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Portion of Tarentum-Culmerville Road in
Tarentum to Close Monday, March 5

The Department of Public Works today announced that a portion of Tarentum-Culmerville Road (locally called Bakerstown Road) in Tarentum will close at 9 a.m. on Monday, March 5, 2018. The closure, which is expected to last until the end of June, will be approximately 500 feet south of the bridge that carries Tarentum-Culmerville Road over PA-28.

Traffic will be detoured using Days Run Road, Baileys Run Road, Freeport Road, and East Street. 

The closure is required to construct a wall. The road has been restricted to single-lane traffic since February 2017 because of a landslide.

The $450,000 project is being performed by Pugliano Construction Company, Inc. of Pittsburgh.


Thank You For Your Volunteer Service

Lent is a season of soul-searching and repentance. It is a season for reflection and taking stock.

The photographs in the March issue of the Town Flyer are a small attempt to say thank you to the many volunteers who generously give their time and hard work to help their churches or organizations with Fish Fry’s during this Lenten season, by cooking, cleaning, serving, taking orders and filling orders.  And, to those who donated paper products, water, pop and all the needed cooking supplies, baked goods, monetary donations or simply came to eat, thank you all for your thoughtfulness and generosity. Click for more photos on the area Fish Fries


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. Registration will be done online this year. Free clinics will be starting soon. The final day to register is March 11, 2018!
Email with questions


Solomon Named KDKA Extra Effort Award Winner

Deer Lakes High School senior, Josh Solomon, was honored during a recent assembly, when KDKA Sportscaster Bob Pompeani visited the school to present him with the coveted KDKA Extra Effort Award. Pictured from left to right are Josh’s parents Frederick and Mary Solomon, his sister Deer Lakes junior Anna, Josh and Bob Pompeani. Click for more on extra effort award winner.


Do You Have Type 2 Diabetes?
Now What? Diet! • Exercise! • Medication(s)!

Click for more information.


Knights of Columbus Host Annual Free Throw Contest

On Jan 23, 2018 Council 5501 of the Knights of Columbus held their annual basketball free throw contest.  The contest is open to all children ages 9 through 14.  Awards are given to both the girl and boy with the best score in their age group.  This year's winners are: GIRLS - Brooke Cacurak (9), Martina Saldamarco (10), Isabella Bolduc (11), Alyssa Weber (12); BOYS - Collin Rodgers (10), Morgan Adams (11), Zachery Kruse (12), and Kyle Penn(13).  Knight Rich Paszek chaired the event.  Congratulations to all and good luck to all in the next round in March! Submitted photo.



Rinker selected as an Action for Healthy Kids School Hero

Deer Lakes School District parent and wellness committee member, Becky Rinker has been selected as one of 12 national Action for Healthy Kids Healthy School Heroes in 2017 for her dedication to creating a healthy school environment.

Rinker has long been passionate about healthy living. The West Deer resident currently works for The Juice Plus Company as a senior sales coordinator and product specialist for the company’s Tower Garden, a vertical, aeroponic growing system that can grow vegetables, herbs, fruits and flowers indoors or out, using only nutrients and water. 

Click for more on action for healthy kids.



Transfiguration Parish Hosts Addiction Program

Six Steps to Sanity Program – new session starting Wednesday, March 14th, from 7 to 8:30 PM, for 12 consecutive weeks.  This is a faith based ministry designed to bring hope, healing and serenity to family and friends of those caught in the cycle of addition.  This free program is based on the book:  “Setting Boundaries with Your Adult Children:  Six Steps to Hope and Healing for Struggling Parents”, by Allison Bottke.

It is never too late to make choices that will change your life.  For questions and registration please call Judi Damon at 412-496-8582, or email  Transfiguration Parish, 94 McKrell Road, Russellton, PA 15076.


Pray for Our Country

Pray the Patriotic Rosary for the United States of America at 7 PM every last Wednesday of the month (all year long) at Transfiguration Church, 94 McKrell Road, Russellton, PA 15076.


Free Prom Dress Giveaway

The Deer Lakes Ambassadors are sponsoring a free prom dress giveaway! Anyone interested can schedule a confidential appointment on weekdays between March 20 and April 12 from 3-6. Please email Jennifer Mann at to schedule your appointment today!


For Sale

Rare books on history, art and many other subjects.
Commercial dough mixer.
Phone 724-265-1005.


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.

