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    ‘Uniquely American’ music shines at Indiana, Pennsylvania, festival

    The boy, Winston Bell — now a high schooler — will return to play at that same festival this year with his own band, Funky Fly Project. The group already has released its first CD and is going strong.

    It’s an example of the impact of the Delaney Chevrolet Westsylvania Jazz & Blues Festival, set this year for May 26. “We feel it’s part of our mission to bring jazz to the next generation of musicians and expose people to jazz,” said the festival’s David Ferguson.

    The festival is reinforcing its educational goals by hosting jazz saxophonist and vocalist Darmon Meader, of New York Voices, as a musical clinician to mentor and rehearse with student musicians in a Friday session then perform with the group at Saturday’s festival.
    Student, regional, and national acts traditionally entertain at the fes-tival, which is held in IRMC Park in downtown Indiana, a 218-mile drive from Washington, D.C., in western Pennsylvania. Last year’s event drew 1,200 spectators, some from as far as away as Ontario, Canada.

    In addition to Funky Fly Project, the 2018 lineup includes Dad Band, Horace Mann EL, Punxsutawney High School Jazz Choir, Westsylvania Jazz All-Stars, Nevin Saylor Big Band, Jimmy Adler Blues Band, and Shawn Maxwell. Headliners are announced closer to the date, and past performers have included Sonny Landreth, Richie Cole, Sean Jones, Jeff Bush, and New Master Sounds.

    Admission is free to the festival, which runs 10:00am–9:30pm. Food vendors will be on-site, or spectators can order food at a kiosk for delivery. The fun continues into the wee hours at Levity Brewery Co. and town bars.

    For those arriving early, a ticketed dinner and performance will be held Friday night. The Park Inn by Radison is the preferred festival hotel. 

    The festival got its start in 2014 when Ferguson and his amateur jazz group, Dad Band, brainstormed for ways to have a lasting impact and “to make Indiana, Pa., feel like a big town.”  Ferguson, an administrator at Indiana University of Pennsylvania’s College of Fine Arts, plays bass in Dad Band, as well as trumpet in his wife, Laura’s, group, Ferguson & Friends. Ferguson said the festival also filled a need for a Memorial Day weekend event in town.

    The name “Westsylvania” comes from an unsuccessful Revolutionary War-era proposal to form a new state out of southwestern Pennsylvania and what is now West Virginia. Ferguson said the term implies a “rebel element” that appealed to organizers. A steering committee and several arts and corporate partners make the 
    festival possible, including Indiana Arts Council and Delaney Chevrolet.

    Ferguson said jazz is “uniquely American,” a democratic art form in which “each individual gets a voice.” Self-expression and improvisation are central features of jazz, which lends itself to inclusion of other styles of music. He said the blues and jazz were born out of the oppression of slavery to lift spirits, “a way to sing away your sorrow.” He said festival goers also may be enticed by the Jimmy Stewart Museum (Indiana was the actor’s hometown), two breweries, bike trails, rolling hillsides — “and, the music is pretty good.” 
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    How a Different Type of Company is Leading Innovation

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    What Women Really Think of Their Shifting Status in Higher Education

    Regional Contributor

    It was fitting that when I started writing this article, I was reading Dorothy Sayers’ “Gaudy Night,” a mystery set in a women’s college at Oxford in the 1930s. Woven through Sayers’ intricate mystery is the theme of women in academe, their personal lives — or lack thereof — and the challenges of being a great woman in a sometimes mediocre world.

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    By Holly RiddleBut

    For young and ambitious females entering today’s workforce, the outlook is bright.

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    Constructing Success


    Ahead of the Right Here. Right Now. Thought Leadership Summit on Entrepreneurship event presented by Startup Alleghenies, Women in Business caught up with one of the featured panelists, Chelsea Mihalko Trimbath of Mihalko’s General Contracting, to learn more about her career path, industry and advice for other women.

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  • Thu, 12 Apr 2018 23:44:37 +0000

    Decoding the Gender Pay Gap and Landing a Raise


    “Women get promoted based on performance. Men get promoted based off potential,” Elizabeth Soroka states. “…you have to be willing to be your own advocate, and that’s something women haven’t been socialized to do.”

