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CONTENTS

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In Every Issue

3 | Business Spotlight: Laser Enhancements

Janice Lane Palko

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NORTHERN CONNECTION

This Month

Health Care Connection

16 | Pittsburgh: An Outstanding Place to Live and Work -- Health Care

Janice Lane Palko

4 | From the Publisher

Marion Piotrowski

6 | Movers & Shakers 7 | Mover & Shaker of the Month: John DiCesare

Image & Style

35 | Hot Handbags ­ 7 Top Trends for Spring

Kelly A. Smith

by Paula Green

33 | Relationships: Ten Ways to Say I Love You

Robert & Michele Tedder

18 | Take Charge of Your Heart

Michael D. Parkinson, MD, MPH, UPMC Health Plan

Real Estate and Financial

51 | V for Valentine and for Value!

Jacquelyn Brinker, Branch Manager

34 | Enhance Your Life: The Secret of Romance

Elaine Malece, Ph.D.

20 | NC's Health & Wellness Featured Facilities

Senior Living

37 | A Special Treat from Cupid

Barbara A. Killmeyer

36 | Just A Thought... Where is the Love?

Janice Lane Palko

Features

11 | Cover Story: Passavant Hospital Foundation "A Legacy of Caring" 45 | Local Schools of Interest 47 | Can You Tweet Yourself Into Your Next Job?

Linda Burkley, APR

40 | Happenings for Seniors 43 | Visit with the Utays

Drs. Joe & Carol Utay

38 | St. Barnabas Health System

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31 | Inquiring Minds Want to Know

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32 | Are You Tired of Feeling Afraid?

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46 | Caring for Your Turtle

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47 | The Town Crier: February­ Short but Sweet

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52 | Sisters of Divine Providence

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48 | Support Our Troops: Cotey Jordan

Paula Green

49 | Support Our Troops: 7th Annual "Reach Out and Touch a Hero Program"

Paula Green

50 | Trivia Connection: Ronald Reagan Trivia

Paula Green

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By Janice Lane Palko

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Magazine's February cover story informs us about the Passavant Foundation. It is the Foundation's mission to support UPMC Passavant by advancing health and wellness through education and outreach. February's special feature on what makes Pittsburgh an outstanding place to live and work focuses on Health Care. We are fortunate to live in a city that is on the cutting edge of medical research, with top physicians and facilities that offer patients excellent health care advantages. In February, we celebrate President's Day and Valentine's Day. NC magazine's trivia is about the 40th president of the United States, Ronald Reagan, who would have been 100 years old on February 6th. NC magazine also features articles on romance, along with a sweet recipe from cupid! NC Magazine's Happenings section will give you some great ideas on what is going on in our area for you and your family to enjoy this time of year. Enjoy reading all the special features along with NC magazine's regular monthly columns. Also, be sure to read our new blog to find out what's happening behind the scenes at NC magazine. Visit http://northernconnectionmagazine.wordpress.com/. For up-to-the minute news, follow us on Twitter at http://www.twitter.com/NConnectionMag. Thank you for your support and together we continue to make our community an outstanding place to live and work.

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MOVERS & SHAKERS

Jim Roddey of McCrory & McDowell LLC was recently honored by the Junior Achievement organization. He received the prestigious Fred Rogers Good Neighbor Award. Roddey is a former chief executive of Allegheny County. He served from 2000 to 2004. Clayton A. Smith, M.D., an internationally renowned hematology and oncology expert, has been named director of the Hematologic Malignancies Program at the University of Pittsburgh Cancer Institute (UPCI) and director of Leukemia and Stem Cell Transplant Clinical Services with UPMC Cancer Centers. Andrea V. Cotter will join the executive staff of UPMC as chief communications officer on Jan. 31. Magee-Womens Hospital of UPMC held a Centennial Celebration on Jan. 10. Since opening its doors 100 years ago, MageeWomens Hospital of UPMC has been advancing the understanding of women's health and the practice of gender-specific medicine. Fellowship-trained orthopedic spine surgeon Scott G. Rainey, D.O., was appointed to the Butler Memorial medical staff. St. Barnabas Health System has elected its Board of Trustees for 2011. They are: John J. Curran, John A. Howell III, John S. Turnbull, William V. Day, Thomas M. Schmidt, Joseph C. Scaletta, David L. Wohleber and Robert D. Pfischner. The Board of Trustees was re-elected for St. Barnabas Charities Inc. Those elected include: Ellen Bramson, Nanci L. Case, Augusta Kairys, Rich Andrus and Marion Piotrowski. The Board of Trustees has been re-elected for St. Barnabas Clinical Services Inc. Elected trustees are: John S. Turnbull, Karen Tabacchi and Brooks Bartlett. St. Barnabas Health System announced its Employees of the Month for December. They are: Elaine Kostial, Kris Donahue, Kathleen DiGiacomo and Kathryn Hartman. The American Cancer Society Relay For Life of the Greater Cranberry Township Area has been recognized for extraordinary efforts and dedication to fighting cancer. Dr. Brianne Kemp of Wexford was chosen as the recipient of the 2010 Women's Business Network Inc. Jean Walsh Scholarship Award. Dr. Susan Medley has been named as the new music director of the Pittsburgh Concert Chorale. Members of the Butler County Chamber of Commerce elected members of the 2011 board of directors. Those elected included: Dr. Nicholas Neupauer, Joe Taylor, Tammy Schuey, Sherry Kyne, Brenda Lemmon, Elisabeth Howard Sommers, Brett Ligo and Janice Pakozdi-Luffy. Lee Ann Bennardo, president of Print Management LLC, announced they have been selected winners in gold (three), and silver (one) printing categories by the International Association of Printing House Craftsmen. The North Allegheny School District announced that William P Stropkaj, . Ed.D, has been recommissioned as the assistant superintendent for Elementary Education and Curriculum. North Allegheny senior Lauren Eisenreich has been accepted into the MENC (The National Association of Music Education) AllEastern Wind Ensemble. Rachel Fischbaugh has been appointed to the position of assistant principal at Carson Middle School. Varsity cheerleaders from the North Hills and North Allegheny school districts collected more than 700 coats during their fourth annual coat drive to benefit the North Hills Community Outreach Free Coat Shop in Millvale. North Hills School District teachers and staff contributed over $800 in items and shipping costs to "Christmas for Our Troops in Kuwait" in support of the 15th Engineer Battalion, which includes a 2007 North Hills graduate. The superintendent of the North Hills School District was elected to the 21-member board of directors for ASCD, formerly the Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development Council. Dr. Joseph Goodnack, past Joe Goodnack president of the Pennsylvania affiliate of ACSD, will begin his three-year term on Mar. 28. The Athletics & Activities office in the North Hills School District sponsored a toy drive to benefit Toys for Tots. Over $3,400 has been donated by the North Hills "Elves" (in the North Hills School District). The charitable drive is organized by the North Hills Educational Support Personnel Association in partnership with the North Hills Foundation. Donated money was used to purchase Giant Eagle and Target gift cards for local families in need. North Hills Senior High School student Christian Scott was named to the Amateur Union/USA Rollersports High School AllAmerican team.

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La Roche College recently named the college's basketball court "Coach Scott Lang Court." Lang was the head coach from 19972010 and the school's all-time leader in wins. He passed away on Dec. 10 at the age of 41. The governing boards of the Community College of Allegheny County (CCAC) and the CCAC Educational Foundation have elected new officers. Officers are: Hon. William Russell Robinson, Gregory Peaslee, Hon. Jay Costa Jr., James M. Flynn Jr., Mona N. Generett, PhD, and Martha Woodward Isler. Educational Officers include: Lawrence V. Gleason, Candice P Mill, . Timothy W. Merrill Jr., Peter J. Muth, Terry Fedele, Peter DeComo, Jerry Lopes and Joseph Wolfson.

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John Michael Hall, the Pennsylvania Secretary of Aging presented Vincentian Regency with the Excellence in Quality Care Award. They received this prestigious honor due to the superior care they provide their elderly residents.

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John DiCesare

YouTube Tuba Contest Winner

By Paula Green

local school band director has hit a high note in a big way. John DiCesare recently won a YouTube Competition that has landed him in the international spotlight. In October, DiCesare submitted a four-minute audition tape to the YouTube website. Submissions poured in from all over the world; a panel of judges selected DiCesare's tape as one of four finalists for the tuba position. Online voters liked what they saw, and he was chosen as a winner. DiCesare is the instrumental band director at St. Teresa of Avila Parish in Perrysville. DiCesare will now travel to Sydney, Australia, in March to participate in the YouTube Symphony Orchestra 2011. A total of 95 musicians from 30 countries will venture "down under" for this prestigious event. The weeklong classical summit will culminate in a concert led by Grammy-Award-winning, American conductor Michael Tilson Thomas. DiCesare earned his bachelor's degree in Music Education and a master's degree in Tuba Performance, both from Kent State University. He is currently pursuing an Artists Diploma in

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Tuba Performance at Duquesne University. "It's an incredible honor to join this talented group of musicians who were selected from every corner of the world. This achievement would not have been possible without all of the supporters ­ including St. Teresa of Avila faculty, staff, band students, and their families ­ who watched my online audition and cast their votes," said DiCesare. "The entire St. Teresa of Avila family is delighted that Mr. DiCesare has received this worldwide recognition for his musical abilities. It is especially fitting that this honor is bestowed during the 2010-2011 school year, which we have dubbed the `Year of Fine Arts' at our school. He exemplifies the ways in which the fine arts can enrich our lives, complementing our academic studies and producing well-rounded individuals. He is an outstanding role model for all of our students in grades K-8, not just our band members," said St. Teresa's principal, Sister Karen Brink.

DiCesare also teaches music at Providence Heights Alpha School in McCandless Twp. He is also a member of the Iron City Quintet. The Symphony Orchestra event will be streamed live on You Tube on March 20. For additional information on the 2011 YouTube Symphony, visit www.youtube.com/symphony. To view DiCesare's winning audition, visit http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_mh DXn7M4QM.

North Hills Junior High seventh grade Blue Team collected 43 boxes of cereal in a "cereal war" to benefit the North Hills Community Outreach. The eighth grade class raised $1,500 through the annual Turkey Trot. All proceeds benefited the North Hills Community food bank. Students, families and staff at Highcliff Elementary held a Penny War and raised $2,219.02 for the Make-A-Wish Foundation. McIntyre Elementary first and sixth grade buddies made winter decorations to donate to Manor Care Nursing Home. The fourth grade participated in a candy drive to benefit the North Hills Community Outreach. Sixth graders wrote letters to men and women serving overseas. Student council collected 23 boxes of donations, valued at over $265 to benefit North Hills Community Outreach.

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Ross Elementary teachers and staff donated funds to provide 33 wreaths for the Wreaths Across America program. The school also hosted a Red, White and Blue Day to honor veterans. They collected over $600 to purchase gifts for the children whose families received support from the St. Cyril Food Bank on the Northside of Pittsburgh. Third grade students at West View Elementary made decorations for the trays that are used by Meals on Wheels. Fifth graders donated holiday gifts for the Animal Friends shelter. In addition, they made holiday cards for veterans. The student council held a food drive to support needy families in our community. Pine-Richland Elementary student Jackie Evancho performed during the NHL Winter Classic outdoor game between the Pittsburgh Penguins and the Washington Capitals at Heinz Field on New Year's Day. Fox Chapel Area High School senior Alimpon Sinha has been selected as a semifinalist in the 2010-11 Coca-Cola Scholars Program. Fox Chapel Area School District held their annual telethon Dec. 23 and they raised $31,684 for the Luke Hadley Foundation. This foundation provides organizations funds to care for medically fragile children. Fox Chapel Area High School assistant principal John McGee has been named assistant principal of the Year by the Pennsylvania Association of Elementary & Secondary School Principals (PAESSP).

Jung, Sequoia Leuba, Sofia Manfredi, Maureen McGill, Amanda Myers, Katharine Reineman, Patrick Ryan, Christine Serwon, Christine Soloski, Jennifer Thaete, Kelsey Ulanowicz, Julia Warshafsky and Alyssa Zaidi. Students from Hampton Middle School participated in the Lego League Challenge entitled "Body Forward" at the National Robotics Institute Consortium. Team members were: Peter Heinricher, Marcus Del Prete, Sam Horgan, Jonathan Stokes, Cameron Schepner, Brandon Duderstadt, Ben Hawthorne, Ryan Hornung, Jacob Stokes and Andrew Zewe. Alexandra Pacinda, a sophomore in the Seneca Valley School District, was named to the 2010/2011 Pittsburgh CLO Mini-Stars. Three Seneca Valley seniors have been named candidates in the 2011 National Merit Special Scholarship Competition. They are: Adam Dorko, Benjamin Hart and Jacob Jerome. Eden Christian Academy senior Althea O'Brien scored the 1000th point of her varsity basketball career in a game against Aquinas Academy in early January. O'Brien is the starting point guard for the Lady Warriors and the first in school history to reach 1,000 points. Eden Christian Academy's Robotics team members Michael Coyne and Warren Casey won the First Tech Challenge Pennsylvania qualifier and went on to win the championship against teams from PA, NY and NJ. They will compete in the FTC National competition in St. Louis in April. Providence Heights Alpha School is celebrating Catholic Schools Week Jan. 31- Feb. 4, by recognizing all the groups of people who make and continue to make America a great country. This year's theme is A+ for America.

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Four Fox Chapel Area High School students placed at the Princeton Model United Nations (UN) Conference. They are: Pavan Rajgopal, Jack Millard, Jennifer Goetz and Daniel Tracht. The Fox Chapel Area School Board has hired Eric Ravotti as the new Fox Chapel Area High School Varsity head football coach. Four Fox Chapel Area High School students were recognized for their performance at the North Catholic Invitational Tournament. The honorees are: Johnny Lou, Jack Millard, Andrew Tabas and Zhihong Xu. Several Fox Chapel Area High School seniors placed at the Civics Fair. Trevor Weis and Daniel Tracht won first and second place. Team members were: Lee Ann Adelsheim, Matthew Breslof, Brinley Bruton, Miranda Chang, Natalie Fallert, Lloyd Harvey, Salem Hilal, Talia Hirsch, Jay

Ohio Valley General Hospital has appointed Michael Olszewski, RN, BSN, vice president of Satellite Operations and Business Development. Olszewski's responsibilities will include oversight of Wound Care, Pain and Physician Medical Staff Office. "I look forward to being a part of the Senior Management team that continues growing the success of Ohio Valley General Hospital," Olszewski said.

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Second graders from Aquinas Academy shared their voices and time at the Ross Hill Retirement Residence during the holidays.

Aquinas Academy of Pittsburgh was named to the National Catholic High School Honor Roll which has released its selection of the best 50 Catholic secondary schools in the United States. Shady Side Academy installed Thomas M. Cangiano as its 15th president in a formal ceremony on Jan. 19 on their senior school campus in Fox Chapel.

Nicoletta Giacchino, 17year-old senior from Franklin Regional High School was named the winner of the 2010 Equitable Gas Sing-Off competition during First Night Pittsburgh. Over 180 high school students from western PA and West Virginia gathered at Carnegie Mellon University for the 2011 Pittsburgh First® Robotics Competition Kickoff sponsored by Google.

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COVER STORY

PASSAVANT HOSPITAL

FOUNDATION

A Legacy of Caring

A dream to create a future

Mark Burnett, Alice Burke, Pam Taylor, Jean Wagner, Ralph DeStefano, Cynthia Troup, Janine Sidoruk

It is said that there is nothing like a dream to create a future. Passavant Hospital Foundation's dream became its vision: to be a visible extension of the Passavant legacy of caring in making the region a leader in health care awareness, accessibility and quality. The Foundation's vision, in effect, is its North Star.

