Pella Windows

Unlike say a roof, whose primary purpose is to provide shelter from the elements for a home, windows and doors serve several purposes in our homes. Windows allow light into our spaces, can keep out cold or when opened, permit a refreshing breeze to come inside. They can also be aesthetically pleasing as an element of architecture and add value to our homes. Doors, in addition to being the entrance or exit of our homes, are also the first thing one encounters when entering a home, and they add curb appeal to a house.  

Pella Windows and Doors was rated No. 1 in a 2021 survey of leading window brands among homeowners for good reason. Unlike other companies, Pella has an array of products that can meet any budget.  

“All of our products are high quality with industry leading warranties. Along with the product warranties, Pella also has a 10-year installation warranty, which is as important or even more important than the product warranties,” said Jennifer Erisman, Social Media and Marketing Specialist, for Pella, Gunton Corp.  

Pella offers wood, fiberglass and vinyl windows and doors, and all their products are manufactured in the United States. Pella can even create custom-made widows. 

Pella has a showroom in Warrendale and is open to the public six days a week. In general, new vinyl windows can be installed in eight weeks and wood from 13-16 weeks. The supply chain problems have affected the business. “We are working through it though,” said Erisman. “While other companies are hiding this issue, we take pride in being upfront and honest about it.”  

If you are considering investing in your home with new windows or doors, now is the perfect time to act. “In May, we will be offering $200 off window units and $550 off patio doors OR No Payments, No down Payment, No Interest for 12 Months,” said Erisman, who says the first step would be to schedule an in-home consultation. “Our reps will do a complete walk-thru and have discussions about what you would like. Once the product, painting/staining are chosen and the installation type is confirmed, they will provide you with a final quote or two if needed.” 

Black interior and exterior windows are currently the trend, and Pella has them. For more information on Pella Windows and Doors or to schedule a consultation, call 724-935-2050 or visit: 

By Janice Lane Palko 





Then it’s time to experience the Lifestyle Communities of Weaver Homes! 

Think of milestones throughout your life. Finishing school. Getting married. Having children and grandchildren. All reminders of how wonderful life can be. For many,  the next milestone is often the “is it time to downsize” moment. 

Today’s active adults are redefining what it means to be older. They’re choosing to upgrade their lives by moving to active lifestyle communities, opting for a relaxed, hassle-free way of life. Heritage Crossings and The Villas at Forest Oaks by Weaver Homes are all about that carefree lifestyle. The low-maintenance homes feature open, single-level floorplans, an abundance of natural light, accessible age-in-place design, and plenty of storage. The communities themselves include unique amenities that encourage healthy living, along with a mandate that residents enjoy fun activities and great adventures instead of chores like mowing grass, raking leaves or shoveling snow.

 Heritage Crossings is one of Weaver Homes’ most popular lifestyle communities. Located in Sarver, PA, it is minutes from everything in Butler County. This thoughtfully designed community is adjacent to South Pike Square Plaza, so residents walk to dinner, the hairdresser, or the movies. It has sidewalks, a large furnished clubhouse, a fitness center and a heated outdoor pool. (Perfect for family gatherings, hanging out with neighbors, or just relaxing.). The villa-style homes include an oversized 2.5 car garage, a pull-down storage attic, and additional storage located behind the laundry room. Homes are priced from $390,000. Design-ready homes are available, too! 

The Villas at Forest Oaks is Weaver’s new lifestyle community. Located in Butler, PA, it is set on one of the area’s most sought-after 18-hole golf courses, Aubrey’s Dubbs Dred. With breathtaking views of rolling hills and manicured greens, this is a great chance to live the good life on a golf course! There is also a heated pool, a clubhouse, and a gym. Homesites facing the greens are limited and are on a first come, first serve basis. Priced from $365,000, the one-story villas complement the easy, carefree lifestyle. Homesites facing the greens are limited and are available on a first come, first serve basis.

Weaver Homes specializes in homes designed for the active adult buyer. These unique floorplans are designed to be low-maintenance and support a healthier lifestyle. With more than three decades of design and building experience, Weaver Homes is Greater Pittsburgh’s premier personalized home builder. Family-owned and operated, they take a very hands-on approach to the construction process. 

Find the low maintenance Lifestyle Community that’s perfect for you! Visit today and check out their unique homes and lifestyle. 


            RPM Woodworks was founded by local artisan Ron McCloskey in 2020.  After serving in the U.S. Army, Ron has been a carpenter for nearly 30 years.  Even in his spare time, Ron finds ways to build quality custom furniture and home décor.  He likes how it combines the creativity of custom designs with the familiar medium of wood.  For most projects, Ron cuts the wood, planes the wood, dries the wood, builds the molds, and helps his customers select resin colors that work best for them.  Aside from growing the tree, he does it all and takes pride in his work.  RPM Woodworks products are made with the highest quality elements and with the greatest attention to detail.

            Drawing inspiration from the rivers, woods, and landscapes in Wester​n Pennsylvania, and from the infinite colors and textures Ron and his wife have seen during their travels, he built furniture and accessories to decorate their home. Soon people were asking him to create pieces in colors and textures that are meaningful to them.

            “If you are looking for a unique, one-of-a kind, functional work of art, you should definitely contact Ron McCloskey. He uses his creativity and carpentry skills to create beautiful charcuterie boards, cutting boards, desks and, in my case, a small table. Not only is Ron’s carpentry work impeccable, he has mastered the use of resin in his designs. Based on my “limited” specifications, Ron created a side table (with a drawer) made of a slab of walnut (from a tree he cut down) and white resin with metal legs. It is gorgeous and quite the conversation piece. Ron is a perfectionist and takes great pride in his work, and it shows. You won’t be disappointed,” said Bev Ludlum, a customer from Butler.

            Moreover, with the rise in popularity of charcuterie boards, Ron has kept a pulse on what’s trending and creates unique pieces for each of his customers.  The charcuterie boards provide a unique and natural way to lay out hors d’oeuvres, floral arrangements, and desserts.  Each board has a food grade finish and comes with easy care instructions for years of enjoyment.

            “I was looking for a nice cutting board or serving tray and came across Ron’s work.  I requested a  specific color and design, and it definitely exceeded expectations.  It’s beautiful,” says Heather O’Connor, a satisfied customer in Pflugerville, Texas.

            RPM Woodworks’ custom furniture is built with care according to dimensions and specifications provided, type of wood and finish desired, and can include colored resin elements.

“We asked Ron to design and build a gate for our front porch.  Not an easy task to do because we wanted something that would be easy to open/close and to keep the dogs safe while on the porch.  Our two requests were that it be on wheels for ease of opening and to incorporate 2 different types/shades of the wood on our porch.  He created an incredible gate with everything we requested.  He is amazing.  He is a perfectionist, and it shows in his work.  Also, it was a quick turn-around time and an extremely reasonable price.  I would highly recommend RPM Woodworks for any custom woodworking needs,” says Leigh Ducoeur from Pittsburgh.

Orders for RPM Woodworks quality custom furniture and home decor can be placed directly through their website:  RPM Woodworks finished products are also sold at So Me Artisan Wares and Jewelry Studio in Allison Park and Two Rivers Oil and Vinegar in Beaver.



Family & Small Business Profiles


There is something special about a family or small business.  Perhaps it’s because we like to see people working together for something larger than themselves.  Perhaps we like to see how generations come together.  Perhaps it’s because we like seeing a dream turn into a reality, and the family or small businesses we are featuring all started with someone having a good idea.  Whatever the reason, Northern Connection is proud to feature these small and family businesses in this issue.

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