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April, 2018

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Click on the calendar for a list of November items of interest.


Health Fair

Health Fair — Saturday, April 28th, 2018 — 11am – 4pm
Free Admission!

Taylor Building — 1331 Freeport Rd. Cheswick, PA —

Bounce House for Kids! Live Music from Amber Alexis! Hot dogs!

Click for more on the Health Fair.



Thank you . . . We couldn’t have done it without you!

This issue of the Town Flyer marks our 25th anniversary. We are very aware that the success of the Town Flyer is directly related to the support that we receive from our advertisers, the organizations, the businesses, the success of our residents, and mostly from our loyal readers. Without you, we would never have reached this significant milestone and we are truly grateful to each and every one of you.

Click for more on the Town Flyer's Thank You.


Deer Lakes School District Announces
2018 Distinguished Alumni Honorees

Deer Lakes School District takes great pleasure in announcing that five former Deer Lakes, West Deer and East Deer/Frazer graduates have been selected to receive the seventh annual Deer Lakes School District 2018 Distinguished Alumni Award.
The purpose of the Distinguished Alumni Award is to identify, recognize, celebrate, and honor those alumni who have distinguished themselves in academics, the arts, public service, professional contributions, or athletics at the collegiate or professional level and who, in so doing, have contributed to the pride and prestige of the Deer Lakes School District.
This year’s honorees include: Click for more on Distinguished Alumni.


WD Alumni Scholarship Luncheon

The Dan Angeloni West Deer Alumni Scholarship Luncheon will be meeting on April 26, 2018.   Lunch is served at 12:30 in the American Legion, Post 593, Superior. The cost of the luncheon and entertainment is $15. Luncheon reservations are required by calling Lucille Braun at 724-265-2838 or email at before April 19.


Taxes Mailed in West Deer

Dorothy Bonovitz, West Deer Township’s tax collector,  has mailed the 2018 West Deer Township tax bills on March 15, 2018.  If you have not received your bill call Dorothy at 724-265-4250.



Transfiguration’s Tutoring Program is doing very well and is in need of more tutors. All subject matter and all ages from 1-12th grade is welcomed.  Any currently teaching  or retired teacher, paraprofessional, student teacher, or someone who feels confident working with children and is willing to volunteer one or two hours a week, please call 724-265-3284 or email You can make a difference.


West Deer VFC #3, Station 290 Celebrates 55 Years of Service

West Deer Township Volunteer Fire Company Number Three
has a long history of serving the community.

Thanks to our 24 founding members: Robert J. Ashcraft, John P. Bahorich, John E. Butler, Sam Caro, Frank L. Cooper, Thomas Gieraltowski, Richard E. Heck, Howard Keener, Arthur Kirschner, Frank L. Ladesic, William McDermott, Paul R. McHugh, William E. Moody, Charles Poplawski, Samuel Stevens, William Ratkus, Elmer Sauers, William J. Smith, Robert D. Stalker, John E. Sweeney, Thomas J. Sweeney, Thomas Szymanski, Louis Tuminello and W. Lee Worstell; our company became incorporated as a non-profit corporation on March 5, 1963. Click for more on West Deer #3.


West Deer  Township Community Spring Clean-Up Day

 The Board of Supervisors of West Deer Township is pleased to announce the 2018 West Deer Community Spring Clean-Up Day!  This event has been set up to collect trash and debris around the Township as a community.  Similar to the "Adopt a Highway" and "Adopt a Stream" programs, the goal of this event is to increase the aesthetic quality of West Deer Township. 
 We will meet at the Municipal Building (109 East Union Road, Cheswick, PA  15024), and the event will be held on Saturday, April 21st.  Please arrive at 9:00am for a 10:00am start.  The rain date will be Saturday, April 28th.  Please email us at or phone us at 724.265.3680 to register so we know how many volunteers to expect and how many reflective vests and refreshments to provide.   If you wish to participate, but are not able to attend, please feel free to phone us to arrange alternative dates for you or your group any time throughout the year.


