial skill to fully apply their intelligence to learning. As                                                                                          rates are in the 95-99 percent range.
                                    with any skill, no matter how good you are, there is always room for improvement. You                                                                                                The survival chances can quickly go
                  N                 may draw the good-enough line for yourself when it comes to cooking or skiing.                                                                                                       down if the cancer becomes more
       Early Childhood 3-year       However, we have never met a student for whom improved attention would not lead to
                                    improved achievement.
                                                                                                                                                        Serving children, adolescents, and                               advanced.
      and 4-year-old mornings                                                                                                                                                                                                 Boys should be taught to do regular
                                    Signs your child needs better attention:
                                                                                                                                                      families of Pittsburgh for over 20 years.                          testicular exams around the time of
                  N
          KINDERGARTEN              I Getting ready in the morning is maddening which gets everyone’s day off to a nega-                                                                                                 puberty. This is to ensure they get to
                                       tive beginning.                                                                                                 Gregory Hoyson, M.D.             Kasia Sudol, M.D.                know what is normal and enable them to
       READINESS PROGRAM            I Inconsistent attention is paid to the teacher which is frustrating later when realizing                           Ditte Karlovits, M.D.       Kelly R. Heidenreich,M.D.            detect any changes as soon as possible.
                  N                    important chunks of information are missing.                                                                    James Rodrigues, M.D.           David G. Silk, M.D.                    If a teen finds a lump that was not
          EXTENDED DAY              I Doing routine homework is exasperating since paying attention is a prerequisite to                                 Joseph Bitar, M.D.         Megan M. Kilpatrick, M.D.            there previously, he should have a visit
                                       knowing what to do, organizing time and resources, and finishing in a reasonable                                                                                                  with the doctor as soon as possible. If
         11:30 AM-6:00 PM
                                       timeframe.                                                                                               We believe strongly in a partnership between pediatrician and            further evaluation is deemed necessary,
                N                   I Studying for and taking quizzes and tests are overwhelming.                                               parent. As such, we commit ourselves to helping to educate our           an ultrasound will be ordered, as will a
            SPANISH K-8             I Planning for and completing projects is impossible without major support from par-                                                                                                 referral to a pediatric urologist.
                                       ents, which is embarrassing and pressures the parent-child relationship.
                                                                                                                                                families on a variety of parenting issues both within the context             If the lump is thought to be a testic-
                  N                                                                                                                             of office visits and through classes on a variety of pediatric issues.   ular cancer, further tests will be done to
                                         Add to this list the effects of less-than-optimum attention on social success and satis-
       Saint Anthony School                                                                                                                     Classes are held at the Cranberry and Northland libraries.               determine the extent of the disease to
                                    faction, athletic achievement, and early work experiences, and you still have an incom-
                                    plete picture of the importance of making attention as strong as possible. All students -                                                                                            guide further treatment.
           Special Needs
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         Inclusion Program                                                                                                                        Bellevue 15202       5375 William Flynn Hwy    Cranberry Twp 16066     to be a cyst in the tissues around the testi-
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                                         Especially considering the very high expectations of today’s schools, settling for                       (412) 761-1190           Gibsonia 15044           (724) 772-1150       cle, a dilation of veins called a varicocoele,
                                                                                                                                                                           (724) 444-KIDS                                or “fluid around the testicle” called a
                                    “good enough” attention, as you put it, is definitely not fair to your child. Clearly, you
     An environment in which                                                                                                                                                                                             hydrocoele.
                                    are on the lookout of how to best help your child learn. So, give him the available
        children can flourish       opportunities to develop his attention and therefore maximize his ability to SUCCESS-                                                                                                     For these conditions, a urologist
      spiritually, intellectually   FULLY apply all of his attributes in and out of the classroom. Maximizing attention                                                                                                  may determine that simple observation
                                    skills is one more way to help him prepare today for success tomorrow.                                                                                                               is the best course or recommend surgery
          and emotionally.                                                                                                                                                                                               to ensure that the problem does not
                                         Call Total Learning Centers to discuss brain-based programs that improve attention.
                                    Also, Dr. Carol Utay will hold a free informational update on how to keep the brain                                                                                                  become painful or threaten the teen’s
                                    healthy (yours, your children’s, parent’s, and grandparent’s) on Thursday January 15th,                                                                                              later fertility.
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     Registration for new                                                                                                                                                                                                websites and be sure to see your child’s
                                    hours a day on Dr. Carol’s voice mail at 724-940-1084. Bring a friend. Everyone who
 students now being accepted        attends receives a certificate for discounted services for using Cogmed as distance learn-                                                                                           doctor if you have questions:
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               Principal                                  Dr. Joe Utay, Director of Counseling and Evaluation Services for Total Learning                                                                                 I http://www.cancer.gov/cancertopics/
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                                                                                                        Calendar Event:
Enhance Your Life
                                                                                                 10-Week Women’s
Lead By Example                                                                                    Support Group
                                                                                                    Daytime or Evenings available
                     By Donna Summers Moul, MSEd
                                                                                                    Topics include self-esteem,
                                                                                                     healthy relationships, and
      arents spend an enormous amount            happy your children will feel if they don’t

P
                                                                                                    stopping the internal critic
      of time working for, working with          have to do anything to earn your love.
                                                                                                     Call: Donna Summers Moul
      and chauffeuring children around               Yelling and screaming are destruc-                    at (724) 935-6275.
to give them all the advantages of a             tive ways to relate to your children
good life. Most parents want their               because you risk damaging their self-
children to be happy, healthy and well           esteem. Young children don’t under-           mean what you say. If you say no to
rounded. Today’s parents are willing to          stand that Mommy or Daddy is having           your child and you don’t really mean it,
make significant sacrifices to help their        a bad day or is feeling overwhelmed;          you are teaching your child that it’s
children become successful. But, in              nor do they have defenses against your        okay to beg, whine, carry on and badg-
spite of dedication, hard work, and              harsh tone and criticisms. Since chil-        er you, because you will eventually give
good intentions, parents are still mak-          dren are egocentric, they are likely to       in to his demands. Pick your battles
ing costly mistakes. Here are some of            take your comments personally; they           and be consistent. Children actually
the problems.                                    could grow up feeling that something is       need limits to feel safe, and they need
    Over scheduling is a huge problem            inherently wrong with them. If you            to know that an adult is in control.
for families. While life does seem to be         forget and yell, apologize to your child;         Finally, tolerating abuse in your
more hectic today, children still need           help him to understand that you are           marriage sends unhealthy signals to
down time to revitalize and recoup.              human and that people can recover             your children. Your children may learn
Children also need time just to be kids,         from their mistakes.                          to treat you shabbily over time, or they
without any pressure. Imagine how                    Credibility is lost when you don’t        may learn that they also are of little
                                                                                               value, or they may end up being
                                                                                               abusers themselves. No one deserves
                                                                                               to be threatened or abused. Please call
                                                                                               the National Domestic Violence
                                                                                               Hotline at 1-800-799-7233 to learn
                                                                                               how to protect your family.
                                                                                                    Children learn by example. Every
                                                                                               day you teach your children how to live
                                                                                               life, how to behave in relationships and
                                                                                               what to value. Here are some
                                                                                               resources to make your job easier:
                                                                                                I Children: The Challenge, by
                                                                                                   Rudolf Dreikurs
                                                                                                I Parenting Isn’t for Cowards, by
                                                                                                   James Dobson
                                                                                                I Supernanny: How to Get the Best
                                                                                                   From Your Children, by Jo Frost
                                                                                                I Scream-Free Parenting: Raising
                                                                                                   Your Kids by Keeping Your Cool,
                                                                                                   by H.E. Runkel
                                                                                                I The Pocket Parent, by Gail
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                                                                                                                                                                                                             Protecting Your
                                                                                                                                                                                                             Skin and Hair
                                                         A Fun,                                                                                                                                              from Winter
                                                                                                                                                                                                             Weather
                                                         Fashionable                                                                                                           By Stephanie A. Truchan
                                                                                                                                                                                          inter is here and the forecast predicts it may be one of the worst


