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New since publication

Evankovich Offers Free AARP Tax Service to Area Seniors 

LOWER BURRELL – Rep. Eli Evankovich (R-Westmoreland/Allegheny) today announced that his district office in Lower Burrell will once again serve as a location for AARP Foundation Tax-Aide volunteers to provide free tax services to older residents. Volunteers will be available by appointment only to help seniors with their federal and state tax returns. 

In order to take advantage of these services, seniors are asked to please make an appointment by calling Evankovich’s district office at (724) 335-2790. Appointments will be held every Tuesday in one hour blocks from 11 a.m. until 3:30 p.m. starting Feb. 6 and running through April 10. Volunteers are able to assist three seniors in each time slot.  

Evankovich’s district office is located in the Stewart Plaza, 2879 Leechburg Road in Lower Burrell.

For more information on the AARP Foundation Tax-Aide program visit


New since publication

Work as Worship Retreat

Friday, February 23 from 8 a.m. – 4 p.m. -- First Presbyterian Church of Bakerstown

The community is invited to the 2018 Work as Worship Retreat, where eleven influential business leaders and pastors will discuss what it looks like to connect faith and work. Taking place as a 1-Day Church Retreat, the live event in Dallas will be web-streamed to over 2,000 churches around the world. The event will feature real-life stories and practical wisdom to equip people to see their work as an opportunity to care for their families, fulfill their calling, and serve God. The cost of $25 includes lunch. Registration is being taken at the church website, For more information, call the church office at 724-443-1555.


West Deer Township Supervisors Reorganization — 2018

The Honorable Tom Swan administers the oath of office to newly elected board member and reelected Tax Collector, pictured from left to right, Tax Collector Mrs. Dorothy Bonovitz, and board members Mrs. Beverly Jordan, Mr. Shawn Maudhuit and Mr. Arlind Karpuzi.

Click for more on the West Deer Township Supervisor Reorganizarion.


Deer Lakes School District Reorganization — 2018

District Magistrate Judge Tom Swan administers the oath of office to newly elected board members, Mr. Vic Laurenza Jr., Mrs. Kristi Minnick and Mr. Eric J. Bienick.

The Deer Lakes Board of School Directors held its annual reorganization meeting on Tuesday, December 5 in the high school library. Click for more on School Board Reorganization.


Thank You for Your  Generosity

It is with heartfelt gratitude that I thank each and every one who participated in our annual “Toys for Children” campaign.  This was our twenty first year and once again we were able to provide some very special families of our community with toys, winter clothing, shoe gift cards and food to make their holidays a little more special.  Click for more on Toys for Children.


$500,000 Ticket
Sold at Brewski’s
In Russellton

The Town Flyer photographer tries his luck at the lottery, purchasing his tickets from Alex Beter, manager of the Brewski’s Beer Distributing. Lottery officials said a winning ticket from the Saturday, Jan. 20 Cash 5 drawing for $500,000 was sold at Brewski's on Little Deer Creek Valley Road in the Russellton section of West Deer Township. Alex and coworkers, left Austin Brent and Gary Stile, right, were on duty when the ticket was sold. The ticket matched all five balls drawn with the winning numbers -  8, 10, 18, 27, 29. The winner's name is not known yet. The ticket holder has one year to come forward and claim the prize. The retailer earns a $500 selling bonus.


West Deer and Hampton Police Depts. Begin Police Explorer Post

The West Deer Township Police Department and Hampton Township Police Department are beginning a Police Explorer Post.  The post will be known as the North Hills Law Enforcement Explorer Post. This program is affiliated with the Boy Scouts of America.

The program is designed for boys and girls ages 14-19 who are interested in pursuing a career in law enforcement and/or the criminal justice field.  Our goal is to educate students on law enforcement and the criminal justice system, while allowing them to gain first-hand experience.  We will expose students to law enforcement, emergency medical treatment, the court system and other aspects of the criminal justice and public safety systems.  The post will be comprised of youth between the ages of 14 and 19 who live in the Townships of West Deer, Hampton, East Deer, Frazer, Indiana and Richland.

An open house was held on February 1, 2018 to explain the program.  However it is not too late to join or inquire about the program. You can contact Officer Ed Newman of the West Deer Township Police Department, 724-265-1100 Ext. 310, Chief Jon Lape at 724-265-1100 Ext. 301 or Officer Sarah Hoffman of the Hampton Township Police Department at 412-486-0400 Ext. 348 .



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.


