News and Community Archives: 2010

Richard D. Hillis announces sale of Funeral Homes in Petrolia and Rimersburg to John W. Bauer and Jennifer Bauer Eroh of Kittanning {December 27, 2010}

Richard D. Hillis announces sale of Funeral Homes in Petrolia and Rimersburg to John W. Bauer and Jennifer Bauer Eroh of Kittanning After over 40 years in business, Richard D. Hillis proudly announces the sale of his funeral homes in Petrolia and Rimersburg to John W. Bauer and Jennifer Bauer Eroh of the Bauer Funeral Home and Cremation Services, Inc., in Kittanning. "Lucille and I are honored to have served the communities of Petrolia and Rimersburg, and helped our friends in their times of sorrow. We look forward to Jack and Jennifer continuing to provide excellent service to our communities."

Speaking about the company announcement, Jack Bauer commented, "The Bauer staff will continue to care for the members of the Petrolia and Rimersburg communities during their most difficult times. Our goal for the Bauer — Hillis Funeral Home and Cremation Services, Inc. will be to provide the finest funeral service with attention to compassion, dignity and respect. The tradition of excellence both family businesses are known for will truly benefit the families we serve. We are proud of the great history and reputation of each firm."

Jack Bauer and the Bauer family have owned and operated the Bauer Funeral Home in Kittanning for 64 years, the Clark Chapel of the Bauer Funeral Home in Elderton since 1982, and the Bauer-Bly Funeral Home in Dayton, PA since 1996. "We are very pleased to add the Petrolia and Rimersburg locations to our family of funeral homes, fostering our belief that our reputation is our most valuable asset", stated Jennifer Bauer Eroh. "We will continue to make every effort to serve each family as if it were our own."

Deana R. Turner of Chicora, was named manager of both Bauer-Hillis Funeral Homes and will continue the legacy of care Mr. Hillis has established with the families of Petrolia and Rimersburg. "Deana will be a great asset in achieving our goal of providing exceptional funeral service to the families of Petrolia and Rimersburg," added Jennifer Bauer Eroh.

2010 Applewold Fire Department Celebration of the Season {December 21, 2010}

Local fire departments teamed up with members of Kittanning Firemen's Band for a seasonal celebration on December 23, 2010 in Applewold borough. The festivities began as Santa joined by the band members all boarded fire trucks and visited people and rest homes in Applewold, Kittanning and West Kittanning. Santa distributed candy bags to children as the band played a repertoire of Christmas songs. Santa then returned to Applewold Fire Department to greet children. Everyone enjoyed a camp fire and Christmas music from the band in an old fashion Christmas themed celebration. The night was caped off by a fireworks display.
Sponsors for the event were: Reitler's Auto Body and Towing, Bauer Family Funeral Homes, Rupp's Carwash, Rivercliff Terrace Inc, A.A Nagy Excavating, The Market on Reynolds, Worthington Civic Center,Larry, Kim Weible, Katatumbo Fireworks LLC. and many donations from local residents. Fire department sponsors were Kittanning Hose Company # 1, West Kittanning, East Franklin Township, and Applewold.

Candle Luminaries Lined the Streets on Christmas Eve {December 20, 2010}

A drive in the country to Dayton on Christmas Eve was reminiscent of an old fashioned Christmas. Candle luminaries lined the sidewalks of Dayton and driveways near to town.
Over fifty years ago, Dayton's 25 Club (now dismantled) was in charge of this annual event in the early days. To follow the tradition, the Dayton United Methodist Church Builders Sunday School Class took over the project to be a fund raiser over thirty years ago. The Sunday school class starts to take orders for the luminaries shortly after Thanksgiving charging seventy five cents each. Ginger Byerly, one of the class members has told us how she always looks forward to helping with this project. Along with other members of her class, she enjoys making phone calls to residents in hopes of selling many luminaries. This year's fund raising efforts were very successful as over 1600 candle luminaries were sold. Ginger is also instrumental in compiling the orders and assembling the luminaries.
This beautiful luminary display is usually seen on Christmas Eve. Some years during inclement weather alternative days needed to be selected to light these fragile candles. Several other alternative days are selected for this reason; Christmas day, New Years Eve or New Years day. If you missed the luminaries this year, keep it in mind for next year to see this beautiful display of an old fashioned celebration of the season.
The Bauer-Bly Funeral Home was delighted to do our part by purchasing luminaries that were placed on the sidewalk in front of the funeral home on Christmas Eve.