                                                         Winter Friend                                                                                                         W          Pittsburgh has seen in a long time. We all know that means dry
                                                                                                                                                                                          skin, chapped lips and brittle hair. As you stock up on static guard
                                                                                                                                                                               and lip balm here are some tips to get through these cold months to come.
                                                                                                                                                                                    Everyone’s skin and hair reacts to the environment around it. Wearing
                                                         By Kelly A. Smith                                                                                                     hats, scarves and gloves is a must but not enough. A few minutes outside
                                                                                                                                                                               without the right protection are enough to turn back your beauty regimen
                                                                                                                                                                               instantly. So cover up as often as possible, even if you’re just going out to get
          ith the holidays behind us and winter in full swing,     tom of my closet that I refer to as “shoe soup.” Sure, they                                                 your mail. We all need an extra minute or two in our daily routines to make

W         it’s only a matter of time before the snow starts pil-
          ing up and we’re forced to break out the old winter
boots. That is, if you can find them. Like a lot of women,
                                                                   serve the purpose of once a year keeping my tootsies warm
                                                                   and dry, but have you actually ever stopped and looked at
                                                                   them? Probably not. Make this the year to invest in a great
                                                                                                                                                                               sure we can ward off the cracked skin, runny noses and cold sores. Keeping
                                                                                                                                                                               warm and getting plenty of rest is one way, but not everyone has have time
                                                                                                                                                                               for that.
I’m guilty of pulling out those dreaded, squished and              looking, yet functional winter boot. There are a lot of                                                          Keeping your shower or bath water at a medium heat prevents your skin
squashed, sometimes fuzzy-bunny infested boots at the bot-         options this year, and one to fit any style and budget.                                                     from drying out. If you are someone who likes to scald yourself in the show-
                                                                       First, let’s consider personal style. Are you a college stu-                                            er, try putting baby oil on immediately after while your skin is still damp.
                                                                   dent? Do you walk to work? Are you a fashionista? Maybe                                                     This will help hold in the moisture. You should always splurge on a better
                                                                   you’re a busy mom running the kids (or yourself) all around                                                 moisturizer during the winter. Try heavily concentrated brands like Aveeno,
                                                                   town. To help you chose the right boot, I’ve narrowed down                                                  Eucerin or any petroleum based lotion.
                                                                   the most popular and smart choices available this season.                                                        When dealing with the chapped, cracked and painful winter smile, use deep
                                                                       Basic black leather boots- These are a good invest-                                                     penetrating lip balms like Carmex, Blistex or Burt’s Bees lib balms. Applying a
                                                                   ment, are always a classic, and will last for more than just a                                              warm compress to your lips will gently remove dead skin. If you need a quick
                                                                   few seasons. Low and wedge heels on leather boots are very                                                  fix try using Vaseline overnight to reverse the dryness. Any heavy emollients
                                                                   trendy this year.                                                                                           can be used at night time on your feet, hands, elbows or face to help keep
                                                                       Fringed / Moccasin boots (Minnetonka boots) -                                                           moisture through out the day. Combining exfoliating products with extra
                                                                   These are a very hot trend right now, but generally reserved                                                moisturizers is a great way to fight winter skin.
                                                                   for the younger crowd or a certain “look” to be able to pull                                                     You may just go insane trying to contain the annoyance we all know as
                                                                   them off. Pair them up with skinny jeans or leggings for a                                                  static. Static Guard works wonders on your clothes, but do you really want it
                                                                   fun “boho-chic” statement. On the downside, as with most                                                    on your skin? Try keeping dryer sheets in your purse or pocket. They can be
                                                                   cutting-edge fashion trends, these will not hold up in snow or                                              swiped across you skin with no harsh reactions. Dryer sheets can also be
                                                                   slush, as suede is prone to heavy fading. Prices start at                                                   swept against you hair to keep the static controlled. Static Guard may be
                                                                   approximately $40 at discount stores and range up to $400                                                   sprayed on your hair accessories and brushes to help the battle as well.
                                                                   for the pricier UGG’S.                                                                                           Moisture is the key to keeping your locks lush. If you need volume and
                                                                       Snow Boots – These are great for college students or                                                    don’t like heavy conditioners, try leave-in spray conditioner. A spray-in mois-
                                                                   busy career gals on-the-go. Investing in a cute, practical                                                  turizer coats the hair more evenly and protects while styling. Try using ion
                                                                   snow boot is probably your best bet. I always try to stay with                                              hair dryers and thermal protecting sprays while styling. Everyone should
                                                                   a darker color like basic black, gray or chocolate as this tends                                            invest a great deep conditioner and use it weekly. One trick is to condition
                                                                   to hide slush, mud, etc. Look for a style that is waterproof                                                you hair first. Put it on before you shampoo. This way you get all the condi-
                                                                   and that has a lining that will be warm. Choose a fun, eye-
                                                                                                                                      New for 2009                             tioning benefits without the weight. Any moisturizing products will help
                                                                   pleasing detail to make your new snow boot stand out.
                                                                   Buckles, furry pom-pom laces, buttons, even a gold or silver
                                                                                                                                      Image & Style                            your strands stay strong through the cold winds. Mixing your routine up will
                                                                                                                                                                               also help whether it a volume shampoo and deep conditioner or a moisturiz-
                                                                   charm sewn in will create enough visual interest to add flair!     Fashion • Hair • Beauty • Self-Image     ing shampoo and volume conditioner. Some great hair products for your
                                                                       The choices this year are endless, so depending on your                                                 winter budget are Treseme, Nexus and Pantene Pro V. L
                                                                   budget, you may want to invest in more than just one pair          Call TODAY to Advertise your Business
                                                                                                                                                                               Stephanie A. Truchan is a Licensed Cosmetologist and Owner of Salon Nolas located off
                                                                   because we all know that sometimes diamonds aren’t a girl’s
                                                                   only best friend! L                                                724-940-2444                             McKnight Road. She has more than ten years’ experience in the beauty industry. Contact Stephanie
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                              Little Changes Make
                              Big Differences
                               By Dr. Bridget M. Chufo

          hen we think of New Year’s          we can’t make a part of our forever life-    change the ice cream to yogurt, or

W         Resolutions, the number one
          resolve is weight loss and get-
ting healthier. When we think of losing
                                              style. Any long-term success is some-
                                              thing that can relatively easily be incor-
                                              porated into our everyday lives.
                                                                                           change the chips to a bowl of shredded
                                                                                           wheat. And make it a forever habit to
                                                                                           have some sort of protein (chicken, fish,
weight, it usually has negative implica-      Change is not an “all or nothing”            veal, turkey, eggs, protein shakes or pro-
tions. We think of all the things that we     thing. So, we must be prepared for a         tein bars) before you eat the snacks. The
will be deprived of, the changes that we      70-80 percent success rate. Anyone           key is not to deprive yourself but to add
tried to do in the past and failed, and all   who is successful ALWAYS falls, but          something of value that will suppress
the reasons (or as we call them “excus-       ALWAYS picks themselves up over and          your appetite by keeping your sugar-
es”) of how “we can’t, we won’t, we           over again.                                  insulin levels stable.
shouldn’t, we didn’t, we couldn’t,” etc.          Along with changing your mind-set,            You can keep those levels stabilized
    This year we’re going to change the       everyday habits must be changed. We’re       by also eating protein, vegetables, and
approach and most importantly, the            talking about simple, every day habits.      fruits every three to four hours. For
mind-set. We’re going to make little          For example, change the room you go          those who struggle with weight, break-
changes that make big differences. Our        to to relax in the evening and where you     fast is the meal least consumed, so
mind-set is going to be for long-term         eat that bowl of ice cream. It’s much        always have a protein packed breakfast,
success, not making big changes that          easier when you change the space to also     even if you’ve never eaten breakfast.
                                                                                           Remember, it’s about changing habits.
                                                                                           Get in the habit of eating half your
                                                                                           body weight in grams of protein; eat at
                                                                                           least five servings of vegetables, and
                                                                                           four servings of fruit a day. Eliminate
                                                                                           all those toxins in your body, which
                                                                                           prevent excess weight from being lost,
                                                                                           by drinking half to all your body
                                                                                           weight in ounces of water. And remem-
                                                                                           ber water is water, if you don’t wash
                                                                                           your clothes in it, it isn’t water. Be
                                                                                           aware of the foods/drinks that usually
                                                                                           pack the weight on us. They are
                                                                                           grouped as the “Fattening Five,” and
                                                                                           include starches, sugar, salt, dairy and
                                                                                           fat. You actually can live without these
                                                                                           foods because you will get them indi-
                                                                                           rectly in other foods.
                                                                                                Finally, portion control is every-
                                                                                           thing. Follow the actual serving sizes on
                                                                                           the container and eat one serving. Use
                                                                                           salad plates instead of modern, huge
                                                                                           bowls and even seek out a smaller set of
                                                                                           silverware. Eat or drink nothing out of a
                                                                                           container; pour everything you eat/drink
                                                                                           into or onto a plate, bowl, or glass.
                                                                                                These are the positive changes that
                                                                                           will lead to long-term successful weight
                                                                                           loss and improved health and well-
                                                                                           being. So, make this a year of little
                                                                                           changes that make big differences. L



