Shady Side Academy Summer Programs:

After a long year of the kids being cooped up inside staring at screens, parents will be itching to find ways to safely get them out of the house this summer. Look no further than Shady Side Academy, which offers plenty of fun, affordable, in-person summer programs on its three expansive campuses in Fox Chapel!

Knowing that safety is at the top of every parent’s mind, SSA is taking everything it learned from a successful 20-21 in-person school year and bringing it to its summer programs.  A comprehensive set of COVID-19 health and safety protocols grounded in current public health guidance will be in place, including daily health screenings and temperature checks, masks, social distancing, limited enrollments, small camp squads, and plenty of outdoor activity and exercise.

Designed with working parents in mind, SSA’s full-day camps include free lunch and before-care, plus optional paid after-care. A North Hills bus makes transportation a snap.

SSA offers three age-specific day camps for kids entering grades PK-9, with six weekly sessions from June 21-July 30, 2021:

  • NEW for 2021! North Hills Adventurers (grades PK-1) takes place on SSA Country Day School’s 17-acre wooded campus. Kids explore nature and play games in SSA’s unique treehouse classroom and its trails, gardens, playgrounds and fields.
  • Day Camp Discovery (grades 2-5) takes place on SSA Senior School’s 130-acre college-like campus. Kids enjoy a full day of activities such as swimming, tennis, outdoor adventure, theater and more.
  • Camp Ren (grades 6-9) is designed specifically for older kids and takes place on the 35-acre SSA Middle School campus. Campers enjoy greater autonomy and cool activities such as robotics, rocketry, filmmaking and ceramics.

In addition, SSA offers a variety of weeklong sports and focus camps for kids entering grades K-8. Camps include basketball, golf, tennis, ice hockey, general sports & games, mindfulness, performing arts and more.

SSA’s Summer School features small classes and individualized attention from the area’s finest teachers. Students in grades 2-8 can brush up on their math and language arts skills, and a Stay & Play option allows them to pair summer school with day camp for a full day of learning and fun. High school offerings include for-credit courses and college essay writing workshops.

For information or to register, visit www.shadysideacademy.org/summer or call 412-447-2230.

Men in Business

“Be so good they can’t ignore your” – Steve Martin

In this, our June issue, we celebrate local businessmen from variety of industries and professionals who are so good, you should not ignore them. Northern Connection is pleased to introduce you to them in this year’s Men in Business Feature.

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2019 Holiday Guide

Welcome to our 2019 Holiday Guide!  Happy Holidays from all of us at Northern Connection!

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Together Again

Casual conversation and an old photo have led to a remarkable discovery for two UPMC Senior Communities residents.  

Bob Adams and Wes Piros have a few things in common. They live down the hall from one another at Beatty Pointe Village, the UPMC Senior Communities independent living campus in Monroeville. They both celebrated their 96th birthdays in October, only three days apart. Both are full of vigor. Both served in the United States Army Air Forces during World War II.  

What they didn’t know until recently was that they were “neighbors” in different quarters 75 years ago as Air Force cadets. Shortly after each man enlisted, Bob and Wes spent time in Texas to qualify to be a pilot, bombardier or navigator in the military’s nascent branch, the Army Air Forces, which eventually became the U.S. Air Force. After Texas, each headed to Indiana for flight training at Butler University 

Bob has a photo of his fellow cadets at Hoosier Air FieldAt the time, Bob recalls, he simply handed his camera to someone close by, the cadets lined up in two rows and smiled, and the image was captured.  

Most of those 20 cadets of the Army Air Forces went their separate ways that day. Some fought and died in the war. Others stayed stateside in reserve, including Wes, who served until the end of the war on the West Coast working on bomber planes. Bob went on to serve on the European front as a radio operator in the infantry. The year was 1944 

One morning Bob brought that framed black and white photo down to breakfast at Beatty Pointe Village. Neither knew when Bob shared the photo with Wes the incredible coincidence would reveal itself.  

In the photo, Bob and Wes are pictured toward the center, with Bob in the top row looking down at Wes in the bottom row. “I didn’t recognize myself in the picture at first,” said Wes, “mostly because I couldn’t believe it!” 

 Both men agree that the service taught them organization, promptness, discipline, “and the ability to pull yourself up by your bootstraps” in the words of Bob’s grandfather.  

The gentlemen do not remember one another specifically from their earlier days together, but they do share recollections of their time in Indiana.  

“We slept in the field house in triple bunks,” Bob recalled. “Some nights we laid awake, unable to sleep, wondering what tomorrow would hold.” 

 Wes remembers how the women and students in the town would sew and press their uniforms so that they were form-fitting. “They made us look like officers,” he said with a smile. Bob added, “The little decisions and actions taken by strangers had such an impact on the course of our service and our lives.” This proved true countless times, whether it be a commanding officer or civilians encountered at home or overseas 

“We are all connected to one another, dependent on one another, and our actions have consequences for others,” said Bob. “This was an important thing to learn as a young man and to remember now that I am older.” 

 UPMC Senior Communities is home to hundreds of veterans across its many campuses. It is a privilege to share their stories, to honor them, and to express gratitude for their invaluable service.  

To learn more about UPMC Senior Communities, visit our website at UPMCSeniorCommunities.com or call 1-800-324-5523. 

The History of Halloween

Happy October, everybody! One of our favorite holidays is just around the corner. As such, I thought I would share with you the origins of Halloween, and why we celebrate it here in America today. [Read more…]