Bertha Announces Run for Pennsylvania House Seat

Robert Bertha has announced his intent to run for Pennsylvania State House representing Pennsylvania’s 54th District. Bertha is seeking the democratic nomination for the state house seat vacated by Eli Evankovich.

Click for more on Bertha Run for House Seat.



West Deer Township Police confiscated the following items from burglaries throughout the township.  The items were possibly taken from sheds.

If you’re missing any of these items, we ask that you stop by our department at 109 East Union Road, Cheswick, PA  15024 – telephone 724-265-1100 and identify those that may be yours. 


Little Ads

For Sale: Rare books on history, theology, art and old maps. Russian books and souvenirs. Dough Mixer.
Call 724-265-1005.


Hampton Band Flea Market/Craft Fair

The annual Hampton Band Flea Market/Craft Fair is scheduled for Saturday, February 24 from 8am – 2pm at Hampton High School on McCully Road, Allison Park.  If you have been cleaning out your house this winter and don’t know what to do with everything, we are accepting donations on Friday night, February 23 from 3-8pm at the high school. 

We are not accepting tvs, computers, cell phones, clothing, large appliances, or anything chemical (that cannot be disposed of properly). We are taking reading books (no textbooks or manuals), children games/toys, household items, small appliances, decorations / seasonal.    The school’s lacrosse team will be taking what doesn’t sell to Goodwill as part of their fundraiser.  So, if in doubt about something, I would exclude it.

 If you would like to have your own flea market table or you are a crafter/direct sales and would like your own table, please contact Ellen Bollinger at to obtain a registration form. Please mark this date down.  You can donate Friday night and shop on Saturday.
We look forward to seeing you.


Twilight Night

A Starry Preview of
North Hills High School Musicals

A Starry Preview of local high school musicals called “Twilight Night” will take place on Friday, February 2, 2018 at 7:00 p.m. at Memorial Park Church in Allison Park (McCandless).  High school musical cast soloists will present songs from their upcoming musicals and give an exciting sneak peek of their shows in the spring.  The event is called “Twilight Night” because twilight is when stars first start appearing. Admission to the evening concert will be a give-what-you-can donation to North Hills Community Outreach, which provides food and financial help to those most in need in northern Allegheny County communities.

 “Last year over 600 musical lovers, friends, neighbors and teachers came out to see the young performers!  There was a real sense of camaraderie in the air,” says Jim Lueers, Arts Director at Memorial Park Church. 

Sharon Wolf, executive director of North Hills Community Outreach said, “The students are incredibly talented. We can’t wait for another fun event this year!”

Participating schools include Avonworth, Fox Chapel, Hampton, North Allegheny, Northgate, Pine Richland and Shaler school districts and Eden Christian Academy.  All are invited to come enjoy watching the stars come out!  Check out the website at for more info or to sponsor corporate program ads. For more information call 412 364-9492.


 Living Stations of the Cross

Transfiguration Church on McKrell Road in Russellton, invites all of you to a production of the Living Stations on Sunday, February 25, from 7:30-8:30. Experience the true meaning of Easter with a moving production presented by the Youth Ministry of St. Ferdinand’s Parish. They have been portraying the Life, Death and Resurrection of Jesus in these “Living Stations” for 32 years. There is no cost, however, a good will offering will be accepted to defray the expenses. If you would like more information, please call 724-265-3284. We are handicapped accessible.


Snow Removal

Great job West Deer Township Road Crew . . . keep up the good work plowing and salting, and thanks for being so diligent.

According to Township Manager Daniel Mator, the 105 miles of roads in West Deer Township that  road crews maintain can be broken down as follows: Click for more on West Deer Township Road Crew.


Snow Alert!!!

As the winter weather continues to dump snow on us, the sidewalks in the developments throughout the Township need to be maintained.  This maintenance includes the removal of snow and ice and is the homeowner’s responsibility.  If a property owner fails to properly maintain the sidewalk, a notice of violation can be issued by the West Deer Township Code Enforcement Officer with a maximum fine of $300.  Please be a good neighbor and keep your sidewalk in front of your property clean, especially during the winter months when snow and ice can be a hazard. 

The West Deer Township Public Works Department reminds all residents:

Happenings at East Union Church

Popcorn and Movie family night will be held on Friday, February 2nd at 7:00pm. This event is Free to the community. Bring your friends, a blanket and pillow and enjoy.

Come to our Spaghetti Dinner on Valentine's Day, Wednesday, February 14th  from 4-7pm in the East Union Community Center. Take your Valentine Sweetheart out for a great spaghetti dinner. Five great sauces, including Alfredo, salad bar, rolls and dessert. Three of our sauces are meatless. All are welcome. Visit with friends and neighbors as you enjoy a great evening out to dinner.  Donations appreciated. Click for more on East Union Church.