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                                                             A D V E R T O R I A L




                                                  Lumps, Bumps
                                                    and Knots
                                                                         By Dr. Shannon Thieroff
            any times a day my patients will      should be firm. Too hard or too limp usual-       cles and the pattern they appear in depends

 M          ask: “Dr. Shannon, I can feel this
            bump kind of thing back here.
  What is it?” I usually feel it myself, and
                                                  ly means there is a problem. Our muscles
                                                  can become tight from an injury or overuse.
                                                  We often see tight muscles with long-term
                                                                                                    on the area of injury or disease. They occur
                                                                                                    for various reasons but typically can be
                                                                                                    helped with chiropractic (which helps the
  depending on what I find, am able to help       spinal misalignment or poor posture when          nerves to relax the muscles), massage and
  the patient understand what’s happening.        the body uses the muscles to “brace” itself.      exercises.
       Because chiropractors are spine special-   The brain controls the tone of the muscles             Bony Protrusions are some of the
  ists, we are usually dealing with the neuro-    through the nervous system. Often when            bumps you feel that belong there. Many
  musculoskeletal system (nerves, muscles,        the nervous system tells a muscle to be           of our bones, including our spinal bones,
  bones). I will explain some of the most com-    tight, it will stay that way until the brain      have bumps on then. The bumps allow for
  mon conditions we find and treat. Please        tells it to relax. Stretching and massage can     the attachment of muscles, etc. In your
  understand that this article does not substi-   provide some relief, but it is necessary to       spine, the bumps you can see or feel in the
  tute for an examination, and a proper diag-     correct the structure or heal the injury so       middle should line up and run straight from
  nosis of any condition you are concerned        the muscle can work better                        the back of the head down to the buttocks.
  about should be rendered by your chiro-              Trigger Points can feel like “knots”         When a vertebra is misaligned, it will often
  practor or PCP.                                 in the soft tissue. If you press on a trigger     cause the bump to look or feel as if it’s off to
       Tight Muscles are very common.             point, it usually feels like a “good hurt,” and   the side, shifted down or tilted. This is an
  Our muscles are designed to support and         the pain will spread out a bit under your         indication that a subluxation (misalignment)
  move our skeleton. A normal muscle              finger. Trigger points are found in the mus-      is present, and you should consider being
                                                                                                    examined by a chiropractor.
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                                                                                                    der and indicates an area of misalignment
                                                                                                    and inflammation in the spine. These
                                                                                                    bumps usually go away when a patient is
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R E L AT IO N SH IP S
                                                                                                                                                                                              A D V E R T O R I A L




                                        Resolutions for                                                                                            Your Brain May Be Playing
                                        Your Marriage                                                                                              Tricks with Your Hearing!
                                                                                                                                                   By Dr. R. Patrick Francis, AuD.
                                        By Robert and Michele Tedder
                                                                                                                                                     f over the holidays others have encouraged you to seek help           Auditory adaptation is critical when it comes to rehabilita-



A
        s we ring in the New Year, we
        begin to reflect on the year that
        has passed and resolve to begin
                                                    Affirm each other daily – Kind words
                                               and compliments go a long way and make
                                               your partner feel special.
                                                                                                Enhance your intimacy – Intimacy
                                                                                           does not begin in the bedroom. True
                                                                                           intimacy happens throughout the day. By
                                                                                                                                                   I regarding your hearing, listen to them. Your brain may be
                                                                                                                                                     playing tricks on you. A phenomenon known as “auditory
                                                                                                                                                   adaptation” gives you the impression that your hearing is just
                                                                                                                                                                                                                       tion. I’ve known cases where people used ear plugs after cor-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                       rective ear surgery because everything “seemed” too loud.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                       After a period of time, when adaptation took place, sounds
                                                                                                                                                   fine when, in fact; you may have gradually lost important           were perceived as normal and the plugs were no longer neces-
fresh with new ideas and habits. Some               Commit to communicate – Set aside      attending to your mate emotionally on a                                                                                     sary. The same phenomenon takes place with hearing aids.
                                                                                                                                                   parts of your hearing.
people resolve to lose weight for the 12th     time each day to talk and listen to one     daily basis, you create an environment for                                                                                  Initially sounds “seem” exaggerated and unnatural. If hearing
                                                                                                                                                       All of us, at one time or another, have experienced the
year in a row, others resolve to make          another. Remember there is a difference     physical intimacy later. Openly and hon-                                                                                    instruments are used consistently and with determination,
more money or better manage the money          between talking and communicating. Real     estly discuss your intimacy needs.
                                                                                                                                                   effects of auditory adaptation. It happened to me when my
                                                                                                                                                                                  family moved from one location       adaptation will eventually take place and sounds become nor-
they currently have and still others decide    communication requires more listening and        Develop financial compatibility –
                                                                                                                                                      Francis Audiology           to another, where noises were        mal again. With the sophisticated technology that is avail-
to do an extreme life makeover, vowing to      less talking.                               Acknowledge differences in spending and
                                                                                                                                                                                  slightly different. I discovered     able, a skilled audiologist will be able to help you make this
completely overhaul every aspect of                 Pledge to resolve conflict – When      saving philosophies. Discuss short term                    Associates, LLC.
                                                                                                                                                                                  that the slightest sounds would      transition comfortably and given the right attitude, the expe-
themselves in six months or less.              disagreements occur, make a decision to     and long term financial goals and develop                  7000 Stonewood Dr.
                                                                                                                                                                                  wake me, not because they were       rience can be quite fun and rewarding.
    For those who are married, the start of    never end the day without bringing clo-     a plan for how you will meet them. Agree                   Suite 210
                                                                                                                                                                                  loud, but because they were              The bottom line is, if family or loved ones have encour-
a New Year is a good time to make resolu-      sure to the matter, even if you agree to    to a budget. Seek debt counseling if nec-
                                                                                                                                                      Wexford PA 15090                                                 aged you to have your hearing checked, listen to them. Your
tions that can enhance your relationship.      disagree.                                   essary.                                                                                unfamiliar. After a month or so,
                                                                                                                                                                                  this no longer was a problem.        brain may be playing tricks with your hearing!
Whether you had a great year or one you             Seek clear understanding of your            Invest time into your relationship –                  724-933-3440
would rather forget, a New Year can ignite     partner’s needs - Don’t be afraid to ask    Schedule quality time with your mate on                                                The reason I was no longer                        Happy Hearing!
a desire to forge ahead to bigger and better   your partner what he/she needs the most     a regular basis. Pick a date night that is                                             awakened at night was that my
things. Perhaps you’ve been feeling like       and how they would prefer to have those     off limits to anyone other than each
                                                                                                                                                                                                                         Learn more at www.francisaudiology.com
                                                                                                                                                   brain “adapted” to the new sounds. When this took place,
your communication could improve.              needs met. Don’t assume you already         other. Explore new leisure activities that              my auditory system recognized these sounds, and I was able
Maybe you would like to create a little        know. Evaluate how well both partners’      you can mutually enjoy.                                 to rest without interruption.
more romance. Others may desire more           needs are being met.                             Any resolutions will take time and                     Auditory adaptation can also work in the other direction.
quality time together. No matter what you           Practice assertiveness – Don’t be      consistency to see results. Be realistic in             Many times I ask people if they have worked around noise.
desire, 2009 can be your year to get more      afraid to ask for what you want and need.   your expectations of one another and                    Their reply may sound something like this: “Not really. It
of what you want from your relationship.       Make a wish list of things you want your    commit to working towards your goals                    was noisy when I first began working, but it’s not so bad
The following are some ways that may           partner to do more often and allow your     until they are reached. Take one step at a              now.” In reality, the noise levels have not changed. Their
prove helpful in creating a new and            partner time to respond. Change may not     time and never give up. Allow for lapses
                                                                                                                                                   brain, over time, adapted to the noise giving the impression
improved relationship in the New Year.         happen overnight but is likely to occur     and focus on the positive. Persistence will
                                                                                                                                                   that the noise was not as loud as it first appeared.
                                               over time.                                  result in a happier, healthier relationship
                                                                                                                                                       Auditory adaptation can also trick you into feeling that your
                                                                                           in the New Year. L
                                                                                                                                                   hearing has not changed throughout your lifetime. As your
                                                                                           Rev. Robert Tedder, MSW, Executive Director of          hearing gradually declines, your brain and auditory system
                                                                                           Reach Up, Inc. and the Minister of Counseling at        adapt to these changes and gives you the impression that all is
                                                                                           Union Baptist Church of Swissvale, is a licensed
                                                                                           social worker with 18 years of clinical experience.     well. When this occurs, it is only natural to accuse others of
                                                                                           A graduate of Duquesne University and the               mumbling, speaking too quickly or blaming the TV stations for
                                                                                           University of Pittsburgh, he is an adjunct instructor
                                                                                           at the University of Pittsburgh, Site Coordinator for   putting too much background music in their programs.
                                                                                           TWOgether Pittsburgh and a marriage coach for
                                                                                           The Marriage Works. A. Michele Tedder, MS, RN
                                                                                           is the Community Health Coordinator for the             What are the ramifications of
                                                                                           Pediatric Environmental Medicine Center. She also
                                                                                           has an 18 year history at Western Psychiatric
                                                                                                                                                   auditory adaptation?
                                                                                           Institute and Clinic as a nurse clinician and mental        By far, the most significant impact of auditory adaptation
                                                                                           health and wellness community educator. She is          is the effect it has on hearing loss. When a gradual hearing
                                                                                           graduate of the University of Pittsburgh and Indiana
                                                                                           University of Pennsylvania. Michele is an author,       loss takes place over a period of years, auditory adaptation can
                                                                                           regional speaker and experienced in the areas of        quite effectively mask the otherwise obvious effects of the
                                                                                           adolescent depression and suicide and community
                                                                                           education. The Tedders are the co-founders of           impairment. Because of this adaptation, people with hearing
                                                                                           Transformational Living (formerly Household             loss will tend to minimize their impairment saying, “It’s not
                                                                                           Ministries), a marriage, family and life wellness
                                                                                           educational outreach program, and have been mar-        that bad. I hear the TV just fine. It’s not too loud, or I hear
                                                                                           ried 23 years. They live in White Oak and have          just fine; you mumble.” What they do not perceive, is the
                                                                                           three children, Robyn, Ryan and Ross.
                                                                                                                                                   fact that the TV is blasting the rest of us out of the house and
                                                                                                                                                   everyone else is yelling at them in order to be heard. In some
                                                                                                                                                   cases, people will deny any impairment at all!


