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Deer Lakes Announces Google Chromebook Distribution Dates

Starting this school year, as part of Deer Lakes’ expanded One-to-One initiative, the school district will provide individual Google Chromebooks for all students in sixth through 12th grades to take home.  Students in Kindergarten through fifth grade will also each be provided with a One-to-One device, but those tools will not go home with the students.

District residents can familiarize themselves with the program before the start of school by visiting our website,

Parents are asked to pick up their students’ devices at Deer Lakes High School between noon and 6 p.m., during any one of six available pick up dates including: Monday, Aug. 6, Tuesday, Aug. 7, Monday, Aug. 13, Tuesday, Aug. 14, Monday, Aug. 20 and Tuesday, Aug. 21.  Parents must complete and return a waiver for their device before their student will be permitted to take it home.  Please schedule your pick up in advance by using the registration form found on the website.

Also, Deer Lakes will be hosting a One-to-One Information Night in the high school auditorium at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 25.  The hour-long presentation will be designed to give parents and students at all grade levels a brief overview of Deer Lakes’ One-to-One program, as well as advice on what they can do to best take advantage of their powerful learning tool.  For the past two years, Deer Lakes has piloted the One-to-One program at the middle school and high school levels with overwhelmingly favorable reviews from the students and staff alike.  Deer Lakes now joins a small handful of Allegheny County schools to employ the program at all 12 grade levels.


New Arrival at West Deer VFC #3

Volunteers and friends welcome the new addition to West Deer Volunteer Volunteer Fire Company #3, Station 290.  The new addition is a 2018 E-One 100 ft ladder truck with a 2000 gallon per minute pump, 500 gallon water tank, and elevated master stream. The truck has seating for 6 firefighters and is powered by a Cummins ISX12 500 HP engine. It is equipped with an on board generator, carries a full complement of hose and ground ladders as well as saws and other firefighting equipment. Safety features include lighted steps and hand rails, headsets and computer assisted aerial operations.The new truck provides a longer aerial ladder with less width needed to setup outriggers.


Owl’s Scholarship Winner

Pictured in the center is Order of the Owls Nest 1091 2018 Scholarship Winner Tiffany Feil who was recently presented with a check at this year’s scholarship luncheon. Congratulations and best of luck to Tiffany from the officers and members of the Owls Club. The club is located on Little Deer Creek Valley Road in Russellton.


Backpack Initiative to Fight Hunger at Deer Lakes

The Backpack Initiative to Fight Hunger program began in January 2013. Any child in the Deer Lakes School District’s kindergarten through twelfth grade may participate.  Forms will go home with the children or you may pick up a form in the office of your child’s school. At this time there are no eligibility requirements.

With the economy the way it is today many of our children go home to a house with no food. Many at least get breakfast and lunch at school during the week but what happens on the weekends. This program will help. Each child enrolled in the program will receive a bag of food on Fridays. The bag would include 2 breakfast items such as a single serving of cereal and breakfast bar and 2 lunch items such as soup and mac and cheese.  Also, included in the bag would possibly be pudding, cheese crackers, applesauce, fruit cup, fruit snacks, etc. What is sent home depends on what we have available.  If there is not enough food available for distribution, we will not have a distribution that week.
I am amazed at how generous the people in the Deer Lakes School District have been since the program has begun.  We were able to give at least twelve items of food to the one hundred and forty-two children each week during this past school year.Thank you so much for your support.

  Again I am asking for support for the 2018-2019 school year. This year I am sure we will be doing more than one hundred fifty bags a week. If you can, we would like support from you. Help can be donations of food items or monetary donations. Monetary donations can be sent to Backpack Initiative to Fight Hunger, 70 East Union Road, Cheswick, PA 15024. Make checks payable to D L Backpack Initiative. If you have food donations, please call Carol at 724-312-5656 for pick-up.

Some food items that can be used are canned fruit and fruit cups, fruit juice, dried fruit, oatmeal, crackers, cereal, trail mix, soups, snack size foods, food bars such as granola bars, peanut butter, microwave popcorn, pudding packs, apple sauce packs, canned ravioli, spaghettios and boxes of macaroni and cheese. Food and monetary donations will be accepted anytime during the school year. Thank you for your help in the past and I hope you can continue to help this year.