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or Passavant Hospital Foundation, a non-profit organization independent of UPMC, making a difference in their surrounding communities is of great importance. It is the Foundation's core mission to support UPMC Passavant by advancing health and wellness through education, outreach and grant making. The Passavant community has a proud history of more than 150 years of community residents dedicated to helping one another to improve the quality of life in our area. The Foundation's President and CEO Ralph T. DeStefano said, "The Foundation has adopted a mission to provide the support for unparalleled service and patient-oriented care so that the North Hills is a leader in health care quality and medical technology, while keeping its compassion for patients and their families. Hence, this is our legacy. This is our legacy of caring." Formerly the CEO of UPMC Passavant, Mr. DeStefano accepted his current role with Passavant Hospital Foundation in 2009. As an active Board member of the Passavant family

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since 1976, Mr. DeStefano continues to lead the Foundation through many developmental changes. One of the latest changes includes the opening of the new Passavant Hospital Foundation Conference Center and Legacy Theatre located at Cumberland Woods Village, an independent living community on the 134-acre campus of UPMC Passavant McCandless. Community-based donations from a $16.4 million fund helped in the creation of the building, which hosted the Foundation's first-ever day-long Women's Health and Fitness Expo in September 2010. Jean Wagner, Director of Foundation Services and Board Relations for Passavant Hospital Foundation, said, "The Expo was created as a day for all women, to help them lead a healthier and more balanced lifestyle. It also provided opportunities to meet the experts and get answers to their questions, to learn to try new things and to get the chance to make changes necessary to lead a healthier, more active and more fulfilling lifestyle." Underwritten by the signature sponsor, Baierl Subaru, Ms. Wagner shared that "more than 600 people of all ages attended this event." The Expo offered multiple seminars, workshops, screenings and a resource health fair. "It's the ongoing community contributions and sponsor support that allows the Foundation to offer programs and events such as this Expo free of charge to the community," stated Ms. Wagner. Watch for an announcement for the 2011 Expo date. A member of the Passavant family since 1976, Ms. Wagner transitioned to the Foundation in 2003 for the purpose of establishing and developing outreach programs. These programs include the successful Extending the Care ETC Series, Bridge to Hope and the Legacy Music Series. "The Passavant Hospital Foundation has continued to show a strong commitment to the community through active participation with its members. The ETC lecture series, with its focus on awareness and prevention, is a strong indicator of their dedication to the community," stated Doctor Matt ElKadi, Chief of Neurosurgery for UPMC Passavant. The Women's Health and Fitness Expo is just one of the many outreach programs under the ETC series that was developed by Ms. Wagner. ETC health and wellness events are open to the community periodically throughout the year and are mostly free of charge. Doctor Daniel Edmundowicz, Director of Cardiovascular Medicine for UPMC Passavant, and a frequent speaker for the ETC programs said, "The ETC outreach program is a wonderful opportunity for the community to interact with clinicians and become informed about important health topics." 2010 was a milestone year for the ETC program series. Over 200 people attended the Foundation's Breast Cancer Symposium this past October, which focused on expanding both the awareness of and education about breast cancer. In order to continue awareness about ongoing self breast checks, special, handmade breast cancer awareness key chains were distributed to all attendees. These key chains make a thoughtful and important gift to loved ones to help remind them about regular self checks. These key chains are available for purchase in the Gift Shop at UPMC Passavant McCandless for $10. All proceeds benefit the Foundation.

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The new 250-seat Passavant Hospital Foundation Legacy Theatre

In their ongoing mission to advance health and wellness through education, the Foundation has plans underway for new ETC seminars in 2011. One of the seminars that will take place later in the year will be a Lung Cancer Symposium, which will offer continuing education for medical professionals. Also included in the lineup for 2011 is an event that is being planned to address a relevant topic through community education, Autism through the Lifespan. The Foundation is hosting this new event on April 13 and 14. This program will focus on living with autism from early childhood through adulthood, and is open to the community, medical and educational professionals. Topics will include current research and implications of the condition, diagnosis and education, and review of state and federal legislation. Through this event and others like it, Passavant Hospital Foundation remains steadfast in its commitment to health-related education in the northern region communities. All three of these events will be held at the Passavant Hospital Foundation Conference Center and Legacy Theatre. Another outstanding outreach program is the Bridge to Hope, which gives support and education for those who are suffering with a loved one's substance abuse. Joan Ward of Bridge to Hope said, "Fear and isolation are such a part of the disease of addiction. Families often find themselves feeling afraid and alone... Through the generosity of the Passavant Hospital Foundation, the Bridge to Hope is able to offer families support and education so they know that they are not alone. The organization's motto says it all . . . `There's no place like Hope.' " The newest of the outreach programs, the Legacy Music Series, is supported by talented volunteer musicians who perform in a casual environment at UPMC Passavant McCandless. Playing music from classical to new age repertories, these musician play a key role in helping to provide a healing and calming environment within the hospital. Christine Soroka, President of Pittsburgh Music Live, LLC, said, "I was so pleased when one of my students told me that she was going to be a volunteer musician for Passavant Hospital Foundation's Legacy Music Series. I immediately asked her if I could join her, and now we have a treasured memory together. Jean Wagner for Passavant Hospital Foundation should be congratulated for seeing the value of starting this wonderful program at Passavant, and inviting musicians from the community to be involved." As a result of

the great feedback received for the Legacy Music Series, Ms. Wagner noted that, "the Foundation is exploring ways in which to expand its charitable endeavors and share the gift of fine music with even more people of the greater North Hills community." Passavant Hospital Foundation has not singularly focused its efforts on its ETC health and wellness programs; it has also made great strides in grants for UPMC Passavant McCandless and UPMC Passavant Cranberry. Each year the Foundation budgets funding for hospital departmental grants that focus on patient and employee satisfaction, safety and quality improvement. In the fall of 2010, eleven projects that totaled over $100,000 were approved by the Foundation Board of Directors, composed of 14 community members and chaired by William E. Troup. Giving back to the community through hospital departmental grants is a long-standing philosophy of the Foundation. With Passavant Hospital Foundation's legacy of caring, the Foundation continues to give back to the community. The ongoing campus beautification program offers lush foliage and is a great solace to the patients who observe the landscape. Through the efforts of Master Gardner Maryellen Lippert, patients, staff, families and friends can enjoy the beautiful third floor terrace garden. There are also numerous garden clubs and community groups, as well as staff, that volunteer their time to make the hospital a beautiful place. Ingomar Garden Club was recently recognized with the Pennsylvania Horticulture Society's Community Greening Award for their work through the Foundation's beautification program at UPMC Passavant McCandless. Passavant Hospital Foundation is a worthy organization because of its positive influence on the lives of patients and their families, hospital guests, physicians and staff and residents in the surrounding regions. Philosopher William James said, "The greatest use of a life is to spend it for something that will outlast it." To help the Foundation continue its dream for the future, please consider making a gift to Passavant Hospital Foundation. For more information about the Foundation, please visit the website at www.passavanthospitalfoundation.org or call 412-367-6640.

Pittsburgh native Kimberly Kong, a graduate student at the Julliard School, kicks off the Foundation's Legacy Music Series.

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UPCOMING SEMINARS

Upcoming For Your Health Seminars at Cranberry Senior Center

FOR THE SAKE OF YOUR HEART...GENERAL CARDIOLOGY RISK FACTORS & PREVENTION Presenter: Daniel Edmundowicz, MS, MS, FACC Cranberry Senior Center Wed., Feb. 16 12:30 p.m. COLORECTAL CANCER...WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW! Presenter: Ved Kaushik, MD Cranberry Senior Center Wed., March 16 12:30 p.m. GOOD NUTRITION FOR SENIORS Presenter: Joan Avolio, RN Cranberry Senior Center Wed., April 20 12:30 p.m. BLOODLESS MEDICINE AND SURGERY Presenter: Perry Doebler Cranberry Senior Center Wed., May 18 12:30 p.m. SPINE AS WE AGE...PREVENTION AND TREATMENT Presenter: Matt El-Kadi, MD Cranberry Senior Center Wed., June 15 12:30 p.m. ADVANCES IN CONSERVATIVE AND SURGICAL KNEE TREATMENTS Presenter: Kelly Agnew, MD Cranberry Senior Center Wed., July 20 12:30 p.m. HOW'S YOUR HEARING (FREE HEARING SCREENINGS PROVIDED) Presenter: Mariann McElwain, MD Cranberry Senior Center Wed., Aug. 17 12:30 p.m. PAIN IN THE ELDERLY & FAMILY ADDICTION Presenter: Frank Kunkel, MD Cranberry Senior Center Wed., Sept. 21 12:30 p.m. SHOULDER PAIN AS YOU AGE Presenter: Joshua Szabo, MD Cranberry Senior Center Wed., Oct. 19 12:30 p.m. HEALTHY LIVING WITH DIABETES Presenter: Patrick McCarthy, RN Cranberry Senior Center Wed., Nov. 16 12:30 p.m. Please call 412-367-6640 to register for seminars at the Cranberry Senior Center

Bridge to Hope Support Sessions

for families affected by a loved one's substance abuse Conference Room 1 Passavant Hospital Foundation Conference Center at Cumberland Woods Village UPMC Passavant McCandless Campus Every Wed. 7:00 p.m. ­ 8:30 p.m.

BRIDGE TO HOPE ­ SIXTH ANNUAL VIGIL OF HOPE Passavant Hospital Foundation Conference Center Wed., June 8 6:00 p.m. Please call 412-367-6640 or visit bridge2hope.org for more information

Upcoming Events

PASSAVANT HOSPITAL AUXILIARY'S TIP TOE THROUGH THE TULIPS SPRING FASHION SHOW AND LUNCHEON Passavant Hospital Foundation Conference Center & Legacy Theatre Sat., April 30 Contact: Mark Burnett, Events & Programs Coordinator, 412-367-6644 or [email protected] PASSAVANT HOSPITAL FOUNDATION'S 24TH ANNUAL GOLF OUTING Treesdale Golf & Country Club Mon., June 20 Contact: Pam Taylor, Administrative Assistant, 412-635-5788 or [email protected] PASSAVANT HOSPITAL FOUNDATION'S PATRIOTIC MUSIC TRIBUTE Passavant Hospital Foundation Legacy Theatre Thurs., June 30 Contact: Mark Burnett, Events & Programs Coordinator, 412-367-6644 or [email protected] PASSAVANT HOSPITAL AUXILIARY'S LIGHTS OF LOVE TREE LIGHTING CEREMONY UPMC Passavant McCandless campus Fri., December 2 Contact: Mark Burnett, Events & Programs Coordinator, 412-367-6644 or [email protected] PASSAVANT HOSPITAL FOUNDATION'S HOLIDAY CELEBRATION MUSIC PROGRAM Passavant Hospital Foundation Legacy Theatre Fri., December 2, 7:30 p.m. Contact: Mark Burnett, Events & Programs Coordinator, 412-367-6644 or [email protected]

Upcoming Seminars

AUTISM THROUGH THE LIFESPAN Passavant Hospital Foundation Conference Center & Legacy Theatre Wed., April 13 and Thurs., April 14 Two day event SENECA VALLEY SCHOOL DISTRICT ­ HAINES & ROWAN PTO BIKE SAFETY EVENT UPMC Passavant Cranberry Sun., May 15 2:00 ­ 4:00 p.m. WOMEN'S HEALTH & FITNESS EXPO Passavant Hospital Foundation Conference Center & Legacy Theatre Date & Time: To be announced LUNG CANCER SYMPOSIUM (CONTINUING EDUCATION SEMINAR FOR MEDICAL PROFESSIONALS) Passavant Hospital Foundation Conference Center & Legacy Theatre Fri., November 4 All day event Please call 412-367-6640 for more information

Upcoming Extending the Care ETC Seminars

at Community College of Allegheny County ­ North UNDERSTANDING THE CARDIOVASCULAR SYSTEM AND YOU ­ PART I Presenters: Daniel Edmundowicz, MD, and Darlene Loebig, RN Tues., March 15 6:30 p.m. ­ 8:30 p.m. UNDERSTANDING THE CARDIOVASCULAR SYSTEM AND YOU ­ PART II Presenters: Daniel Edmundowicz, MS, MD, FACC and Darlene Loebig, RN Tues., April 19 6:30 p.m. ­ 8:30 p.m. WEIGHT LOSS AND WEIGHT MANAGEMENT Presenter: Registered Dietitian, UPMC Passavant Tues., May 17 6:30 p.m. ­ 8:30 p.m. Please call 412-369-3701 to register for seminars at CCAC ­ North

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An Outstanding Place to Live and Work--Health Care

By Janice Lane Palko

PITTSBURGH:

WHEN PEOPLE THINK OF PITTSBURGH, THEY OFTEN THINK OF SPORTS CHAMPIONS, BUT PITTSBURGH IS HOME TO ANOTHER GROUP OF CHAMPIONS AS WELL--in particular, pioneering medical professionals. In 1847, the Sisters of Mercy, a congregation of Catholic nuns, founded the first permanent hospital in the area on Penn Avenue. The following year, they founded the area's first teaching hospital with resident physicians. Since then, the region's medical facilities have expanded, and the world's finest medical professionals have continued to come here to train and practice, making Pittsburgh one of the nation's--and the world's--premiere medical centers.

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ast fall, Sperling's Best Places.net rated Pittsburgh at the top of its 10 Best Cities to Relocate to in America, and one of the reasons why the city is ranked so highly is because of the area's outstanding medical care. Our medical facilities and professionals are so exceptional many of them have become household names. Prior to 1955, polio was one of the most feared of communicable diseases. During the polio epidemic of 1952 alone, approximately 60,000 people contracted the disease with 3,000 deaths occurring in the United States and leaving more than 21,000 paralyzed. In 1947, the National Foundation for Infantile Paralysis offered Dr. Jonas Salk an appointment to the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine to do research on this crippling malady. Salk's seven years of research resulted in a vaccine for polio. After numerous trials, on April 12, 1955, the success of the vaccine was made public. Salk was hailed a hero, and by 1979, polio was eradicated from the U.S. You may also recall the name Stormie Jones. She was the six-year-old Texas girl who came to Pittsburgh in 1984 and received the world's first heart and liver transplant at Children's Hospital at the hands of renowned surgeon Dr. Thomas Starzl. The pioneering surgery gave the girl nearly seven more years of life. Children's Hospital also is famous for producing one really bad dude--Mr. Yuk. Dr. Richard Moriarty conceived of the idea of an easily recognizable symbol for children that could be placed on poisonous substances. The iconic Mr. Yuk symbol was created by the Pittsburgh Poison Center and has been used since the 1970s, preventing countless poisonings among children. The Stormie Jones transplant was only the beginning of revolutionary transplant firsts for Pittsburgh. In 1989, Presbyterian-University Hospital performed the world's first simultaneous heart, liver and kidney transplant. On May 4, 2009, Jeff Kepner received the nation's first double hand transplant at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center. The 57-year-old Georgia resident and pastry chef lost both his hands and feet due to a strep infection. The nine-hour surgery was led by Dr. W. P. Andrew Lee. With numerous world-class hospitals and adjunct facilities as well outstanding physicians and medical professionals, Pittsburgh will continue to offer outstanding medical care and continue to be a great place to live and work.