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Sharing is Caring                    By Barbara A. Killmeyer
                                                                                                          Are you good at math? You might
                                                                                                      want to contact your local school and
                                                                                                      offer to tutor a child who is having
                                                                                                      trouble with the subject. Do you enjoy
                                                                                                      reading? Most schools would appreci-
                                                                                                      ate someone who would come in once
                                                                                                      a week and read stories to the children
                                                                                                      in the lower grades, or many areas have
                                                                                                      adult literacy programs where you can
                                                              he other day I ran into a friend        help an adult to increase their reading

                                                         T    that I hadn’t seen for quite some
                                                              time. I asked Sophie how she was
                                                         enjoying her retirement, and she
                                                                                                      skills. If you have a hobby such as oil
                                                                                                      painting, knitting, or making greeting
                                                                                                      cards, you would be a welcome addi-
                                                         replied that she was having a wonderful      tion to any senior citizen center as a
                                                         time. She went on to explain that once       guest speaker or as a person who would
                                                         a month she has a cooking class in her       teach others how to enjoy your hobby.
                                                         home for some neighborhood children.             By sharing what we know with oth-
                                                         She said that she always liked to cook       ers, we benefit as well as they do. We get
                                                         and had developed some pretty good           a great sense of satisfaction and a big
                                                         recipes over the years. She thought it       boost to our self-esteem, and they get
                                                         would be nice to share her love of           the opportunity to learn something new
                                                         cooking and to pass on her knowledge.        to enjoy for a lifetime. L
                                                         Now, once a month youngsters come
                                                         to her home to learn how to make spe-
                                                         cial dishes. “We have such a good time.
                                                         We plan at each get-together what we
                                                         will make the following month. They
                                                         get a kick out of surprising their par-
                                                         ents with what they learned,” Sophie
                                                         said.
                                                             Sophie said that she got the idea
                                                         from Jim, a friend of hers who was a
                                                         pretty good chess player. He told her
                                                         that a boy who lived next door to him
                                                         had asked him a question about the
                                                         game. Jim got out his chess board to
                                                         show him the answer to his question
                                                         and the two of them had such a good
                                                         time that now every other week several
                                                         boys and girls meet at the library to
                                                         learn as they play. Jim gathers small
                                                         inexpensive items to use as prizes for the
                                                         winners. “There’s nothing like seeing
                                                         the excitement on the face of a child
                                                         who has just won his first chess game.
                                                         I’m getting as much fun out of these
                                                         times together as they are,” Jim said.
                                                             I thought about the many different
                                                         ways we can share out skills or talents.
                                                         It doesn’t always have to be children
                                                         who are the recipients; other adults can
                                                         benefit from our experience and
                                                         knowledge too. Here are a few ideas
                                                         for both children and adults.

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Happenings
for Seniors
Alzheimer’s and Dementia Support
Group meets at 7 p.m., the 2nd Tuesday of
every month, at Orion, 4361 William Flynn
Hwy. Sponsored by Orion Assisted Living &
Orion Senior-Adult Day Care. Call (412)
337-6731.

Arden Courts, 1125 Perry Highway, offers
a support group for families dealing with
dementia. Meets every 3rd Weds. of the
month. Call (412) 369-7887.

Comfort Keepers provides non-medical,
in-home care for seniors. For details, contact
Sr. Lorraine Meskowski or Bill Backa at (412)
931-5866.

Faith in Action volunteer caregivers train-
ing, 9:30 a.m., Jan. 15, 1975 Ferguson Rd.,
Allison Park; 10 a.m., Jan. 20, 500 Chapel
Harbor Drive, O’Hara Twp; 9:30 a.m., Jan.
29, 416 Lincoln Ave., Millvale. For info, call
Jennifer at (412) 487-6316 opt. 2, x3210.

Family Care Community to Holy
Family Manor Personal Care Home
provides a preferred option for assisted living
and personal care. For information, call Sr.
Carol Szott at 412-931-6996 Ext. 6322.

Glenshaw AARP #3744 will meet at 7:30
p.m., Tuesday, Jan.13, at Elfinwild Presbyterian
Church, 3200 Mt. Royal Blvd., Glenshaw.
Entertainment by “Sidekicks.” Bring gifts for
Vincentian-Regency, Vincentian Home and
food for the food bank.                                                                                         ATTENTION
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Support Group meets 3rd Wednesday of
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Free Rides for Seniors, 10 a.m., Jan. 26 &
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call (412) 4876316, opt. 2, x3210.                                                                                Senior Living
Nu-Beginnings II, a social organization of
widows & widowers, meets 2nd & 4th Wed.                                                                             section
at Monte Cello’s Restaurant, Babcock Blvd.
Call Joann (412) 821-7688.                                                                                      If your business or service
Senior Achiever’s will meet 11:30 a.m.,                                                                               is senior-related,
Jan. 15, in Fellowship Hall at Elfinwild                                                                             call Laura or Mary
Presbyterian Church, 3200 Mt. Royal Blvd.,
Glenshaw.                                                                                                           for special ad rates.
Seniors for Safe Driving, a program for
drivers 55 years of age and over, 1-5 p.m., Jan.                                                               DON’T MISS THIS OPPORTUNITY
15, at Northern Tier Library. To register, call                                                                  TO INFORM NC READERS
800-559-4880 or visit SFSD-PA.com.
                                                                                                                 ABOUT YOUR SPECIALTY!
Worthington at Adams has two
Alzheimer’s Support Group meetings,
1:30 p.m. every last Friday of the month and                                                                    CALL TODAY
6:30 p.m. the first Monday of every month.
For info, call Pam (724) 779-5020.                                                                             724-940-2444


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     REAL ESTATE




                                                                                                                                                                                                                 Town Crier
Is Your Mortgage Payment                                                                                      January –A Time for
Going to Break Your Budget?                                                                                   Dreaming
You may want to check your current mortgage.                                                                  By Joe Bullick
by Jacquelyn Brinker, Branch Manager

