Here & Now

Ken Rice and Outreach Executive Director Mary Birks

At its fundraiser recognition dinner this fall, Outreach Teen & Family Services gave Ken Rice its Community Champion Award for his service to the nonprofit. Rice, evening anchor at KDKA-TV news, has been host of the Outreach gala for many years. Outreach, which receives its funding from foundations, private giving and contributions from Mt. Lebanon Municipality, provides free and low-cost counseling to Mt. Lebanon residents, including youth ages 5 to 21, and their families. One of Outreach’s most popular programs is TeenScreen, an optional screening tool used in Mt. Lebanon High School and both middle schools to help identify mental health issues before they become serious. Thanks to partial underwriting from the Mt. Lebanon Police Association, Outreach offers  an informative column in each issue of this magazine. 


Dr. Mario Fatigati

The Pennsylvania American College of Physicians honored Mario J. Fatigati M.D. with its Clinical Practice Award for Western Pennsylvania. The College gives the award on the basis of outstanding, lifetime work in clinical medicine which has been innovative and/or had a regional or national impact. Dr. Fatigati  received his medical degree at Sapienza Universitiy in Rome and completed his residency in internal medicine at St. Francis Medical Center. He has  practiced with Fatigati/Nalin Associates, part of St. Clair Medical Services, for more than 20 years. His specialty is general gerontology and geriatric medicine.



DIPLOMATIC TRIUMPHS The Mt. Lebanon High School Model UN team opened its season on a high note at the Penn State Model UN tournament. Twelve students won individual honors and the team won the Outstanding Delegation award.

Individual winners are:

First Place: Owen Descalzi, Abigail Duclos, Antonio Carapella, Nora Kulzer and Melanie Hendrick.

Second Place: Andrew Gamba, Jack Horrigan, Jack Silverman, and Christian Fraasch.

Third Place: Rebecca Schwartz, Carson Schuler and Ben Ash.

Model United Nations is a simulation of the UN General Assembly. Students debate current issues on the organization’s agenda. While playing their roles as ambassadors, student delegates make speeches, prepare draft resolutions, negotiate with allies and adversaries and resolve conflicts.

The Mt. Lebanon High School Model U.N. team won the Outstanding Delegation award at the Penn State Model U.N. Tournament. In addition, 12 students won individual honors in the tournament.


POWERING THE FUTURE Four Mt. Lebanon sophomores took first place in the high school division of the Powering Pittsburgh Design Challenge, sponsored by Shell Oil and the Pittsburgh Steelers.

Teams of four students from across the region presented their ideas of the future for powering Heinz Field or the city of Pittsburgh through a 10-minute presentation and a model/prototype of their idea. Nine teams, two from Mt. Lebanon,  competed in the final round.

The winning team of Chloe Spikula, Carmen Hagerty, Maddie Snyder and Ava Duchin received a $1,500 donation to the school’s STEM program and a Steelers Game Day Experience, where the winning teams were honored in a video and presented with a check on the field.

The other team of students who advanced to the final round was freshmen Molly Schwertfuehrer, Anna Mares, Melody Reynolds and Natalie McGee.

Sophomore scientists Chloe Spikula, Carmen Hagerty, Maddie Snyder and Ava Duchin took top honors in the Powering Pittsburgh Design Challenge.


15 YEARS OF TAI CHI Still Mountain T’ai Chi and Chi Kung will mark its 15th anniversary with a variety of T’ai Chi and Chi Kung (qigong) workshops from 10 a.m. to noon, Saturday, January 5, at the Mt. Lebanon Recreation zCenter. T’ai Chi and Chi Kung T’ai Chi are ancient forms of exercise that blend physical movement with deep meditative breathing in order to boost energy, cultivate physical and emotional balance, and instill a sense of spiritual and physical well-being.


The workshops will include a short T’ai Chi form as well as various health and therapeutic Chi Kung exercises. The event is free and open to the public. Registration is not required to attend the event. More information at 412-480-9177, or