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July, 2018

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Deer Lakes Commencement Ceremonies

One hundred and fifty eight Deer Lakes students entered Lancer Stadium to the strains of “Pomp and Circumstance” on Thursday, June 7 as Mr. Pat Baughman, Deer Lakes High School principal, welcomed family and friends to commencement at Deer Lakes High School Lancer Stadium. Click for more on Deer Lakes Commencement.


Memorial Day Services Hosted by
West Deer American Legion Members

Among the more than 100 spectators taking part in the Memorial Day festivities at the West Deer William Fish American Legion were Korean Veterans from left to right: Hugie Riscoe, Charlie Tahon, and Denny Swigart. After the ceremony, those in attendance were treated to a buffet luncheon in the Legion banquet hall. Click to see an enlarged photo.


News from West Deer Township

No Per Capita Tax Collection for West Deer Residents this Year!

 Just a reminder:  The Board of Supervisors voted as part of their 2018 Budget to not collect the $5 per capita tax this year.  The per capita tax is the tax that is charged to most every adult in the Township whether they own their house or not.  It is commonly called “the head tax.”

The per capita bills are normally $15 ($5 for the Township plus $10 for the School District).  The Township approached the School District to see if they would agree to not collect their $10 portion, as well, but Deer Lakes said they were not willing to do so.  Therefore you will still receive a per capita bill from the School District for the $10.

West Deer’s current Board of Supervisors stated they would like to eradicate the per capita tax altogether, so they will continue to reach out to the Deer Lakes School Board in that effort.

Click for more on West Deer Township. Other items of interest on this page include:

Vets Host Second Annual Car Cruise

The Second Annual Car and Bike Cruise will be held on July 21, 2018. Sponsored by the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 894 Auxiliary of Natrona Heights. It will take place at 894 Veterans Lane, Natrona Heights, PA 15065. The cruise runs from 12:00 noon until 4:00 p.m.

The first 100 vehicles will receive a dash plaque. There will be lots of fun for all ages that includes music, 50/50, door prizes, food, Chinese auction, kids bounce house, a dunk tank and much more.

Proceeds from the car cruise benefit Fisher House which has been  providing a "home away from home" for the families of Veterans and active duty military who are hospitalized. Fisher House is located on the VA Pittsburgh Healthcare System's Oakland campus. The home, with its 10 suites, allows families to be near their loved one while enjoying a place of peace and respite for themselves. Families stay for free, lifting their financial burden and allowing them to focus on their patient.
All are welcome to attend. See their ad in this month's issue.


Summer Movies in the Park

Come enjoy a free community event of Indiana Township sponsored by Crosspointe Church. The movies take place on the Route 910 Soccer Field across from Emmerling Ice Cream. All movies start at dusk.

2018 DLHS Krauland/Knights of Columbus Scholarship Winners

The Knights of Columbus John F. Kennedy Council #5501, sponsors of the Robert Krauland/Knights of Columbus Scholarship, congratulate the 2018 scholarship winners, Angelina Saldamarco and Allison Blackwell.  The $1000 scholarships are awarded each year to Deer Lakes seniors who are continuing their education in the medical field.  The awards were presented by Knight George Cingle on Wednesday, June 6th, at the DLHS Senior Awards Ceremony.  The Knights also wish to thank the Krauland Family, the many local area merchants, and the Deer Lakes area residents who support the Knights annual “Knight at the Races” event that raises funds for the scholarships. 


Thank You from the Knights

The Knights of Columbus Council 5501 once again thanks the management of 1st Commonwealth Bank in Russelton and the Russellton Shop ‘n Save for allowing us to conduct our Tootsie Roll Collection for intellectually challenged children and young adults on Saturday, May 12, 2018.  We also thank the very generous folks who comprise our West Deer community for contributing to help these children and young adults with special needs.  All of the money collected goes to support the St. Anthony and McGuire Memorial Homes ( where hope and care is provided for intellectually challenged individuals whose families were once told that there was no hope.  Sincere thanks for your compassion and generosity.  West Deer is truly a great community.