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Take Charge of Your Heart

By Michael D. Parkinson, MD, MPH UPMC Health Plan

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o one cares more about your heart health than you do. That's pretty obvious to most people. But, what is not as obvious is that if you take charge of your heart health, you may be able to cure yourself of heart disease in the process. Heart disease remains the leading cause of death in the United States for both men and women. However, there is abundant evidence that it can be prevented, reversed and even abolished. In recent months, former President Bill Clinton adopted a nearly vegan diet, partly to lose weight before his daughter's wedding, but mostly for his own heart health. Clinton had two heart stents inserted in the same year and came to realize that the stents were serving as "band-aids" for his condition and not doing anything to help him to prevent future incidents. In an interview with CNN, Clinton talked about himself and others who have followed what is essentially a plant-based diet and not ingested cholesterol from any source. The result, Clinton said, was they have seen "their bodies start to heal themselves ­ break up the arterial blockage, break up the calcium deposits around the heart." Clinton said he wanted to be among the 82 percent of people who have followed a plant-based diet and produced those kinds of positive results. Clinton was following a diet prescribed by Dr. Caldwell Esselstyn, Jr., of Cleveland Clinic. Dr. Esselstyn's diet consists almost entirely of whole grains, fruits, vegetables and plantbased foods. All meat and dairy products have been eliminated. Within 10-14 days of the time they start the diet, some of his patients report that their angina chest pains have disappeared. Drs. Esselstyn, Dean Ornish and a growing body of clinical evidence support the finding that for persons with coronary artery disease, neither the surgical procedures (inserting

stents) nor the drugs that go with the procedures treat the real cause of the condition. Although these treatments may be life-saving for some, they are still just stopgap measures. Dr. Esselstyn became convinced that the fatty American diet contributed to heart disease by examining other countries where heart disease was non-existent. It is his contention ­ as well as that of other medical experts ­ that the body is not built to handle the excess and unhealthy fats that are in many American diets and absent in diets in other parts of the world. "Nothing trumps food in terms of health," says Dr. Esselstyn. It is his contention that a revolution in health is imminent in the U.S., and it will not be the result of another new pill or procedure or operation. Instead, it will come from educating the public about how they can live the healthiest possible type of lifestyle. When it comes to understanding the power of food, Dr. Esselystyn says, "It's either going to devastate you or it's going to enhance your health and well-being." Unfortunately, however, because of the way our physicians have been trained ­ in the "medical model" as opposed to a "healthy living model" ­ doctors may not suggest or even seriously entertain healthier eating as a primary treatment and not just a preventive measure for our hypertension, diabetes, or heart disease. Reversing disease and reducing our dependence on medications as our body takes charge again is doable. But only if we get serious and get help doing so. It is not genetics or bad luck that determines whether a person gets heart disease, says Dr. Esselystyn. "Genes load the gun, but lifestyle pulls the trigger," he says. You have the capacity to stop, reverse and prevent heart disease. Your willingness to follow a healthier, largely plantbased diet and lifestyle that maximizes your heart health will ultimately determine how long and how well you live!

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NC's Health & Wellness Featured Facilities

Advanced Bodywork Massage and Yoga

Mary Jo Smiley CMTPT CMMT is a Nationally Certified Myofascial Trigger Point Therapist and has been practicing since 1999. MTrP are THE MOST COMMON and most misunderstood cause of chronic and recurring pain; get relief from headaches, migraines, whiplash, TMJ, neck pain etc. Mary Jo can bill auto insurance post-accident. Call for a free consultation. 724-494-1468 Deanna Markesteyn LMT BA RYT has been practicing bodywork for 20 years. She practices many types of bodywork, massage, yoga and can help you with stress, pain or just feeling good. Starting February, workshops will be available at Marshall Municipal building, Yoga Nidra, Sun Salutation practice, Couples Massage. Be sentient! 412-983-8688 Colleen Lynch CMT RYT has been practicing massage for over 10 years. She is a yoga teacher as well. Colleen's massages include Lomi Lomi as well as deep tissue techniques. She offers a wonderful aromatherapy massage. 412-638-8589 Together we have over 40 years of experience and diverse talents something for everyone!

Allegheny Imaging of McCandless

Dear Doctor Poller:

In addition, BHS offers a comprehensive Women's Center featuring stereotactic breast biopsy/MRI, maternity services, women's surgery and educational classes designed just for women. BHS is proud to offer more than 25 outpatient sites throughout the region featuring a variety of services including lab, X-ray, EKG, MRI, CT, bone density testing, ultrasound and mammography. Some sites also offer wellness services such as massage therapy, physician specialties, health coaching and skin care service. Rehabilitation programs and centers in sleep disorders, pain and wound care are also offered. BHS features a new stand-alone urgent care center near its Butler Commons Outpatient site. BHS FastERcare is open 7 days a week from 9 a.m. ­ 9 p.m. and offers quick, convenient treatment for minor injuries and illnesses as well as routine medical services such as flu shots and physicals. In the fall of 2010, BHS opened a new seven-story patient tower on the hospital's main Butler campus. It features 10 new operating rooms and newly constructed private intensive care and medical surgical rooms along with a state-of-the-art education center and simulation lab. BHS Retail Pharmacy and MedCare equipment have retail space in the new tower lobby, offering patients opportunities to fill prescriptions and obtain medical equipment before leaving the hospital. For more information on hospital services, visit butlerhealthsystem.org

Q. I am confused! I am 43 years old. When should I have my screening mammogram? Should I have a screening mammogram?

A. These questions are all important for women 40 years old and over. Controversy exists because of conflicting guidelines. The importance of preventative medicine cannot be under estimated. Wellness is the buzz word in the insurance industry and most medical practices. With this in mind, there are at least ten well documented studies that show a substantial decrease in deaths from breast cancer if women begin annual screening at age 40, and continue to have annual Dr. Poller mammography. The only change in these guidelines is that if a first degree relative ­ mother or sister, has had breast cancer before age 50, screening is recommended to begin 10 years earlier. If a woman has the breast cancer gene, annual mammography is recommended earlier than age 40. The object of any screening study is to detect an abnormality not suspected. Early detection for breast cancer can mean a smaller cancer detected, and a better chance for cure. There is no perfect screening study for any disease. Mammography still remains the gold standard. The insurance companies in the Tri-State area will cover annual screening beginning at age 40. of course, there may be a deductible depending on your individual policy. Other tests are always mentioned. These tests are complimentary such as Magnetic Resource Imaging and whole breast ultrasound. They should not be considered to be a replacement for annual mammography. If there is a symptom related to your breast, for instance, a palpable mass, nipple discharge or pin point pain, you should see your physician, who in all likelihood will recommend a diagnostic imaging study. Finally, the radiology community is seeing a decrease in mammography studies. This is probably due to many factors, but access in our Tri-State area is not a problem. Please remember that wellness is the key word. Have your annual mammogram ­ if insurance coverage is an issue, we are lucky to have a voucher program that is funded by the local Komen Foundation and administered by Adagio Health. For further questions, please consult with your family physician or gynecologist.

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Chiropractic Family Health Center

If you've tried diet and exercise but still have fat and inches you just can't lose, it's time for ZERONA. ZERONA is the only clinically-proven, non-invasive body slimming treatment. In just two weeks, you can look and feel better. How does ZERONA work? ZERONA targets your stubborn fat areas and painlessly releases the contents of the fat cell. Your natural detoxification system then simply uses or discards the fat from your body. ZERONA is six quick and painless treatments. You Dr. Shawn simply lie under ZERONA for 20 minutes on your front and 20 minutes on your back. Unlike minimally-invasive or traditional liposuction, ZERONA allows you to continue your daily activities without any interruption. Chiropractic Family Health Center offers convenient and affordable packages to help you achieve your optimal self. Is ZERONA safe? The ZERONA laser is completely non-invasive, painless, and FDA approved. There are no side effects beyond the loss of inches and fat. Why choose us? At Chiropractic Family Health Center, we pride ourselves in utilizing an unparalleled line of solutions to maximize your results. Each visit is accompanied with WHOLE BODY VIBRATION therapy that boosts your lymphatic system. This will improve the removal of fat cell content to significantly enhance your results.

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Butler Health System

Butler Health System (BHS) is an independent, community-based system providing multiple facets of health care. The system centers around Butler Memorial Hospital, a 296-bed acute care hospital founded in 1898. Recognized for its excellence in heart care, BHS's Cardiovascular Center offers a wide range of options for diagnosing heart conditions and provides a vast network of expert cardiologists, cardiac surgeons and interventional cardiologists. Whether it's open heart surgery, peripheral vascular procedures, interventional cardiology or valve replacement and repair, hearts are in experienced hands at Butler Health System.

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Dr. Shawn also customizes programs unique to each patient to help them meet their body contouring and weight loss goals. These programs may include: · DETOXIFICATION SYSTEM: Cleanses your entire body to improve weight loss and boost your ZERONA results. · LIFESTYLE INNOVATIONS: Online wellness program that customizes food, nutrition, and fitness to maximize results. · WHOLE BODY VIBRATION: Jump starts your lymphatics to significantly enhance results. · LIFESTYLE COACH: Helps you to reach your optimal health and wellness. By following the ZERONA treatment plan customized by you and Dr. Shawn, you can see a reduction in cellulite and lose inches and stubborn fat from areas like your neck, arms, back/bra-line, tummy, love handles, and thighs. With our 3 inch guarantee, you will not leave unsatisfied. Call or click today to learn more or schedule your free consultation. Chiropractic Family Health Center 2591 Wexford Bayne Road Suite 207 Sewickley, PA 15143 724.940.9000 www.LaserAwayInches.com Institute at Allegheny General Hospital does that by uniting the power and promise of our diverse, highly innovative services and making them easily accessible to our patients. Concentrating services already known for their individual caliber in one location means our patients receive the maximum possible benefit of the latest, innovative therapies -- as well as diagnostic and educational services -- because they are provided in the most efficient, effective manner. Allegheny's McGinnis Cardiovascular Institute provides specially designed, dedicated space for examination, evaluation, laboratory testing and diagnostic procedures, as well as scheduling, registration, nursing support and lifestyle management services. Our leading health professionals provide the entire spectrum of cardiac care, prepared to act as the primary cardiac caregiver for each patient or as partners that fully engage and embrace the talents of the referring physician. The Institute blends pathways of care into one streamlined method for more effectively combating cardiac and vascular diseases -- an approach that has led to

Allegheny's recognition as one of the nation's top centers for excellence in cardiac care. Providing care at the highest levels brings with it a responsibility to continually evaluate the efficacy of that care. Allegheny has long stood at the forefront of comprehensive information management systems in cardiology and cardiovascular surgery to analyze and improve outcomes -- information that provides clinicians and researchers with the keys to improving outcomes, which, in turn, guides clinicians and researchers into finding better ways of developing treatments of choice now and in the future. To be referred to a physician of the Gerald McGinnis Cardiovascular Institute, call 412.DOCTORS (362-8677).

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Good Samaritan Pain Clinic

According to several recent studies, pain is a major health care crisis in the United States. More than 50 million Americans suffer from chronic pain caused by various diseases and disorders, and each year another 25 million experience acute pain as a result of injury or surgery. It is the mission of Good Samaritan Pain Clinic (GSPC) to address its patients' pain and offer real solutions for it. Dr. Sophie Hanna, who is Board Certified in Pain Medicine and Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, and offers a full range of the most advanced interventional pain management programs. She was specialty fellowship trained in pain management at West Penn Hospital and Temple University of School of Medicine. Dr. Hanna graduated from Minya University's School of Medicine in Egypt. She completed a physical medicine and rehabilitation residency first at St. Francis Medical Center and then at Mercy Hospital in Pittsburgh before completing her pain management fellowship. Located in Black Creek Commons, just off Route 228 in the Mars-Cranberry area, GSPC offers hope for those suffering with pain. GSPC can assist patients in coping with pain caused by a variety of medical conditions including but not limited to back/neck pain, failed back syndrome, herniated discs, degenerative disc disease, spinal stenosis, reflex sympathetic dystrophy, arthritis/ bursitis/tendonitis, fibromyalgia and post-traumatic pain. For more information on GSPC, visit the website at www.gspainclinic.com. To schedule an appointment, call: 724-591-5583.

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Gerald McGinnis Cardiovascular Institute

Being at the vanguard of cardiac care means not accepting the state of the art, but constantly striving to reinvent it. The Gerald McGinnis Cardiovascular

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HealthSouth

As one of the nation's largest healthcare providers specializing in rehabilitation, HealthSouth's priority is to deliver high quality patient care. Our team of experts has extensive experience in today's most advanced therapeutic methods and technologies. HealthSouth leads the way, consistently outperforming peers with a unique, intensive approach to rehabilitation, returning patients to full strength in less than average time. At HealthSouth we continually strive for excellence in all that we do, partnering with every patient to find a treatment plan that works for them. HealthSouth Harmarville Rehabilitation Hospital is a 202-bed acute rehabilitation hospital located in Pittsburgh and offers comprehensive inpatient, outpatient and home health services. HealthSouth Hospital of Pittsburgh is an 87-bed extended stay acute care hospital specializing in comprehensive medical care and restorative therapy for patients with multiple acute healthcare needs and is located in Monroeville. Our program is designed to medically stabilize and

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strengthen our patients to return them to their highest level of function. HealthSouth Rehabilitation Hospital of Sewickley is a 44-bed acute rehabilitation hospital and provides comprehensive inpatient and outpatient services along with home health. HealthSouth provides no cost home screenings for individuals who might benefit from our care. To facilitate a screening, the individual, a family member or a healthcare professional should call 412-826-2716 or 877-937-7342 to request a home evaluation. A liaison will visit the individual's home, complete the screening and make appropriate recommendations.

Exercising while eating poorly is sure to lead to poor health (whether internally or externally). Peak performance requires good fuel.

"To burn fat work out slow and easy for a l-o-n-g time"-Truth: What really matters is how many total calories you burn. The higher the effort, the more calories are burned per minute. This does NOT mean that if you are out of shape, you should work at high intensities. Relative to YOUR fitness level, you should feel fatigued after exercise, not exhausted. "I just do aerobic work because that is the best fat burning activity"-Truth: I have seen people frustrated because they do 40-50 minutes four or more days a week and have no muscle tone and an excess of body fat. Intensity of effort is key here . . .AND, weight training MUST be part of the fitness regimen. You cannot accelerate the fat loss process without this key component. Each pound of muscle burns up to 50 calories per day, even while you are at rest. Body fat on the other hand is metabolically inactive, so very little energy is required to maintain a pound of fat. Hence, a well-conceived workout combines appropriately intense cardiovascular work with weight training to burn the maximum amount of fat. "I don't want to lift weights because all the muscle will turn to fat when I stop"-Truth: Turning muscle into fat is like trying to turn copper into gold. They are totally different substance. What CAN happen is that when muscle mass is not utilized, it atrophies, as muscle mass is lost so is the revved up calorie burning they provide (and the ability to ingest more calories). Those who continue to eat the same number of calories do add body fat . . . but muscle does not become fat. Lifting heavy weights will bulk me up so I will lift very light weight s and stay slender" ­Truth: Women seem to be most concerned with this . . .and miss a great opportunity to dramatically change their physiques.

Muscle size is a direct result of hormonal production; therefore, most women (with 1/50th the testosterone of men) cannot build large muscles. Women who weight train intensely have reported smaller thigh and hp measurements. Remember, you have to give your body a reason, a challenge to change.

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"It is "natural" to gain weight as we get older" ­Truth: Hundreds of studies have shown that loss of muscle is due primarily to lack of activity. This is the cause of slower metabolism, and thus the "over 40-20." Those who have read this column know that I believe strongly (no pun intended) that weight training is the "fountain of youth".

Thank you for your feedback about these columns! Dan

Oxford Athletic Club

What's your goal? . . . .Separate Fitness Facts from Fitness Fiction!

People will cite studies, (one recently performed at the University of Pittsburgh, that just 30 minutes of "moderate" exercise is sufficient for health. If your goal is to be healthy and maintain health, this amount of exercise would be sufficient. However, if your goal is improvement in heart and Dan Griffin lung function, higher level of fitness or weight loss, five days per week is recommended and the level of intensity must continue to challenge your new fitness levels. With the above in mind, here are some examples of actual health and fitness misconceptions members have voiced to me:

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Ohio Valley General Hospital

Ohio Valley General Hospital has appointed Michael Olszewski, RN, BSN, vice president of Satellite Operations and Business Development. Olszewski's responsibilities will include oversight of Wound Care, Pain and Physician Medical Staff Office. "I look forward to being a part of the Senior Management team that continues growing the success of Ohio Valley General Hospital," Olszewski said. Olszewski wants to help rebrand and shed a positive light on Ohio Valley General Hospital to remove any doubt to the hospital's viability as a community resource. With his confidence and his solid background, many are certain of his success at Ohio Valley General Hospital.

"As long as I exercise, I can eat anything"-Truth:

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"Now, advanced healthcare comes to a neighborhood near you."

