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June, 2018

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The date for the St. Victor Parish Flea Market, as printed in the June issue of the Town Flyer was incorrect, it should have been the month of August, not June as published.

The ad should have read:

St. Victor Parish Flea Market
Saint Victor Parish, 531 Bairdford Road, Bairdford, PA, will host a large Summer Flea Market again this year in the Activity Building. The dates to keep in mind are Friday, August 17 (5:00-8:00 pm), Saturday, August 18 (9:00 am-4:00pm), and Sunday, August 19 (after masses). We will begin accepting items on FRIDAY August 10th  from 9:00am-3:00pm.  Please call Annie O’Neil with questions or for more information at (724) 444-0060.


Outdoor Yoga for Children

The West Deer Parks and Recreation Board, with Jennifer Adams as our instructor, will be hosting a free outdoor yoga session for children. 

The date is Saturday, June 16th at 11:00am in the grass by the pavilion at Bairdford Park.  Please be there by 10:50 a.m. to register as we the session will  start promptly at 11:00 a.m.  This session is open to children ages 6 to 13.  All children must bring their own mats and pre-register to Amy Stark at by June 13th.  Because it will be in the grass, the event will be cancelled if it rains.


2018 Distinguished Alumni

Family, friends and members of the school community gathered together for the induction ceremony and banquet that recognized the 2018 Deer Lakes School District Distinguished Alumni honorees on Saturday, May 12, 2018 at Deer Lakes High School. Recipients of this year’s Distinguished Alumni Awards are (from left to right front) Dr. Robert F. Pacek, East Deer High School Class of 1953; Dr. Bruce Kelly, East Deer – Frazer High School Class of 1969; representing Mr. Vincent Taliani, West Deer High School Class of 1947 are his sons Craig Taliani and Mark Taliani; Mr. Dennis Martinez, Deer Lakes High School Class of 1970; and representing Mr. Leo Mierzejek, West Deer High School Class of 1947 are his daughters Jan M. Roth and Marcia Macdonald. Click for more on the West Deer/Deer Lakes Distinguished Alumni. Photo by Lori Nilson Photographs.



West Deer Township
Community Days
Breast Cancer Walk/Run
Registration Form
August 4, 2018 10:30 a.m. Bairdford Park

Click to download a printable PDF file.


Employment Help Is Available at NHCO

North Hills Community Outreach offers multiple free programs aimed at helping people attain self-sufficiency, including employment help.  Those seeking help with career counseling, updating a resume, job search techniques and more can contact NHCO Resource Coordinator Jackie Boggs at or 412-408-3830 x 3217.


Tiger Den

On Sunday April 22, the Tiger Den of West Deer Cub Scout Pack 965 installed a "Little Free Library" by the sprinkler area in Deer Lakes Park. The boys worked hard digging, painting, and hammering. The purpose of the project is to promote reading through the "share a book, take a book" philosophy. Patrons of the park are encouraged to bring a gently-used book to swap out one that is new to them. The library is officially registered with the Little Free Library organization. Click for more on the Tiger Den.


Spray Park Opens June 2nd

A beautiful sunny day with warm weather brought out a lot of families to visit the playgrounds at Deer Lakes Park. Some construction of new rest room facilities is still in progress.  The aquatic playground that will help keep children cool during the hot summer days is scheduled to open on Saturday, June 2, 2018. The handicapped accessible spray park has fountains and other water features.
Click for more on the spray park.


Scouts Help Legion Members
Place Flags on Veteran’s Graves for Memorial Day

Members of Cub Scout Packs 965 and 186 who are also members of the Deer Lakes Youth Baseball helped to remember our Veterans for Memorial Day by replacing the flags on the gravesites at area cemeteries.   Pictured are Wesley Reagle, AJ B., Brendan O'Brien, Andrew O'Brien, Ryan Liggett, and Alex Godinez. The scouts are pictured at East Union Presbyterian Church Cemetery as they prepare to help West Deer American Legion Members place flags on graves. Click for more on the Scouts.


Alumni Luncheon in June

The West Deer/Deer Lakes Alumni Association invites you to our monthly luncheons. The luncheons are scheduled the last Thursday of the month March through October. We meet at the American Legion, Post #595, Superior. We will be meeting on June 28, at noon. Lunch will be served at 12:30. The entertainment will be Jen Costello, founder of a non-profit project called "Lean on Me". She is the creator/designer of canes for needy people of the area. There will be a demonstration.
The cost is $15 and RESERVATIONS ARE REQUIRED. Please call Lucille Braun at 724-265-2838 or e-mail by Sunday, June 24.


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.