                                                                                           J
                                                                                                anuary begins a fresh New Year and encourages us to fill in the blanks with projects for home and personal
                                                                                                improvements, better known as New Year’s resolutions. As we turn our faces to the future, January brings the
  f you have an adjustable rate loan (aka   gages: Fixed rate loans are available in
                                                                                                best weather for skating, skiing, sledding and building snowmen. It also sees us sipping lemon tea and chew-

I ARM), you could be in for a huge sur-
  prise. The last year brought many
financial issues into the spotlight. For
                                            varying terms, that is ten, fifteen, twenty
                                            and up to forty years. In the initial years,
                                            a fully amortized loan has most of the
                                                                                           ing garlic cloves to ward off colds and flu. As a young boy, we had no flu shots. January was the best month for
                                                                                           being a homebody. I did a lot of reading then. I had no television, computer or email. I had to use ink and pen to
                                                                                           keep in touch. When the blustery weather arrived, I often wondered what the creatures of the forest did. Did
those who are still holding an adjustable   payment going toward interest and as the       they hunker down to stay warm?
loan, the time is right to take action!     principal diminishes, more of the pay-             We had no heat in my bedroom, so I was under a warm quilt—all handmade by mom. I still have the first one
                                            ment is applied to principal. Adding           she made. We always had homemade soup and bread. As a young boy, mom always encouraged me to keep a
Points to consider:                         additional principal to your payment each      journal or diary, but I never quite got around to starting one. I wish I had. It’s a great way to keep a history of
    Why would I want a fixed rate           month not only brings the balance down         your life. As a boy, our supper table was my history room. We talked about the news of the day, what we achieved
mortgage? Fixed rate mortgages are, as      more quickly, it also reduces the amount       that day at school or work, and what we planned for the next day.
they sound, a fixed interest rate guaran-   of interest paid over the life of the loan.        The first day of the year, I always associate with the Rose Parade. It started in 1890. Some important people
teed not to change over the life of the     Securing a fixed rate mortgage is virtually    were born on January 1: Paul Revere, J. Edgar Hoover and Xavier Cugat. At the beginning of every new year, my
loan, regardless of changes in market       the same as any other mortgage loan.
                                                                                           dad and I would write down the five things we would like to do before the year was over. I love horses so my first
conditions. This loan is ideal for those    For more information, please phone our
                                                                                           objective was to go to the Kentucky Derby. I always wanted to ride the Orient Express, visit all the states, sink a
who want fixed monthly payments, and        office at 724-934-3444.
who plan to stay in their homes for an          Why was I offered an ARM initial-          hole in one in golf, and jump out of a plane. However, I’ve never done any of them. What were your dreams? I
extended period of time, or for those who   ly? During the housing and refi booms,         hope whatever they are, you have a great 2009. I leave you with this thought for parents: Live so that when your
have a low risk tolerance.                  ARM loans were popular because they            children think of fairness and integrity, they think of you. God Bless! L
    Another tidbit about fixed rate mort-   offered a lower interest rate, and conse-
                                            quently a lower monthly payment than a
                                            fixed rate loan. Many homeowners were
                                            willing to take the chance that the rates
                                            would remain low for an extended period
                                            of time, with the idea that if the rate
                                            adjusted too dramatically, a refinance
                                            would be an option down the road.
                                                How can my credit score effect my
                                            interest rate? Something that has
                                            changed from many years ago is how
                                            your credit score can effect your mort-
                                            gage rate, or the costs involved in secur-
                                            ing your loan (be it a fixed rate or an
                                            adjustable).
                                                Many of the programs that had been
                                            available for existing and potential home-
                                            owners who have credit scores under 660
                                            and 620 have become extinct, but there
                                            are still some options available, so it is
                                            always best to consult a reputable lender.
                                                So, if you find your mortgage pay-
                                            ment is about to sky-rocket and break
                                            your budget, this may be the best time to
                                            consider refinancing into a fixed rate
                                            mortgage. You may have the advantage
                                            of having built up some equity in your
                                            home, that may make the refinance even
                                            more attractive. There are many solutions
                                            that will make your mortgage more
                                            affordable than ever. Recent interest rate
                                            improvements make this a great time to
                                            consider a fixed rate loan because “Your
                                            Home Loan Matters.” L


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SUPPOR T OUR TR OOPS


                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Trivia?




                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Connection
                                                                                                                                                       Trivial Ten (10)                             By Paula Green


                                                                                                                                                        anuary marks the New Year - welcome to 2009!             be ten players at play during an inning– nine on the

                                                                                                                                                   J    This is a milestone year for Northern Connection
                                                                                                                                                        magazine – it is our 10th year of connecting you to
                                                                                                                                                   the community. In honor of this special occasion, this
                                                                                                                                                                                                                 field plus the designated hitter.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                     There is a British rock band named TEN. Network
                                                                                                                                                                                                                 Ten, or Channel Ten, is one of Australia’s three major

   Airport Ambassadors and Local YMCA                                                                                                              month’s trivia is dedicated to the number 10.
                                                                                                                                                       The Roman numeral for ten is X. Ten years is
                                                                                                                                                   referred at as a decade. A decade is also a division of
                                                                                                                                                                                                                 commercial television networks.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                     From down under to outer space, in the early 70s,
                                                                                                                                                                                                                 NASA launched a spacecraft called Mariner 10. Since
     Lend Support to Military Personnel                                                                                                            the rosary consisting of 10 Hail Marys.
                                                                                                                                                       A few movies have the number 10 in their title.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                 we have enlightened you on this two-digit number, we
                                                                                                                                                                                                                 must now see how you fare on a scale of one to ten. So

             and Their Families                                                                                                                    Charlton Heston captivated audiences with his
                                                                                                                                                   portrayal of Moses in The Ten
                                                                                                                                                   Commandments. This 1956 block-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                         get set to answer these numeric questions,
                                                                                                                                                                                                                              because it is time to get a little trivial...

                                                                                                                                                   buster also starred Yul Brynner,                                                  1. Who directed the movie The Ten
                                                             By Paula Green                                                                        Anne Baxter, Edward G.                                                              Commandments?
                                                                                                                                                   Robinson, Vincent Price and                                                          2. What actress portrayed Dudley
         aying goodbye to a loved one is never an easy thing. It is            “It is nice to have a place to unwind away from the bustle. I       Yvonne DeCarlo.                                                                       Moore’s girlfriend in the film