Community Members Gather At Bauer Funeral Home for a Remembrance Program {November 18, 2010}

Community Members Gather At Bauer Funeral Home for a Remembrance Program On Wednesday, Nov. 17, 2010, community members gathered at the Bauer Funeral Home in Kittanning for the 5th annual Holiday Remembrance Program entitled, "Holiday Grief: Surviving the Season". Jolene Formaini, RN, MA, CT, Bereavement Coordinator and Grief Educator of the VNA Hospice of Western Pennsylvania offered guidance on dealing with the sometimes overwhelming combination of grief and stress that can occur to those that lost a loved one and especially during the holiday season. A special part of the program included reading aloud the names of loved ones as a remembrance tribute. The program ended with a candle lighting ceremony. One candle was lit for grief, one for memories, one for determination and strength and one for love shared. After the program Jolene offered one-on-one consultations for those that wanted further guidance. Many individuals also stayed to share stories between themselves offering each other support.

Bauer Family Funeral Home remains dedicated to be a source for bereavement support throughout our communities. We do this by hosting this special program that can assist those facing the challenges of grief, especially as the holidays grow near.

If you were unable to attend this grief program, but would like a copy of the program mailed to you, please call the Bauer Funeral Home, Monday — Friday 8:00 AM — 4:00 PM. to request a program call 724-545-9464.

Bauer's Steps Ahead Experiences a Wonderful October Evening Full of Musical Entertainment {November 03, 2010}

Bauer On Saturday, October 30th twenty one members of the Bauer's Steps Ahead first gathered for social time in Bauer Funeral Home's hospitality room. Bus transportation was then provided to visit The National Museum of Vaudeville at the "Casino Theater" to hear the 2010 Artie Shaw's 100th Birthday Celebration Big Band Show. The huge ionic columns at the entrance of South Western PA's oldest theater were a magnificent sight for our evening as we were graciously welcomed to the Casino Theater. After arriving some of the group explored the various areas that have been beautifully restored thanks to the spirited community leaders who worked to preserve this crown jewel of Vandergrift for future generations. The orchestra and vocalist, under Director Matt Koza who himself is an accomplished musician who plays the clarinet and saxophone all remembered Artie Shaw's Big Band legacy by performing a repertoire of his greatest hits. The spectacular one and one half hours long performance was an unforgettable experience down memory lane. Everyone in the group thought this was a "wonderful" show that brought back many memories reminiscent of the big band era.
Bauer's Steps Ahead next activity is planned for Tuesday, December 7 when bus transportation will be provided for an after dark ride through Hartwood Acres Celebration of Lights.
Anyone interested in joining Bauer's Steps Ahead planned events may call the Bauer Funeral Home at 724-545-9464 for information, cost of trips and to make reservations.
Read more about past excursions under News and Events.

Cremation: Your Questions Answered {November 03, 2010}

Cremation: Your Questions Answered Bauer Funeral Home and Cremation Services, Inc. hosted a free seminar for the public entitled, Cremation: Your Questions Answered on Wednesday, November 3, 2010. Attendees received information about the most commonly asked questions regarding cremation, including what the consumer should ask when selecting a cremation provider.

"This event provided answers to the most commonly asked questions about cremation. We often find that people have a preconception that they have fewer choices for a ceremony when selecting cremation as a disposition choice for themselves or a loved one. This informative, one-hour educational discussion was created to help people build an understanding of what cremation is, and the ceremony options available, permitting them to make informed decisions." said Bauer Funeral Home and Cremation Services, Inc. president, Jennifer Bauer Eroh.
Anyone who was not able to attend, but would like to receive our free Cremation Facts or Planning Guide, please call 724-545-9464 or visit our website at

Rotary Members Deliver Dictionaries to Third Grade Students {October 12, 2010}

Jack Bauer has been an active member of the Kittanning Rotary Club for many years. The Club's fundraising activities throughout the year secured another annual event for the fall. By collaborating with the Armstrong School District, they helped purchase a Student Dictionary for each third grade student in the local Armstrong School District. One of the highlights for the Club is to personally deliver the dictionaries to each third grade class. On Tuesday, October 12, 2010 many Rotary Club members and stand in volunteers were on hand when the dictionaries along with new pencils were delivered to each classroom. Sandy Mikita, Community Relations Manager at Bauer Family Funeral Homes was one of the stand-in volunteers. She was assigned to visit Mrs. Faith Cujas' third grade class at Lenape Elementary School. The children were excited to review how much information was included in the dictionary. After Sandy gave them a couple of words to look up, she explained that the dictionary not only would help them in reading, pronouncing and understanding words, but also with English, Math, History, Science, Civics and World Cultures. She also told them all about the qualities of Rotary Club. This was a great class, eager to learn and full of lots of participation. As she was leaving, the students and teacher expressed much appreciation to the Kittanning Rotary Club.

