Isabella Porta

Isabella Porta Miss Teen Gibsonia International 2020

Isabella Porta was recently named Miss Teen Gibsonia International 2020. She graduated from Aquinas Academy in 2019, where she attended from kindergarten through 12th grade.

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Dr. Karen Bucher

Newest Addition at Genesis Medical Associates.

Previously a Major in the United States Air Force, Dr. Bucher most recently served as Medical Director for the USAF 19 Medical Group Family Health Clinic at the Little Rock Air Force Base.

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North Catholic Students and Moms fill Food Bank

During a pandemic, many people rallied together to help others.  A group of dedicated moms and North Catholic High School students pitched in to assist the Catholic Community Food Bank of Troy Hill. The facility was depleted and in desperate need of replenishment.

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Angels By Your Side Help the Grief-Stricken in Our Community

The Greatest Good Is What We Do for One Another – Mother Teresa 

The founding members of Angels By Your Side Pgh know what it’s like to lose someone they love and how difficult it is to function after such a great loss.  Traci Kovacic, Karen Urschler, Gina Mercuri, all north hills residents, are among the team of founding members. 

“When my brother Mike died suddenly, we were devastated. He left behind my sister-in-law, Traci, and two young children. We remember, though, how much family and friends supported us all through such a difficult time,” said Karen Urschler.  

Through attending The Caring Place in Warrendale, which is a center designed to help grieving children and families, Traci realized that not everyone who experienced a loss had the support network she did.   

Understanding that some of the day-to-day tasks can seem unbearable during this difficult time, and larger tasks seem impossible.  Traci hoped to help.  After some thinking, she rounded up Karen, Gina Mercuri, and other friends and family. Together they helped freshen up a new friend’s home to be put up for sale. It was then that the seed for Angels By Your Side was planted. 

Joseph Guzzetti was Mike’s best friend, and he, too, passed away at a young age. His family sought to keep his memory alive by holding the annual “Race for Joe.” In 2018, the 10th year of the race, his family decided it would be the last. However, they, as well as Traci, Karen, and friends, like Mercuri, wanted to do something to continue to celebrate their loved ones memories and also find a way to help others experiencing devastating loss. Last winter, Angels By Your Side PGH was officially born. 

Angels By Your Side Pgh was created to provide assistance to families in the community who have experienced loss.  There are a bevy of tasks that may seem impossible after the death of a loved one; house cleaning, yard work, decorating for the holidays, preparing for move, and the list goes on and on. Using the funds from our first family picnic and fundraiser, Angels By Your Side has helped several area families by providing these services among others.  

Angels By Your Side’s efforts are only limited by your generosity. “We raise funds through our Annual Family Picnic in April, but it has been postponed because of the COVID-19 outbreak. But we willingly accept donations and are eager to work with local contractors and professionals to provide services,” said Karen. “We understand what these people are going through, and we are here to help.” 

For more information on Angels By Your Side, visit the website at: https://www.angelsbyyoursidepgh.com/ 

    By Janice Lane Palko

Hampton Students Design an Adaptive Glove for a Middle School Teacher!

Danielle Sutterlin & Dakota Basista with Hampton Middle School math teacher Mrs. Bethann Dolan

Hampton High School sophomores Danielle Suttertin and Dakota Basista have designed an adaptive glove to assist a teacher within their district. The teens came up with their creation as they took part in the SourceAmerica Design Challenge.

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