Petruska Among Eight Inductees

Deer Lakes High School graduate Dana Elder Petruska will be one of eight inductees at this year's Alle-Kiski Valley Sports Hall of Fame banquet.

The event will be May 19 at the New Kensington Quality Inn.

Petruska played for Deer Lakes in the early days of girls high school basketball before heading to Pitt. She currently coaches the Mars High School girls basketball team has advanced to the state semifinals.

Click for more on Dana and the Sports Hall of Fame banquet.


West Deer VFD #2, Station 289 Hosts Open House

West Deer VFD #2, Station 289 will host an Open House on Sunday, May 20, 2018 from 12 noon to 4:00 p.m.

The community is invited to tour their newly renovated building. Bring the entire family down to see the fire trucks, meet the firefighters, grab a bite to eat and learn about the fire service in your township.

While you’re there, why not fill out an application and come be a part of our family! We would love to have you! Hope to see you there!  



DL Student Artwork Displayed at
Standard Ceramics Suburban High School Exhibit

The artwork of Deer Lakes students Emily Mischen, Haley Klingensmith-Pierce, Heather White, Amanda Bialis, Trisha Edwards, Mercedes Guido has been chosen to be displayed in the Standard Ceramics Suburban High School Exhibit. 

Click for more on student art.


Deer Lakes School District Kindergarten Registration

If your child will be 5 years old by September 1, 2018, it is time to plan for Kindergarten in the 2018-2019 school year.

Deer Lakes School District uses an online student registration program which allows parents/guardians to input student information right from the comfort of their own home, office, public library, or any other web-hosted locations. New students of all ages must reside with the school district’s geographic boundaries at the time of registration. Click for more information on Kindergarten Registration.


Hard to Recycle Collection Events — Save These Dates

Saturday, May 5, 2018. Time: 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. — Household Chemical Collection Event. Paint Products, Automotive Fluids, etc. North Park Swimming Pool Parking Lot.

Saturday, May 12, 2018. Time: 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. — Hard To Recycle Collection Event. Electronics & Televisions. Pittsburgh Mills Parking Lot. Televisions will be accepted.
• Computer monitor — $20
• Television — $30
• Projection or console tv — $40
For more info: or 412-488-7452. Fees to be determined.


DLHS 2018 Spring Jazz Dinner

Wednesday, May 16, 2018.  Doors open at 6:00 p.m.  Music and dinner begins at 7:00 p.m. in the Deer Lakes High School Cafeteria. The DLHS Jazz Ensemble will play a selection of jazz favorites during dinner while members of the Deer Lakes Band Programs serve dinner, which will consist of spaghetti, salad, beverages and dessert. Tickets $12.00 per person, $20.00 for two, Senior Citizens and Students - $10, children under 6 - free. Seating is limited and reservations are recommended.  Reservations will be accepted now through May 10 by email to or calling 724-265-5300 x2707 with the number and type of tickets desired.  Any remaining tickets will be available on a first come basis at the door.


Oldest Members Celebrate Birthdays

The Owl’s Club in Russellton celebrates monthly birthdays for their members. This past March two of its oldest members were honored. Pictured here cutting their cake are Charlie Tahon, 86 and Denny Swigart, 83.

Click to see a larger photo of the birthday boys.


Annual Family Fishing Day

Sunday – June 3, 2018 — 10 AM-2 PM
The West Deer Parks & Recreation Board along with the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission are sponsoring their annual Family Fishing Day, Sunday, June 3rd – 10 AM-2 PM.  Children learn the basic fishing skills such as baiting a hook, casting, removing their catch and much more. 

Everything is provided, poles, reels and bait, no license is required.  Children must be accompanied by an adult. Children 5 years old to 12 years old are invited.  A light lunch is provided and prizes are awarded.  Pre-registration is required by calling 724-265-1100, extension 302.