West Deer/Deer Lakes Alumni Meeting

The West Deer/ Deer Lakes Alumni Association invites you to our monthly luncheons, March-October. We meet at the American Legion, Post #595, Superior the last Thursday of the month.  We will be meeting on August 30 at noon.  Lunch will be served at 12:30.  The entertainment will be provided by the Baxter Brothers — a brass and banjo musical group. The cost is $15 and RESERVATIONS ARE REQUIRED.  please call Lucille Braun at 724-265-2838 or e-mail by Sunday August 26.


West Deer Food Bank

West Deer Food Bank would like to thank the people, organizations and churches for your continuous support over the years.  Without you we would not be able to continue to supply food to the people in need in West Deer Township. The Food Bank is opened the first and third Wednesday of each month from 10-noon. We are housed in the garage of East Union Presbyterian Church. If you are in need of food or would like to donate, please call Carol at 724-312-5656


Tutors Needed

Transfiguration's Tutoring Program will be starting up on October 1. We are in need of tutors. Any currently teaching, or retired teachers, paraprofessionals, education majors, or an adult with expertise in an academic subject and feels comfortable tutoring, please consider volunteering for this worthwhile program. To volunteer, or to learn more about the program, call- 724-265-3284 or email The reward is yours.


U11 Soccer Team Wins Bronze

Pictured are (bottom row, left to right): Keegan Landsberg, Seth Drum, Hayden Kruse, Peyton Kushon, and Larry Rommes. (top row, pictured left to right) are, Andrew O'Brien, Nolan Adams, Collin Rodgers, Wesley Boyle, Jacob Orseno, Ryan Liggett, and Aiden McCurdy. The team is under the direction of Head Coach: Matt Orseno and Assistant Coach: Kurt Landsberg.

This U11 soccer team from Deer Lakes includes all boys entering the 5th grade at East Union Intermediate Center.  They won the U11 Bronze bracket of the 'PA West Soccer Open Tournament' that took place at Edinboro University on June 22-24th. This team went undefeated in the tournament, playing against teams from Keystone Oaks, West Mifflin, & Steel Valley.

Deer Lakes Youth Soccer also had two other soccer teams present at the tournament, girls teams from the U10 & U12 age groups.


Rabies Vaccine

The Allegheny County Health Department will be distributing raccoon rabies vaccine baits across the county August 3rd – August 17th.    For more info:


Meals to Go

East Union Presbyterian Church began serving meals to the elderly, homebound and others in West Deer Township in March of 2011. This project is called “Meals to Go”.  The cost of the meals is $5 per day. We deliver Monday, Wednesday and Friday between 10am and noon.  The Starr Road Mushroom Store makes the meals.  Some of the meals we will deliver are stuffed cabbage and mashed potatoes, lasagna and roll, meat loaf with mac and cheese, beef stew etc. If you are interested in being a part of this project, please call Carol McCaskey at 724-312-5656 or email


26th Annual “Krolski” Golf Outing

September 2, 2018. Time: 9:30 a.m.
LakeVue North on Route 8, Butler, PA

This year we will be fundraising for childhood cancer. These two little superheroes have had the fight of their lives this past year. They and their families have gone through what no child should ever have to endure. Mighty Marco on the left has been fighting. Leukemia and trooper, little Noah has been fighting an ependymoma tumor and has just gone through his third brain surgery. Jim Colony from Roots Sports, 93.7 The Fan will also be joining us. Cost is $85. This will be a 4–man scramble  (please bring your own foursome). The cost includes 18 holes of golf/cart & lunch after first (9) holes. Price also includes dinner after (18) holes of golf.  There will also be monetary prizes and a Chinese auction. Money collected from this will also help to assist Marco & Noah. Alcohol is not included in price. If you are interested in attending this outing, please contact Ken Krol @ 724/504-0491 no later than Sunday, August 12, 2018. If you are able to golf, donate (either monetary, gift cards, baskets...etc) or sponsor a hole, please contact Sharon Krol @ 724/272-5080.