Walk for Hunger

The Walk for Hunger is a program to raise money for The Allegheny Valley Association of Churches Food Bank by way of an annual Walk.

The Walkers participating solicit donations from neighbors, friends, and relatives. All funds raised will all be used to support the Allegheny Valley Association of Churches Food Bank.

Cindy Rinker, Chair of Walk for Hunger, said it is sponsored by Allegheny Valley Association of Churches said the next walk will take place in Oct. 2018. To donate or to volunteer to walk please call the Association office at 724-226-0606 ext.10.


Seniors Need Volunteer Snow Shovelers

Seniors in all neighborhoods in northern Allegheny County need volunteers to keep their yards and sidewalks safe by shoveling snow. This is a great project for teens, youth groups and families. Please contact Cathy at North Hills Community Outreach at 412-307-0069 x 3313 or to register to volunteer.


Birthday Party Benefits
Annual “West Deer Toys for Children”

The officers pictured with the birthday kids are: Matthew Evan, and Brandon Kozar.

During this past season of giving, four East Union Intermediate Center students celebrated their birthdays by paying it forward. 

Parents Cara Barnhart, Mark and Melissa Vukelich, and Scott and Laronda Fischer have children who are all turning 10 years old the first week of December. They are all 4th graders at East Union Intermediate Center. The children are twins Camden and Leila Barnhart, Justine Vukelich, and Sophia Fischer. Click for more on paying it forward.


Shkuratoff’s General Store, Saxonburg Blvd., Curtisville

Originally a general store in the 1950’s and 60’s Shkuratoff’s General Store in Curtisville was owned by Wasil and Barbara Shkuratoff . Catering to coal mine families in the Curtisville #1 and #2 area the mom and pop grocery store carried food items, dry goods, a small hardware area, and a butcher shop. You could even buy bullets for shotguns and 22’s. They sold some small appliances. One of the interesting things was that there were no credit cards at that time. Everything was done in cash or “on the book”! Every item you bought would be written down into a stapled booklet with carbon paper. One copy was yours to indicate what you bought, the other stayed in the store on a special file with your balance. When you paid your bill for the week or month, the store’s carbon copy would be given to you marked “paid”.  Simple bookkeeping with no interest! The Curtisville Post Office and Fleck’s Gym now occupy the building. A West Deer Heritage photo by Dan Makuta.


2nd Annual Deer LakesTurkey Trot

The Deer Lakes 2nd Annual Turkey Trot was a huge success thanks to the over 80 runners/walkers who came out on the beautiful Thanksgiving morning to help raise money for those in our community that could use some help during the holiday season.  This year the Deer Lakes Wellness Committee and the Student Ambassadors joined in, and together we raised close to $3000 that has since been donated back into the community.  We would like to thank the volunteers that came out to help us make sure the race went smoothly and give a shout out to our sponsors for collaborating with us this year.  We look forward to doing this again in November. Submitted photo.


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.

Upcoming class:
February 27, 2018, 9:00 a.m. till 1:00 p.m. — Juniper Village of Forest Hills, PA 15221.
March 22, 2018 — 10:00 a.m. till 2:00 p.m. — Senator Vulakovich, Glenshaw, PA 15116.

To Register for a class call: 1-800-559-4880 or 724-282-0245.
To Register online, visit:


Deer Lakes Girls Softball News

Registration for spring 2018  — Registration is now open for spring softball!  Please visit our website at for more information.  We will be offering teams for 6U, 8U, 10U, 12U, and 15U. Free clinics will be starting soon. Watch for announcements.

Registration will be done online this year. The final day to register is March 11, 2018! E-mail with questions.


Consolidated Communications Recognizes
Brad Spiker with President’s Award

L to R: Doug Abolt (VP Commercial Product Marketing); Gabe White (Director – Outside Plant Engineering); Brad Spiker (President’s Award Winner); Greg Schneider (Manager – Network Operations)

Consolidated Communications employee Brad Spiker recently received the company’s highest honor, the President’s Award, at the company’s annual employee meeting. The prestigious award is presented to a few select employees who demonstrate extraordinary performance on a project or who continually exceed expectations. Click for more on Brad Spiker and Consolidated Communications.


Girls on the Run

Deer Lakes Middle School is hosting Girls on the Run - Heart & Sole program for 6th-8th grade girls. Registration opens January 31st.

