here & now

Salena Zito

Salena Zito, Cedar Boulevard, has co-authored The Great Revolt; Inside the Populist Coalition Shaping American Politics, an examination of the 2016 presidential election. In July 2016, Zito, a CNN contributor and syndicated columnist for more than 20 newspapers across the country, predicted Trump’s election after returning from a road trip through Iowa, Wisconsin, Michigan, Ohio and Pennsylvania. Zito and her co-author Republican strategist Brad Todd traveled 27,000 miles of country roads to interview more than 300 Trump voters in 10 swing counties in an effort to determine whether Trump’s election was a fluke or represented a fundamental shift in the electorate. Zito is the mother of Mt. Lebanon Magazine Art Director Shannon Rengers Venditti.


Scott Bowlin, Ashland Avenue, is the new director of creative services at Krakoff Communications in Carnegie. Bowlin, founder and creative director of South Side-based Steelcoast Creative, has more than 20 years experience in print and digital design and has received several awards from the American Institute of Graphic Artists and other entities. He is also a Mt. Lebanon volunteer firefighter.


VOLUNTEERING IS IN THE BLOOD St. Clair Hospital honored staff members who donated four or more times last year to the hospital’s employee blood collection program. Since 1998, St. Clair has held four employee blood drives annually. Last year’s drive collected 157 units from 89 donors.

“What you have done is given a part of yourself to save someone else,” Dr. Alan Yeasted, Senior Vice President and CMO Emeritus of St. Clair Hospital, told the donors.

The four-time blood donor honorees were: Jennifer Carson, Lorelei Colucci, James Cummings, Pamela Daniele, Michelle Edwards, Betty Falconer, Lauren Gohh, Frank Hacker, Joseph Lizik, Bethany Marchetti, John Miller, Maria Pest, Margaret Prince, Mandy Smoke, Richard Taylor, Tracy Thornhill, Bernadette Tichenor, Douglas Weinbrenner, Helen Yourd, Deborah Zilavy and Joyce Zornacki. Department recruiters, who brought in three or more new donors, were:  Carmen Luckino, Maria Cippel, Mary Amrhein and Doug Weinbrenner.


Tour Mission Hills with the Historical Society.

HISTORY IS ALL AROUND Now that the weather is cooperating, the Historical Society of Mount Lebanon will be offering walking tours of neighborhoods, churches and other points of interest. Tours are $12—$6 for society members.

Neighborhood Spotlight: Mission Hills 

6 p.m., Wednesday, May 23

Meet inside the lower entrance to the library. Take a behind-the-scenes look at the library, led by former Mt. Lebanon Library Children’s Librarian Judy Sutton. From there, take Hazel Drive to the top of Hemlock and down into Mission Hills to hear about the history and architecture of a beloved Mt. Lebanon neighborhood.

Saints & Stained Glass

6 p.m., Monday, June 4

Meet in front of St. Bernard Church. Take a tour inside two of Mt. Lebanon’s most historic churches—Saint Bernard and Mt. Lebanon Evangelical Presbyterian. This 90-minute tour covers the history of both churches with a focus on their stained glass.


STORIES FROM THE STAGE Mt. Lebanon Public Library’s Art and the Written Word Series is a year-long string of events that bring words to life through the performing arts. This month’s presentation, at 6:30 p.m., Saturday, May 19, will feature actors from Little Lake Theater in Canonsburg, a community fixture for almost 70 years, who will talk about the theater’s storied past.