Erica Cebzanov, Author at ShalerJournal.com

Author: Erica Cebzanov


Millvale teen, Shaler student earns rank of Eagle Scout
December 9, 2019
Shaler Area High School senior Jacob Ishman didn’t realize how much North Hills Christian Church in Ross, where he worships with his family, needed a new entrance walkway until he started building one for his Eagle Scout project.

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Shaler Area school board reelects Tunstall as president
December 6, 2019
The Shaler Area School voted to retain its current president during a Dec. 4 reorganization meeting.

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Adopt-a-Grandparent Storytime hosted at Vincentian Home
December 3, 2019
Ingrid Kalchthaler started a Nov. 25 Vincentian Home program by stating her intent to “show that the world continues to be a beautiful place,” despite news headlines to the contrary.

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Shaler Area school board approves therapy dog on campus
December 3, 2019
The Shaler Area school board unanimously voted to permit high school social worker LeeAnn Guido to bring her certified therapy dog on campus for animal-assisted therapy.

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Shaler Area student attains Eagle Scout rank
November 22, 2019
Shaler Area senior Nick Taylor may recall the approximately 150 hours he spent on his Eagle Scout project every time he attends his family’s Ross church.

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Allegheny river towns host events to get in the holiday spirit
November 22, 2019
Local municipalities are celebrating the holiday season with the following free, fun and family-friendly events.

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Shaler Area names KDKA’s Heather Abraham its Distinguished Alumnus
November 21, 2019
Shaler Area recognized 2002 graduate Heather Abraham as its 2019 Distinguished Alumnus during the high school’s Nov. 14 National Honor Society induction ceremony.

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‘Millvale Loves Jenny Day’ recognizes resident’s tireless commitment to her community
November 19, 2019
Millvale loves Jenny Jo Mendak so much that the borough’s residents and visitors adorned pins Sept. 27 declaring their adoration for the 34-year-old.

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Fall Run Park renovations, flood control discussed by Shaler officials
November 19, 2019
Shaler Township engineer Matt Sebastian said that heavy summer rains “displaced or otherwise damaged” some of Fall Run Park’s in-stream structures. As a result, he recently walked through the park with Shanin Asbury of Gateway Engineers to discuss stream maintenance and the items that the township can accomplish using its in-house employees rather than hiring contractors.

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Millvale resident launches regional museum directory, membership program
November 18, 2019
Holiday staycation planners may want to check out a new source for information regarding more than 400 regional museums, galleries and historic sites.

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Shaler Hampton EMS director describes ‘unbelievable’ rescue following Pine Creek crash
November 14, 2019
Shaler Hampton EMS executive director Eric Schmidt said that he “would have bet a large sum of money” that he and other emergency rescue personnel would have orchestrated recovery rather than rescue efforts when a man crashed his vehicle into Pine Creek on Halloween.

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Shaler Area brings the story of ‘Radium Girls’ to the stage
November 11, 2019
In “Radium Girls,” Shaler Area High School students will stage the true story of the female factory workers who shined a light in court on the U.S. Radium Corp.’s deadly working conditions.

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Glenshaw Century Club house tour benefits Shaler students, local nonprofits
November 8, 2019
Since 1961, the Glenshaw Century Club has kicked off the holiday season with its annual house tour raising funds for local nonprofits and scholarships benefiting Shaler Area High School students, according to club publicity Chairwoman Susan Ball.

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NHCO program leads clients down path toward success
November 7, 2019
North Hills Community Outreach (NHCO) helped Crystal down the pathway toward Millvale home ownership.

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Iozzo wins Shaler commissioner Ward 1 seat
November 5, 2019
Shaler commissioner candidates Frank Iozzo, a Democrat, and Wayne Skelley, a Republican, went toe-to-toe in the Nov. 5 municipal general election for a Ward 1 seat.

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Students, educators work together to plan Native American Heritage Month programs
November 4, 2019
Shaler Area students, local educators and community leaders are collaborating to offer culturally appropriate library programming.