  S      especially difficult when they are serving in the military
         and are getting ready for deployment. Hopefully, this
   burden will now be a little bit easier for veterans and their
                                                                           am sure it will be well utilized.”
                                                                               Heading north of Pittsburgh into Butler County another
                                                                           facility is lending support to military families. The Butler
                                                                                                                                                       The murder-mystery film
                                                                                                                                                   Ten Little Indians was released in
                                                                                                                                                   1965. In 1979 the romantic
                                                                                                                                                   comedy “10” appeared in the-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          “10?”
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          3. In 1993 David Letterman
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          switched from NBC to this net-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          work.
   families who use Pittsburgh International Airport.                      County Family YMCA is providing military families with                  atres. This film, directed by                                                          4. The pilot for Just the Ten of Us
       In November, the Allegheny County Airport Authority                 access to youth development, family strengthening and health            Blake Edwards, starred Bo                                                             debuted on which TV sitcom?
   along with Allegheny County executive Dan Onorato held a                and well-being programs. This new program is part of the                Derek and Dudley Moore. In                                                           5. What network airs the animated
   ribbon-cutting ceremony for the new Military & Family                   national Armed Services YMCA (ASYMCA) and Department                    1977 a short documentary called                                                     program Ben 10?
   Courtesy Center.                                                        of Defense (DoD) Outreach Initiative.                                   Powers of 10 depicted the relative                                                6. Who was the female lead in HBO’s
       The military facility is located just past GateA4 in the air-           Under this new program, membership fees to both the                 scale of the universe in factors of ten.                                       1st & Ten series?
   side terminal of the airport. It was launched as a part of the          Butler YMCA (339 N. Washington St. in Butler) and the                       On television the number 10 appears                                     7. What year did Joe Paterno start coaching
   volunteer Airport Ambassadors program, which staffs the                 Rose E. Schneider Family YMCA (2001 Ehrman Road in                      nightly on The Late Show with David                                   the Penn State Nittany Lions, a member of the
   center.                                                                 Cranberry Twp.) will be underwritten by the DoD and                     Letterman in his “Top Ten List.” It is adapted from                 Big Ten?
                                                                           administered through Military OneSource, an information                 Letterman’s NBC show Late Night. On Sept. 18, 1985,           8.    The main campus of Ohio State University (another
       The new area is equipped with a television, a natural gas
                                                                                                                                                   the first list, “The Top Ten Things That Almost Rhyme               Big Ten member) is located in what city?
   fireplace, and a snack area. The intent is to provide military          and referral service for military families.
                                                                                                                                                   with Peas,” was broadcast.                                    9.    This 2007 comedy film was based on The Ten
   personnel with a comfortable, private place to spend final                  “The Butler County Family YMCA is happy to help meet                    The TV sitcom Just the Ten of Us ran from 1988-                 Commandments?
   moments with their families before their departure.                     the critical needs facing families of deployed military service         1990. It starred comedian Bill Kirchenbauer as Coach          10.   In 1991 this rock bands debut studio album was
       Response to the Military & Family Courtesy Center have              members. Families are the most affected when a loved one                Graham Lubbock, a teacher and the head of a large                   called Ten.
   very favorable; one soldier from Meadville wrote the follow-            gets deployed, so we are deeply committed to providing them             Catholic family with eight children. A current chil-          11.   In 1977, this musician released an album entitled
   ing comment in the guest book: “Thank you. I have always                with the support they need,” said Larry Garvin,                         dren’s show with the number ten is Ben 10. This ani-                Decade.
   known Pittsburgh and the surrounding communities to be very             president/CEO of the Butler County Family YMCA.                         mated series premiered on Dec. 27, 2005, and centers          12.   Mariner 10 was the first spacecraft to visit this planet.
   patriotic. I have wondered when the airport would acknowledge the           Northern Connection magazine would like to express a                around character Ben Tennyson.                                13.   On July 29, 2005, astronomers came up with this
   efforts of military service men and women, but more importantly         special thank you to the Pittsburgh International Airport                   HBO aired a situation comedy from 1984-1991,                    new discovery.
   their families. Last year, when I had to say goodbye to my children     Ambassadors program, and to the Butler County Family                    called 1st & Ten. The series followed the on-and off-         14.   Who was the tenth president of the United States?
                                                                                                                                                   field antics of the California Bulls, a team that played in   15.   Northern Connection magazine debuted in which
   in the terminal departing for Iraq, the lack of privacy was painful.    YMCA for their dedication and support to the military. L
                                                                                                                                                   the fictional North American Football League.                       month of 2000? L
   Thank you for this!”                                                                                                                                Speaking of football – there is the Big Ten
       A few other comments are: “Thank you so much for your                                                                                       Conference. This is the oldest NCAA Division I col-           Sources: http://en.wikipedia.org, http://www.funtrivia.com,
   support. It is always nice to know we have people who care about us                                                                                                                                           http://nssdc.gsfc.nasan.gov/nmc
                                                                                                                                                   lege athletic conference. Its members are located pri-
   and fight to make things a little bit easier and nice for us.”           We welcome brief biographies and photos of local servicemen and        marily in the Midwestern United States, stretching
                                                                            women from our community. If you know of someone you’d like to
       “I really appreciate being able to come and relax before shipping    see featured in this column, please call (724) 940-2444 or mail the    from Iowa and Minnesota in the west to Pennsylvania           13. The 10th Planet 14. John Tyler 15. April
   out. The folks who ran this were very nice and made my group feel        information to: Northern Connection Magazine, P.O. Box 722, Wexford,   in the east. These colleges also play in the Big Ten bas-     Columbus 9. The Ten 10. Pearl Jam 11. Neil Young 12. Mercury
                                                                            PA 15090-0722 or email northcon@nauticom.net.                          ketball conference. During a baseball game, there can
                                                                                                                                                                                                                 Pains 5. The Cartoon Network 6. Delta Burke 7. 1966 8.
   comfortable. Thank you very much.”                                                                                                                                                                            Answers: 1. Cecil B. DeMille 2. Julie Andrews 3. CBS 4. Growing



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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 HAP P E NING S




                                    It is easy to love those who are far                                                                                                                                 North Hills Community
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 call (724) 444-4727.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 Yoga Classes at Trinity United
                                                                                                                                                                                                         Outreach Florida Citrus Sale is         Church of Christ, 3712 Saxonburg

                                    away. It isn’t always easy to love those                                                      Here’s What’s                                                          running through
                                                                                                                                                                                                         Feb. 13. For details, contact
                                                                                                                                                                                                         Jennifer (412) 487-6316,
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 Blvd. For details, call (412) 487-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 3736, or email
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 yogadiane@hotmail.com.

                                    who are right next to us. It is easier to                                                     Happening                                                              opt. 2, x3210 or
                                                                                                                                                                                                         www.nhco.org/fruit.htm.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 Mondays

                                    offer food to the hungry than to answer
                                                                                                                                  ’Round Town                                                            The North Hills School District
                                                                                                                                                                                                         is accepting suggestions for the
                                                                                                                                                                                                         renaming of McIntyre Elementary
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 Bereavement Support Group,
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 2 p.m., Jan. 12, North Hills
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 Community Outreach, Allison Park.
                                                                                                                                                                                                         School. Deadline for entries is Jan.    Sponsored by Gateway Health
                                                                                                                                                                                                         6. For details, visit www.nhsd.net.     Hospice. Call Sister Elizabeth at
                                    the lonely suffering of someone who                                                      North                                chet.com.                              Pine-Richland High School &
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 (412) 536-2020 to register.
                                                                                                                                                                                                         Middle School will host the             Greater Pittsburgh Civil War
                                                                                                                             Happenings                           Donate your unwanted vehi-             Pennsylvania Music Edu-cators           Round Table meets 7 p.m., Jan.
                                    lacks love right in one’s own family.                                                                                         cle to help low-income families
                                                                                                                                                                  through Community Auto. For
                                                                                                                                                                                                         Association’s Junior High School
                                                                                                                                                                                                         Orchestra Program, Jan. 23 & 24 at
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 26, Hampton Township
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 Community Center, 3101 McCully
                                                                                                                           Chapter Two, 8 p.m., Feb. 6, 7,        details, call Randy (724) 443-8300.    Pine Richland High School auditori-
                                                                                                                           13 & 14, Kean Theatre. For tickets                                                                                    Rd., Allison Park. January topic
                                                                                                                                                                                                         um.
                                                                                   – Mother Theresa                        and dinner reservations, call (724)
                                                                                                                           444-KEAN or visit www.keanthe-
                                                                                                                                                                  In conjunction with Operation
                                                                                                                                                                  Troop Appreciation, Oxford             Snow Creations Contest runs
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 will be “The History of Slavery
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 from Eden to the Present.” For
                                                                                                                           atre.com.                                                                                                             info, call Bob or Margie (724) 625-
                                                                                                                                                                  Athletic Club’s Kidzone pro-           through Feb. 23. Send a photo of        2329.
                                                                                                                                                                  gram is creating Valentine’s Day       your snow creation to Heather Jerry
                                                                                                                           Demolition is complete on              Treat Bags for deployed troops serv-   at Marshall T ownship, P.O. Box 2094,
                                                                                                                           Nixon Hall, at Butler Memorial                                                                                        “New Start” meets 7 p.m.,
                                                                                                                                                                  ing in the Middle East. Deadline to    Warrendale, PA 15086 or email to        Mondays, Allison Park Church.
                                    THE EXAMPLE OF THE HOLY FAMILY OF JESUS, MARY                                          Hospital. Authentic bricks are being   donate is Jan. 15. For info, call      heathrej@twp.marshall.pa.us. For        The group offers support for those
                                                                                                                           sold for $30 each. For details, con-   Beth (724) 933-1911, ext. 109 or       info, (724) 935-3090.
                                    AND JOSEPH IS AN INSPIRATION TO CHRISTIAN FAMILIES                                     tact the Foundation (724) 284-4409.    byankel@oxfordathleticclub.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 struggling with broken relation-
                                                                                                                                                                                                         Soergel’s Orchard will reopen at        ships, separation or divorce. For
                                    AS THEY TRY TO LIVE TOGETHER IN LOVE, PEACE, AND                                                                              com.
                                                                                                                                                                                                         8 a.m., Jan. 16. For info, call (724)   info, call (412) 487-7220.
                                                                                                                           5th Annual Pittsburgh Knit &
                                    GENTLENESS. During the Christmas Season, the Catholic                                  Crochet Festival, Feb. 14 & 15,        Jazzercise Classes, 9:30 a.m.,         935-1743.                                         (Continued on page 58)
                                                                                                                           Four Points Sheraton North, Mars.      Mondays, Wednesdays &
                                    Church celebrates the feast of the Holy Family and calls                               Classes and demos in knitting, cro-    Thursdays, new Municipal Building      ViziLite Screening Test (for oral
                                                                                                                           chet and more. For info, call (412)    in Richland Township. For info,        cancer) is available at the Dental
                                    us to honor and cherish those with whom we live in the                                 963-7030 or www.pghknitandcro-         call (724) 625-0064.                   Group at St. Barnabas. For details,
                                    sacred bond of family.
                                       The Sisters of Divine Providence are committed to a
                                    consistent ethic of life. In their ministries, they provide
                                    support and offer programs to strengthen families. At
                                    Room at the Inn in St. Louis, they provide shelter and
                                    programming for homeless clients and their families. At
                                    La Posada Providencia in San Benito, Texas, asylum
                                    seekers are guided through the U.S. immigration process
                                    with the goal of providing a better life for their families.
                                    At Providence Family Support Center on the North Side
                                    of Pittsburgh, families are offered support services,
                                    programs and resources aimed at strengthening the family
                                    unit. Amelia House is a SAFE house in Clarion County
                                    for women and their children who are homeless or the
                                    victims of domestic violence and other violent crimes.
                                       In this New Year, may your family be encircled by the
                                    love of our Provident God.
                                    *The stained glass window is located in the Mother of Divine Providence Chapel at
                                    Providence Heights in the North Hills of Pittsburgh [Photo: Madia Photography, Inc.]




