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North Hills Monthly

New & Notable, December 2018

Nov 30, 2018 12:55PM ● By North Hills Monthly magazine
Instant Imprints Cranberry Celebrates One Year
In November, Matt and Emily Tilden hosted a celebration titled “Cheers to One Year,” to show their appreciation to customers of Instant Imprint Cranberry, and to give back to the community. A prize wheel was available for customers to win or to donate to charity, and donations were made to Hosanna Industries, Living in Liberty, The Lighthouse Foundation and the Woodlands Foundation.

Stevens Named Five Star Real Estate Agent
Jan Stevens of Coldwell Banker Real Estate Services has been honored with the Five Star Real Estate Agent award which recognizes professionals who excel in client satisfaction. All award winners are chosen after undergoing rigorous research, including client nominations and evaluations, regulatory requirements, and a review by an industry Blue Ribbon Panel.

#YouAreWelcomeHere Scholarship at La Roche
Beginning in fall 2019, La Roche College will offer two annual, renewable scholarships that will cover a minimum of 50 percent of recipients’ tuitions. These two $15,000 scholarships are offered in partnership with the #YouAreWelcomeHere social media campaign that encourages international students to study in the United States. For more information, visit

Fox Chapel School District Named an ALICE Certified Organization
Fox Chapel Area School District has been named an ALICE Certified Organization, which means that the district has successfully met the requirements of the ALICE Training Institute's certified organization program in active shooter response preparedness. The district has trained ALICE certified employees, participated in an active shooter proactive response drill, and has a proactive response outline in EOPs (Emergency Operations Plans). The district is one of less than 50 in the nation to hold this certification, which is good for the 2018-2019 school year.

Asbury Winner in Poetry Contest
Fox Chapel Area High School junior Paige Asbury was named a winner in the Nancy Thorp Poetry Contest. She received an Honorable Mention for her poem Ripple Effect (a continuation). Paige was chosen as one of only 64 Honorable Mention winners from more than 1,030 entries in the spring 2018 contest. The contest was sponsored by Hollins University in Roanoke, VA.

Dr. Amy Burelson Joins Live Well
Dr. Amy Burelson has joined the Live Well Chiropractic team. Originally 
from Beaver County, she practiced in New York for the last 18 years. 
Her passion is family care and she loves being able to take care 
of multiple generations. Dr. Burelson is an in-network, Webster-certified provider and is currently accepting new patients. Contact the office at 724-940-3900 or

New Fantasy Novel Released
La Roche College English Professor Joshua Bellin released his new fantasy novel, The Devouring Land, last month.  It is the second book in a trilogy about future earth in which the physical environment has evolved into a conscious entity, forcing humankind to the brink of extinction. The book can be purchased through Amazon and local and independent booksellers.

SV Students Selected for the Warhol Experience
Seneca Valley senior Mariah (Storm) Harvin and junior Grace Hilling were selected by the Andy Warhol Museum to participate in the Youth Arts Council Program for the 2018-19 school year. Youth Arts Council is a yearlong leadership program that invites a small team of high school students from across Pittsburgh to go behind the scenes, collaborate with museum staff and artists, create art, and develop public programs and events for other teens. Youth Arts Council participants receive stipends, gain professional experience working in a museum, and learn new skills and techniques.

Behre Inaugurated at Slippery Rock University
William J. Behre was inaugurated on Nov. 9 as the 17th president of Slippery Rock University. Behre was the former provost at Georgian Count University, and has 25 years of experience in higher education as an educator, researcher, faculty leader and administrator. SRU conducted a nationwide search for a president to lead the 9,000-student university.