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Shaler Area storytelling festival celebrates district’s rich history
November 3, 2019
Shaler Area School District hosted a storytelling festival Oct. 23 at Scott Primary School featuring the premiere of the trailer for the district’s storytelling, as well as parents, teachers and community leaders sharing their stories in person.

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Shaler, Pine townships awarded grants totaling $600K for park improvements
October 31, 2019
The Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (DCNR) Bureau of Recreation and Conservation has awarded Shaler and Pine townships grant funding.

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Shaler Area School Board to vote on therapy dog policy
October 29, 2019
Some Shaler Area High School students are eagerly awaiting a new staff member’s arrival.

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Etna seeks world’s first EcoDistricts certification
October 23, 2019
More than 400 people are expected to attend the 10th annual EcoDistricts Summit on Nov. 4 and 5 at The August Wilson African American Cultural Center, downtown.

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Cherry City Volunteer Fire Co. celebrates centennial
October 22, 2019
Cherry City Volunteer Fire Co. is celebrating its 100th anniversary in a time when fire departments across the company are struggling to recruit members and secure funding.

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Alcosan awards Shaler $400K GROW grant for Saxonburg Boulevard Work
October 21, 2019
Allegheny County Sanitary Authority (Alcosan) is awarding Shaler a $400,000 Green Revitalization of Our Waterways grant to line Saxonburg Boulevard’s sanitary sewer line.

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Shaler Area Middle School sets the stage for comedic fall play
October 20, 2019
Audiences will view Christopher Columbus’ ship, attend the Declaration of Independence’s signing, witness the telephone’s invention and observe the first moon landing during Shaler Area Middle School’s fall play.

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Skelley, Iozzo vie for Shaler commissioner in Ward 1
October 15, 2019
Shaler commissioner candidates Frank Iozzo, a Democrat, and Wayne Skelley, a Republican, are battling in the Nov. 5 municipal general election for a Ward 1 seat.

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PCN president hosting 20 years of ‘PA Books’ at Shaler North Hills Library
October 14, 2019
Brian Lockman, Pennsylvania Cable Network (PCN) president and CEO, is visiting Shaler North Hills Library (SNHL) as part of a statewide tour discussing his 20 years hosting the “PA Books” television program focusing on newly published literature covering the state’s history, people and culture.

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Shaler promotes police lieutenant to first deputy chief
October 9, 2019
The Shaler commissioners appointed Lt. Sean Frank to serve as first deputy police chief, effective immediately, during their Oct. 8 meeting. Chief Bryan Kelly plans on retiring in February with more than 34 years of Shaler Township Police Department service.

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Fundraiser brings award-winning Haitian food, music to North Park
October 8, 2019
Pittsburghers will have the opportunity to experience Haitian cuisine and music at a North Park benefit raising funds to improve the Caribbean country’s environment.

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For Shaler North Hills Library’s ‘Miss Ing,’ serving others is her passion
October 7, 2019
The Rev. Ingrid Kalchthaler, known affectionately as “Miss Ing” to many, sees her jobs as Shaler North Hills Library’s (SNHL) youth services coordinator and North Hills Community Baptist Church’s pastoral care director as remarkably similar.

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Millvale Library fundraiser ‘Drink, Talk, Learn’ put a premium on fun
October 6, 2019
As part of a unique Millvale Community Library (MCL) fundraiser, attendees delivered 3-minute Power­Point presentations on tea-party hosting and karaoke song-selection tips, tea’s benefits compared to coffee, “Gilmore Girls” and the Harry Potter universe’s Hufflepuff House. Oh, and someone wore a Tyrannosaurus Rex costume and presented the species’ grievances against humans.

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Walk Bike Shaler seeks grant for feasibility study
September 29, 2019
Nearly two years ago, Chris Chirdon of Walk Bike Shaler presented his plans during a commissioners committee meeting for partnering with the township to improve Mt. Royal Boulevard’s pedestrian and bike infrastructure.