Please check out for more information about our registration system, fee schedule, and the registration link. 

The spring season runs March 5th – May 25th. Practices will be held at the DLMS field Monday and Thursday from 3:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. The 5k will be held on Sunday, May 20th at Hartwood Acres.

More program information is available at


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.


Thank you from the Bull Creek
Model Railroad Association Holiday Train Show 2017

The Bull Creek Model Railroad Association would like to take this time to wish everyone a Happy New Year! We would also like to thank all who came out to the 2017 Holiday Train Show! We hope you enjoyed it, and we also hope you plan on checking us out again next year! We will be working diligently over the next year, making improvements and performing maintenance to our building, along with changes and updates to ALL of our layouts. Our 2018 Holiday Train Display will be sure to impress, as we plan to make layout changes, improvements and expansions. Again, we sincerely thank all who attended, and look forward too seeing all of you again, next holiday season!


Deer Lakes Girls Soccer

Maura Rupprecht-freshman, Hannah Irvine-senior, and Lily Litrun-freshman, were honored at the 2017 All Section, All Star Awards Banquet held on December 10 at Stratigos Banquet Center. Maura and Lily received All Section Honors and Hannah received All Section and All WPIAL recognition.


Saint Joseph High School Students Earn
Seton Hill University Women in Science Awards

Three Saint Joseph High School junior year students earned Seton Hill University Women in Science Awards: Julia Singleton (Biology Award), Leah Grady (Chemistry Award) and Abigail Book (Math Award). The Women in Science Scholarship is valued at $76,000 for each student to attend Seton Hill University.

Click for more on Women in Science Awards


WESTARM Physical Therapy and Homecare
Offers Community Lecture Series – 2018

WESTARM Physical Therapy and WESTARM Homecare Nursing & Therapy of Lower Burrell, PA will offer a series of lectures throughout the Alle-Kiski Valley in 2018 on various physical rehabilitation topics.  These presentations will be FREE to local residents and offered at the following WESTARM outpatient facilities and other locations: Click for more on West Arm.


New – Free Computer Classes

Beginning February 5, 2018 Springdale Free Public Library will be offering FREE Computer classes three days a week. Three facilitators are available to help with your questions. Call to reserve your personal session.

Class schedules are as follows:
Mondays        6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. (1/2 hour sessions) Computers only
Wednesdays    6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. General Computing and Technology
Fridays            1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. (45 minute sessions) Computer, I-Pads, Phones

Happy Birthday Dr. Seuss! February 26th -- The party is early this year…Monday, February 26, 2018. Time: 6:00 p.m.

The evening will be filled with books, crafts and games galore! Followed by some food and drinks to end the night. This celebration is open to families of all ages. RSVP soon for space is limited.

The library is located at 331 School Street, Springdale, PA 15144. For more details  and to see our other upcoming events, please check our Facebook page or webpage at Call 724-274-9729. ALL PROGRAMS REQUIRE REGISTRATIONS.


National Wear Red Day

Heart disease kills an estimated 630,000 Americas each year. It’s the leading cause of death for both men and women. In the United States, the most common type of heart disease is coronary artery disease (CAD), which can lead to a heart attack. You can greatly reduce your risk for CAD through lifestyle changes and, in some cases, medication. Since 1963, February has been celebrated as American Heart Month to urge Americans to join the battle against heart disease. Since 2004, February also has been the signature month for the American Heart Association’s Go Red For Women campaign and the message that heart disease is not only a man’s problem. In 2018, National Wear Red Day will be celebrated on February 2.


Applications Available for
Plumbers Union Apprenticeship Program

Joint Apprenticeship Training Committee Plumbers Local Union No. 27 hereby officially notifies you that applications will be accepted for it Apprenticeship Training Program.

Applications may be obtained between February 26, 2018 through March 10, 2018 at Plumbers Local Union No. 27 Headquarters/Pipe  Trades Training Center, 1040 Montour West Industrial Park, Coraopolis, PA 15108 and at the Erie Training Center, 8150 Hawthorne Drive, Erie, PA 16509. Please report during the following hours.
Mon., Tues., & Wed. — 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.  and 1:00 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.
Thursday  — 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.  and 1:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Friday — 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.  and 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Saturday  — 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

Applications must be completed at the time of registration. No applications will be given at the time of registration unless all qualifications are met as listed below:

Qualification for applicants are:
Applicants must be of good moral character and physically able to perform the work of the trade.
Applicant must be at least 18 years of age and have a high school diploma or G.E.D equivalent.
Applicant must have a valid Pennsylvania Drivers License.