Rose E. Schneider Family YMCA

Families are better together! For many of today's activity-focused families, it may come as a surprise that spending regular quality time together as a family is one of the best ways to improve your family's health and well-being. The Rose E. Schneider Family YMCA is safe place where you and your family can stay connected. We have a variety of amenities for you and your family to enjoy including a large aquatic center, a three court gymnasium, fitness center, two exercise studios, youth and family recreation center, drop-in childcare and more. All of our programming is designed to help children and adults build self-esteem, core values and strong spiritual, physical and mental health. If it's special bonding time you are in need of, register for one of our many preschool programs where children and their caring adult will explore, learn and grow together. If it's a family challenge you want, jump on the climbing wall or join in a game of volleyball. If it's physical fitness you're after, spend some time in our fitness center, go for a jog on our indoor track or try one of our group fitness classes ­ there's one for all fitness levels. When a break is needed, take a moment to relax and enjoy each other's company in our Youth and Family Center

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Vidhu K. Sharma, M.D. Medical Director Kenwawr Plaza 500 Pine Hollow Road Kennedy Township, PA 15136 412-250-3214

Samina Naseer, M.D. Medical Director Mt. Nebo Commons 107 Mt. Nebo Pointe Drive Pittsburgh, PA 15237 412-847-7580

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where you can take in a snack, play a board game, use a computer or rock out to Dance Dance Revolution. One of the greatest gifts you can give to your family is the time that you all spend together. Stop by our YMCA for a tour and more information about how to join. For those of you who love our Y, but are in a difficult financial situation, please ask one of our friendly staff members about our financial assistance program.

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The featured salads and wraps include a Greek Mediterranean salad or wrap with crisp Romaine Lettuce and Spring mix, black olives, cucumbers, tomatoes, red onion, feta cheese and Greek dressing as well as an authentic Cobb salad with Romaine Lettuce, hardcooked egg, bleu cheese, avocado, roasted chicken, bacon and tomato. The Cobb Salad was invented at the famous Brown Derby Restaurants in Los Angeles. The top seller is the Asian Adventure, which features Spring mix with carrot, cucumber, marinated sesame chicken, Asian noodles and mandarin oranges with Thai Peanut dressing or Oriental Sesame dressing. Started last spring by a local business, Robinson Hospitality Group, the first SaladTime opened in Collier Township featuring fully customizable salads and wraps, along with fruit smoothies and soups. Based on its popularity, the owners are branching out into other locations, initially with the SaladTime Xpress in Cranberry.

experienced refractive surgeons in the region. Dr. Daniel Peters has more than 20 years experience and has personally performed over 30,000 LASIK/PRK procedures. Aside from having the most experienced LASIK surgeon in the region, Insight LASIK & Refractive Group also has the most advanced technology available. We combine the accuracy of the VISX STAR S4 IRTM laser with the advanced technologies of the Pentacam Corneal Diagnostic System and the WaveScan Wavefront® System for vision correction customized to each patients' individual needs. The WaveScan Wavefront® System allows the surgeon to prepare a detailed map of the eye that reveals the unique imperfections affecting your vision. This information is converted into precise instructions that help direct the VISX STAR S4 IRTM laser as it reshapes the cornea, producing the most accurate vision correction possible. All corrective procedures are performed in a statelicensed, state-of-the-art ambulatory surgery center, The Surgery Center at Cranberry. The center is fully equipped with highly-skilled, board-certified medical staff and a well trained clinical staff of RNs. The center is also temperature and humidity controlled to minimize the risk of infection and to maximize treatment accuracy. This provides our patients' the benefit of receiving a more comprehensive range of pre-and postoperative care. If you are looking to experience freedom from glasses or contacts, we invite you to discover The Insight Experience! Call today to schedule your FREE consultation (724) 772-9600! Visit us online at www.insightlasikgroup.com and become an Insight fan on Facebook!

Salad Express

Located in the Perkins Restaurant and Bakery, SaladTime Xpress is the latest offering to the Cranberry Township food scene. Featuring six fresh signature chopped-to-order salads, SaladTime Xpress is a great new option for a healthy meal on the go. Any of the salads can be made into a wrap with a choice of garlic herb or sundried tomato wraps for a hand-held salad. SaladTime Xpress also features fruit smoothies and frozen lattes as well as soups. "With everyone working longer hours and doing more every day, we strive to offer a premium salad or wrap quickly so you can get on your way without having to make unhealthy food choices on the go," says Judi Newton, spokesperson for Robinson Hospitality. "We don't serve fast-food, but we serve great, healthy food quickly."

SaladTime Xpress is located at 20013 Rt. 19 in Cranberry, Inside the Perkins Restaurant and Bakery. Telephone 724-772-3710. www.saladtime.net

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Insight LASIK & Refractive Group

If you have been thinking about LASIK but have some concerns, the staff at Insight LASIK & Refractive Group are here to put them to rest. Today, less than 1 percent of patients experience problems with LASIK and the vast majority of these are temporary. Insight LASIK & Refractive Group is committed to delivering care that exceeds patient expectations. To accomplish this, we have designed The Insight Experience, bringing together the surgical experience, technology and state-of-the-art facility. Insight LASIK & Refractive Group has one of the most

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Tri-State Orthopaedics & Sports Medicine

Tri-State Orthopaedics & Sports Medicine has been providing a full range of orthopaedic care to communities throughout the region for more than 35 years. They serve as team physicians for many area high schools including North Allegheny, Seneca Valley and Peters Township and care for numerous professional and amateur athletes across the country. The ten skilled and experienced orthopaedic physicians of TriState Orthopaedics are board certified and fellowshiptrained and are available to evaluate and treat most orthopaedic and sports-related injuries. In addition to general orthopaedic care, Jack Failla MD, Victor Thomas MD, Paul Liefeld MD, Brian Jewell MD, Mark Langhans MD, Steven Kann MD, Jeffrey Kann MD, Gerard Werries, MD and John Christoforetti, MD also specialize in various advanced orthopaedic services using state-of-the-art equipment and the latest techniques including--minimally invasive hand and upper extremity surgery; foot and ankle surgery; sports medicine; arthroscopic knee, shoulder and hip surgery; miniincision joint replacement surgery; and minimally invasive spine surgery. Michael Pagnotto, MD joins the practice in August 2011 as a specialist in total joint reconstruction and revision surgery. Tri-State has four convenient office locations in North Hills, Seven Fields, Robinson Township and Fox Chapel. For more information about the physicians or locations, please visit their website at www.tristateortho.com, or call our north hills office at (412) 369-4000. Tri-State Physical Therapy (TSPT) provides physical, occupational and hand therapy services to ensure quality, comprehensive and timely rehabilitation care for their patients. Under the supervision of the Tri-State Orthopaedic physicians, the therapists use advanced techniques and equipment to provide patients with an individualized rehabilitation program that is specific to their injury and personal goals. This helps enhance the patient's recovery process so they can return more quickly to the lifestyle they enjoyed prior to their injury. For more information about TSPT please check out their website at www.TSPT.com, call (412) 369-7735.

monly called gastric bypass in January 2008. Since the surgery, he has lost over 110 pounds, feels younger, and is more energetic. More important, however, is the improvement in his health, including the diabetes. UPMC has developed a new, comprehensive bariatric surgery website designed to serve as a valuable resource for those considering weight loss surgery. From presurgical lifestyle programs, and obesity-related health concerns, to surgical options and life after weight loss services, the UPMC Bariatric Surgery program provides everything needed -- before, during, and long after surgery -- for successful weight loss. Bariatric surgery is performed at Magee-Womens Hospital of UPMC, UPMC Horizon, and UPMC St. Margaret. For more information, call 1-800-533-UPMC, or visit www.upmc.com.

Consulate Health Care

At Consulate Health Care of Cheswick our goal is to deliver outcome driven healthcare to our residents and communities. Our staff's devotion to achieving this goal is apparent in their longevity with the facility having almost half of its employees exceeding five or more years of service and several reaching their 25 year milestone. We look to serve the needs of our community through multiple levels of care, including short and long-term skilled nursing care, as well as, respite and hospice care. Our physician-directed skilled health care services are designed to complement a hospital stay, or in many cases, is a substitute for hospitalization. We design individual care plans around our resident's personal and health care needs. We are extremely proud to serve our residents and their families with our family of healthcare professionals and would welcome the opportunity to provide you with a comprehensive list of covered services from our admissions or business offices. We would be happy to meet with you anytime for a tour of our facility and to personally answer any of your questions. At Consulate Health Care of Cheswick, we have created an environment where a warm smile, a kind word, an open heart, and a skilled hand mean everything.

* Source: Wellness International Ltd. -- web.winltd.com, Weight-Control Information Network, part of the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK).

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UPMC Magee

Magee's Specialty Services now Offered at UPMC Passavant

Building on a solid foundation as a well-respected and deeply rooted community hospital in the North Hills, UPMC Passavant transformed, in recent years, into an advanced care center, providing highly specialized medical and surgical treatment. And now, Magee-Womens Hospital of UPMC women's specialty services are offered at UPMC Passavant in an effort to bring Magee's expertise closer to home for residents of the North Hills. "By bringing the quality women's specialty care services that Magee is known for to a tertiary care facility like UPMC Passavant, we are able to reach and provide our most advanced care to even more patients," says Leslie Davis, president of Magee. "We are excited to partner with UPMC Passavant in an effort to offer a program that offers the advanced care for which Magee is known." The specialty services offered at UPMC Passavant include: Gynecologic Oncology The Magee-Womens Gynecologic Cancer Program of UPMC Cancer Centers, part of the Women's Cancer Program at Magee is on the leading edge of research, diagnosis, and treatment for cancers of the uterus, ovaries, cervix, vulva, and fallopian tubes. Urogynecology A subspecialty within Obstetrics and Gynecology, urogynecology is dedicated to the treatment of women with pelvic floor disorders such as urinary or fecal incontinence and prolapse (bulging) of the vagina, bladder and/or the uterus. Minimally Invasive Gynecologic Surgery Minimally invasive surgeons use the latest techniques to treat many of the gynecologic problems that women experience. Minimally invasive procedures can result in less post-operative pain and shorter recovery times. "In addition to providing highly specialized medical and surgical services, we also are providing individualized treatment plans to address specific health care needs of women," said Robert Edwards, MD, executive vice chairman, Department of Ob-Gyn/RS at Magee. For more information, visit UPMC.com/Passavant

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In The Moment

We are able to attain a state of well-being no matter where we are in our healing/wellness journey. Being centered, grounded, relaxed and in a state of balance contribute to a feeling of well-being, which promotes health and wellness. At In The Moment Center of Well-Being, our space, our services and our approach express our mission to honor body, mind and spirit by helping each client tap into their own state of well-being no matter where they are on their journey. For a list of our services or information contact us at 412-364-3731 or [email protected] or visit www.itmwellness.net.

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UPMC Bariatrics

As a pioneer in using bariatric surgery to treat obesity and its related complications, UPMC experts have seen many patients lose their weight and gain back their lives. Personalized weight loss plans are tailored to fit each patient's individual needs and goals. Bariatric surgery can also decrease the rate of many serious comorbid conditions such as type 2 diabetes. · 80 percent of type II diabetes cases are related to obesity.* · 70 percent of cardiovascular disease cases are related to obesity.* · 42 percent of breast and colon cancer cases are diagnosed among obese individuals.* · 26 percent of obese people have high blood pressure.* All too often, obese patients feel unwelcome in medical settings and are reluctant to make an appointment with another doctor. For Darryl Granata, 63, losing weight had become much more than just wanting to look good; it had literally become a matter of life and death. In late 2007, his weight climbed to 368 pounds and his blood pressure was up and he had become a diabetic. After undergoing a series of medical tests, a psychological evaluation, and a six-month lifestyle program, all of which are standard for those considering weight loss surgery, Mr. Granata had Roux-en-Y surgery, com-

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A D V E R T O R I A L

Inquiring Minds Want to Know...

By Dr. Shannon Thieroff

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always think that the patients who know the most about their bodies and condition tend to take the best care of themselves. I'd like to share some of the most recent and important things we've talked about in the office. Q: What's the difference between a chiropractor and a physical therapist? A: Good question. People often get confused about this. A chiropractor is a doctor trained to treat the skeletal structure of the body as it relates to the function of the nervous system and muscular systems. Physical therapists are healthcare specialists trained to rehabilitate primarily the muscular structure of the body especially after surgery, pathology, etc. Chiropractors will adjust the joints of the spine and body to remove interference to the nervous system and restore normal function. By education and licensure, chiropractors are allowed to perform physical therapy modalities and exercise, in addition to the adjustment, if it will help the patient. Both types of professionals should do a complete exam to determine what type of care would be best for you. Q: There were a lot of drug recalls in the news. How can you know what's safe? A: At the end of December, many products were recalled including types of Tylenol, Motrin, Children's versions of Tylenol and Motrin as well as types of Rolaids and Benadryl. All medicines have potential dangerous side effects and other problems can arise from manufacturing, packaging or tampering with medicines. We know that some medicines are life-saving but a lot of the others are more for convenience. Many health information resources advise limiting the use of medicines and looking for other ways to manage health. Chiropractic has been a drug-free healing art from the beginning and offers patients an alternative to using drugs and surgery. The safest medicine is prevention. Q: Do all chiropractors adjust the same way? A: There are a lot of different ways to get adjusted. Most commonly adjustments are done on the spine or other joints by hand using a small quick push. Other doctors may use instruments or special tables to make an adjustment. Depending on the patient and their condition, your chiropractor should work to find something comfortable and effective for you. If you haven't been comfortable during adjustments in the past, ask your doctor to try a different technique. Q: I feel like sitting makes me more sore than when I'm actually busy running around. Why? A: The spine is built with three sideways curves that help to make it stronger. When we sit it flattens out our lower back curve and shifts our head forward. This can actually cause a condition called "postural strain." Being in one position for a long time can also semi-compress the discs between the bones and fatigue our

muscles. It's a good idea to make sure you use correct ergonomics and posture and take frequent breaks to walk around and stretch. If you have questions for your doctor, it's always in your best interest to ask. The better communication you have, the better your doctor can work with you. And in the end, you'll get a better result. Is 2011 the year you start really feeling good? Concerned about you spinal health? Choice Chiropractic is an "In-Network Provider" for most insurance companies, and we'd be happy to consult with you about your concerns. Just ask! Brought to you as a Public Service by: Choice Chiropractic & Wellness Center Dr. Shannon Thieroff and Associates 8199 McKnight Road (412)364-9699 www.choicechiropractic.net

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Are You Tired of Feeling Afraid?

Elizabeth Cessna, MS, NBCCH

...Ericksonian Hypnotherapy Can Help!

By Elizabeth Cessna, MS, NBCCH

Finally, by last February, Todd was tired of feeling stuck in a dead-end job and rallied the courage to call me in order to schedule his three session hypnotherapy program so that he could master his fear of being judged and criticized. He worked very hard during his sessions and was pleased that he had made so much progress in letting go of his fear. By April, Todd had received a job promotion and was on his way to a supervisory position....all because he had learned a different way of experiencing what he used to think of as criticism. He also learned how to be comfortable in expressing his ideas and opinions to others without fear. Ericksonian hypnotherapy is a unique form of hypnotherapy that is safe, gentle and highly effective. During a session, clients experience only LIGHT trances and are always conscious and in control. If a fear of any kind is getting in the way of your living a satisfying life, perhaps it is time to challenge that fear by calling for a series of Ericksonian hypnotherapy sessions. There is a wonderful life beyond fear.

Elizabeth Cessna, MS, NBCCH, has been a therapist in private practice for over 25 years. She is a Board Certified Clinical Hypnotherapist. She practices Ericksonian Hypnotherapy because it is gentle, safe, positive, and the patient is always in control. Her office is located at 400 McKnight Park Drive. She can be reached at 412.366.4929.

s a young child, Todd had always been afraid of being criticized. Any time a parent or a teacher would point out an error, he would feel ashamed and would withdraw. The criticism wouldn't have to be spoken. If he even thought that he was in danger, he would try to make himself feel invisible in order to stay safe. Now, as an adult, this fear was getting in his way professionally. He tried keeping a low profile around his supervisor for fear of being "criticized," not realizing that his supervisor might simply be offering him constructive feedback with the intent of helping Todd advance in the company.