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Millvale Library, Girty’s Run Watershed offer environmental fellowship opportunities
September 27, 2019
Shaler Area eighth through 12th graders have the opportunity to gain hands-on environmental conservation experience and serve their communities through an after-school fellowship.

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Bethlehem Lutheran adds second pastor
September 24, 2019
Bethlehem Evangelical Lutheran Church is hosting an installation service for the Rev. Ellen Lundie, who is accepting a newly created associate minister position, at 3 p.m. Oct. 6. at the church.

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Millvale run/walk aims to spark interest in Pittsburgh Marathon
September 22, 2019
North Hills Community Outreach (NHCO) is inviting the community to gather for a morning walk or run at Millvale Riverfront Park followed by afternoon libations at Wigle Barrelhouse and Whiskey Garden.

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Glenshaw Century Club has served the community since 1946
September 18, 2019
Since its founding, the Glenshaw Century Club Inc. has awarded more than $500,000 in scholarships to Shaler Area High School seniors and donated more than $150,000 to civic organizations, according to Edie Haughton, executive committee president.

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Shaler Area Homecoming offers full-day of activities
September 15, 2019
The Shaler Area School District is inviting guests on a “world tour” — no passport necessary — during its Sept. 21 homecoming festivities.

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Shaler Commissioner recognized as Veteran of the Year
September 13, 2019
State Sen. Lindsey Williams recognized Shaler Commissioner David Mizgorski during a Sept. 10 township commissioners meeting as Veteran of the Year by presenting him with a flag that flew over the state capitol in his honor.

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Etna EcoDistrict enjoying success, making big plans for future
September 9, 2019
Architect Christine Mondor views the “stone soup” European folk tale — people each parting with meager ingredients until a soup is prepared that satisfies everyone — as a metaphor for the Etna EcoDistrict planning process.

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Millvale Days jam-packed with music, food, events
September 8, 2019
The community has worked together to plan this year’s Millvale Days.

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Marzolf Primary sensory path helps students learn through play
September 6, 2019
Marzolf Primary School students hop on lily pads, tightrope walk along twigs and spin atop vibrantly painted waves on their playground sidewalk.

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Blessed Trinity Academy hires new principal
September 1, 2019
Blessed Trinity Academy (BTA) students met new principal Moira Regan Edmiston on their first day of school, Aug. 26.

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Shaler Area welcomes second school resource officer
August 29, 2019
Shaler Area School District has hired Millvale police Officer Brenan Jackson as its second school resource officer.

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Shaler purchases Stoneridge Park for recreational activities
August 23, 2019
Shaler commissioners have approved the township’s $30,250 purchase of land that it has leased from Stoneridge Covenant Church in Allison Park for years.

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History of Shalercrest chronicled in local man’s book
August 23, 2019
Pittsburgh’s factories overhauled production during World War II to provide steel, cement, weapons and vehicles to assist with defense efforts. To combat a severe housing shortage among workers seeking defense work, the government built housing projects throughout Allegheny County.

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Shaler Area school board OKs district’s use of flexible instructional days
August 22, 2019
Shaler Area School District students may have to complete home-based assignments on snow days, thanks to the school board’s Aug. 21 decision to permit the district’s application and participation in the Pennsylvania Department of Education’s flexible instructional day (FID) program.

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Shaler commissioners vote to accept McElheny Road settlement
August 15, 2019
The Shaler commissioners voted Aug. 13 to accept a settlement from Scioto Properties, which will allow up to six residents with traumatic brain injuries to occupy 444 McElheny Road. In return, the developer will dismiss a federal lawsuit claiming that, when the township failed to issue Scioto a property variance for the facility, it violated residents with disabilities’ constitutional rights to fair housing.

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Shaler manager’s 27-year tenure was originally to be temporary position
August 14, 2019
Tim Rogers initially accepted an interim Shaler Township manager position, with goals of improving the township’s finances and employee relations while the board of commissioners sought a permanent manager.

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