Serve Day 2018

Want to help 500 local kids in Foster care? Learn more about fostering? Join Network of Hope and Allison Park Church, Deer Lakes as we pack 500 duffle bags for kids in care. This event will occur at 908 Little Deer Creek Valley Rd in Russellton, 9am- 12pm on July 14th. Registration is necessary. Go to to register!


Attention Freshmen

Saint Joseph High School is currently enrolling students for the incoming freshman class of 2022.  Considering transferring for grade 10 or 11?  Contact Admissions Director Mrs. Shane Palumbo '92 to schedule a private tour or for  information, or 724-226-4932.  Visit


Yoga for Children

The West Deer Parks and Recreation Board recently hosted a free yoga session for children with Jennifer Adams as the instructor. The program was held in the grass at the Pavillion in Bairdford Park on Saturday, June 16th.

The session was open to children ages 6 to 13.

Watch the Town Flyer for news of future programs sponsored by West Deer Parks and Recreation. Visit: and



Musical Tribute to be featured at Alumni Luncheon

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 each month.  We will be meeting on July 26, at noon.  Lunch will be served at 12:30.  The entertainment will be Frank Capri.  He will be doing a musical tribute to Elvis Presley, Frank Sinatra and Dean Martin.

The cost is $15 and RESERVATIONS ARE REQUIRED.  Please call Lucille Braun at 724-265-2838 or e-mail by Sunday, July 22.


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.


PHMS and Wayward Companions to Performer at Ice Cream Social

The PHMS Orchestra and the Wayward Companions will  be performing  at the  Depreciation Lands Museum Ice Cream Social on July 15 at 2:30PM.

The Museum will also be celebrating their 45th anniversary! Come for the cake and ice cream! The Depreciation Lands Museum is located at 4743 S. Pioneer Rd, Allison Park, PA 15101. For more information e-mail the Museum or call 412-486-0563 and leave a message.


Vacation Bible School

Click for a listing of schools in July


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.


Saint Joseph High School Student
Receives Award at History Day Competition

Ethan Schroeder '20 received the George Washington Leadership Award at National History Day Competition - national competition on Thursday, June 14, 2018.  This award is sponsored by: The George Washington’s Mount Vernon Estate, Museum, & Gardens. The title of his project: Liquor, Land, Liberty and Law: How Money, Mountains and Moonshine Sparked Conflict and Forced Compromise in the Whiskey Rebellion. His Category: Senior Individual Performance.  Ethan Schroeder is the son of Edward and Maryellen Schroeder of Tarentum, PA and attends Mount St. Peter Parish.


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:

August 15, 2018 2018 — 9:00 a.m. till 1:00 p.m. — Rebecca Rewsidence, Allison Park, PA 15101
June 2, 2018 — 10:00 a.m. till 2:00 p.m. — N. Tier Regional Library, Gibsonia, PA 15044.
To Register for a class call: 1-800-559-4880 or 724-282-0245.
To Register online, visit:


Summer Palooza New for 2018 At  Springdale Free Public Library

This great summer program will be every day, beginning June 25 through August 10. 11:00 AM until 12:30 PM. Every day is a different theme…lunch will be served at 12:00 noon. You don’t have to attend every day, but we would appreciate registration so we know how to plan, how much food we’ll need, etc.

Mon = Maker Monday; Tue = Summer Reading “Libraries ROCK!”; Wed = Wacky Wednesday; Thurs = Thriller Thursday; and Fri = Free Fridays!

We’ll be doing a little bit of science, reading, crafting, sign language, and exploring…all our programs rolled into one!

There are some guest speakers planned too! It’s going to be a great summer at Springdale Free Public Library!

Summer Reading “Libraries Rock” Every Tuesday June 25 through August 3, 11:00 AM $5 for t-shirt.