NHCO Needs On-Board Volunteer Dispatchers for
Our Senior Shuttles

North Hills Community Outreach needs volunteer on-board dispatchers for its two Free Rides for Seniors shuttles, which transport seniors in the Route 28 communities to UPMC medical appointments and shopping during weekdays. No special license is needed and training is provided. Shifts are short. Please contact Kerry at or 412-449-0151 for more information.


Music Camp

Saint Joseph High School is having a musical camp for students entering grades 4-8 in the fall from June 25-29 from 9am - 12pm.  The cost is $25/camper.  Visit for the online form.
Questions?  Contact Jane Susa, or 724-226-7877. 


Wanted . . . Gently Loved Stuffed Animals

Please help Transfiguration Parish collect stuffed animals to use as prizes for their booth at West Deer Community Days (August 2018). You may donate your slightly used or new stuffed animals by placing them in the box at the bottom of the steps in the basement of St. Victor Church or drop off at the Transfiguration Parish office.  Call for hours or to request pick-up 724-265-1030. Thank you in advance for your contribution by helping Transfiguration host a successful booth and putting a smile on children’s faces!


Click for a listing of
Vacation Bible Schools in
the area.



East Union Happenings

The Summer Worship Schedule at East Union Church will begin on June 3th thru September 2th.  Outdoor Services will be held once a month in the Pavilion. See our ad in this month’s Town Flyer.  Faithful Followers will continue to meet at 11:00am in the East Union Community Center.

Blessing of the 2018 Deer Lakes Graduates will be Sunday, June 10 at 9:30am in the Sanctuary. All Graduates are welcome.

Come to another delicious Spaghetti Dinner on Wednesday, June 13th from 4-7pm.  Enjoy five great sauces, including Alfredo, salad bar, rolls and dessert.  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.


Community Lecture Series 2018
Treatment Options for Hand & Thumb Arthritis

WESTARM Physical Therapy & Homecare of Lower Burrell, PA, as part of their ongoing 2018 Community Lecture Series, will provide a free presentation on Wednesday, June 12th at their Cheswick / Mills facility at 1020 Village Center Drive, Tarentum, PA  15084.  This event is open to the general public and will start at 6:00 pm.

The presentation, "Treatment Options for Hand & Thumb Arthritis", will discuss how you can take control of your arthritis through a multi-faceted approach of conservative treatment options.  WESTARM licensed Occupational Therapists / Certified Hand Therapists Colby Neubauer and Jennifer Ravotti will be the speakers.
Click for more on West Arm's Community Lecture Series.


Help Fill a Duffel

When a child is displaced from their home & enters foster care, a few of their items are often thrown in a garbage bag. On Serve Day, we will pack 500 duffel bags filled with the practical & comfort items to make an impact on local kids in foster care. Any questions can be sent to Click for more and a list of needs for foster children.


Deer Lakes Commencement Exercises Scheduled for June 7

Commencement exercises for the Deer Lakes High School Class of 2018 will take place on Thursday, June 7, 2018 at 6:00 p.m. Weather permitting, graduation will be held outside on the football field of Lancer Stadium, with the program open to the public. A ticket will not be necessary for the outdoor program.

Tickets will be distributed to the members of the Class of 2018. These tickets will be used in case it is necessary for the graduation program to be held in the high school auditorium. Admission to the auditorium will be by TICKET ONLY.

If you are in need of handicap parking, please contact the High School office by calling 724-265-5320 before Friday, June 1.

Deer Lakes High School is located at 163 East Union Road, Cheswick, PA 15024.


26th Annual Golf Scramble

Saint Joseph High School's 26th Annual Spartan Scramble: Golf, Dinner, Auction will take place on Monday, June 11 at Lenape Heights Golf Resort in Ford City. The day begins at 10:30 am with registration and foursome pictures and is followed by lunch, golf, dinner, and an auction.

Non-golfers are invited to join in at 5:30 p.m. for dinner and participate in the auction. Visit for details or contact Development Director Christie Benton at (724) 226-8043 or As SJHS's largest fundraiser, this event benefits every student in the school! 


Local Gym Members Finish First in Four Divisions

On April 21, Fleck’s Gym had four members attend Revolution Powerlifting Syndicate 5th Set Black meet.  The event was held at Tedesco Body Shop in Murrysville, PA.  All four members participated in the full pull meet.  This meet consists of three main lifts, Squats, Bench and Deadlift with achieving a total.  The total is determined by adding the three heaviest lifts for each lift.  Each partiipant gets three attempts for each lift in order to achieve their heaviest successful attempt.  At the end of the day Fleck’s Gym had all four members finish first in their division. Click to see the winners and more information.


2018 Bairdford Park Permits Now Includes
September and October

Applications for the Bairdford Park pavilion permits now include the months of September and October.  In the past, September and October were not available but are now included.  If interested, contact the Township office at (724) 265-3680 for available dates, application forms, and fees.