Our annual Spring Fling Rummage and Bake Sale will be held on Friday, March 2nd  from 4:00-7:00pm and Saturday, March 3rd  from 8:00-11:00am. Bag sale begins at 9:30am on Saturday. Again we are having an Early Bird Special from 12noon to 2pm. Admission for the Early Bird is $5.00. Admission for all other Rummage Sale times is FREE.  Come, browse and enjoy some great baked goods. There is something for everyone.

Click for more happenings at East Union Presbyterian Church.


Owls Club Says Thanks

Thank you, Thank you, Thank all the people that donated 58 baskets for our auction, donated money and donated food.  And thank you to the 500 friends and relatives that showed up for the spaghetti dinner and to all the volunteers that worked so hard to make Frankie’s Fundraiser the largest ever sponsored by the Loyal Order of Owls Post 109 in Russellton.
We LOVE our brother Frankie and
support him during his recovery.


West Deer 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.


Willy’s Wacky Egg Hunt Coming to Allison Park Church

Children will have the opportunity to win candy and prizes at Willy’s Wacky Egg Hunt, a free egg hunt experience at Allison Park Church, Saturday, March 24 and Sunday, March 25. As part of this indoor egg hunt, children in preschool through 5th grade will have the opportunity to search for a golden ticket and win large prizes, including a new iPad.

The event is chocolate factory-themed, and will feature costumed mascots, music and lights. The event takes place at Allison Park Church’s four locations in Hampton, Deer Lakes, Ambridge, and Butler. Specific times vary by location. Visit for times and addresses.

“While we have hosted egg hunts for many years, this year’s theme is really fun,” says Bethany Jarmul, Communications Director. “Willy’s Wacky Egg Hunt, turns an ordinary egg hunt into something fun and unique. Kids will love the experience and the prizes!”

Typically, more than 1,000 children participate in the egg hunt each year, and the event requires nearly 200 volunteers to execute. For more information about Willy’s Wacky Egg Hunt, visit


West Deer Alumni Luncheons Resume
Gardener/Horticulturist to be Featured

The Dan Angeloni West Deer Alumni Scholarship Luncheon will be meeting on March 29.  This month's meeting will feature Doug Oster gardener/horticulturist.  He is featured every Thursday on Pittsburgh Today (Channel 2).  He also writes for the Post Gazette and  Tribune.  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 March 22. 



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.


Evankovich Offers Free AARP Tax Service to Area Seniors

Rep. Eli Evankovich (R-Westmoreland/Allegheny) today annonced 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


Saint Joseph High School Students Participated in
PA Junior Academy of Science 84th Annual Region 7 Meeting

Saint Joseph High School Students participated in the Pennsylvania Junior Academy of Science Region 7 Meeting on February 3 at Duquesne University.  Students received awards as follows:

First Awards - Michael Konopski '21, Robert Lipnichan '21, Diesel Losch '21, Brody Porter '21, Samantha Skeba 19, Andrew VanFossen '21, Spencer Brackett '21, Ethan Schroeder '20, Julia Singleton '19

Second Awards - Keavy Callwood '21, Kelsey DuVall '21, Sean LeMay '21, Madelyn Neelan '21, Andy Nguyen '21, Paul Shadle '21, Zachary Szep'21, Skylar Geibel '20, Leah Grady '19

In addition to the above awards, the students below were selected for these specialized awards:

Director’s Award for High School Mathematics ($100) - Robert Lipnichan '21

Duquesne University department of Mathematics and Computer Science Award ($100) - Robert Lipnichan '21

Excellence in Health Sciences - Brody Porter '21

Perfect Scores - Robert Lipnichan '21, Ethan Schroeder '20.


Thank You from West Deer #2 Fire Department

The West Deer Volunteer Fire Department #2 (Station 289) would like to thank West Deer VFD #1 (Station 288) and Rural Ridge VFD (Station 175) for the generosity they have shown us during the renovation of our department.  Rural Ridge allowed us to house our engine in their garage bay for several months. West Deer #1 allowed us to house our tanker, squad, UTV, and fire gear at their station. We also had the unique opportunity to combine both our departments (West Deer #1 and #2)  and run as a whole out of their station, all in the effort to keep the community covered.  Thank you for welcoming us into your department and making us feel at home, we greatly appreciate everything you’ve done. These 2 departments personify  the brotherhood/sisterhood of the fire service.
Thank You, The members of West Deer #2 VFD


Music for Marco was a Huge Success

Tempt this town with a good time and a good cause and great things happen!!

On January 27th Music for Marco was held at West Deer 1 VFD (which was generously donated by the members). “Mighty” Marco Mangieri is a 3-year-old super hero battling a villain called Leukemia. The night was organized to support him, and his sidekicks his mom and dad Katie and Mike Mangieri.