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RELATIONSHIPS

Ten Ways to Say, "I Love You"

By Robert and Michele Tedder

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s Valentine's Day approaches, love is in the air, and most of us begin to think of ways to express our feelings of love and adoration to the special people in our lives. While this is a wonderful time to tell our loved ones how we feel, relationships can thrive if we learn to say I love you in various ways all year long. Words are just one way to tell others how we feel, but there are random acts we can perform to demonstrate what words don't express. The following are ten suggestions to say," I love you," to that significant person that shares your life. 1. Plan an unexpected getaway ­ You can make this as simple or elaborate as you can afford. Getting away could be a simple day long drive to the country where you have lunch and return home by supper. 2. Leave "love" notes in unexpected places - The bathroom mirror, the seat of your spouse's car, on the pillow before he/she comes to bed are a few places to consider. Use your imagination! 3. Prepare a candlelight dinner ­ Get a sitter, send the kids to grandma's, set the table with your finest linens and china and enjoy a favorite meal with your spouse. 4. Rent a romantic movie ­ Sleepless in Seattle, The Wedding Planner, Hitch, Made of Honor are a few suggestions. If you're a guy and you're saying, "I don't do chick flicks," this might be a good time to start if you really want to impress your mate. 5. Generously give affection ­ An unexpected kiss, a spontaneous hug, or holding hands speaks volumes! 6. Pull out those old wedding photos - Reminiscing over those first moments can bring back the

warmth of the marital flame that was lit on your special day. 7. Hire someone to do an overdue or unwanted task ­ Giving your other half a break from their routine responsibilities around the house communicates appreciation in a tangible way. 8. Turn off the TV ­ Letting your partner have your undivided attention, even for 30 minutes, tells him or her that they are the center of your universe. If you are really addicted to the wide screen, record what you're missing and watch it later. 9. Use technology ­ Send your love by way of text message, email , voicemail or picture message. If you're not a "techy," a card delivered by the US Postal Service will add an element of surprise 10. Stick with tradition ­ A bouquet of flowers or a box of candy is never out of style and is a universal symbol of love.

Whatever method you choose, from this list or one of your own, it is important to convey the love you feel to the people you care for. Those three little words (I love you.) mean so much when they are heard but even more when they are shown.

Rev. Robert Tedder, MSW, the Senior Pastor of Union Baptist Church of Swissvale, is a licensed social worker with 20 years of clinical experience. A graduate of Duquesne University and the University of Pittsburgh, he is an adjunct instructor at the University of Pittsburgh. A. Michele Tedder, MS, RN, is the Community Outreach Director for the Pediatric Environmental Medicine Center of Children's Hospital of UPMC and the site coordinator at Union Baptist Church for Twogether Pittsburgh. She also has an 18 year history at Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic as a nurse clinician and mental health and wellness community educator. She is a graduate of the University of Pittsburgh and Indiana University of Pennsylvania. Michele is an author, regional speaker and experienced in the areas of adolescent depression and suicide and community education. The Tedders are the co-founders of Transformational Living (formerly Household Ministries), a marriage, family and life wellness educational outreach program, and have been married 25 years. They live in White Oak and have three children, Robyn, Ryan and Ross.

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Enhance Your Life

Romance

By Elaine Malec, Ph.D.

The Secret of

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ebruary is the month when lots of guys are looking for ways to create that "special closeness." How do you proclaim your love or devotion: chocolates, flowers, dinner? If you are looking for an effective way to express how you feel and turn up the romance in your relationship, guys you need to read this first! Gals, if you have a guy in your life that needs to read this, cut it out and put it in his card. How Men Talk: Many men perceive conversation as a form of competition or challenge--like playing office politics or jockeying for position in the passing lane. So when their partner asks a question, they believe it isn't "an answer" she's looking for; "It's the right answer." If the conversation turns into an argument or debate, men naturally want to win. If a woman brings a problem or difficult situation to a man, nine times out of 10, he will move into advice-giving mode. It's the basic nature of men to equate the rigors of conversation with more physical challenges. Men don't want to "talk about stuff" they want to "do stuff." Most men get their identities from their achievements, not their relationships. This makes it hard for them to see the value in simply having a talk, empathizing with a partner or commiserating with her. They often get frustrated and believe the conversation has to have a point or goal. They want to address a concrete issue that has solutions and an action plan. How women talk: This is often the exact opposite of what women want. Usually, all women want is to feel that

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you've heard them, regardless of whether the conversation comes to a resolution. When women talk with other women, it is very uncommon for them to debate each other's position. They often try to find a way to see the friend's point of view and give verbal examples of understanding. When this

type of sharing occurs, it is often experienced as emotional closeness between the two friends. Women tend to believe that emotional closeness is a sign of a good relationship. In their relationship with their partners, they tend to associate emotional closeness with intimacy and physical desire. That's right, guys. If you really want to create that special closeness, you don't need to spend a bazillion dollars on a fancy candlelight dinner. You need to stop trying to find the "right answer" or "solve a problem," and begin listening for understanding and start reaping the benefits!

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IMAGE & STYLE

Hot Handbags ­

7 Top Trends for Spring

By Kelly A. Smith

Handbags are often a favorite accessory for most women. For some, they are a passion, or even an addiction!

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tylish and practical, they can compliment even the most simple of ensembles. This season's choices offer an array of colors, prints and sizes. If you are a fashionista and like to keep up with the latest trends, let's take a closer look at what to expect for this spring and summer:

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Patent Leather: Forget the small patent clutch of the past. Big and bright comes calling this year! Look for lots of zippers to compliment that dazzling shine in just about every color under the sun including white, cream, and even silver! Metallic: Paired with the right outfit, this flashy little number can add an unexpected sophistication to your style. Textured patterns with or without embellishments, and styles range from drawstring to boho to retro. Printed Canvas: Vibrant colors and prints in a variety of sizes are all the rage. The multi-color combinations tell the artistic tale that was intended for this casual bag. It rocks even the most casual outfit by the addition of details including wooden or chunky handles, tassels, tropical or ethnic prints. Skinny shoulder bag: These boxy-shaped bags get their inspiration from the 1950s. They offer a timeless elegance with a twist. Look for cool hardware in both silver and gold. Straps feature lots of chains from fanciful to chunky.

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Satchel: Classy, but no longer clunky. The classic style gets a makeover while keeping its trademark shape and style. While black and brown are still the norm, watch for a shake-up with colors like yellow, blue, silver and neutrals. Zippers and tassels add some muchneeded pizzazz. Snakeskin clutch: This small bag is best for an evening out. Sizzling and sassy, it makes a statement that will get you noticed. Popular color combos will be primarily brown and black, silver and black, and tan and black. Denim: This basic was once boring, but no more. Say hello to the recently vamped-up denim bag that is now fun and chic. Styles this season offer accents like leather, angled zippers, buckles, straps and even

Remember, you don't have to spend your vacation fund on a bag to look good. Get the same look as the high-priced designer bags at retailers such as Marshall's or T.J. Maxx at a fraction of the cost. I have found many good-quality, wellmade bags at these places for less than $100. Some designer stores can be found in outlet malls and offer deep discounts as well. Whatever your choice this spring, treat yourself and keep in mind that a girl can never have too many purses (or shoes)!

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JUST A THOUGHT

Where is the Love?

By Janice Lane Palko

hen my great-grandmother, Cornelia Ledergerber, who lived with my maternal grandmother, died in 1975, my family had to dispose of her personal possessions. Among her things were a collection of postcards tied up in a satin ribbon. The postcards bore images of Victorian-styled drawings and had been sent to her by my late grandfather, Harry Ledergerber, while they were dating. My great-grandmother was born in 1896 so these were mailed to her in the early part of the last century. The ink from the fountain pen he had used to write them had faded to a pale blue but was still legible. Most were addressed to "My Darling," and were ordinary messages of missing you or can't wait to see you, or just what was happening in my great-grandfather's life. See, this was before the telephone or texting or instant messaging. This was their only form of communication apart from seeing each other face-toface. And this was only a few years after this section of the North Side was incorporated into the city of Pittsburgh. Before then this area was known as Allegheny City. My great-grandfather lived on Spring Hill and my great-grandmother lived on Peralta Street near East Ohio Street. The postcards still harkened back to the area's origin as they were addressed to Miss Cornelia Short of Allegheny City. While this is all very charming in itself, but what really struck me was something very small--in fact, postage-stamp sized. On many of the postcards my great-grandfather had written at the bottom a P.S. that said: Look under the stamp. When we peeled back the old stamp, underneath he had written either X's and O's or a drawing of a heart with "I Love You" written inside it. Ah, how romantic! Flash forward to the present, where we hear endless news stories of "sexting" (sending sexually explicit photos or messages by phone ala Brett Favre), hook-ups, booty calls and topping-the-chart love songs like "Grenade" with lyrics like: Black, black, black and blue beat me till I'm numb Tell the devil I said "hey" when you get back to where you're from Mad woman, bad woman,

That's just what you are, yeah, You'll smile in my face then rip the brakes out my car Gave you all I had And you tossed it in the trash Wow! That's a long way from "Let Me Call You Sweetheart" and "A Bicycle Built for Two" that my greatgrandma used to sing to us. I often think back to those postcards and wish we could recapture some of that magic. I may be way off base, but it seems to me that there has been a decline in romance over the decades. I was a teenager in the 70s and looking back that seemed to be the era where the road away from romance began. I'm sure there are sociologists who study that sort of thing, but without empirical evidence it seems to me that with every passing decade romance is becoming a lost art. Perhaps it is because romance is very hard to define. Oh, we know all the trappings-- flowers, candlelit dinners, boxes of chocolates, sonnets--but what is romance? The dictionary says it's ardent affection and chivalrousness. Did you know that Romance novels are the largest selling segment of the fiction market, generating $1.36 billion in 2009? In 2008, 74.8 million people read a romance novel, up from 64.6 the previous year. That number has increased each year since 1998 according the statistics complied by the Romance Writers of America. While we may be losing the art of romance, clearly from those statistics we haven't lost our appetite for it. Times and technology change, but some things remain the same like our desire to love and be loved. My husband, not long ago, got a text-enabled cell phone. My kids all teased him because when he sends them a message, he always "signs" it "Love, Dad." They told him he didn't need to text "Love, Dad" because they knew the message was from him because it was sent from his cell phone. But I don't mind his signing his texts because he always ends one to me with "Love, Ed." It may not be an X & O under a postage stamp, but in this cynical age, it warms my heart.

Janice Lane Palko, a recent recipient of the prestigious Amy Foundation Award for writing, has numerous articles in print in such publications as The Reader's Digest, Guideposts for Teens, Woman's World and The Christian Science Monitor. Her work has also been featured in the books A Cup of Comfort for Inspiration, A Cup of Comfort for Expectant Mothers and Chicken Soup for the Single's Soul.

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SENIOR LIVING

A Special Treat from Cupid

By Barbara A. Killmeyer

fter so many Valentine's Days, many of us would like to find a new and different way to let our special one know how much we care. A card is always welcome, and, of course, a box of candy makes us feel good. My husband and I stopped giving candy several years ago because one, I am diabetic and two, we both would like to watch our weight. Besides, how much thought does it take to go into a store and pick up a box of candy? While thinking about this problem, I decided that we would just have to forget about the weight for this special day, and I started to look for something I could make that would come especially from me. Following is the recipe I found, and I thought you might like to try it too. It will be a special treat that will be appreciated, not only because it is delicious, but also because you took the time and effort to create it.

Raspberry Truffle Cream Pie

1 2/3 cups (10 oz. pkg.) Hershey's Raspberry chips 1/3 cup milk 2 cups miniature marshmallows or 20 large marshmallows 8 oz. frozen non-dairy whipped topping, thawed 1 packaged crumb crust (6 oz.) Additional whipped topping (optional) Place raspberry chips and milk in a large microwave-safe bowl. Microwave at high (100 percent) 1 minute or until chips are melted and mixture is smooth when stirred. Add marshmallows, microwave at high 1 minute; stir. If necessary, microwave at high an additional 30 seconds at a time, stirring after each heating, just until marshmallows are melted when stirred. Spread ½ cup chip mixture over bottom of crust. Cool remaining mixture to room temperature; fold in whipped topping. Spoon into crust. Cover, refrigerate 4 to 6 hours or until firm. Garnish with whipped topping, if desired. Cover, refrigerate leftover pie. Makes 6 to 8 servings. As you can see, there are only six ingredients and the instructions are not difficult. I guarantee that this will be a big hit, but be prepared to get requests for it more often than once a year. But I'm sure you won't mind this because it isn't difficult to make and you will enjoy it as much as your loved one. Maybe you could work on making this together so it will be a combined effort, and that will make it even more important. Have a wonderful, enjoyable Valentine's Day, and may this be a memory you will keep for many years to come.

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St. Barnabas Health System

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t. Barnabas Health System provides a continuum of care for seniors at its three campuses: two in Gibsonia and one in Valencia. Independent retirees can choose from the St. Barnabas Communities' four settings. The Village at St. Barnabas in Gibsonia provides 252 condominium-style apartments anchored by an indoor mall. The Woodlands at St. Barnabas in Valencia is a neighborhood of spacious carriage homes surrounded by recreational amenities and the beautiful Crystal Conservatories. White Tail Ridge in Gibsonia offers contemporary carriage homes adjacent to the Route 8 retail district. The Washington Place at St. Barnabas in Gibsonia has 23 intimate apartments where residents receive concierge services from hospitality hostesses and is home to the Kean Theatre. For seniors who need personal care, the services available are extensive. St. Barnabas offers The Arbors at St. Barnabas in Gibsonia and Valencia. Residents can choose from com-

panion rooms, private rooms or luxury suites. Skilled nursing care emphasizing rehabilitation is available at St. Barnabas Nursing Home in Gibsonia and Valencia Woods at St. Barnabas in Valencia. The health system also offers outpatient care at St. Barnabas Medical Center including dental, chiropractic, podiatry, occupational and speech therapy among other specialists. The medical center operates a home care department that provides nurses, aides and companions to help keep residents as independent as possible for as long as possible. St. Barnabas Charities, the system's charitable arm, operates the Kean Theatre, a 350-seat theatre open to the public, and Rudolph Auto Repair, a full-service auto repair business. The St. Barnabas Free Care Fund provides more than $4.2 million worth of free care to poor and lowincome patients annually. For more information, call St. Barnabas Health System at 724-443-0700 or visit www.stbarnabashealthsystem.com.

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Happenings for Seniors

Alzheimer's and Dementia Support Group meets at 7 p.m., the 2nd Wednesday of every month, at Orion, 4361 William Flynn Hwy. Sponsored by Orion Assisted Living & Orion Senior-Adult Day Care. Call (412) 3376731. Alzheimer's Support Group, meets 1011:30 a.m., the 2nd Saturday of the month (Dec. 11), Christ Church, North Hills, 5910 Babcock Blvd. For info, call Karen (724) 9340048. 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. Battle of the Ages, free resources help families overcome resistance of senior who need help through Home Instead Senior Care. To learn more, visit www.caregiverstress.com. Fosnight of Valencia Alzheimer's Support Group meets 6:30 p.m. the 3rd Wed., of every month, 6005 Valencia Rd., Gibsonia. For info, (724) 625-1530. Free Tax Preparation for Senior Citizens is being offered by AARP in cooperation with the office of Senator Jane C. Orie. Appts are Weds & Thurs 9 a.m.-1 p.m., Feb.-Apr. 7. Tax office located at 9400 McKnight Rd, Suite 205. To schedule an appt., call (412) 630-9466. Download forms at www.revenue.state.pa.us. Gateway North AARP #3586 - 2011 trips: Swing Into Spring, Apr. 14; Mackinac Island/Frankenmuth/Soaring Eagles Casino, May 23-27; Nostalgic Titanic Dinner Adventure June 22; Hail to the Chief, July; "Joseph" at the New Millenium Theater in Lancaster, Sept. 14-15; Brown Bag trip to Ohio, October. For info, call Mary (412) 9318478. Glenshaw AARP #3744 will meet, 7:30 p.m., Feb. 8, Elfinwild Presbyterian Church, 3200 Mt. Royal Blvd. Entertainment: Romeo's Barbershop Quartet with Walt Brown. Grandparents Raising Grandchildren Support Group meets 1 p.m. Thurs., Family Resource Center, 216 North Washington Street, Butler. Sponsored by Butler Memorial Hospital. For info, call (724) 284-4894. Open Your Heart to a Senior caregiver training, various times & locations. Sponsored by North Hills Community Outreach. For details, call Nancy (412) 307-0071. Senior Achiever's meeting, 11:30 a.m., Feb. 17, Fellowship Hall at Elfinwild Presbyterian Church, 3200 Mt. Royal Blvd, Glenshaw. Entertainment by Melissa Blaine ­ pianist & singer. St. Alexis Over Fifties Club Trips: Feb. 10, 3-day casino trip; Apr. 20 Mama Mia; May, NYC trip; July 20, Honk Tonk @ Riverside Theatre; Aug. 3-4, Hollywood Casino & Hershey Park; Sept. 5-9, Wildwood, NJ; Oct., mum & wine tasting; Nov., Night Up Night; Dec., PPG & Rivers Casino. Call Rose (724) 728-2563 or Janet (724) 869-5339.