Class of 73 Reunion

The Deer Lakes Class of '73 will be celebrating their 45th Class Reunion on Saturday, September 15, 2018 at the Terrace Room of the Comfort Inn RIDC Park, Route 28, Harmarville. The Reunion will start with Hors d'oeuvres and cocktails  at 5:30 p.m. followed by dinner at 6:30 p.m. There will be a cash bar. Reservations are required by August 15th. Cost is $90.00 per couple or $50.00 per person Checks can be sent to Fran Kropelak, 903 Frazier Street, Springdale, PA 15144.

For those who cannot make the Reunion Dinner there will be a meet and greet on Friday September 14th at Clyde and Pattys in Harwick by the turnpike at 6:00 p.m. For more information check us out on facebook or contact Glenn Trevellini at 724-272-5171 or Fran (Pivik) Kropelak at 724-448-9640. Hope to see you there.


On Display at Open House

Thanks to a grant from Firehouse Subs, West Deer #2, Station 289 proudly displayed a new “Fast Attack” skid mounted tank, pump and hose combination for fighting off road brush fires. The Fast Attack skid mount system is positioned on a 2004 RAM 3500 four-wheel drive heavy duty truck chasis. The combined unit is equipped with a 200 gallon tank, 225 gpm pump, and 200 feet of hose. The cost of the unit was $11,800.00 which was covered by the grant. This all wheel drive vehicle will have a trailer attached carrying an all terrain vehicle which is also equipped with a small tank, pump and hose. Click to see more on grant and links to open house photos.


Katrina Stello Joins Howard Hanna

Katrina L.Stello is a  lifelong West Deer resident and a Deer Lakes Graduate. She spends a large portion of her time here in West Deer with her family  and spends a lot of time at her second home in Slippery Rock!

Katrina is in her second year at Slippery Rock University where she studies Business Finance. She considered Real Estate as a career during her senior year of high school. She wasn’t exactly sure of when she wanted to pursue this career, but with the help and support from her family, friends, and boyfriend she was able to get a jump start on her online Real Estate classes before the end of her Freshman year.

Just a few months later Katrina reached out to the Sales Director, Sonya Clemente, of the Howard Hanna Hampton office where she was brought on as an intern. During this time, she was taught the ins and outs of Real Estate before she was even licensed! Now she is licensed and could not imagine herself in a different career. She loves being on the go and helping people find their dream homes!"


Basketball Camp

Saint Joseph High School is having a basketball camp for girls (July 10-12) and boys (July 17-19) from 5-7pm; students entering grades 3-8 in the fall.  The cost is $40/camper.
Contact Jane Susa for more information, 724- 226-7877 or, or visit


Deer Lakes names Emmonds New Business Manager

Deer Lakes School District has hired Jennifer R. Emmonds, CPA, PRSBO as business manager and board secretary to replace Lori Byron, who in April left Deer Lakes to take a similar position at Highlands School District.
Emmonds, who is slated to start on July 16, was officially hired by the district’s board of school directors, 8-1 at their monthly voting meeting May 15 and will have a prorated annual salary of $100,000.  Phillip Ziendarski of Frazer Township was the lone dissenting vote. 

Since 2012, Emmonds has served as the accounting director at Armstrong School District where she was responsible for providing accurate and detailed financial information for state auditors, school officials and other district administrators.  Ms. Emmonds also assisted in the development of policies and procedures that met state and federal regulations.  She also aided in payroll management, accounts payable and human resource operations.

Prior to Armstrong, Emmonds worked at Freeport Area School District as a human resources and student records coordinator.  She also worked as a Certified Public Accountant for McVey & Associates and as a staff accountant for Graper & Associates.

The Carlow University alum earned her master’s degree in School Business Management from Wilkes University in northeastern Pennsylvania.  She is also recognized by the commonwealth as a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) and a Pennsylvania Registered School Business Official (PRSBO) by the Pennsylvania Association of School Business Officials (PASBO).


Volleyball Camp

Saint Joseph High School is having a girls volleyball camp (July 24-26) from 5 -7pm; for students entering grades 3-8 in the fall.  The cost is $40/camper.  Contact Jane Susa for more information, 724-226-7877 or, or visit


Missed the Deadline but this fun-filled happening in June would be a lot of fun.

Foods of the Frontier  -- Sunday, June 24, 1-4 pm 

What did we eat out here on the Western Pennsylvania frontier? How did we cook our food?

Naturally, it depended very much on your circumstances. A hunter living for weeks in the woods ate mostly what he found. The settlers, struggling to feed their families in those early years ate simple meals of what they could grow, hunt or collect. Soldiers on the move had their rations, while the Tavern keeper needed meals and beverages for his public. Both hunters and settlers had a need to preserve their meats by first salting, and then smoking them. Click for more on Foods of the Frontier plus photos.