Seniors for Safe Driving Class Now Forming

Mature driver improvement course. Helping drivers understand how aging affects driving abilities and providing insight about driving on today’s roadways.
• PennDOT Approved
• Desgned for drivers 55 and older
• Minimum 5% discount on your auto insurance for 3 years (as mandated by PA State Law)
• Refresher course conducted in one 4-Hour session
• Standard course conducted in two 3-1/2-Hour sessions

Upcoming class:
April 5, 2018 — 9:00 a.m. till 1:00 p.m. — Knights of Columbus Hall, Little Deer Creek Valley Road, Russellton, PA 15076
May 16, 2018 — 9:00 a.m. till 1:00 p.m. — Rebecca Rewsidence, Allison Park, PA 15101
To Register for a class call: 1-800-559-4880 or 724-282-0245.
To Register online, visit:


Deer Lakes Students Advance In
SkillsUSA Regional Competition

 Deer Lakes students Rebecca Drum (Senior, Employment Application Process) and Diana Navarette (Junior, Job Interview) each recently represented the AW Beattie Career Center in the District 8 SkillsUSA competition at Beattie and the CCAC North Campus with each placing first in their respective areas. As first place finishers, the Deer Lakes students will join Breanna Grondwalski (Senior, Pin Design) at the statewide competition April 18-20 in Hershey. Click to see a larger photo.


Springdale Library

The Springdale Free Public Library will present the following programs during the month of April.
Click for more on the Springdale Library.


Weekly Meeting Reminder: Six Steps to Sanity Group Meetings

Do you have a family member whose choices are breaking your heart? Do you live with chaos brought on by poor choices your adult child or family member is making. If so you are not alone.This is an epidemic with catastrophic consequences. If you or someone you know is dealing with a difficult relationship help is on the way. The six steps to Sanity Support Group brings healing to those with family members struggling with addictions. Come and listen to testimonies of true healing in our families.
The group meets Thursday nights from 7 to 8:30 at the Allison Park Church, 908 Little Deer Creek Valley Road ,Russellton, PA 15076.


East Union Happenings

East Union Church is a vibrant, multifaceted community of faith. We have a heart for our neighbors and passion for God. Outreach, activities, workshops, studies, events—planned for families just like yours— take place here nearly every day and night of the year.

Popcorn & Movie Family Night will be held on Friday, April 6th  at 7pm in the East Union Community Center. This event is FREE to the community. Bring your friends, a blanket and pillow and enjoy popcorn and the movie. Click for more on East Union's Happenings.


Planning for your Future at Any Age

You are cordially invited to "Planning For Your Future At Any Age" held at East Union Church (Community Center) on Saturday, April 28, 2018, 1pm. This free event is open to everyone in our community.

Financial security is a major goal for most of us. We try to do what's right for those we care about, but the wrong financial decision can often undermine the best of our intentions. Whether you are concerned for your own financial needs or those of your family or your business, this free seminar can help you identify your needs and provide complementary solutions.

We are grateful to host speakers, Beth S. Hackney, Attorney at Law, and Chris Pfanstiel, Wealth Management Adviser. They will cover simple financial planning and estate planning.

Snacks and refreshments will be provided. No RSVP required, but appreciated (724.265.1381).  We are pleased to offer this event as a community service.


Deer Lakes Students Named to Technical Honor Society

The following Deer Lakes High School students have been named a 2018 National Technical Honor Society nominee at AW Beattie Career Center and were inducted into the prestigious order during a dinner and ceremony on March 20. Riece Bayne, ERT; Vincent Donatelli, Carpentry; Dennis Drum, Carpentry; Patrick Hansen, ERT; Madeline Heiferman, Ad Design; Diana Navarrette, Ad Design; Robert Pater, Advanced Computer Programming; Fallon Persinger, Ad Design; Christopher Rudy, Carpentry; Cassandra Stapinsky, Ad Design; and Elizabeth Zellhart, ERT. Deer Lakes has more NTHS nominees than any other school whose students attend Beattie. Click for a larger photo of the Technical Society.


Do  you have Type 2 Diabetes?

Now what?
Diet! • Exercise! • Medication(s)!
Diabetic Education… Putting it all Together!
Diabetic Discussion Group

Leader: Rev. James Holland, RN, CNS (Licensed Clinical Nurse Specialist) Click for a list of topics and registration.