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             H A P P E N IN G S




Tuesdays                                Wednesdays                             Wednesdays @ 1 p.m., the                Women’s Club of Mars meets 7                                             Sundays
                                                                               Kean Theatre: Jan. 7, The Chronicles    p.m., the 2nd Thurs., of each          Bellwood Preschool Open
Cranberry Lion’s Club meets at          Anger Management Group                                                                                                                                  Empty Bowls Dinner spon-
6 p.m., the 2nd & 4th Tuesday at        for Adolescent males ages 13-
                                                                               of Narnia: Prince Caspian; Jan. 14,
                                                                               Swing Vote; Jan. 21, Meet Dave; Jan.
                                                                                                                       month from Sept.-May. Meetings
                                                                                                                       are held at Mars UP Church. For
                                                                                                                                                              House, 1-3 p.m., Jan. 31. The
                                                                                                                                                              preschool is located at the       sored by the Greater                  West
the North Park Deckhouse on Rt.
19 in Cranberry Twp. For details,
                                        16, 5:30-6:45 p.m., Jan. 28-Mar. 4,
                                        North Hills Youth Ministry
                                                                               28, Savage Grace. For tickets, call     info, call (724) 625-9907.             Unitarian Universalist Church     Pittsburgh Community Food
                                                                                                                                                                                                Bank, March 15. Those inter-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Happenings
                                                                               (724) 444-KEAN (5326) or                                                       in Franklin Park, 2359 W.
call Joe (724) 452-5463.                Counseling Center. To register, call   www.keantheatre.com.                    Young Widows/Widowers                  Ingomar Rd. For info, visit       ested in donating bowls or
                                        (412) 366-1300 or                                                              Support Group, 7 p.m., Jan. 8,         www.bellwoodpreschool.com.        soup, visit info@pittsburgh-        Painless Public Speaking
Development Disabilities                www.nhymcc.org.                        Zonta Three Rivers North                King’s Restaurant in Wexford.                                            foodbank.org, or www.pitts-         workshop, 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Jan.
Support Group meets the 3rd                                                    Pittsburgh meeting, 6:30 p.m.,          Sponsored by NHCO. Call Harriet        Butler Symphony                   burghfoodbank.org.                  10, Radisson Pittsburgh Green
Tuesday of the month, 7-9 p.m., at      Bridge to Hope Support Group           Jan. 14, Fresco’s Restaurant, Rt. 19,   (412) 487-6316, Opt 2.                 Orchestra presents                                                    Tree. For info, call (412) 478-
Orion Adult Day Services, 4361 Rt.      for those facing a family member       Wexford. For info, call (724) 775-                                             “Romantic Gems,” 7:30 p.m.,                                           6785 or www.actingforbusi-
8, Allison Park. For info, call (412)   with addiction, meets 7 p.m., Weds.,   8299, email Zonta3rn@zontathree-                                               Feb. 14, auditorium of the                                            ness.com.
213-3500.                               UPMC Passavant Donor Hall & 7          riversnorth.com or www.zontathree-      Fridays                                Butler Intermediate High
Free legal counseling
                                        p.m., Thurs., Garden Montessori
                                        School, Cranberry Twp. Call Jean
                                                                               riversnorth.com.                        Free! Discussion Group for             School, 551 Fairground Hill         Pittsburgh                        Twelve Dancing
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Princesses by the Actor’s
                                                                                                                                                              Rd. Call (724) 283-1402 or
6-8 p.m., the third Tuesday of each     (412) 367-6643.                                                                Parents of Teens 12-18 years old
                                                                                                                       “Coffee, Tea & Teens,” 10 a.m., the    www.butlersymphony.org.             Happenings                        Studio at Saltworks
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Theatre, 7 p.m., Feb. 20 and 2
month at the Neighborhood                                                      Thursdays                               1st Friday of each month, North
Wellness Site, 517 Lincoln Avenue       Cranberry Professional                                                                                                Harmony Museum’s                                                      & 7 p.m., Feb. 21, Christ
in Millvale. To schedule an appt,       Referral Exchange meets Weds.          Bereavement Support Group,              Hills Youth Ministry Counseling                                          Climb Pittsburgh III –              Church at Grove Farms,
                                                                               10 a.m., Jan. 15, North Hills           Center, 802 McKnight Park Dr., $5      Harmoniefest Fundraiser           Saturday, Mar. 28. Race to the
call (412) 526-8545. Sponsored by       7:15 a.m., North Park Deck House,                                                                                     Dinner & Historical Program,                                          Sewickley. For tickets, call
the Sisters of St. Francis.             20810 Route 19 in Cranberry Twp.       Community Outreach, Millvale.           per session. For info, (412) 366-                                        top of the Gulf Tower in down-      (412) 621-6150 x 204 or
                                                                               Sponsored by Gateway Health             1300 or www.nhymcc.org.                6 p.m., Feb. 14, Stewart Hall,    town Pittsburgh to raise funds
                                        For info, call Eve (412) 761-8583 or                                                                                  218 Mercer St. For info, call                                         www.saltworks.org.
Tuesday @ 2 p.m., the Kean              www.prorefx.com.                       Hospice. Call Sister Elizabeth at                                                                                for lung disease. Hosted by the
                                                                               (412) 536-2020 to register.             Kundalini Yoga: Foundation             (724) 452-7341, or email          American Lung Association. To
Theatre: Jan. 6, An American Carol;                                                                                                                           hmusuem@zoominternet or
Jan. 13, You Don’t Mess With the        North Hills Professional                                                       for Vibrant Living, classes are                                          register call Rita at (724) 933-
                                                                               Cancer Caring Center Free               held 6:30-7:30 p.m., Fridays,          www.harmonymuseum.org.            6180 x225 or visit
Zohan; Jan. 20, Tropic Thunder; Jan.    Referral Exchange meets 12:15
                                                                                                                                                                                                www.climbpittsburgh. lungin-
27, Step Brothers. For tickets, call
(724) 444-KEAN (5326) or
                                        p.m., Weds. Carmody’s Restaurant,
                                        I79, Wexford Exit. For info, call
                                                                               Support Groups - Thursdays at
                                                                               UPMC Passavant Hospital.
                                                                                                                       through Spring Tides, Orion
                                                                                                                       Generation Wellness Center, 4361       Kiddie Academy of                 fo.org, or email rlengvarsky.org.     Library
                                                                                                                                                              Wexford Open House, 11
www.keantheatre.com.                    Eve (412) 761-8583 or www.prore-       General Patient group meets 7
                                                                               p.m., 1st & 3rd Thurs, & Breast
                                                                                                                       William Flynn Hwy., Allison Park.
                                                                                                                       For info, call (412) 213-3900.         a.m. to 3 p.m., Jan. 24. For                                            Happenings
                                        fx.com.                                                                                                               info, call 724-935-9898 or
Wexford Chapter of the                                                         Cancer group meets 7 p.m., 2nd &
                                                                               4th Thurs. To register, (412) 622-      North Hills Chapter of the             www.kiddieacademy.com/wex-                                            Grow a Reader; an early lit-
Women’s Business Network                Nu-Beginnings II, a social group                                                                                      ford or email team@kiddiea-
meets, 8 a.m., Jan. 13 & 27, at         for widows and widowers meets 6        1212 or www.cancercaring.org.           Women’s Business Network
                                                                                                                       meets, 12:30 p.m., Jan. 9 & 23, at     cademyofwexford.com.                East                              eracy workshop for caregivers
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    of young children is now avail-
Atria’s Restaurant, Rt. 19, Wexford.    p.m., the 2nd & 4th Weds. at
Details, call Suzanne (412) 264-        Monte Cello’s Restaurant, Babcock      Compulsive Eaters                       Atria’s, 5517 William Flynn Hwy.
                                                                                                                                                              Maple Sugaring, 11 a.m.-
                                                                                                                                                                                                  Happenings                        able at the Shaler North Hills
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    & Hampton Community
6386 or www.wbninc.com.                 Blvd., Ross Twp. For info, call        Anonymous meets 7:30 p.m.,              Details, call Mary Ann (412) 855-
                                                                               Thursdays, Cranberry Twp.,              5069 or ranman_93@netzero.com.         12:30 p.m., Mar. 14, Knob Hill                                        Libraries. For info, call (412)
                                        (412) 931-1381.                                                                                                       Park. Required registration       Allegheny Valley Chapter