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CATHOLIC SCHOOL

10090 Old Perry Highway Wexford, Pennsylvania

Catholic Education Rooted in Excellence

Pre-School thru 8 Full Day Kindergarten Early Childhood 3-year and 4-year-old mornings KINDERGARTEN READINESS PROGRAM EXTENDED DAY 8:00 AM-6:00 PM SPANISH K-8 Saint Anthony School Special Needs Inclusion Program An environment in which children can flourish spiritually, intellectually and emotionally. Registration for new students now being accepted for 2010-2011 school year Sister Pat Montini, CSJ Principal

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Visit with the Utays

From Balancing on Ice to a Balanced Summer

Dear Drs. Utay, "My daughter really looks forward to a fun-filled summer camp experience. She enjoys the arts and crafts and playing with other kids. However, now that she's a bit older, with more school learning to slip from her brain over the summer, I wonder if a whole summer without school is too long. ­ Joan, Wexford

ith snow and ice all around us, it is hard to think about summer. But many summer camps want commitments by March and the last thing you want is to decide two days after their deadline that you do want her to attend. Also, your question is not as simple as camp or no camp, so you are wise to start the decision making process now. Summer camp should be a wonderful, memorable experience, offering children an opportunity to expand horizons and gain valuable experiences. But planning is essential. Summer plans for our daughter changed according to her needs and interests at the time, and our own, including everything from 4H, cheerleading and soccer camps, to academic and more spiritually-based camp experiences. We learned that the key is to balance fun social activities with academic, physical and other skill-based (sports, music, dance, art, etc.) activities. The following are some considerations to think about and discuss when making this decision: How might camp satisfy a need not addressed during the school year? What are the pros and cons, for your specific child, of a general or special interest camp? Consider timing: 1, 2, 3, or more weeks? An overnight or day camp? (The American Camping Association is a national organization that provides accreditation to camps that meet their standards.) Consider your specific child's strengths and needs. What about adult needs like cost, transportation and your availability when your child is not at camp? For many students, three months is simply too long of an academic break. What school skills need strengthening before, during or after camp? TLC offers several summer camps designed to help children improve a variety of academic skills. Reading, math and handwriting are popular summer programs that encourage children to learn in a fun environment while interacting with other kids their age. Some parents will be interested in our Sensory Integration Camp. Easily distracted, inattentive, overly sensitive and overactive children are among those helped to "get it together" using sensory integration strategies. While "just" lounging around the house, watching TV or playing computer games can potentially be valuable activities, as children are quick to point out, start your search now for a more balanced summer. If considering social, speech and language, sensory integration or academic learning as part of your child's balanced summer plan, give us a call (724) 940-1090 or check out the website, www.totallearningcenter.com ­ we would love to talk to you more. If easier, email us at [email protected] Follow Dr. Carol Utay on Twitter at http://twitter.com/carolutay. Recently honored by Parent Advocates for Learning Support for "outstanding dedication, passion, and commitment in meeting the learning needs of all children." Total Learning Centers was voted AGAIN Best Tutoring and Best SAT Prep by Nickelodeon's Parent Picks.

Dr. Joe Utay, Director of Counseling and Evaluation Services for Total Learning Centers and former professor for Indiana University of Pennsylvania's Department of Counseling, is a graduate of University of Pittsburgh, a school psychologist, marriage and family therapist, author, national speaker, and father. Dr. Carol Utay is Executive Director of Total Learning Centers. She is also a graduate of University of Pittsburgh and an expert in learning and special education. "Dr. Carol" has experience as a principal, Orton-Gillingham reading therapist, teacher, consultant, national speaker, professor, author, and mother. She is a national Athena Award winner for community service.

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KIDZONE

Pneumonia

By H. Joseph Bitar III, MD

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neumonia is a word that often strikes fear into parents. That is because, at its worst, pneumonia can be life-threatening. Fortunately, it is most often a mild illness that is easily treated in the office. In pneumonia, bacteria or viruses get into the lung all the way to the sacs at the end of the airways where oxygen is taken into the bloodstream. Swelling, mucous and fluid develop in the infected area. In severe pneumonia, fluid can also develop around the lung. The severity of the pneumonia depends on what germ is causing the infection and how much lung is involved. Usually, pneumonia develops while a person has a regular cold. The cold can interfere with the protections the lung has to keep germs out. (The fact that we don't get pneumonia with every cold is a

sign of just how good those protections are.) Pneumonia symptoms usually include cough, and may include fever, chest pain, fatigue and malaise. On examination, pneumonia can be detected when a patient inhales by a crackling sound from the affected part of the lung. Breath sounds may instead be decreased or absent over that spot. Tapping on the chest (percussion), can show a change in sound over an area with pneumonia. Chest X-rays may be helpful in confirming pneumonia but are not required to diagnose it. They are used more to determine extent or severity of pneumonia and occasionally to evaluate a patient with suspected pneumonia, but normal lung examination. Pneumonia is treated with antibiotics. Viral pneumonia will get better on its own, of course, but there is often no way

to tell viral from bacterial pneumonia without invasive procedures. The antibiotic chosen will depend on the circumstance. Certain bacteria respond only to antibiotics from the erythromycin family, others can be treated with common penicillins and cephalosporins. Severe pneumonia may require IV antibiotics in a hospital setting. Hopefully, this background will help a discussion with your doctor if your child is ever diagnosed with pneumonia.

Serving children, adolescents, and families of Pittsburgh for over 20 years.

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Local Schools of Interest

Our Lady of the Sacred Heart

Founded in 1932, Our Lady of the Sacred Heart (OLSH) is a Catholic, four-year, co-educational college preparatory high school. A ministry of the Felician Sisters, OLSH is located on a 75-acre, environmentallyfriendly campus in Moon Township. Our size enables us to establish personal relationships while providing a strong academic curriculum that can be adapted to meet individual needs. Our well-rounded program blends a rich history with modern educational technology. OLSH has a proud tradition of sending its students to top area universities, and the student life opportunities are broad. We offer 22 varsity sports, including a new football team. We have many programs in fine arts and an award-winning musical theater ensemble. We have a strong commitment to community service, and our students are very active in campus ministry. Transportation is available from most areas of the North Hills. Visit us at www.olsh.org. To schedule a personal tour, please call James Jarvis at 412-262-3300.

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Royal Oak Nursery School & Kindergarten

Royal Oak is a private school located on three acres in Hampton Twp. It is licensed by the Pennsylvania Department of Education and Department of Public Welfare. It was founded by Frank Harlovic and Joanne Potlas in 1967 and remains family owned and operated. More learning takes place during the first years than at any other single period in life; therefore, the significance of a good beginning is evident. Royal Oak provides an enjoyable environment in which a well-balanced educational program is carried out by certified graduate teachers with degrees in Early Childhood, Elementary or Special Education through full/half day sessions. Beyond the basic readiness, our curriculum features specialized small-group art classes. Our prekindergarten and kindergarten students are also introduced to Spanish. For physical and social needs and to develop agility and interest in athletics, we offer a large playground and gymnasium. Royal Oak also offers before/after-school programs through fifth grade and an active, fun-filled summer camp through eighth grade. Interested parents should contact our office to learn about our program, fees or to schedule a visit.

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Wexford Academy Preschool

Is your child really ready for Kindergarten? Academic success comes from adequate preparation. Today's schools demand more from children at an earlier age than ever before. A developmentally appropriate preschool experience with hands on motor, language and visual activities can ensure children's abilities to reach their potential. Your child's pre-k experience should be customized, based on sound developmental testing to provide an efficient and stimulating environment for academic success. For more information on how to be sure your child is ready for kindergarten, please call Wexford Academy at (724)799-8313 or e-mail us at [email protected]

The Young Writers Institute

The Young Writers Institute is an extended creative writing workshop designed to enable students who enjoy writing to learn more about the writing process and their own work. Students can focus intensely on writing in a supportive and stimulating environment where everyone writes. Students explore multiple genres including poetry, fiction, non-fiction and memoir. Teachers are fellows of the Western Pennsylvania Writing Project or instructors from the Creative Writing Program of the Department of English, University of Pittsburgh. In a community of writers, students can challenge themselves, getting and giving feedback on new and revised writing. Two locations: The University

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A D V E R T O R I A L

Caring for your Turtle

Indian star tortoise

urtles have been around for 200 million years, give or take a week. They are the type of animal that spurs the imagination of young and old alike. As household pets, and depending upon the species, they can live for 20 to 30 years. The prospective owner needs to consider this long-term commitment before adopting one of these fine reptiles. For the past 50 years, turtle farms down south have been raising and selling baby Red-ear slider turtles to tourists. This practice has been detrimental to the longevity of millions of baby turtles. Kids on holiday see the cute little buggers and demand gratification. Parents buy them for a few dollars to make their kids happy. The turtles usually end up suffering poor conditions and eventually die a slow death from malnutrition. That clearly is the down side to being an inexpensive pet. The upside is that, if properly taken care of, turtles can become a fascinating pet and a real family member. Turtles originate from somewhat disparate habitats. On one end of the spectrum, you have the dry land turtles like the tortoises and on the other the mostly aquatic turtles like the Map turtles and the Red-eared sliders. There are also many species that are tweeners ­ those that need to be in both areas but are not truly aquatic ­ like the Box and Wood turtles. In the picture you'll notice one of my favorites: the Star tortoise. Some tortoises like the Aldabran and Galapagos can reach 500 lbs. or more. The biggest granddaddy of them all is the Giant Leatherback Sea Turtle that can reach sizes greater than 6' long and weigh in at 2000 lbs.; however, it is unlikely you'll take one home as a pet. Marine turtles like the Green sea turtles are endangered and require drastic conservation methods to prevent extinction. Fishing and poaching around their egg-laying areas on the beaches of the tropics makes them incredibly vulnerable to predation. Now back to our turtle pets. Red-eared sliders are the most common ­ the kind acquired on vacation, the kind most pet stores keep in stock, the impulse turtle. Many parents come in thinking they've got the turtle and now all they need is a plastic bowl with a palm tree in the middle. That method won't work for long. The truth of the matter is that turtles, like every other animal brought into the home, need care and attention too. They need a 20-gallon aquarium (minimum). They need a heating element and filtration. By this point, many customers are wondering how they got roped into buying a turtle. They might blame us for trying to sell them "stuff they don't need" or they might be concocting a plan as to how they can convince their 46 NC | February 2011

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child into releasing the turtle into a nearby stream or pond. This is a terrible mistake. Releasing non-indigenous subspecies of animals into the wild creates an imbalance in local ecosystems. While a Red-eared slider may not pose a threat on the scale of the Asian carp in the Great Lakes, there are always repercussions to meddling with nature. The best part about getting "roped into" owning a turtle is the part about actually owning a turtle. You just need to get more acquainted and realize that a turtle can be a real joy. But remember that turtles are longer lived than a goldfish or a guinea pig. Tortoises, as opposed to the Red-eared sliders and other aquatic turtles, are generally less demanding, but you still need to meet the individual requirements of the species. The most popular tortoise kept as pets is the relatively small Russian tortoises. Tortoises need room to roam, nooks in which to hide, quality food that is right for the individual species, heat and UV light. If these simple preparations are considered, you can sit back and enjoy the life of a turtle. And you never know ­ you just might learn something about how to slow things down to a turtle's pace and enjoy the smaller things in life.

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Can You Tweet Yourself into Your Next Job?

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ocial media applications like Facebook and Twitter have become all the rage for reconnecting with friends and engaging customers, but many job seekers are starting to realize that the power of these applications goes far beyond the social benefits they provide. Using new media can be an effective job searching tool in today's high tech world, but in order to make it work, you must first fully understand the different platforms and how they can benefit you. Let's take a look at LinkedIn. LinkedIn launched in 2003 and currently boasts over 80 million users worldwide. Used primarily for professional networking, LinkedIn is a great way to get your foot in the online door and learn more about companies, cor-

porate cultures and open positions. For job seekers, one of the biggest benefits of this new media application is the Company Follow feature. You can use it to research companies to learn more about their products, services and hiring practices or find out about new job opportunities. By creating your profile on LinkedIn and beginning to create an online network, you can easily connect yourself to people working in companies or in positions to which you aspire. Your professional connections are generally happy to help get your resume to the right person or even put in a good word for you at the appropriate time. Company Follow is also a great way to do research on a company prior to taking an interview. Arming yourself

with knowledge about the company is one of the most important ways to plan for an interview. LinkedIn offers countless opportunities, but like any other endeavor, you must devote some time to understanding and practicing it. By creating a robust, well-connected online profile and paying attention to changes in the job market and at companies of interest, you can find yourself in your dream job in less time than you think.

Linda Burkley, APR, is an award-winning public relations professional and owner of Ardis Communications LLC, with offices in Butler and Harrisburg. Linda is a faculty member at Susquehanna University in Selinsgrove, PA, and a noted speaker on communication strategies and career development.

Town Crier

February: Short but Sweet

By Joe Bullick

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ere comes February. As a young boy, I was glad to see February. For a short month, there's a lot packed into it. To all the Irish, the first of February is St. Brigit's Feast Day. She is second only to St. Patrick in reverence in Ireland. Of course, there is Ground Hog Day and Candlemas Day on Feb. 2. Soon road construction will begin in the Wexford Flats area on Route 19. A new lane will be added to help with the traffic--what a fun time that will be. Good luck to all who drive in this area. As a young boy, Route 19 took us everywhere. It is hard to believe that its length is 1,406 miles. Constructed in 1926, U.S. 19 runs north and south. Despite encroaching interstate highways, Route 19 has remained a long-haul route connecting Lake Erie with the Gulf of Mexico, terminating at Memphis, Fla., just north of Bradenton at an intersection with U.S. Route 41. One of the things I did on cold nights in my attic was work on my scrapbook. I always kept information on baseball and movie stars like Roy Rogers. He was one of my favorites.

It was sad news when I heard they had closed his museum. I wish I could have been at his auction. He had a collection of signed baseballs from greats of the game, which netted $3,750. He also had a collection of signed baseball bats from Yogi Berra, Enos Slaughter, Bob Feller and many others that sold for $2,750. Trigger was his horse and the saddle and bridle sold for $386,500. Trigger was preserved and sold for $266,500. If you remember the 1938 movie The Adventures of Robin Hood with Errol Flynn and Olivia deHavilland, well, Olivia rode Trigger in that movie. Trigger also won an Oscar. I was able to spend my childhood with so many great people. In their own way, they taught us patriotism and honor. We learned that lying and cheating were bad. We learned how to suffer through disappointment and failure and to work through it. Our lives were drug-free. So goodbye to Roy, Dale, Gene and Hoppy; the Lone Ranger and Tonto. Farewell to Sky King and Superman. Thanks to Capt. Kangaroo and Mr. Rogers and all those people whose lives touched ours and made them better. It was a great ride through childhood. I leave you with this: Have a heart that never hardens And a temper that never tires, And a touch that never hurts. ­ Charles Dickens

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SUPPORT OUR TROOPS

Cotey Jordan

By Paula Green

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otey Jordan, 27, Cranberry Twp., is serving our country as a Technical Sergeant (TSgt.) in the Air National Guard. He is originally from Sussex, Wisconsin. Jordan graduated from Sussex Hamilton High School and went on to earn two bachelors degrees, the latest was a B.S. in Biology with a Chemistry minor. He is finishing up his last year of clinic at Palmer College of Chiropractic and soon will be a Doctor of Chiropractic. He decided to join the military during in his first semester of college. "The educational benefits were a large part of my joining, they're unbeatable. Especially with tuition costs and the opportunity to travel the world while training was just an added bonus," Jordan said. He did his basic training at Lackland Air Force Base in San Antonio, Texas. Jordan comes from a military background. "I have an Uncle Paul who is a retired Marine (Master Gunnery Sergeant), a brother-in-law Adam who is in the Air Force (Senior Airman) and a sister-in-law Adrian who is in the Marines (Lance Corporal). Our family get-togethers include some good Marine vs. Air Force conversations. "On my last deployment, Adrian and I were both over in Afghanistan at the same time, and even though we were hours apart, it was fun knowing we were in the same environment and halfway across the world together. There was always a slim chance we could have crossed paths," Jordan said. "It is an honor to serve with the men and women in our military who protect our country. The sacrifices made by

them and their families and loved ones are beyond expectations anyone could ask. "I am committed to staying in the military. I've been in it for just under 10 years and intend on putting in a minimum of another 10. I am in the process of working on an opportunity of getting commissioned and becoming an officer. Enlisted life is great and has treated me well, but I would like the added responsibilities of being an officer. Part of me tells myself to get out and focus on our family business that my wife has started, and start a family as well. The other part tells me to go for 20. Luckily my wife, Amanda has been supportive throughout my military career. I don't feel the least bit pressured to make a decision either way," Jordan said. "I would like to give credit to my family and to all families of our deployed military. It's tough in the military, and we're always on the go, but we're trained for this. It's our families who I, personally, feel have it the hardest. They're the ones who are at home trying to carry on with normal life when a large part of their life is gone. They're always wondering if their son or daughter is safe. "My wife was so strong while I was gone that I'm still trying to find ways to thank her. It's definitely not easy. I would encourage everyone to reach out to people who have loved ones deployed, give them the support they need. It's the little things that will make the biggest difference," Jordan said. Northern Connection magazine salutes TSgt. Cotey Jordan for his commitment and dedication in serving our country in the Air National Guard.