Saint Joseph Students Place at the Pittsburgh Regional Competition

The following students placed at the Pittsburgh Regional competition for National History Day on Sunday, March 11 at Heinz History Center.  Out of 51 of our students who participated, 21 go on to state competition. Click for more on competition.


Spring Musical

The Saint Joseph High School spring musical, “Children of Eden”, will be performed on the following dates and times at the Penn State New Kensington Forum Theatre: April 12 - 14 at 7pm, and April 14-15 at 2pm.  All tickets are $10 each. Purchase your tickets now by submitting an order form (see To reserve your tickets and pay at will call email  Tickets may be available to purchase at the theater the night of the performance. SJHS recommends purchasing/reserving ahead of time.


West Deer Alumni Scholarship Drive

The West Deer Alumni Association is conducting its annual drive to help provide $500 scholarships to the Class of 2018 Deer Lakes High School seniors.  The Scholarship Fund was started many years ago by Dan Angeloni and has helped many deserving and qualified seniors with scholarships.  Please mail your contribution in memory of Dan to The West Deer Alumni Scholarship Fund, 122 Canter Lane, Gibsonia, Pa 15044.


Melissa Orr New Manager of
First Commonwealth at Deer Lakes Branch

Melissa Orr is now the Manager of the First Commonwealth Bank in Deer Lakes.  She has been with the bank for 11 years, where she started at the Natrona Heights office, and most recently worked in the Training Department.  She grew up in Five Points (Indiana County) on a pig farm.  She lives close by now, in Fawn Township, with her husband Nick, their daughter Sydney (who will be 2 in July), and their 2 dogs, Daisy and Iris.  Her favorite part of her new role with the bank is getting to know the Deer Lakes community members and businesses in the area.

Click for more on Melissa Orrand First Commonwealth


Depreciation Lands Museum
Offers Morning Summer Camp

Adventures in Pioneer Living - June 18-22 -- for children ages 8 through 12 -- Traditional Week long morning camp 9-11:45am. You can experience life as an Indian or as a Pioneer! Click for more on the camp.


Allegheny County Accepting Camp Cadet

The Allegheny County Camp Cadet program is accepting applications now through April 16, 2018. The one-week camp will be July 29 through August 4, 2018 at Camp Guyasuta in O’Hara Township. Any boy or girl who resides in Allegheny County, is between the ages of 12 and 14, and is in good physical condition can apply. Click for more on Camp cadet.

The 3rd Annual Southwestern Pennsylvania Special Needs Fair & Expo will take place on Saturday, April 28, 2018, from 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. at The Pathfinder School at 50 Donati Road, Bethel Park, PA. Click for more on Special Needs Family Resource Fair.


Tickets are on sale now for NHCO’s Neighborhood Block Party

North Hills Community Outreach’s Neighborhood Block Party is 5:30-8:30 pm, Thursday, April 26 in The Chadwick in McCandless (Wexford). The whole family is welcome at this all-ages event, which includes multiple food stations, live music by members of Under the Covers and Juniper Six, princess and superhero visits, games, kids’ activities, a silent auction and a cash bar provided by The Chadwick. Tickets are all-inclusive. Tickets are available through April 21 are $30 for adults and $13 for children ages 3-10.  Proceeds support NHCO’s 20+ programs that help local families in need. Purchase tickets online at or by calling Cheryl at 412-487-6316 opt 1. The event is sponsored by Allegheny Health Network with Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield, People’s Gas, Dollar Bank and The Chadwick.


Beginner Beekeeping Class

Thinking about becoming a beekeeper?
New to beekeeping and have questions?

Join us for an introduction to beekeeping class May 19th at Tarenbee in Tarentum from 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. We will discuss where to get honeybees, equipment, how to care for them, how to find the queen, how the hive works, how to treat for mites, and more. Our videos will take you to our hives for a great learning experience.

Cost: $20.00 (includes lunch and coffee)
Where: Tarenbee, 300 E 8th Ave., Tarentum, PA 15084

We would love to introduce you to the wonderful experien e of beekeeping.
—Michelle Wright and Jim Fitzroy