Above & Beyond

Group of Mt. Lebanon homes on tour.
Howard Hanna Real Estate’s charity house tour brought in almost $25,000 for the Free Care Fund at Childrens Hospital. Clockwise from top left: homes on Elmspring Road, Crestvue Manor Drive, Racine Avenue and Dixon Avenue. /Photography by Tom O’Connor


Two men and a boy wearing a set of Superbowl rings.
Rocky Bleier with chapter first vice president and Seneca Drive residentJohn Baldridge and his son, Johnny Baldridge.

The Sons of the American Revolution Pittsburgh Chapter honored Rocky Bleier with the National Society of the Sons of the American Revolution Pennsylvania Silver Good Citizenship Medal. The medal, awarded for “extraordinary achievements and service to our society,” is one of the highest awards that can be presented to a non-member of the organization.

Bleier, a former Steeler, Vietnam veteran and motivational speaker, is the author of Fighting Back, an account of his road back to the NFL after sustaining wounds in Vietnam.


SEARCHING FOR MUSIC SCHOLARS Keynotes of South Hills is accepting applications for a music scholarship competition, May 11, 2024, at the Mt. Lebanon High School Fine Arts Theatre. Keynotes will award more than $16,000 in scholarships.

The contest is open to Pennsylvania residents who are full-time college music majors or graduating high school seniors accepted for admission as a full-time music major. Instrumentalists must be under 26 years of age by June 1, 2024, and vocalists must be under the age of 30. For an application, please call Lori Walter at 412-260-6972 or email her at houdini5@hotmail.com. Deadline for application is April 30, 2024. For further information, visit keynotesmusicscholarship.com.

Two women standing in a childrens resale shop.
Meghan McLane and Colleen Wisniewski are partners in Dandelion Kids, a resale shop and resource center for new parents.

DANDELION KIDS: RESALE SHOP AND MORE Tired of your kids or grandkids outgrowing their clothes even before you get the chance to take the tags off? Dandelion Kids, 2892 W. Liberty Avenue in Dormont, can help solve that problem.

Dandelion Kids, a kids’ secondhand shop in the space formerly occupied by Tal & Bert’s, sells gently used clothing, sizes newborn to youth 10, and new items, while also offering activities for the kiddos.

Colleen Wisniewski, Sunset Hills, and her sister-in-law, Meghan McLane, are business partners. Wisniewski grew up on Park Entrance, met her husband at Mellon Middle School and recently moved back to Mt. Lebanon from Philadelphia. McLane grew up on Espy Avenue, a few blocks from the store.

Wisniewski is the mother of three small children, ages 5, 3 and 1 and McLane is the mother of two, ages 3 and 1. They’re going through motherhood together. “She’s one of my closest friends. It’s a delight working with her,” Wisniewski said.

Dandelion Kids has four goals: to offer affordable and accessible clothing, events for parents and kids, a welcoming space with and without kids, and fair prices for buying and selling. “Parenthood is really hard, and it can be really lonely. We felt that a store like this could help people feel less alone,” Wisniewski said.

Why the name Dandelion Kids? “I have found with my kiddos that they are drawn to dandelions like moths to a flame. But even more than that, little kiddos grow like weeds. It felt like such a natural image to represent that,” she said.

Parents can drop off used kids’ clothes during normal store hours and Dandelion Kids will sort through the items and make an offer by email or text within four days. Customers can choose to get paid in cash or store credit. Any items Dandelion Kids doesn’t buy can be picked up, or they will be donated to one of the store’s local partners, like Genesis House.

Dandelion Kids offers story time in both English and Spanish, craft classes, music classes, kids’ yoga classes and a new parent group. Parent support groups and birthday parties are planned in the future.

At press time, Dandelion Kids is open Monday, Thursday and Friday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday and Sunday 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.