The First Annual Don Miller Big Rig Memorial Truck Show Was Part of the Elderton Fire Department's Apple Butter Festival {September 28, 2010}

The First Annual Don Miller Big Rig Memorial Truck Show Was Part of the Elderton Fire Departmentís Apple Butter Festival The Don Miller Big Rig Memorial Truck Show was a successful part of the Elderton Volunteer Fire Department's annual Apple Butter Festival that was held on October 1st and 2nd. The three main locations for the festivities were at the Elderton Fire Hall, Elderton School and on South Main Street. On Saturday, Oct. 2nd South Main Street in Elderton was closed to make room for the big rigs to park along the street. The idea of having a Big Rig Truck Show was developed as a tribute to be held in memory of Don Miller who was a business owner and staple member of the Elderton community. Don passed away in April 2010 due to a tragic accident. His family's vision of having a memorial truck show took shape early in the planning stages for the festival. As a good will gesture, the Bauer's accomodated the Miller family by using the front porch of the funeral home for the truck show registration area and a free pumpkin give-a-way, along with DJ music entertainment during the Truck Show. Jack Bauer and his staff were on hand to offer their hospitality and to have the funeral home open so the community could use the facilities. Patty Miller and her son's Brice and Nick were overwhelmed by all the community support.

Bauer's Steps Ahead Travels to Concordia for Dinner and Musical Entertainment {September 22, 2010}

Bauer On Tuesday, September 21, 2010 thirty nine members of the Bauer's Steps Ahead group traveled on a bus trip to Cabot in Butler County. The group was invited to be special dinner guests at the beautiful campus of Concordia, Haven 1. Everyone was greeted graciously by the Concordia staff and escorted to the spectacular dining room for dinner. "Back to School", was the theme for the table decorations and the delicious dinner menu. After dinner, the group took part in a tour of the beautiful facilities and there was time for socializing before the feature musical entertainment began. Starting at 7:00 PM, the all men Alle-Kiski Barbershop Chorus provided a unique brand of entertainment of musical renditions in a distinctive barbershop style. The performance lasted one hour and was a mixed repertoire of ballads, comical stories, solos, patriotic songs and novelty numbers which made the entertainment a memorable experience.
Bauer's Steps Ahead next activity is planned for Saturday, October 30, 2010 when bus transportation will be provided from Kittanning to the Casino Theater in Vandergrift for an evening of musical entertainment. Read more about this trip under, "The Artie Shaw Orchestra Big Band Show".
Anyone interested in joining Bauer's Steps Ahead planned events may call the Bauer Funeral Home at 724-545-9464 for information, cost of trips and to make reservations.

Bauer's Invited to Speak Before SAINTS Group {September 16, 2010}

On Wednesday, September 15, 2010, Sandy Mikita, Community Relations Manager from the Bauer Funeral Home was invited to speak before the SAINTS (Seniors Active in New Testament Service) group that meets at St. John's Lutheran Church. A luncheon, followed by the presentation was held in the new, "Fellowship Hall". The group experienced the presentation "Five Ways of Protecting Yourself" that included a visual slide show. This program stressed the importance of protecting yourself against basic information about: Identity Theft and Scams, Neglected Maintenance, The Elements, The Inevitable, and Social Isolation. Several true stories were told to alert the audience to be aware of telephone and telemarketing scams that several local families experienced. The presentation was meant to be informative and to help the community to be knowledgeable about ways of protecting themselves. Sandy was also pleased to give out two door prizes, courtesy of Bauer Family Funeral Homes.

The Bauer Family Funeral Homes' staff is available to speak to groups, organizations and clubs in the Kittanning, Elderton and Dayton areas. You can view more about our free Speaker's Bureau and our suggested topics and group tours available by reviewing "More Services" on our website.

Bauer's Steps Ahead Travels to Butler County {August 26, 2010}

Bauer On Wednesday, August 25, 2010 twenty six members of the Bauer's Steps Ahead outreach group traveled on a bus trip from Kittanning to Hickory Woods Restaurant in Mt. Chestnut, Butler County. Everyone enjoyed the ambiance of the unique upscale, casual dining room decorated with generations of family pictures, heirlooms, area artifacts and of course the great food that was served. After lunch the journey continued to Moraine State Park where we were welcomed aboard the "Nautical Nature" passenger tour boat to sail on Lake Arthur. The private chartered cruise also had a personal guide on board who told about the highlights of the area's natural history. The fully enclosed forty-five foot pontoon boat along with its experienced Captain made the cruise very comfortable, while everyone enjoyed the beautiful scenery, pristine waters and the sighting of wildlife along the lake.
Anyone interested in joining Bauer's Steps Ahead planned events may call the Bauer Funeral Home at 724-545-9464 for information, cost of trips and to make reservations.

Deana Turner qualifies for {August 13, 2010}

Deana Turner qualifies for Deana R. Turner has recently qualified the designation of Certified Funeral Service Practitioner (CFSP), by the Academy of Professional Funeral Service Practitioners. A number of professions grant special recognition to members upon completion of specific academic and professional programs and "CFSP" is funeral service's national individual recognition. Turner is a licensed Funeral Director and insurance agent of Bauer Family Funeral Homes, Inc. located in Kittanning, PA, with branches in Elderton and Dayton.