                                                                               Municipal Center, Rochester Rd.                                                                                                                      486-0211 (Shaler North Hills)
                                                                                                                                                              (724) 935-3090 x115. No fee.      of the Women’s Business             or (412) 684-1098 (Hampton).
                                                                               No dues. For info, call (412) 225-      Super Bingo, doors open 5:30
                                                                                                                                                                                                Network meets, Jan. 6 & 20,
                                                                               1664.                                   p.m., bingo 7 p.m., Jan. 9, St. Mary
                                                                                                                                                              Mercy Hospital School of          at UPMC Lighthouse Point at         Northern Tier Library
                                                                                                                       of the Assumption Church, Middle
                                                                                                                                                              Nursing Open Houses,              Chapel Harbor. Details, call        Events: Winter Time Story
                                                                               Cranberry Chapter of the                Rd., Glenshaw. Advanced tickets
                                                                                                                                                              12:30-2:30 p.m., Feb., 28 &       Ellen (412) 562-6772 or ellen-      Time runs Jan. 5-Feb. 10;
                                                                               Women’s Business Network                $35 or $40 at the door. For info,
                                                                                                                                                              Mar. 28, in the Sister Margaret   marcus@ub.com.                      Pilates 6:30-7:15 p.m., Jan. 6-
                                                                               meets, 7:30 a.m., Jan. 15, Sherwood     call Coleen at (412) 486-6622.
                                                                               Oaks Community Center, 100                                                     Mary Laitta Auditorium,                                               Feb. 10; Conversation Salon 1-
                                                                                                                                                              UPMC Mercy. Register at           Book Drive through Jan. 30,         3 p.m., Jan. 8; Fiction Critique
                                                                               Norman Dr., Cranberry Twp.              Sweet Heart Bingo, 10-11 a.m.,
                                                                                                                                                              (412) 232-7940 or (412) 232-      sponsored by the Fox Chapel         Group, 6:30 p.m., Jan. 12; Five
                                                                               Details, call Suzanne (724) 777-        Feb. 13, Marshall Twp., Municipal
                                                                                                                                                              7950.                             Area High School Student            Stars, 7 p.m., Jan. 13; Chess
                                                                               4678 or progressions@mac.com.           Building – Lower level. Required
                                                                                                                                                                                                Government Community                Tournament, Jan. 24; Talking
                                                                                                                       registration by Feb. 6. Call (724)
                                                                                                                                                              Northern Men’s                    Outreach Committee, 611             with Your Teen: Bridging the
                                                                               Musicians of the Future work-           935-3090 x115.
                                                                                                                                                              Conference, 8 a.m.-3 p.m.,        Field Club Rd., Fox Chapel.         Communication Gap, 7 p.m.,
                                                                               shop, 10-11 a.m., Jan.15, Marshall
                                                                                                                                                              Jan. 17, First Presbyterian       Benefits the Rural Ridge com-       Jan. 27; Book Discussion 10
                                                                               Twp. Municipal Building – Lower         Zelienople Chapter of the
                                                                                                                                                              Church of Bakerstown, Rt. 8 at    munity Exchange Library.            a.m., Jan. 29. Call (724) 449-
                                                                               Level. For ages 3-6 yrs. Required       Women’s Business Network
                                                                               registration (724) 935-3090 x115.       meets, 8:30 a.m., 2nd & 4th            Heckert Rd., Bakerstown. For                                          2665.
                                                                                                                                                              tickets, call (724) 443-1555 or   The Family & Consumer
                                                                                                                       Fridays, at 191 Evergreen Mill Rd.,
                                                                                                                                                              email men@fpcb.com.               Sciences Dept. at Fox               Shaler North Hills Library
                                                                               North Hills School District is          Harmony. Details, call Shelley
                                                                                                                                                                                                Chapel Area High School             offers free homebound deliv-
                                                                               seeking committee members to            (412) 330-9431 or sheljohn@zoom-
                                                                                                                                                              WISR’ Butler County Wine          will sponsor a preschool pro-       ery, year-round to patrons who
                                                                               serve on the Public Budget              internet.net.
                                                                                                                                                              Festival, 2-5 p.m. (1st ses-      gram for children this winter       cannot come to the library due
                                                                               Committee. Meetings will be held
                                                                                                                                                              sion), 6-9 p.m., (2nd session),   and spring (Feb-mid-May).           to illness or disability. Call
                                                                               7 p.m., Thurs., Jan. 22, Mar. 5, Apr.
                                                                                                                       Saturdays                              Jan. 24, Butler Days Inn. Pre-    For details, call Barbara Miller    Susan (412) 486-0211.
                                                                               16 & May 14. For info, call (412)
                                                                                                                                                              sale tickets $12, at the door     at (412) 967-2400.
                                                                               318-1014 or email                       American Heart Association’s
                                                                               vojtkot@nhsd.net.                                                              $15. Call (724) 283-1500, or
                                                                                                                       2009 Pittsburgh Heart Ball,            www.insidebutlercounty.com.       Fox Chapel Area High
                                                                                                                       Feb. 28, at the David L. Lawrence                                        School Blood Drive, 8 a.m.-
                                                                               Seven Fields Chapter of the             Convention Center. For info, call      Sledding Day, 1-3 p.m., Feb.      7 p.m., Jan. 21, Fox Chapel
                                                                               Women’s Business Network                (412) 702-1130 or                      7, Knob Hill Park – Sledding      Area High School.
                                                                               meets, 8:30 a.m., Jan. 15, Sunrise      jenniferfraps@heart.org.
                                                                               Assisted Living, Rt. 228 in Adams                                              Hill. Required registration
                                                                                                                                                              (724) 935-3090 x115.              Fox Chapel Area High
                                                                               Ridge. Details, call Niki at (724)      Ask the Attorney, 7-9 p.m., Jan.                                         School is collecting books for
                                                                               779-7355 or ncampbell@quick2sell-       17, North Hills Community              Winter Special Needs              a book drive to benefit the
                                                                               pgh.com.                                Outreach, 1975 Ferguson Rd.,           Family Fun Day, noon-2            Rural Ridge Community
                                                                                                                       Allison Park Appointments are          p.m., Feb. 21, Ross Township      Exchange Library. Donations
                                                                               Volunteer Orientations, 10 a.m.,        required. For info, call Harriet       Community Center.                 will be accepted until Jan. 30,
                                                                               Jan. 15, North Hills Community          (412) 487-6316, opt. 2.                Volunteers needed. For info,      at the high school, 611 Field
                                                                               Outreach, 1975 Ferguson Rd.,
                                                                                                                                                              call Jim (412) 364-4115 x318.     Club Rd., in O’Hara Twp.
                                                                               Allison Park & 7 p.m., Jan. 22, 416
                                                                               Lincoln Ave., Millvale. For info,
                                                                               call Jennifer (412) 487-6316, opt. 2,
                                                                               x3210.




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