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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
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
53 | The Town Crier
48 | Sharing is Caring Joe Bullick
Barbara A. Killmeyer
54 | Support Our Troops
55 | Trivia Connection
52 | Is Your Mortgage Payment Going to Break Your Budget? Paula Green
by Jacquelyn Brinker, Branch Manager
57 | NC Happenings
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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he January issue features NC magazine’s 10th annual
President & Publisher
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education issue. Once again, we spotlight some of the
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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
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
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
by The Pennsylvania
Association for Supervision
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.
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
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
was recently honored with Board for Professional
college and universities state-wide.
the Robert V. Flynn
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
Pine-Richland High School
students: Alex Toa, Mike Lauren Martin facility. One of the requirements was to have a certified Awardees
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-
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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
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,
held Nov. 22-23, in Northfield, IL. Meredith Walker, Cassidy Petrigac,
Lindsay Caprio, Olivia DiMaio, Allison
Walker, Michael Cefalo, Christian Cook,
ages six weeks to six years old.
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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
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-
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
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
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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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.
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-
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
School & Agency
Haley Scott, a
Course student at
the Marilyn E.
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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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 by Lynda/musicforalife-
classes for chil-
dren newborn to
Musical fun and
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
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.
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,
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.
*Not real Name
become a .................................................................
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, 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)
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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
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
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 email@example.com. 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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Visit with the Utays KidZone
10090 Old Perry Highway
Your Child Needs
A Complete Catholic
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
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
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.
not just those with Attention Deficit Disorder - need to push their attention ability to its 446 Lincoln Avenue Richland Mall, Rt. 8 213 Executive Drive More often the lump is determined
Inclusion Program Bellevue 15202 5375 William Flynn Hwy Cranberry Twp 16066 to be a cyst in the tissues around the testi-
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
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Enhance Your Life
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
stopping the internal critic
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Call: Donna Summers Moul
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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
I Parenting Isn’t for Cowards, by
I Supernanny: How to Get the Best
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I Scream-Free Parenting: Raising
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Skin and Hair
A Fun, from Winter
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
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
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IM AG E & ST YL E
Little Changes Make
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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HEALTH & W ELLNESS
A D V E R T O R I A L
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.
Capsular Swelling is a term used to
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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-
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.
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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
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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SE N IO R L IV IN G
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
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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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)
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)
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
Fosnight Retirement Home Alzheimer’s ADVERTISERS
Support Group meets 3rd Wednesday of
every month at 6:30 p.m., 3954 Gibsonia
Road in Gibsonia, (724) 443-3790 or
www.fosnight.com. Every month
Free Rides for Seniors, 10 a.m., Jan. 26 &
6:30 p.m., Jan. 29, at Lighthouse Pointe, 500 magazine features a
Chapel Harbor Drive, O’Hara Twp. For info,
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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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
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
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
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-
3. In 1993 David Letterman
switched from NBC to this net-
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 email@example.com. 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
who are right next to us. It is easier to Happening opt. 2, x3210 or
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
– 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 firstname.lastname@example.org. 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.]
Visit us on the web at
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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-
(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
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 email@example.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 firstname.lastname@example.org. 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 email@example.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 firstname.lastname@example.org. 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
email@example.com. $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 firstname.lastname@example.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,
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Penny Ann Erbe
Federally Authorized Tax Practitioner
4767 Route 8
Allison Park, PA 15101-2456
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