The program includes reading, special-guest speakers, activities, snacks, and prizes. The programs are geared to keep students reading throughout the summer months.
Springdale Free Public Library is located at 331 School Street, Springdale, PA 15144. Phone: 724-274-9729. Fax: 724-274-6125. For a complete listing of programs and events visit:


Girl Scouts Receive Silver Awards

Girl Scouting’s highest awards—the Bronze, Silver, and Gold Awards—are a girl’s chance to make a lasting difference in the world. Girl Scouts of Western Pennsylvania is honored to present Hannah Wise, Abigail Smagala, Adelaide Schiller,  Jessica Windows and Lauren Hudecek with the Girl Scout Silver Award.

This award recognizes girls who demonstrate—individually or as a group—extraordinary leadership through sustainable and measurable Take Action projects that address important community needs. Click for more on the Girl Scout Silver Awards.


Legion Scholarship Presentation at
West Deer William Fish
American Legion Post 593

West Deer  - William Fish American Legion Post 593 Commander Mike Horchar presented the Annual Jimmy Switalski Military Award to scholarship winner Quinn Love who will be entering the National Guard following graduation from Deer Lakes.The scholarship is awarded annually to a person entering a branch of the Armed Forces during the Legion’s Memorial Day event.




Allegheny County Vacant Property Recovery Program

For a limited time only, the Allegheny County Vacant Property Recovery Program will be accepting applications to acquire vacant properties for side yards to an owner-occupied primary residence or blighted structure remediation at a reduced cost to the applicant. Under the 2018 Side Yard and Blighted Structure Program, we will waive our standard parcel fee of $3,000 for applicants for a side yard to their primary residence and applicants proposing to demolish a blighted structure. We will reduce the fee to $1,400 for applicants proposing to rehabilitate a blighted structure. All applicants will also be responsible for the appraised value of the property, a good faith deposit, and closing costs.  For more information contact either Allegheny County Economic Development or William Payne, 724-265-2780, at West Deer Township. 



Congratulations to these “hometown” businesses: Michael Brothers Nursery who are celebrating their 80th Anniversary and to Globe Auto Parts who is celebrating 41 years of service to the area.

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 


For Sale

Commercial Dough Fin Mixer.
Commercial Fryer, excellent condition.
Historical Rare Books
Phone: 724-265-1005


910 West Bound . . .
Open to Turner Road

Construction is underway on a bridge on Route 910 (located between Lori Road and Turner Road in Richland). This is part of PennDOT’s Rapid Bridge Replacement Program. Detours for this project are expected to continue through mid-August.

There are a number of businesses between the Middle Road and 910 intersection West to Turner Road that remain open and have easy access.



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 July 15,  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.

There will be no spaghetti in July. Our next Spaghetti Dinner will be held on Wednesday, August 8th from 4-7pm.  Enjoy five great sauces, including Alfredo, wonderful salad bar, rolls and dessert.  All are welcome. Visit with friends and neighbors as you enjoy a great evening out to dinner.  Donations appreciated.

 Popcorn and Movie family night will begin again on Friday, September 7th at 7:00pm. This event is free to the community. Bring your friends, a blanket and pillow and enjoy.

Our annual Fall Craft Fair will be held Saturday, September 29th . Come and browse a variety of hand crafted items, giant Gift Basket Raffle and more.  Admission is FREE. Call Mary Lynn at 412-767-5750 to reserve a table.

Each Sunday the Faithful Followers Worship Service is held in our handicap accessible Community Center at 11:00am. The local special needs community and their caregivers attend this specially designed Worship Service. No special training or experience is needed to help out, just a special place in your heart for those with special needs. If interested, please contact the church office.