Click for more information and more photos.



Community Lecture Series “Treating Dizziness & Vertigo
Using Physical Therapy”

WESTARM Physical Therapy & Homecare, of Lower Burrell, PA, as part of their 2018 Community Lecture Series, will present a free lecture on Tuesday, March 13 on “Treating Dizziness & Vertigo using Physical Therapy” at 6:30 pm. The lecture will be held at their Plum outpatient facility located in the Plum Community Center, 499 Center New Texas Road, Plum Borough, PA 15239.

Physical Therapists William Jones, DPT, OCS, ATC and Tanisha Gorney, DPT will discuss the causes of vertigo and dizziness, treatment options utilizing Physical Therapy, and recommendations for home safety.  Dr. Jones is the Facility Director of their Lower Burrell facility and Dr. Gorney is the Facility Director of the Cheswick / Deer Lakes & Plum facilities.

This free event is open to the general public.  Light refreshments will be provided along with free parking.  Call 724-337-6522 or email to register.


6 Steps to Sanity Group

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 7:00 to 8:30 p.m. at the Allison Park Church, 908 Little Deer Creek Valley Road, Russellton, PA 15076.


Thank You from The Deer Lakes
Backpack Initiative

The Deer Lakes Backpack Initiative would like to thank the following group their generous donation of food.
Advance Community Church, located in Richland Township hosted the IF:Gathering simulcast at the beginning of February. IF:Gathering exists to equip women with gospel-centered resources, events, and community so they may learn more about who God is and disciple other women right where they are.

Every year, the IF:Gathering partners with an organization to bring greater awareness and support and this year IF’s focus was Food for the Hungry.  The IF: Pittsburgh North Gathering also picks a local partner each year so that they can support mission work both globally and locally.  

They were excited to partner with the Deer Lakes Backpack Initiative and to learn that the program provided food for economically disadvantaged students to bring home over the weekend! With 106 women from 28 different churches in attendance at the conference, there were two trunk loads full of food donated to the cause.

The IF: Pittsburgh North Gathering hopes to continue to offer their support it in the future!  


Springdale Library

The highlight of this month’s programs (although it is not being held at the Library) is a book signing on March 9 from 6-8:00 PM held at the Springdale Veterans Association. The book:  Air Force One: An Honor, Privilege & Pleasure to Serve, by John Haigh Sr. Haigh was the Chief Steward aboard Air Force One for over 30 years encompassing presidents Nixon through George H. W Bush. Light refreshments will be served during the book signing. There will be a public question and answer session after John’s presentation.  This is a co-sponsored event with the Springdale Veterans Association.  $5 donation at door.
This event is for one and all from a man who brushed arms with several presidents daily for 30 years. He has some interesting stories to tell.  There will also be a 50/50 drawing to help the Geraldine Yanni Science Club.

Pysanky Egg Demonstration program will be held on March 15 at 6:00 p.m. You will be treated to a delightful evening as Marilan Caito demonstrates her beautiful art of making Pysanky Eggs (Ukrainian Eggs). Her passion is sharing her love of this traditional folk art and its rich history. One egg will be completed from start to finish. Registration is required.

A host of other programs and events, too many to list here, are offered at the Library for children, teens, and adults. Log onto our website at: and select events from the menu. You will find a complete listing of all programs and events scheduled for the coming month.

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


Hall Accepted to Pitt Bradford

Edward Hall, a senior at Deer Lakes, has been accepted to Pitt Bradford for Sport and Recreational Management.  When he was 4 he was diagnosed with a brain tumor and hydrocephalous.   He has a VP shunt and had worked very hard to get to where he is today.  Congratulations Edward.


Vorndran Promoted to Staff Sergeant

Despite the fact that one of his teachers said “you’ll never make it anywhere” Ron Vorndran, a Deer Lakes 2011 graduate wanted to prove his teacher wrong… and he indeed did! As a kid in high school many teacher’s expressed that he wasn’t going anywhere in the life. Ron resided in Creighton before heading off to the Air Force. Since graduation he has been committed to the Air Force and has been on active duty for the past 6 years. He is married and is currently residing in South Carolina where he now surfs and plays Ice Hockey and enjoys life very comfortably. Ron is planning on making a career in the Air Force and he is also attending college getting a degree in Occupational Safety Health and Fire Safety OHSA. He was recently promoted to Staff Sergeant. He will be going on his second deployment in a few months.