"We are very proud of Deana obtaining the CFSP designation," said Jack Bauer, President of Bauer Family Funeral Homes, "This achievement further exemplifies Deana's continued commitment to personal growth and professional development in the field of funeral service."
The Academy of Professional Funeral Service Practice, since its 1976 founding, has had as its goals: 1) to recognize those practitioners who have voluntarily entered into a program of professional and personal growth, 2) to raise and improve the standards of funeral service and 3) to encourage practitioners to make continuing education a lifelong process in their own self-interest, the interest of the families they serve, and the communities in which they serve. To initially receive this award, the practitioner must complete a 180 hour program of continuing education activities and events. In addition, the practitioner is required to accumulate 20 hours per year to recertify.

A native of the area, Turner is a graduate of Karns City High School and Carlow University where she earned a degree with cum laude honors in Communication and Finance Management. She continued her education at the Pittsburgh Institute of Mortuary Science, receiving an Associate's degree in Funeral Service Arts and Sciences. She is also an adjunct instructor with the institution's Distance Learning program, teaching several courses to future funeral service professionals. Her professional memberships include Selected Independent Funeral Homes, the National Funeral Directors Association, Pennsylvania Funeral Directors Association, Western Pennsylvania Funeral Directors Association and the Butler County Funeral Directors Association, where she presently serves in the capacity of President. June, 2010 also marked the beginning of her three year board assignment with the Western Pennsylvania Funeral Directors Association in preparation for induction as President of the organization in 2012.

Bauer's Steps Ahead Group Enjoys Ice Cream and a Movie {July 30, 2010}

Bauerís Steps Ahead Group Enjoys Ice Cream and a Movie On Friday, July 23, 2010 members of the Bauer's Step Ahead outreach group enjoyed ice cream at the Kittanning Dairy Queen before viewing the movie "The Blind Side" in the Kittanning Riverfront Park. Bauer Funeral Home partnered with Downtown Kittanning Inc. to sponsor the movie. "It was a quite enjoyable evening," said Jack Bauer, of Bauer Funeral Home, "we really enjoyed the movie and it was a perfect night to be along the river." The next outing of the Step's Ahead group will be in late August and the activity will be announced soon.

Joshua Starr Receives Funeral Directors License {July 22, 2010}

Joshua Starr Receives Funeral Directors License Bauer Family Funeral homes are proud to announce the promotion of Joshua C. Starr to licensed funeral director. Josh is a 2009 graduate of Point Park College, earning a Bachelor of Science degree in Funeral Service and Psychology. He completed his mortuary training at the Pittsburgh Institute of Mortuary Science. Josh fulfilled his residency requirements as a funeral intern with the Bauer Family Funeral Homes during 2009. He successfully passed both the state and national exams in June of this year, enabling him to achieve his licensure in Pennsylvania as a funeral director.

"We are very pleased that Josh completed his educational requirements and received his funeral directing license", said Jennifer Bauer Eroh. "We believe that Josh will be a great asset in achieving our goal of providing excellent funeral service to our families. He will compliment the existing staff of three licensed funeral directors and continue our mission to serve each family as if it was our own."

A native of the Kittanning area and a 2006 graduate of Kittanning High School, Josh joined the staff at the Bauer Family Funeral Homes after working part-time in funeral service since the age of fifteen.
Josh is an active member of the Applewold and East Franklin Fire Departments and participates in the activities of Selected Independent Funeral Directors, the National Funeral Directors Association, the American Society of Embalmers, and the Butler Funeral Director's Association. In his leisure time Josh enjoys activities with his family and friends, vacationing, and attending theatrical productions. Although winter is his favorite season, Josh also enjoys outdoor gatherings and boating during the summer months.
Bauer Family Funeral Homes are a family owned and operated firm, in business since 1947 with three locations to serve the residents of Armstrong County and surrounding communities. The Bauer family and staff are dedicated to caring for the deceased with respect and dignity and the living with compassion and understanding- and to accomplish this goal with the highest professional ethics. For more information, visit or call 724-545-9464.

Bauer Funeral Home and DKI Partners Sponsoring Free Movie In the Park {June 25, 2010}

Bauer Funeral Home partnered with the Board of DKI (Downtown Kittanning, Inc.)and sponsored a movie "The Blind Side" that was viewed in the Kittanning Riverfront Park on Friday, July 23, 2010. The movie started at dusk and was 129 minutes long. Everyone in the community was welcomed to join us to see this inspirational, award winning movie. It was a perfect night along the Allegheny River as a large crowd was on hand at the John P. Murtha Amphitheater where a large movie screen was set up. Popcorn, candy, hotdogs, and beverages were also available in the Park for purchase.