Summer Worship Services

9:30am Service in Founder’s Chapel
Except outdoor services
11:00am Faithful Followers (Special Needs)
Community Center
Visit our Website at for more East Union Information


Rob Stewart and
Jim Zufall
Receive District
Awards of Merit

Boy Scout Troop 653 Scoutmaster Rob Stewart (right) and Chartered Organization Representative Jim Zufall were recently awarded the District Award of Merit from the Japeechen District of Laurel Highlands Council of BSA. The Japeechen District serves Northeastern Allegheny County and parts of Western Westmoreland County. They have each given over a dozen years of service to their local troop as well as district events. Troop 653 is chartered by the First Presbyterian Church of Bakerstown and includes Scouts from Deer Lakes, Hampton and private schools. They meet Thursdays at FPCB.


Backpack Program Expanding to Include Summer Food Distribution

The Deer Lakes Backpack Program which has been supplying weekend food for the children in the Deer Lakes School District is expanding to include Summer Food Distribution . 

We will be distributing bags to the children on the following Saturday mornings: July 13 and 27, August 10 and 24, from 10 AM until Noon.  Each child will receive a bag at each distribution.  There are three pick-up points:  East Union Presbyterian Church, Holy Family Catholic Church and Transfiguration Catholic Church. 

You must register to participate by calling Carol at 724-312-5656 or emailing Carol at .  You will also need to choose a pickup point.  In addition to the three churches listed above, donations for the program were made by St. Victor Catholic Church and Janes United Methodist Church.  If you know a family who would benefit from this program please pass this information on to them.


Ask the Attorney Sessions for Low-Income Families

Free 30-minute legal consultation for non-criminal issues such as divorce, bankruptcy, credit issues, family matters, rent disputes and more is available for families in need at North Hills Community Outreach locations the third Wednesday of each month at 7:00pm except December. The next ATA sessions are June 20 in Millvale and July 18 in Allison Park. Attendees MUST preregister for these sessions by contacting Jackie at or 412-408-3830 x 3217.


Deer Lakes’ Weleski Named
Adviser of the Year by Best Buddies Pittsburgh

Deer Lakes special education teacher Autumn Weleski is the 2017-2018 Adviser of the Year by Best Buddies Pittsburgh.  Weleski was nominated by outgoing senior Karns Hazlett and was selected by her peers at other area schools.

Best Buddies is the world’s largest organization dedicated to ending the social, physical and economic isolation of the 200 million people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD).  It pairs disabled students with their able-bodied classmates for activities in and out of school. Weleski said her disabled students are paired with another student and get to take part in activities in which they might not otherwise be included.

“Students with intellectual disabilities often suffer a deficit in social skills as well and that can cause them to feel isolated,” Weleski said. “This program allows them to engage with their classmates and it allows their classmates the opportunity to make a real difference in people’s lives and that connection makes everybody a better student and citizen which creates a very positive school atmosphere.”

Weleski, who has been running Deer Lakes’ program for the past 11 years, said she’s most proud of the fact that the students tend to maintain their relationships long after their school days have ended.  “For many, this starts as a volunteer opportunity but it really becomes a fundamental part of their high school experience,” she said.  “It is very gratifying to run into a former student and learn that they still stay in touch with their best buddy partner from high school.”

Some of the initiatives Best Buddies worked on this year include the Friendship Ball, which was a dance for students involved in the program from throughout the greater Pittsburgh area.  Under Weleski, the group also conducted a school-wide “spread the word to end the word” campaign, which is a national initiative to raise awareness for how hurtful it is to people with intellectual disabilities and their families when people use a word that went from a clinical description to a commonly-used insult; and to persuade them to eliminate it from their vocabulary.


West Deer Police of Yester-year

West Deer Township’s finest are pictured in this circa 1958 black and white photo of three well known police officers standing in front of a 1957 Chevrolet Police Cruiser. The officers from left to right are: Chief Steve Radage, Eugene (Gene) Phillips, and Samuel (Sam) DiSanti. Photograph courtesy of the Dan Angeloni/Town Flyer West Deer Township Heritage Collection.

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