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SUPPORT OUR TROOPS

7th Annual "Reach out and Touch a Hero" Program

By Paula Green

he 7th Annual "Reach Out and Touch a Hero Program" was held on Dec. 3 at Ross Park Mall. This event began back in 2003 and is sponsored annually by Senator Jane. C. Orie. It all started with the concept of having local residents donate "care packages" and cards to be sent to our deployed members of the military. Over the years, the program has expanded to encompass the web. "The Reach Out and Touch a Hero" website allows citizens the opportunity to send "well-wishes" to our servicemen and women deployed internationally. The event also served as a drop-off point for the Yellow Ribbon Girls, which is a group of sisters from Zelienople that send packages to military personnel serving abroad. Items that may be donated for their cause include: non-perishable items, snack foods, microwave foods, DVDs, batteries and socks. "Many young people don't realize the tremendous sacrifices that our service members make to ensure our freedom. Now is the time that we need to show our troops that we support them, and we truly appreciate their efforts and their sacrifice. This program will help students gain a greater appreciation for our service men and women, and enable them to show their support and gratitude by sending emails to troops around the world," Senator Orie said. This year's event hosted several guest speakers from various branches of the armed forces. They included: SMSgt. Mike Andrzejewski, PA National Guard; Staff Sergeants Edward Greiner, Jr. and Anthony Shaffer; Sergeant Katheryne Hoover; Sergeant Michael Little, U.S. Marine Corps; TSgt. Troy Shullick, U.S. Air Force Recruiter; and Jennifer Blanchette, CTTI (SW), Recruiter in Charge ­ NRS North Hills. Some of the area schools participated in the tribute as well. The North Hills High School Orchestra performed, Pine-Richland's High School ROTC conducted the Presentation and Retirement of Colors. The Pledge of Allegiance was led by Saint Sebastian's Student Council and the Invocation was given by Ed Rak. This annual event has proven to have the right formula for success for more information on the "Reach Out and Touch a Hero" program, visit www.senatororie.com/ROTH.roth/htm.

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TRIVIA CONNECTION

Ronald Reagan Trivia

By Paula Green

"While I take inspiration from the past, like most Americans, I live for the future."

This month we celebrate two presidential milestones ­ President's Day on Feb. 21 and Ronald Reagan's 100th birthday on Feb. 6. Reagan was the 40th president of the U.S. and served from 1981 to 1989. At the age of 69, he was the oldest man sworn into office. His other executive experiences included two terms as president of the Screen Actors Guild (1952, 1959-1960) and governor of California (1966-1974). Ronald Wilson Reagan was born to Nelle (Wilson) and John Reagan above the Pitney General Store in Tampico, Ill. They moved to Dixon, a small town a hundred miles west of Chicago. During high school, Reagan developed an interest in sports. In 1928 he won an athletic scholarship to Eureka College, where he studied economics and sociology. He served as student body president, acted in plays, swam and played on the football team. Upon graduation, Reagan became a radio sports announcer in Davenport. In 1933, he moved to the WHO radio station in Des Moines. Reagan enlisted in the Army Reserves in 1935 and was promoted to Second Lieutenant and eventually attained the rank of Captain. He went to California in 1937, and after a screen test with Warner Brothers, Reagan was given a seven-year contract. During the next two decades he appeared in 53 films. He joined the Screen Actor's Guild in 1938. Reagan met actress Jane Wyman while filming the movie Brother Rat. They married on Jan. 16, 1940, and had two children Maureen and Michael (adopted). The couple divorced in 1949. While Reagan was shooting Hellcats of the Navy, he met actress Nancy Davis. They were wed on Mar. 4, 1952. They had two children, Patricia Ann and Ronald Prescott. In 1966, Reagan was elected governor of California and was re-elected in 1970. He ran for president in 1980 against incumbent Jimmy Carter. He won in a landslide 489 electoral votes to 49 votes for Carter. On Jan. 20, 1981, Reagan was sworn in as president of the United States. Only 69 days later he was shot by a would-be assassin but quickly recovered and returned to office. He was reelected in 1984 and left office in 1989. On Nov. 5, 1995, Reagan wrote a letter to the American people informing them that he had been diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease. He said, "I now begin the journey that will lead me into the sunset of my life. I know that for America there will always 50 be a bright dawn ahead." He died of pneumonia at the age of 93 in his Los Angeles home on June 5, 2004. Since we've enlightened you on "The Gipper," we can test your knowledge of his movies, political life and legacy. Think "Reaganomics" because it's time to get a little trivial... 1. When Reagan was born, who quipped, "He looks like a little Dutchman"? (The nickname "Dutch" stuck with him.) 2. In this 1940 movie Reagan portrayed George Gipp, as he uttered the phrase, "Win one for the Gipper!" 3. In 1952, Reagan starred in The Winning Team. What Hall of Fame pitcher did he play? 4. Name the 1951 comedy which paired up Ronald Reagan with a chimpanzee. 5. During his college years, Reagan was a lifeguard at Lowell Park in Illinois - how many lives did he save? In 1944, Army Captain Reagan signed the discharge papers for what handsome, Hollywood actor (his rank was Major)? Reagan was the host of what television series? Which Academy Award winning movie shows archive footage of Reagan's assassination attempt? What nickname did Reagan earn during his years of public service? What was Ronald Reagan's favorite candy? Who did Reagan defeated by a landslide in the 1966 governor's race in California? Where is the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library located? What year was it that Reagan spoke these words at the Brandenburg Gate in West Berlin, "Mr. Gorbachev, tear down this wall!"? Reagan was a radio announcer for what professional baseball team? Who did Reagan say this phrase to in 1980, "There you go again!"?

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Sources: http://www.whitehouse.gov/about/presidents/ronaldreagan, http://www.spartacus.schoolnet.co.uk/USAreagan.htm, http://www.presidentreagan.info/bio/reagan_biography_1.cfm, http://www.usefultrivia.com/political_trivia/ronald_reagan-trivia, http://www.funtrivia.com, http://www.homewithgod.com/mkcathy/patriotic/reagan/life/html Answers: 1. his father ­ John Reagan 2. Knute-Rocke All American 3. Grover Cleveland Alexander 4. Bedtime for Bonzo 5. 77 6. Clark Gable 7. Death Valley Days 8. Forrest Gump 9. The Great Communicator 10. jellybeans 11. Edmund G. Brown 12. Simi Valley, California 13. 1987 (June 12) 14. Chicago Cubs 15. Jimmy Carter (during the presidential debate)

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R E A L E S TAT E / F I N A N C I A L

V for Valentine and for Value!

By Jacquelyn Brinker

Who in this economy isn't looking for a great value? We all are, of course.

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omebuyers are no different ­ and today there are many phenomenal buys out there. In the last few years, many parts of the country have seen the "bubble burst," and home values have plummeted. In our area, we have been very fortunate that we have not seen the huge property value losses that areas such as Florida, California and Nevada have experienced. That said, there are still ways to find a good value when purchasing real estate. There are also some misconceptions. First, is the idea that if a home is listed for sale following a foreclosure, it can be purchased for "pennies on the dollar." This is not exactly the case. After a foreclosure, the investor is obviously anxious to move the property, but they typically have priced the real estate to sell. Buyers expect to make very low offers on these homes and are often disappointed because the investor is not likely to be willing to take more of a loss than necessary to get the property off their roles. Also, some investors have so many properties on the books that one individual home is not likely to create a huge sense of urgency. The buyer is often more motivated than the bank! The lesson here is to work with your Realtor® and ask advice on the market. The experienced Realtor® is able to provide you with recent sales in the area, as well as information on schools, shopping and amenities that will be invaluable in determining if your offer is one that can be negotiated or one that will receive no consideration by the investor. When looking at a property that may be coming into a short sale situation,

remember that the homeowner is likely behind on payments; therefore, the bank and the owner are very motivated to get the property sold before anyone incurs the costs of the foreclosure, which are quite high. However, another issue can often be that there can be a first, second, and sometimes even a third mortgage and each of those investors must be willing to take less than they are owed on the property. Additionally, in some communities you'll find the owner may be behind in association fees or dues, and the association is likely to want their money as well. While these situations often bring the buyer a new home at a favorable price, they can be very stressful, and take more time than a traditional transaction. The same suggestion applies ­ contact your Realtor® for advice. If you don't have a real estate sales professional, we'll be happy to recommend several for your consideration. Where else can you find a good value for your money? Many sellers are motivated due to their family circumstances, relocation, health issues or even estate issues. The best way to learn what the market is experiencing is to watch the market carefully, so you can get a good feel for the price range, condition or location you deem best for you and your family. For example, if you know you want to live in one of the communities within reach of Northern Connection magazine, you would want to follow the sales and listings in the area. Should you not have the time, desire or technical ability to do this, once again, the profession real estate salesperson is the ideal way to have this information made available to you with as little as one phone call. Realtors® provide a great deal of information to buyers and to sellers and are an excellent resource. A recommendation ­ choose wisely! You will spend several weeks or

months in nearly constant contact with the person you choose. You want to be certain it is someone you not only like, but can also develop a rapport and trust relationship that will see you through the process.

We always recommend becoming pre-approved prior to starting your home search. Once the Super Bowl is over, the real estate market starts to "heat up." So please remember to call today for your pre-approval. We say this because we care, and because "Your Home Loan Matters."

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The HEARTH program for Homeless Women and Children is in urgent need of a new home to relocate to. For info, call (412) 3363334 or [email protected] North Hills Community Outreach Citrus Sale runs thru Feb. 10. Orders can be picked u 1-4 p.m., Mar. 5-6, at St. Paul's United Methodist. For details, call (412) 4876316, opt. 2, x3210. North Hills Community Outreach's Community Auto program offers the maximum tax benefit for donated vehicles. Contact Jennifer, at (724) 443-8300 or www.communityauto.org. Pittsburgh Knit & Crochet Festival, Feb. 11-13, Four Points Sheraton, Mars. For details, call (412) 963-7030 or www.pghknitandcrochet.com. Snow Creations Contest, runs thru Feb. 25, Marshall Twp. For details Visit http://www.twp.marshall.pa.us Township Community Center, 3101 McCully Rd., Allison Park. Call Bob or Margie (724) 625-2329. North Hills Music Club will meet, Mar. 14 at the Gibsonia home of a member. The program will feature mystery performers. For info, call (412) 761-8818. Story Time, 12:30 p.m., every Mon., in Feb., Bruster's of Ingomar, 960 Perry Hwy., McCandless. Children will also enjoy a craft. Veteran's Appreciation & Information Day, 9-11 a.m., Feb. 22, St. Ferdinand Parish Oldenski Hall, 2535 Rochester Rd., Cranberry Twp. Sponsored by VA Butler Healthcare and Gateway Hospice. For info, or to RSVP, call 1-877-8782244 x2873 or [email protected] Western PA Professional Business Association Network Breakfast, 7:15 a.m., Tues., at King's Restaurant, Rt. 8, Gibsonia. Call Mary Ann (724) 935-2221 or visit www.wpabusiness.com. Wexford Chapter of the Women's Business Network meets, 8:00 a.m., Feb. 8 & 22, Atria's Restaurant, Rt. 19, Wexford. Call, Nina (724) 935-2221. Professional Referral Exchange Cranberry Chapter, meets 7:15 a.m., Weds at P.R.E. at North Park Lounge Deckhouse, Cranberry Twp. Call (724) 935-2221. Wednesdays @ 1 p.m., the Kean Theatre: Feb. 2, The Expandables; Feb. 16, My Geisha; Feb. 23, Easy A. Call (724) 444-KEAN (5326) or www.keantheatre.com.

Thursdays

Criders Corner Chapter of the Women's Business Network meets noon, Feb. 3 & 17, 300 Thompson Drive, Suite 322, Cranberry Twp. Call, Tiffany (724) 778-3963. Cranberry Chapter of the Women's Business Network meets, 7:30 a.m., Feb. 3 & 17, Cranberry Community United Presbyterian Church, 2662 Rochester Rd., Cranberry T Call, Marcia (724) 538-3059. wp. North Hills Community Outreach volunteer orientation, 10, Feb. 10, NHCO Millvale, 416 Lincoln Ave. Call (412) 487-6316, opt. 2 x3210. Ross-West View Chapter of the Women's Business Network meets, 7:30 a.m., Feb. 10 & 24, Bob Evan's, 7412 McKnight Rd. Call, Kari (412) 719-4860. Seven Fields Chapter of the Women's Business Network meets, 8:15 a.m., Feb. 3 & 17, Sunrise Assisted Living, Rt. 228, Adams Ridge. Call, Loretta (724) 772-3633. (Continued on page 54)

Tuesdays

Chamber of Commerce Excellence in Business Awards Annual meeting, Feb. 8, the Chadwick, Wexford. Keynote speaker: Jim Roddey. For info, visit thechamberinc.com. Friends of North Park meet 7 p.m., the 1st Tues. of every month. Feb. 1 at the Cabin in North Park. Urban EcoStewards, presentation by Marijke Hecht from the Pittsburgh Parks Conservancy. North Pittsburgh Mothers of Multiples meeting, 7 p.m., Feb. 15, North Hills Community Baptist Church, 7801 Thompson Run Rd. First timers should arrive at 7 p.m. For info, visit www.NPMOM.org. Tuesday @ 2 p.m., the Kean Theatre: Feb. 1, I Am Love; Feb. 15, An Affair to Remember; Feb. 22, Oceans. Call, (724) 444-KEAN (5326) or www.keantheatre.com.

Wednesdays

Ask the Attorney, 7 p.m., Feb. 9, NHCO North Boroughs, 100 S. Jackson Ave., Bellevue. Appointments are required. Call Harriet, (412) 4876316, opt. 2. Cranberry Chapter of the Professional Referral Exchange meets 7:15 a.m., Weds. at North Park Lounge Deck House, Rt. 19, Cranberry Twp. Call (724) 935-2221. North Hills Chapter of the Professional Referral Exchange meets 12:15 p.m., Weds. at Walnut Grove in Wexford. Call Eve (412)761-8583 or www.prorefx.com.