The award winning movie, based on the true story of Leigh Anne and Sean Tuohy who take in a homeless teenage African-American, Michael Oher from a broken home and help him fulfill his potential. Michael had little formal education and few skills to help in learning. Leigh Anne soon takes charge, as is her nature, ensuring that the young man has every opportunity to succeed. When he expresses an interest in football, she goes all out to help him, including giving the coach a few ideas on how best to use Michael's skills. Oher works hard and with the help of his coaches and adopted family qualifies for an NCAA Division I athletic scholarship. He goes on to be the first-round pick of the Baltimore Ravens in 2009 NFL draft.

Bauer Funeral Home is a Supporter of the 2010 Armstrong County Senior Games {June 24, 2010}

Under the sponsorship of the Area Agency on Aging the Armstrong County Senior Games got well underway on Monday, June 21st and continued through Thursday, June 24th. The goal of the games are always to encourage an active lifestyle and continued participation in sports and recreation beyond the age of 55. Games were scheduled for almost everyone in mind to participate in; from the very active sports and including events for those individuals who cannot participate in more physical activities. A full schedule included: golf, tennis, volleyball, walks and runs, bowling, casting, bocce ball, hoop shoot, football, javelin, shot put, walking, softball throw, horseshoe, billiards, swimming, shuffleboard, darts, ping pong, stationary bike, checkers, word search or cross word puzzles. The various events scheduled throughout the week wrapped up with an awards ceremony and buffet dinner.

On Tuesday, June 22nd the events scheduled to be held outside had to be postponed due to rain. But, it certainly did not dampen the spirit of the participants. Early Wednesday morning contestants were anxious to join in the competition of the games. Sportsmanship and recreation filled the Kittanning Community Park as the events got underway. Bauer Family Funeral Home's Community Relations Manager was on hand to help judge women's bocce ball while other contestants participated in events like casting, horseshoes, basketball and javelin throw.

As in the years past, Bauer Family Funeral Homes is honored to be an annual contributor and this year by donating bottled water for the events. The staff at Bauer Family Funeral Home congratulates the winners of all the events.

Bauer's Steps Ahead Group Ride the Rails on a Train Adventure {June 21, 2010}

Bauer On Tuesday, June 15, 2010 twenty two members of the Bauer's Step Ahead outreach group traveled on a short bus trip from Kittanning to Schenley, Armstrong County to where they were welcomed aboard the Kiski Junction Railroad. The caboose was reserved for the entire group as it was handicap accessible and had table seating accommodations. This particular train car was equipped with a small open deck on both ends which permitted those that wanted a better view to sit outside. Once aboard, lunch was provided to everyone, courtesy of Bauer Family Funeral Homes. At exactly 2:00 PM the train departed on time from the Kiski station. For some that attended this was their first train ride. Although, a few members reminisced about their experiences they had when the trains traveled from Kittanning to Pittsburgh many years ago. The hour and half ride included a narration of local history and lore and the experience of a real working railroad as it took us along the scenic Kiski River to Allegheny Ludlum, Bagdad Plant where freight was picked up. In addition, the train traveled over top of a bridge built in 1899 to where the Kiski River meets the Allegheny River which provided all the opportunity for some great photo shots. The beautiful weather was shared along with the fellowship of friends to all of those who attended.

On Friday, July 24, 2010, Bauer Funeral Home has partnered with the DKI board to sponsor a movie showing, "The Blind Side"; that will be viewed in the Kittanning Riverfront Park for the entire community. Bauer's Steps Ahead group will first meet at the Kittanning Dairy Queen at 7:30 PM for ice cream, followed by the movie at the John P. Murtha Amphitheater.

For more information regarding all excursions with Bauer's Steps Ahead Group or to make reservations, please call the Bauer Funeral Home at 724-545-9464.

Pastor Joyce Dix-Weiers Announces a Bereavement Support Group For Parents {May 27, 2010}

Pastor Joyce Dix-Weiers of the Christ Lutheran Church of Gastown has announced that she will facilitate a bereavement support group in the Elderton area. This support group is specifically for grieving parents that have experienced a death of a son or daughter. The group meets at the Christ Lutheran Church, 205 Gastown Road, Shelocta, on the first Wednesday of each month at 6:30 PM. This support group is not limited to parents who lost an infant or a small child. Because it is such a profound loss to any parent who has experienced a death of one of their children, this bereavement group is open to all parents who have lost a son or daughter of any age. It is non-denominational, and exists to provide friendship, understanding, and hope. For more information please call Pastor Joyce at 724-354-2368

Bauer Family Funeral Home Staff Volunteers at Thresherman's Supper {May 21, 2010}

Bauer Family Funeral Home Staff Volunteers at Thresherman Four staff members of Bauer Family Funeral Homes were on hand and volunteered as servers at the Dayton Fire Department's annual spring Thresherman's supper. The supper was held on Thursday, May 20, 2010 at the Dayton Fire Hall. This successful fund raising event is held annually in the spring and fall of the year. Much of the food that is served is graciously donated by local families and businesses. It also takes many dedicated volunteers to prepare and serve the hundreds of people who come for a delicious supper and support the fund raising effort. If you missed the spring dinner, remember there will be one in the fall.

