Here & Now

Cross one more thing off your holiday to-do list. The Dormont-Mt. Lebanon-Castle Shannon Rotary Club’s Poinsettia Sale are at Mt. Lebanon Library. Cost is $10 for a 6 ½-inch foil-wrapped pot of red, pink or white (while supplies last). Sales benefit the Mt. Lebanon, Castle Shannon and Dormont libraries.

Caitlyn Sharp, Lansdale Place, was honored at the Pittsburgh Steelers’ annual Heroes at Heinz Field event. Sharp served four years in the Marine Corps in communications and logistics and now works as a flight attendant for Republic Airways. Heroes at Heinz Field, which  honors post-9/11 veterans, is hosted by the Steelers in conjunction with the Veterans Administration.


Ashley Hlebinsky with fellow judges Zeke Stout, center, and Trenton Tye on the Discovery  Channel’s Master of Arms series. Her parents are Mt. Lebanon Rec Department’s Bob Hlebinsky and his wife, Susan.

Mt. Lebanon native Ashley Hlebinsky, chief curator of the Cody Firearms Museum at the Buffalo Bill Center of the West, in Cody, Wyoming, is a judge on the TV show Master of Arms on the Discovery Channel. The show is a competition among blacksmiths and armorers to construct authentic weapons from selected periods of history. Hlebinsky, the first woman to be named curator of the Cody Museum, also lectures across the country and Canada about the history of firearms.

Watch Ashley:

Emily Chiappetta

WELCOME Pueblo Drive resident Emily Chiappetta is mtl’s newest advertising account executive. Chiappetta, a 1998 Lebo grad, holds a bachelor’s in communication with a minor in business from John Carroll University, and has 15 years’ experience in sales and marketing, including stints with radio stations in Charleston, South Carolina and Jacksonville, Florida. If you would like to speak with her about advertising, call 412-526-4247 or email


Lincoln School’s Read-A-Thon was a big success this year. Students exceeded their collective goal by 39,000 reading minutes. From right, Samantha Smith, Lincoln PTA, Read-A-Thon committee chair,  and top readers from each grade

CONSTANT READERS In this year’s Read-A-Thon at Lincoln School, students set a goal of 170,000 total minutes of reading time, and secured sponsors who would pledge donations if the students reached their goal. At the end of the time period, the students tallied 208,996 minutes and  raised almost $11,000 for the Lincoln PTA.

Mt. Lebanon’s 2018 National Merit Semifinalists: From left, front, Rebecca Schwartz and Alayna Mikush. Back, Alexis Schulte-Albert, Margaret Brown and Meera Whitson.

Five Mt. Lebanon seniors  have been named semifinalists in the 2019 National Merit Scholarship Competition. Semifinalists come from a pool of about 1.6 million students from about 22,000 schools, who take the Preliminary Scholastic Achievement Test (PSAT) in the spring of their junior year. Only about 1 percent, 16,000, of high school students become National Merit Semifinalists. A select group of students from among the national semifinalists will be named finalists and be eligible for National Merit Scholarships.