Mondays

Cranberry Mothers of Multiples, 6:30­9 p.m., second Mon. of each month Sept.-June, Cranberry Municipal Center. Info: www.cranberrymothersofmultiples.com. Greater Pittsburgh Civil War Round Table meets the 4th Monday of every month, 7 p.m., The Hampton

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Lunch at Christy House in Sewickley, each Fri., Sept-June 11:30-1:30 p.m., Valentine's luncheon, Feb. 11. Cost $9 benefit women's and children's missions. For details, call (412) 741-5960. North Hills Chapter of the Women's Business Network meets, 12:30 p.m., Feb. 11 & 25, at Atria's, 5517 William Flynn Hwy., Gibsonia. Details, call Karen (412) 398-6737. Pimples, Puberty & Parenting seminar, 9:30-11:30 a.m., Apr. 8, Baierl Center at North Allegheny Senior High School, Wexford. Guest speaker: Mary Denison, PHD, school psychologist ­ The Day School @ Children's Institute. Sponsored by the Parent Network Group. Open to ALL school districts. For info, email Karen Dorsey @ [email protected] Zelienople-Harmony Chapter of the Women's Business Network meets, 8:30 a.m., Feb. 11 & 25, at The Kaufmann House, 105 S., Main St., Zelienople. Call, Karen (724) 816-4505.

Kushkushkee Chapter of Society Daughters of the American Revolution meeting, noon, Feb. 12, Wildwood Golf Club, 2195 Sample Rd., Allison Park. Cost $12 includes lunch & Civil War reenactment. RSVP to (412) 323-8945. Maple Sugaring, 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m., Mar. 12, Elias Fry Barn-Knob Hill Park. For info, call (724) 9353090 x115. Winter Special Needs Family Fun Day, noon-2 p.m., Feb. 19, Ross Township Community Center. Volunteers are needed. No fee. For info, call Jim (412) 364-4415 x318.

details, call (412) 232-7200 or email [email protected] Empty Bowls Dinner, 2-6 p.m., Mar. 6, Rodef Shalom Congregation, 4905 Fifth Ave., Oakland. Sponsored by the Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank. Tickets $20. Call (412) 431-8960 or pittsburghfoodbank.org or justharvest.org. Also available at the door. Family Search Update: 10 a.m., Mar. 12, Carnegie Library Lecture Hall, 4400 Forbes Ave., Oakland. Free & open to the public. Orchid & Tropical Bonsai Show, runs thru Mar. 13, Phipps Conservatory. For details, call (412) 622-6914 or Phipps.conservatory.org. Pittsburgh Foundation Wish Book is available on-line. To view, visit www.pittsburghfoundation.org/ WishBook.

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Circa 1800: Birthpangs of the Modern Worlds Lecture Series, 6:30 p.m., Mar. 11, Sweetwater. For details, call (412)741-4405 or www.SweetwaterArtCenter.org. Sweetwater Center for the Arts performances: Donna Bailey, 7 p.m., Feb. 11; Olga Watkins Band, Feb. 18; The Ortner Roberts Trio, Feb. 25; Jazz Music Series 7 p.m. every Friday in Feb. For info, call (412) 741-4405 or www.SweetwaterArtcenter.org.

Sundays

Auto Related Flea Market, 8 a.m.1 p.m., Feb. 27, Krebs Dodge, Rt. 8, Gibsonia. Admission $1. Sponsored by the North Hills Historic Auto Club. For info, call (412) 367-3138.

ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT

Beginners knitting, crocheting, weaving, spinning & fiber arts classes, Sunset Hills Farm Alpacas, 1120 Three Degree Rd., Butler. Additional Saturday classes are being scheduled. Alpaca yarn at a discount. Call Tamara, (724) 991-9316 or email [email protected] Butler County Symphony Orchestra presents: "Romance," 7:30 p.m., Feb. 12; "Fire," Mar. 12. For info, call (724) 283-1402 or www.butlersymphony.org. Calvin Single's Dance, 7-11:30 p.m., Feb. 18, Mar. 18 & May 20. Dance lessons 7-8 p.m., Mix & mingle

PITTSBURGH

Build a Winning Sales Force Executive Briefing, 8:30-10:30 a.m., Feb. 16, Duquesne Club, 325 Sixth Ave., Pittsburgh. For info, (412) 9289933 or email [email protected] A Child's Place at Mercy & Operation Backpack Children's Foundation is accepting nominations for "Above & Beyond Awards." Nomination deadline is Mar. 4. For

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Pennsylvania's Largest Toy, Comic Book & Pop Culture Show, Mar. 4-6, Monroeville Convention Center. Sponsored by Steel City Con. Special appearance by Adam West (TV's Batman). For details, visit http://www.steelcitycon.com.

Saturdays

An Enchanted Afternoon, put on your prettiest princess dress and join us for a Royal Luncheon with your favorite Storybook Princesses, noon-4 p.m., Mar. 12, The Chadwick, One Wexford Square. Presented by Gala Event Promotions. For tickets visit, www.galaeventpromotions.com.

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will be held 6-7:30 p.m., Weds, Aladdin's Restaurant in Cranberry. For info, visit www.calvinchurchzelie.org. Kean Idol Amateur Talent Competition is accepting contestant registration through Mar. 18. Cost $25. To register, call (724) 443-0800, ext, 5310 or visit www.keantheatre.com. Kean Theatre: Neil Simon's Rumors, Feb. 11-13 & Feb. 18-20; Jackie Angel & The Swingtet 8, Mar. 12. For tickets, call (724) 444-KEAN (5326) or www.keantheatre.com. Madagascar Live, Feb. 3-6, the Benedum Center. For tickets, call (412) 456-6666 or www.madlive.com. Mid Winter Hues Exhibit runs thru Feb. 23, North Hills Art Center, 3234 Babcock Blvd, Ross Twp. Winter classes available thru Mar. 30. To register, visit [email protected] Passavant Hospital Foundation is seeking local talent for Legacy Music Series "Sounds of the Season." For details, call (412) 367-6640. Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre presents: Dracula, Feb. 11-13, Benedum Center & Gershwin Premiere with Live Music, Mar. 17-20, Byham Theatre. For info visit, www.pbt.org. Renaissance & Baroque 3-Concert Festival, Feb. 19, Mar. 19 & Apr. 9, Synod Hall. For info, call (412) 361-2048 or www.rbsp.org. The Rink at PPG Place, open 7 days a week now through early March. For info, www.ppgplace.com. Shall We Dance, Mar. 17-20, Byham Theatre. Presented by the Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre. For tickets, call (412) 456-6666 or www.pbt.org. Spring Fling Oldies Dance, 7-11 p.m., Mar. 26, The Palisades, 100 5th Ave., McKeesport. Admission $12 advance/ $15 at the door. For tickets & reservations, call (412) 672-2001 or www.bikewytc.org.

Mercy Parish Nurse & Health Ministry Program is sponsoring a four-day Parish Nurse Preparation Course, Mar. 4-5 & Apr. 1-2, at Beulah Presbyterian Church, 2500 McCrady Rd, Churchill. For info, or an application, contact Dorothy at (412) 232-7997 or email [email protected] or visit www.pmhs.org. My Life Check, you can get your personal heart score and a custom plan with seven simples steps you need to start living your best life. Sponsored by the American Heart Association. Visit http://mylifecheck.heart.org. Public Health Talk hosted by Dr. Laura Bell, 3rd Sat. of every month ­ Feb. topic: Osteoporosis, 11 a.m.-noon, Feb. 19, Choice Chiropractic & Wellness Center, 8199 McKnight Rd. Suite #102, McCandless Twp. Healthy refreshments will be served. To RSVP, call (412) 364-9699. 2011 March for Babies 5K Walk, 9 a.m. registration, 10 a.m. start, May 7, Butler Community College Main Campus. For info, call Renee at (412) 505-2200 or www.marchforbabies.org. Volunteers needed at Hope Hospice, 3356 Babcock Blvd. Call today to make a difference, (412) 367-3685, or 1-877-367-3685 or www.hopehospicepgh.org. Zumba fitness classes, 8-9 p.m., every Mon. & Wed., Bruckman School of Dance, McCandless Twp. For details visit http://www.bruckmanschoolofdance.com. Addiction Recovery Victory Group, 7 p.m., every Tues. Victory Family Church, Cranberry Twp. Visit Victorygrouponline.com. (Continued on page 56)

HEALTH & WELLNESS

Brain Health Across the Lifespan, 7 p.m., Mar. 23 at Pine Community Center. No fee, but required registration. Call (724) 625-1636 x3 or [email protected] Cleaning for a Reason, if you know of a woman undergoing chemotherapy, Cleaning for a Reason will provide free housekeeping once a month for four months. For details, visit http://www.cleaningforareason.org. Community Blood Drive, 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m., Feb. 10, Fox Chapel Area High School, 611 Field Club Rd., O'Hara Twp. Cupid's Shuffle 5K Race, 10 a.m., Feb. 12 (registration 8:30 a.m.), Harmar Grove, North Park. Benefits The Remi Savioz Glut1 Foundation. Preregistration available online at www.remisglut1foundation.com. Health, Wealth, Wellness & More Expo, noon6 p.m., Feb. 4 & 11 a.m.-4 p.m., Feb. 5, Clearview Mall. To register or for info, call (724) 283-2222 or ButlerCountyChamber.com. HealthSouth Rehabilitation Hospital of Sewickley new clinic for amputees of an arm or leg. Meetings held the 4th Thurs., of every month. Call Ann at (412) 826-2707 or [email protected] Heart Ball: Beaver / Butler Counties, Feb. 12, Pittsburgh Marriott North in Cranberry Twp. Visit www.heart.org/beaverbutlerpaheartball. Pittsburgh Heart Ball, Feb. 26, David L. Lawrence Convention Center, Ft. Duquesne Blvd. For info, visit www.heart.org/pittsburghpaheartball. March Mad Dash, 9 a.m., Mar. 12, North Park Boat House. Sponsored by St. Paul's United Methodist Church. For info, www.stpaulumc.com. To register, visit www.raceit.com.

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SUPPORT GROUPS

Bereavement Support Group, 6:30-8 p.m., Mondays, UPMC Passavant. Group meets for 8 weeks. To register, call Toni (412) 358-3173. Bridge to Hope Support Group has consolidated its weekly North Hills area meetings into one weekly meeting 7 p.m., each Wed., Conference Room #1, Passavant Hospital Foundation Conference Center, Cumberland Woods Village, UPMC Passavant McCandless Campus, 700 Cumberland Woods Dr. For details visit, www.passavanthospitalfoundation.org. Butler Cancer Support Group meets 1st & 3rd Thurs., at Medical Center Clinic Office in Butler. Free. Register at (412) 622-1212. Butler Breast Cancer & Women's Support Group meets 79 p.m., the 1st Tues., of every month, 4th Floor of the former Morgan II Building, the corner of Rt. 38, 68 & 422. Call Cheryl at (724) 282-4421. Cancer Caring Center Free Support Groups - Thursdays at UPMC Passavant Hospital. General Patient group meets 7 p.m., 1st & 3rd Thurs, & Breast Cancer group meets 7 p.m., 2nd & 4th Thurs. To register, (412) 622-1212 or www.cancercaring.org. Compulsive Eaters Anonymous meets 6:30 p.m., Fridays, Perry Hwy.

Lutheran Church. No dues. Call (412) 225-1664. Development Disabilities Support Group meets the 3rd Tuesday of the month, 7-9 p.m., at Orion Adult Day Services, 4361 Rt. 8, Allison Park. Call (412) 213-3500. Food Addicts in Recovery Anonymous meets Fridays, 10-11:30 a.m., Manor Care/North, 1105 Perry Hwy, Pittsburgh. No dues or fees. For info, call (724) 625-1683. Lupus Foundation Support Group, 7 p.m., 3rd Tues., of the month, UPMC Passavant. Free. Contact, Valarie Brown, RN, (412) 527-3335. North Hills MS (Multiple Sclerosis) Support Group meets 6:30 p.m., 2nd Tues of the month, Lutheran Senior Life Building, Rt. 228 & Pittsburgh St., Mars. For info, email [email protected] or [email protected] Support Group for Parents of Children and Teens with Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD), meets 7 p.m., 1st Wed, of the month, Conference Room at Northland Library, Cumberland Rd., McCandless. For info, email [email protected] Young Widows/Widowers Support Group, 7 p.m., Feb. 3, Kings in Wexford. Call Harriet, (412) 487-6316, opt. 2.

"An Affair of the Heart"

On Saturday, February 12, Vincentian Charitable Foundation invites you to a Valentine's dinner/dance at LeMont Restaurant, Mt. Washington, benefitting Vincentian de Marillac and Marian Manor. Now in its second year, "An Affair of the Heart: Celebrating Friends and Family" promises to be another fun evening beginning at 6 p.m. at the award winning LeMont Restaurant. With the city of Pittsburgh as the backdrop, come enjoy a fabulous dinner, live music by Mark Pipas and exciting auction packages ­ all for just $85 per person. Event proceeds will help continue the mission of providing elderly residents with a home away from home, with daily activities and programs to enhance their quality of life. For details and to reserve your spot, contact Chrissy Kaleugher at 412-4404308 or c[email protected] You can also RSVP online at www.vcs.org.

LIBRARIES

Northern Tier Library February Events: For info, (724) 449-2665.

CHURCHS & MINISTRIES

Flea Market/Bake Sale, 7 a.m.noon, Apr. 2, Fellowship Hall, Northmont United Presbyterian Church, 8169 Perry Hwy, McCandless. Toys, household items, books & baked goods. Iron City Church, services 10 a.m., Sunday mornings, Carson Middle School, 200 Hillvue Lane, McCandless. For info: www.ironcity.church.com. Kearns Spirituality Center Ongoing Programs: Yoga ­ 10:30 a.m. Tuesdays; Falun Dafa ­ 10 a.m., Thursday; LectioDivina Prayer 1 p.m., last Sunday of the month. For details, call (412) 366-1124. Late Nite Catechism (original Play), 1:30 & 7:30 p.m., Mar. 26, St. Ferdinand Church, Oldenski Hall, 2535 Rochester Rd., Cranberry Twp. For tickets, call (724) 452-9589 or (724) 869-0438 or visit http://www.funnynun.com/LateNiteC atechism.html. Pittsburgh Latin Mass Community Sunday Mass Schedule: 8 a.m. Low Mass, 11 a.m. High Mass, Mass on First Friday & Holy Days at 7 p.m., Mass every Saturday at 9 a.m., at St. Boniface. Valencia Presbyterian Church is inviting residents to Get Renewed every Weds. 7-8 p.m. this fall. For info, call (724) 625-2002 or www.valenciapresbyterian.com. Victory Family Church Services, 6 p.m., Young Adults 8:30 p.m. Sats., 9 & 11 a.m., Suns., 7 p.m. Weds. For info, (724) 453-6200.

SCHOOLS

College Planning Seminar, 7 p.m., Feb. 10, Fox Chapel Area High School, 611 Field Club Rd., O'Hara Twp. Fox Chapel Area schools registration for fall 2011 will be held in Mar. Contact the school in your area for registration dates & times, or visit www.fcsad.edu. La Roche College Spring Seminar, 6:30 p.m., Feb. 17, "Negotiating a Labor Contract in a Global Economy," in the Ryan Room, Zappala College Center, at La Roche College. Cost $15. For info, call (412) 536-1193 or email [email protected] North Hills School District is processing new student registration for private & parochial students entering grades 7-9 this fall. For a registration appt., call Gretchen at (412) 318-1045 or www.nhsd.net. Shady Side Academy presents Kiss Me Kate, Feb. 4-6, senior high school campus, 423 Fox Chapel Rd., Fox Chapel. For tickets, call (412) 968-3040 or www.proartstickets.org. Spring Gala sponsored by Providence Heights Alpha School, Mar. 5, Shannopin Country Club. For tickets, call Jennifer at (412) 366-4455 or Ruth Ann at (412) 318-4491. For info on Providence Heights Alpha, call (412) 366-4455. Storytime program, Feb. 23 & Apr. 27, at Fairview Elementary, 738 Dorseyville Rd., in Indiana Twp. For info, call (412) 963-9315. Vincentian Academy Theatre Arts Program presents Once Upon a Mattress, 7:30 p.m., Feb. 18-19 & 26 & 2 p.m., Feb. 20-27, at the Greater Pittsburgh Masonic Theatre, Ross Twp. For tickets, call (412) 364-1616 ext. 219 or email [email protected]

EASTER EGG-CITEMENT!

Easter Egg Hunt, 3 p.m., Apr. 10, Bruster's of Ingomar. Free and open to the public.

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