Bauer's Steps Ahead Experience {May 13, 2010}

Bauer On May 12, 2010, fourteen members of the Bauer's Steps Ahead outreach group traveled to Leechburg to experience the gracious hospitality of John Truitt, proprietor of the Old Parsonage and Enchanted Abbey. John made our visit enchanting by telling his story how he transformed the historical Episcopalian Church into an event center and wedding chapel. The 1914 American foursquare parsonage that originally housed many Episcopalian Rectors has also been transformed into a uniquely decorated bed and breakfast. In both buildings, we were surrounded by many antiques that John collected and beautifully restored. Our host used old family recipes to prepare a delicious lunch that he served in the Enchanted Abbey. After lunch, John shared with us some interesting history about the buildings and its occupants that he had carefully researched and documented.

On Tuesday, June 15 the Bauer's Steps Ahead Group will journey to Schenley, Armstrong County where we will be welcomed aboard the Kiski Junction Railroad. Once aboard, a light snack will be provided, courtesy of Bauer Funeral Home. We will hear a narration of local history and lore, while enjoying spectacular views as the train travels along the scenic Kiski and Allegheny Rivers.

If you or you know someone who would be of interest in joining us in one of the planned events, please call the Bauer Funeral Home at 724-545-9464 for more information and to make a reservation.

Armstrong Habitat for Humanity Home Dedication in Downtown Kittanning {May 10, 2010}

Armstrong Habitat for Humanity Home Dedication in Downtown Kittanning Armstrong Habitat for Humanity continues to manifest God's love in acting through a life-changing home-building ministry that uplifts everyone it touches. Volunteers and community partners have spent months working along side the Slagle family to complete the AHFH sixth housing build. Harry and Amanda Slagle and their three children: Anthony, David and Tyler have seen their dream of becoming a homeowner of a newly built home materialize.

The dedication ceremony, "Open House", will once again bring together in fellowship the many volunteers and community partners along with the Slagle family. The newly built home is located on 518 North Grant Ave., Kittanning. Saturday, May 15, 2010 at 9:00 AM, the Slagle family will be on hand for an emotional gathering and celebration of everyone's part in helping to complete their new home through AHFH.

Jack Bauer of Bauer Family Funeral Homes received a special invitation to the dedication ceremony "Open House", because of the accumulated hours he spent doing electrical work and donating a new electrical entrance box for the Slagle home. Bauer explains, "I was proud to be a part of this effort. I enjoy doing electrical work and was pleased to work along side this family and the many other volunteers that helped the Slagle family make their dream of being a homeowner come true".

Bauer's Steps Ahead Group Experience a "Chocolate Affair" {April 21, 2010}

Bauer The community outreach group initiated by Bauer Family Funeral Homes; Bauer's Steps Ahead Group met at Lenape Technical School on April 20. Fourteen members of the group attended and enjoyed lunch in the Culinary Arts dining room. The lunch was delicious and prepared by the senior class girls who are studying Culinary Arts under their instructor, Mrs. Andrea Fahlor. The senior girls also prepared the feature presentation on the fundamental characters, nutritional value, history, and fun facts all about chocolate. The highlight of the presentation was seeing the demonstrations and tasting of recipes made with chocolate. The demonstrations included a chocolate facial, tasting of chocolate dipped fruit and pretzels, and peanut butter chocolate bars. The group all agreed that the senior girls and Mrs. Fahlor did an all around fantastic job and made for a really fun filled event for the group.
Bauer's Steps Ahead monthly events are carefully planned by Sandy Mikita, Community Relations Manager at Bauer Family Funeral Homes. For next month's event we will travel to Leechburg to tour and hear a historical presentation by the proprietor John Truitt at the Old Parsonage and Enchanted Abbey on May 12. John will also graciously prepare a lunch for all to enjoy at the Abbey. For more information or reservations please call Bauer Family Funeral Homes at 724-545-9464.

Bauer Family Funeral Homes Announces a New Community Outreach Program {March 16, 2010}

Bauer Family Funeral Homes Announces a New Community Outreach Program Following the funeral of a loved one, survivors often may have a hard time taking part in outings and social activities. That was the fundamental reason why Bauer Family Funeral Homes introduced a new community outreach program called, "Bauer's Steps Ahead". This program is designed to offer a fellowship of friends that also includes an enjoyable planned outing every month. In addition to those that receive special invitations, this opportunity was also extended to ministers and anyone in their church family.

Bauer's Steps Ahead Group had its original kick off event in October 2009. Those that joined us for the first excursion took part in a bus tour to view the beautiful fall foliage of Armstrong County and included a stop at Mahoning Dam to have lunch and tour the Dam. In November the group enjoyed a comedy play presented by the Armstrong County Community Theater and, of course, had a lot of laughs together.