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  • Thu, 12 Apr 2018 23:44:39 +0000

    Centre County Woman Turns Her Nightmare into a Community’s Salvation

    MBA, President and Founder of the Jana Marie Foundation

    Life has a way of taking us on unexpected journeys and leading us down paths that we never imagined. At times, these experiences are joyous and remind us what a beautiful world we live in. Other times, these experiences open our eyes to the trials and hardships that exist in our world.

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    Female Professionals Driving Placemaking


    Female professionals are driving Placemaking, the reinvention and reinvigoration of public spaces.

    Katherine Loflin is the foremost authority of the placemaking movement. Loflin earned her PhD in social work, and went on to focus her dissertation on civic engagement and social capital, the ways in which community and economy are inter-reliant.

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  • Thu, 12 Apr 2018 23:44:43 +0000

    Sparking a Fire for Giving

    Founder, A Soldiers Hands

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  • Thu, 12 Apr 2018 23:44:44 +0000

    Women in Business: We Asked, You Answered


    Women in the workplace are breaking the mold (and the glass ceiling), but success comes with its challenges and sacrifices. We asked you what you felt were the biggest issues facing women in the workplace today, and you had a lot to say. Equal pay, disrespect from your peers, confidence issues, work-life balance, family issues – it all popped up in your responses.

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    . April 18 – 8:15 a.m.

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    Join the WiNGs Women’s Network Group for women entrepreneurs, as they discuss the topic of “Tackling the Social Media Giant.”

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    Although more common a century ago, TB still a concern for health department

    Seventeen cases of tuberculosis were recorded in Allegheny County last year.
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    Warren Buffett heads for board exit at pivotal moment for Kraft Heinz

    The company has had a miserable year since its thwarted $143 billion bid for Unilever.
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    Wolf submits for new federal Opportunity Zones

    Gov. Tom Wolf submits 300 census tracts for new Trump administration economic incentive.
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    Kate Spade opens location at Tanger Outlets

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    Dallas investor group buys local Whole Foods Market store

    Developer fetches $24.4 million for Whole Foods store more than a year after it opens in Upper St. Clair.
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    Cleveland Fed CEO on Pittsburgh's economy and the Allegheny Conference's workforce efforts

    "Pittsburgh does a very good job at engaging leadership. ... I have not seen it done as well in other localities."
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    UPMC notifying patients due to employee that developed TB

    UPMC said Friday a UPMC Presbyterian ER employee developed tuberculosis and the system is notifying and testing patients and staff who may have come in contact with the employee. The employee of the Presby emergency department, who was not identified, is on medical leave and recovering at home. UPMC said the employee had also been a patient at a doctor’s office at Magee-Womens Hospital of UPMC and the ophthalmology clinic at Presby. Tuberculosis is an airborne disease caused by bacteria that…
  • Fri, 20 Apr 2018 17:37:13 +0000

    CBS TV's Pittsburgh GM to retire

    Chris Pike, vice president and general manager of CBS Television Stations’ properties in Pittsburgh since 2004, on Friday said he plans to retire in mid-May. He will continue in the role until a successor has been named by CBS Television Stations President Peter Dunn. The properties include KDKA-TV, WPCW-TV and “Under Chris’s leadership, KDKA has consistently been the market leader in Pittsburgh and one of the truly great TV stations in the country,” Dunn said in a prepared…
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    PPG partners with Home Depot on concentrated wood stain

    PPG has partnered with Home Depot to sell new super-concentrated exterior wood stain in 15-ounce pouch packages. The company is offering its Olympic brand stains at nearly 2,000 Home Depot locations across the U.S. available by the end of the second quarter, according to a news release. The Olympic SmartGuard sealer can be added to two gallons of water and sprayed on to cover up to 500 square feet and dry in as little as an hour, the release said. “Olympic has been America’s most trusted…
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    Unemployment in Pennsylvania remains steady

    Jobs are up as the unemployment rate remains steady, according to the state Department of Labor and Industry. Total nonfarm jobs are up 2,700 from February to a record high of more than 6 million, the department said in its March report. The unemployment rate remains unchanged at 4.8 percent for 10 consecutive months, and the number of residents looking for work was down 18,000 in March to 6.4 million because of declines in both employment and unemployment, according to a news release. For the…
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