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ICE CREAM AT YOUR DOOR So, you’re working in the yard on a hot summer day, and you’d love to take a break for some ice cream.  But you don’t have any ice cream. And you’re wearing your gardening clothes, and you’re pretty sure there’s mulch in your hair. If only someone would deliver ice cream—real ice cream, not that stuff from the truck with the bells.

Now, someone does deliver…your local stop for homemade ice cream, Betsy’s at 644 Washington Road. For $20 a month deducted from your bank account or credit/debit card, Betsy’s At Home Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) Program will deliver to your home four pints of freshly made ice cream, with a selection that always includes a kid-friendly flavor, an artisan flavor and delicious favorites.

Around mid-month, you’ll get an email that will tell you what flavors have been selected. (They occasionally poll on Facebook, so if you have ideas for those flavors, let Betsy’s know.)

You’ll get a main delivery date and an alternate date, so you can plan to be home when the ice cream will be coming, or, if you have to step out, you can leave a cooler on your porch. If you’re not going to be home on either date, you can pick up your completed order at the store.

But what if you’ll be on vacation? You can freeze (ha ha) that month’s membership. They’ll simply skip it and add another month on to the end of your subscription.

Betsy’s owner Ryan Miller says by April, he already had 40 households signed up for the membership, which just started in November, with a delivery area that includes all of Allegheny and Washington counties, with members from Monessen to Gibsonia.

“So far, so good,” he says, noting he wants to double the membership homes this summer, as well as add sampling for products such as toppings or other complementary products. “We’ll keep the ball rolling.”

To sign up for the service, call Betsy’s at 412-668-0379.

Thai Touch
Thai Touch owner Patcharin Bosken

The South Hills’ newest Thai restaurant, Thai Touch Kitchen, is open for business on Washington Road in the space formerly occupied by Kous Kous Cafe. Owner Patcharin Bosken, above, features a menu that is a mix of traditional Thai and some more unusual dishes. See a menu and hours of operation at

Photographer, Doug Harhai

SECOND CAREER Outlook Drive resident Doug Harhai, a lawyer in private practice, has opened Harhai Photography studio at 20 Cedar Boulevard.

“The birth of my daughter started me into photography; I couldn’t take enough photos of her when she was born, he says. “My wife bought me a Canon Rebel camera, and I just started adding to that collection ever since.”

The business, which is portrait-based, specializes in headshots for business and social media, senior school photos, families, children/tweens, fashion/glamour/beauty, couples and pets.

“I will shoot in-studio, as well as on location, not either/or,” he says. “Even on location, I normally bring additional lights with me to supplement the natural light.”

Clients can take advantage of a pre-shoot consultation to select the best wardrobe colors.

Harhai still practices law but enjoys the challenges and rewards of photography, too. “I joke that of all the contracts and documents I have prepared for clients in my legal career, nobody has ever shared one on Facebook or Instagram. Not so with photography.”

Harhai also donates packages to fundraisers for such organizations as the Washington School PTA and The Center for Theater Arts.

Sessions are by appointment: 412-370-6177 or


EarthDay GS_2015

The weather cooperated, and everyone enjoyed Earth Day’s education, engagement and entertainment. Above: Troop 51402 has been working toward earning Girl Scouting’s highest honor, the Gold Award, for several years. Their project promotes growing and buying locally sourced produce. From left, Isabella Patak, Lindsay Barnhart, Kaity Sloan and Hannah Steele. Below: At Sandy Baker, “The Deer Doctor’s” booth, residents learned how to make their yards deer resistant. Baker spent three days here, touring the community and speaking at various events.



Thai Touch photo by Sally Bucey. Earth Day event photos by Elizabeth Hruby McCabe