Bauer's Steps Ahead group's first outing for 2010 was held March 10. The day started when the group met at the Armstrong County Historical Museum for a tour and special presentation by Sue Hutchison in honor of Abraham Lincoln. Over the years, Sue had done extensive research on the former president and had collected many items significant to him. Sue's presentation was very proficient about the many highlights of Lincoln's personal life, political career and presidency. Our next stop for the day was at Grace Presbyterian Church where we joined others in the community and were served a luncheon and heard a brief Lenten service by Rev. Dana Wilmot.

The group is already looking forward to the outings that are planned for this spring. Mrs. Andrea Fahlor's Culinary Arts senior class at Lenape Technical School of Ford City is eager to provide a lunch and the feature presentation, "A Chocolate Affair" on Tuesday, April 20, 2010. After lunch there will be a presentation of the fundamental characters, nutritional value and history of chocolate, along with demonstrations and the preparation of some tasty samples containing of course, "chocolate". Reservations will be necessary for this outing by April 5 as seating is limited.

The activity for May will include a luncheon and tour of the Old Parsonage and Enchanted Abby, located in Leechburg, on Wednesday, May 12. We will experience the gracious hospitality of John Truitt, proprietor. The Old Parsonage housed many Episcopalian Rectors over the past century and is now transformed into a Bed and Breakfast. At the Old Parsonage, you are surrounded by the beautiful antiques that John has collected and preserved. A personal tour is set up for the 1914 American Foursquare Parsonage and the historical landmark church, where John will also serve us lunch. John has done extensive research regarding the history of the Old Parsonage and Abby of which he will share with us during our time there. Reservations will be necessary for this outing by May 3 as seating is limited.

If you or you know someone who you think would be of interest in joining us in one of the planned events, please call the Bauer Funeral Home at 724-545-9464 for more information and to make a reservation.

Kittanning Rotary Club Buys Library Books for ASD Elementary Schools {March 10, 2010}

Jack Bauer has been an active member of the Kittanning Rotary Club for many years. The Club's fundraising activities throughout the year secured an annual event for the purchase of new library books for the Armstrong School District's elementary schools. A highlight for the Club is to personally deliver and read the new book to the second grade students. On Tuesday, March 9, 2010, many Rotary Club members and stand in volunteers were on hand when the books and new pencils were personally delivered to the schools. Sandy Mikita, Community Relations Manager at Bauer Family Funeral Homes was one of the stand-in volunteers to be a guest reader. She was assigned to visit Jennifer Hill's second grade class at Shannock Valley Elementary School. The children were excited to hear the story of the "Marshmallow Incident". In addition to such a fun opportunity, Sandy brought in figurines she had constructed out of toothpicks and marshmallows that the kids thought was really funny. This was a great class, eager to learn and full of lots of participation. Along with the pencils and new book for the library, she gave each student a snack bag filled with marshmallows. As she was leaving, the students and teacher expressed much appreciation to the Kittanning Rotary Club. The class was then ready to be creative and make their own marshmallow figurines.

Bauer Funeral Home Welcomes Sister Mary Hall as a Funeral Service Associate {March 03, 2010}

Bauer Funeral Home is pleased to announce that Sister Mary Hall has recently joined our staff as a Funeral Service Associate. You will now find Sister Mary welcoming the community that visits the funeral home during a family visitation. She is very excited to still be involved continuing to provide good will within our community. Sister Mary has lived in the Kittanning area for over 10 years. She retired in February 2010 from the Greensburg Diocese where she was the Pastor Associate and Director of Faith Formation at St. Mary Our Lady of Guadalupe Church of Kittanning.

ACCC Awards Honorable Mention Certificate to Bobbi Ruth Blinn for Community Volunteerism {February 26, 2010}

At the annual Armstrong County Chamber of Commerce member's luncheon, recognition was awarded to Volunteer Citizen of the Year — Twila Williams; Junior Volunteer Citizen of the Year — a shared award went to Brandon Harriger who is a student at Lenape Technical School and Tarah Stewart who is a student at West Shamokin High School; and Business of the Year — Farmers and Merchants Bank of Kittanning. Several Bauer Family Funeral Homes' staff members were in attendance at the luncheon that was held at the Kittanning Country Club on Feb. 24, 2010. We congratulate all volunteers in our community and especially those that received this award for 2010.

Miss Bobbi Ruth Blinn, a funeral service employee at Bauer Family Funeral Homes was also invited to the luncheon as a special guest where she was awarded a certificate as an honorable mention for her volunteer work throughout the Kittanning area. Bobbi Ruth is not only an exceptional employee at Bauer's; she is admired by our staff for her volunteerism. That is why the Bauer Family Funeral Homes submitted a letter of consideration to the ACCC for this year's award.