Seneca Valley Academic Decathlon Team Wins 
Seneca Valley’s Decathlon team placed first in the regional Academic Decathlon Competition. Seniors Katie Bablak and Rishin Sharma both won overall gold medals as two of the overall highest scoring students, and medaled in the categories of economics, math, science and social science. Senior Mark Hemmerlin won an overall silver and won in events in math and science. Junior Nishant Jayachandran won an overall silver and medaled in economics and speech. Senior Katie Parker medaled in science and speech and junior Logan Glatz won in the categories of science and social science. SV medalists also included freshman Abigail Roeckmann, as well as juniors Will Firman, Gabe Sutherland and Nik Schuster in the category of social science. Junior Julia Allman won in speech. The SV Academic Decathlon Team includes Julia Allman, Katie Parker, Gabe Sutherland, Logan Glatz, Nick Folino, Mark Hemmerlin, Megan Spark, Abigail Roeckmann, Steven Yang, Kate Lipscomb, Ryan Lipscomb, Nishant Jayachandran, Megan Neely, Christina Yang, Jessie Glatz, Katie Bablak, Ashley Conroy and Mia Chevallier, Will Firman and Nik Schuster.

CCAC FireVEST Scholarship Graduates Honored
Allegheny County Council honored recent graduates of the Community College of Allegheny County FireVEST scholarship program. A partnership between CCAC, the County Executive and the Allegheny County Fire Academy, the FireVEST scholarship program provides scholarships to residents of Allegheny County who are either current volunteers or who join a volunteer fire department in Allegheny County. Individuals can join the program and receive a full scholarship to CCAC in exchange for a five-year service commitment as a volunteer firefighter within Allegheny County. Graduates include Justin Bachinsky of Marshall Township VFD; Christopher Carr of Dormont VFD; Justin Fashian of Moon Run VFC; Rachmiel Gallman of Penn Hills VFD #1; Kelsey Newman of Gallatin-Sunnyside VFD; Sean Ronick of Broughton VFD; Nicholas Skalos of Cherry City VFC; and William Supan III of Oak Ridge VFD.

Shaler Area Students Sign Letters of Intent
Four high school students in the Shaler Area School District have signed National Letters of Intent to continue their athletic careers post-high school. Kelsey Cordera committed to Edinboro University to play softball; Olivia DeLeonibus committed to Seton Hill University to play soccer; Zach Hernon committed to Alderson Broaddus University to play baseball, and Ryan Sullivan committed to the University of Pittsburgh where he will continue his wrestling career.
CDG Sports Partnering with Wildwood Sports & Entertainment Complex
Beginning on Jan. 1, 2019, CDG Sports will be partnering with Wildwood Sports & Entertainment Complex to provide the next generation of sports, parties, camps and programs. All CDG Sports programs, parties and camps will be held exclusively at Wildwood Sports Complex at 2330 Wildwood Rd., Wildwood, PA 15091.

Terrace Place at Vincentian to Offer Smart Living Solution
This spring, Terrace Place at Vincentian, a 55+ community, is set to open in McCandless. Vincentian Collaborative System has partnered with K4Connect, a technology company that creates solutions that serve and empower older adults and individuals living with disabilities, to deploy K4Connect's smart senior living solution, K4Community, at Terrace Place. At the first smart senior living community headquartered in Pittsburgh, residents will be able to take advantage of the latest in smart technologies including Smart Home, Smart Wellness and Smart Living capabilities and be able to easily access those via phone, tablet and by voice.

Shaler Area School District recognizes 2018 Distinguished Alumnus
Shaler Area is proud to announce 1977 graduate Dr. Kathleen Buse has been named its 2018 Distinguished Alumnus for her accomplishments following high school graduation and her contributions to advancing women in the workplace. Dr. Buse went on to pursue a successful 25-year career in industry, beginning as an engineer and advancing to executive leadership. She then spent 10 years in academia where she became an award-winning researcher and top-rated educator. Today, Dr. Buse is the director of the Employer Resource Council (ERC) Women’s Leadership Institute where she helps employers recruit, retain, and advance women through research-based solutions and development services. Previously, Dr. Buse served as president of Advancing Women in STEM, and as faculty director for the Leadership Lab for Women at Case Western Reserve University and adjunct professor at Case Western.