Looking for DL ’73 Classmates

The Deer Lakes Class of ’73 is holding its 45th Class Reunion on Saturday, September 15, 2018 and is asking for assistance in locating a few classmates who still cannot be located. Our goal is to find 100% of our classmates. They are (maiden names in parenthesis):

Mary Ellen (Anderson), Kathy (Brooks), Barbara (Hassinger), Phyllis (Ruby) Orris, Leona (Keegan), Vera (Marynarczyk), Flo (Scanlon), Steve Rochan, Marie (Rae) Richter, and Mary Kay (Szczypinski)

If you have any knowledge or information of any of these classmates, please contact Fran (Pivik) Kropelak at 724-448-9640.


East Union Happenings

The Summer Worship Schedule at East Union Church has started and will continue thru September 2 with Worship beginning at 9:30am. Outdoor Services will be held once a month in the Pavilion on August 12 and September 2.

Faithful Followers continues to meet at 11:00am in the East Union Community Center.

Stop by our booth during West Deer Community Days, August 3 and 4 and enjoy our old fashion Candy Shoppe and Used Book Sale. Deer Lakes Nursery School will offer a Sweet Treat for the children to Make and Take. Click for more on East Union.


 “NO KNOCK” Request Form

  Currently, all households and businesses in West Deer Township are able to be solicited by approved vendors selling products and services.  If you do not want vendors coming to your door, you can be placed on the “No Solicitation/Canvassers” list (commonly known as “The No Knock List”).  To be added, please send your name and address to with “No Knock” in the Subject Box, or drop the information off at the West Deer Township Police Department, 109 East Union Road, Cheswick, PA  15024.

 Any individual or company obtaining a Solicitation/Canvasser Permit will be provided with a copy of the list alerting them not to solicit at this residence or business.  If you are solicited after registering to the No Knock List, please contact the Police Department.


Deer Lakes Middle School Tours

Students who will be entering the middle school in the fall will have the unique opportunity to take 20-25 minute student and staff guided tours through the building on Aug. 14 and 16 from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m.

Deer Lakes Middle School is located at 17 East Union Road, Cheswick, PA 15024.


Open House at Tarenbee

You’re invited to an open house at Tarenbee Banquet Hall. Come see Michelle Wright’s  beautifully restored 1889 Church located at 300 East 8th Avenue, Tarentum, PA on Saturday, August 11 from 10:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m.

Tarenbee is air conditioned and perfect for weddings, bridal showers, lectures, seminars, small parties, church services, yoga, cooking classes, chamber music concerts, baby showers, podcast recording, photo shoot, and food production.

We’d love to show you around our historic event space with a chapel from 1889 and a new commercial kitchen. We will also be launching our new “hot honey” from Chapel Valley Honey. Try it and let us know what you think! Our wonderful caterer Keith Jannsen will be here as well. We’ll be open from 10:00 a.m.  to 3:00 p.m. There’s no agenda — we just want to let you look around.


Speed and Agility Training

Boys and girls athletes from ages 7-18 have an opportunity to step up your game to the next level. Join fellow athletes on Sundays from 1-3 for a two hour speed and agility focused session.

This program runs from July 15th until October 28th. It is  located in Deer Lakes park at Carp Field The program is close to home and very affordable at $10 per child for each session and pay as you go or you can pay all upfront.

We are a non profit program that is here to serve the youth of the Township by helping them step up their speed, agility, endurance and foot work to the next level. This will be the first program of its type in this area so don’t miss out. If you have any questions contact me on Facebook at Program website


Six Steps to Sanity Program –

New session starting Wednesday, August 29th 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 at  Transfiguration Parish, 100 McKrell Road, Russellton, PA 15076.


Fun And Freedom Youth Sports

Beginning September 4th – Basketball and Fun Gym Activities!

5 Years Old – 2nd Grade:  Age appropriate Basketball Skills and Fun Gym Activities including Dodge Ball, Floor Hockey and Line Basketball.
3rd – 6th Grades:   Fun “3 on 3” Basketball Games! Individual sign-ups, equal playing time, different team each week.

 ALL activities are for girls and boys and will be conducted at the East Union Community Center Gymnasium – West Deer Township.  Pre-registration IS necessary for each activity.

For registration information visit their website at: and Click on “Current and Upcoming Activities” or call 724-274-7773.


For Sale

• Commercial Dough Mixer.
• Unique collection of rare Russian Books: History, Theology and Art. Best offer.
• All glass jewelry showcase, 28 x 42, excellent condition.
Phone: 724-265-1005