Bobbi Ruth Blinn is a lifetime resident of Kittanning, Armstrong County. She serves countless hours every years volunteering in our community and reaching out to those in need where her lifetime skills and talent can be of service. All along she is never looking for any recognition nor does she accept any payment for her volunteer services.

Bobbi Ruth came to work at the Bauer Family Funeral Homes as a funeral service associate after her formal retirement in May 1998. She was a former administrator of the Presbyterian Homes' branch in Kittanning where she worked from 1983 until her retirement. Previously to 1983 she had been a registered nurse employed with the Children's Home of Pittsburgh Adoption Agency and the Parental Stress Parents Rehabilitation program of abused babies.

Since her formal retirement Bobbi Ruth has voluntarily stepped in and shared her nursing skills with many people that she finds in need. Her kindness and thoughtfulness has provided taking of food for those in need, transportation for medical services to many and simply applying her nursing skills to those that may be ill.

Those that know Bobbi Ruth know that she has an exceptional talent and is known for her singing in addition to her musical abilities of playing the piano and organ. These skills have given her the ability to volunteer and provide entertainment to various groups. Every week she provides the piano music and leads in singing for the church services Monday, Tuesday and Thursday evenings at two local Armstrong County high-rises. She also provides the church service music on Wednesday mornings for a local assisted living home. When asked, she provides musical entertainment programs for various civic organizations, church groups, senior citizen groups and various banquets. These musical programs not only encompass her time providing the entertainment, but also may take her hours to develop just the right venue for each group. The church organists in the community know that they can count on her when asked to fill in for Sunday church services where she would play the piano or the organ for the church. As one of the Strolling Singers, she dresses the occasion and sings while walking through local stores during the Christmas season which provides holiday cheer to shoppers. The Strolling singers are also seen walking through the Kittanning Park during the Antiquing Along the Allegheny event.

Bobbi Ruth has an exceptional ability to provide entertainment to all ages. It's been over twenty five years since she created and still dresses up to play the clown character Po-z. Over the years she has provided entertainment for many festivals and other events going on in the area. More recently Po-z appeared at the Octoberfest celebration at the Renshaw Farms and several ice cream festivals.

Bobbi Ruth is known to be a very civic minded citizen. She has served on the Armstrong County Penn State Cooperative Extension Board for four terms. She has been a member of the Armstrong County Historical Museum and Genealogical Society, Inc. for many years where she served as a board member for twelve of those years. She was also the coordinator for the musical programs during the Museum's Christmas open house and was the co-editor of the quarterly newsletter. She is currently serving on the nomination committee. Bobbi Ruth has also served on the Family Counseling Center of Armstrong County board of directors for twelve years.

She was the originator of the Red Hats movement all around this area. An article that appeared in the Leader Times newspaper in September 2002 told of her hearing about this movement from a friend and she thus began making phone calls to start a Red Hats organization here. The Red Hats movement expanded to organize many ladies in and around the Kittanning area. You now can find numerous groups of Red Hats that enjoy the afternoon socializing from her initiative to bring this type of ladies group to this area.

Bobbi Ruth as well as all the Volunteers of the Year for 2010 will continue to be admired for their volunteerism, kindness, talent and their ability to express it in our community.

The Unspoken Event {January 28, 2010}

The Unspoken Event The Bauer Funeral Home of Kittanning was honored to have been able to offer professional but compassionate guidance to the Gould family when they planned for the funeral of their beloved father, Dr. Eugene Gould who died Dec. 19, 2009. He was a well known eye doctor in Kittanning and the family wanted to design an event, his funeral to be a loving tribute to his life. Claire Gould, Dr. Gould's daughter who is also a columnist and event planner, writes of staying focused on the positive aspect when planning a funeral for a loved one. Read "The Unspoken Event" by going to the web site link:

Remodeling Project at Bauer Funeral Home Provides Recycling of Interior Furnishings {January 28, 2010}

Many changes have taken place over the generations at the Bauer Funeral Home in Kittanning which also included maintaining our outstanding facilities. The latest update to the facilities took place in 2009 when the Bauer Funeral Home of Kittanning took on a full remodeling interior makeover. This was completed to insure the maximum comfort of the families we serve and to be more accommodating to our community. The remodeling was overseen under the watchful guidance of Jack Bauer, president and Jennifer B. Eroh, third generation funeral director at Bauer Family Funeral Homes.

Among the many improvements that were made, this also included replacing the carpeting and draperies throughout the funeral home. We were pleased that almost one hundred percent of the carpeting that was removed was able to be generously donated to be again used in area churches. Three churches in Kittanning; the First United Methodist Church, The First Baptist Church and Grace Presbyterian Church were the recipient of this carpeting. Some of the draperies were also donated to the Armstrong Community Theater at their home theater in Worthington. "With emphasis on how important that recycling is; we were pleased to have found a new use for these interior furnishings."