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By Karen Motosicky
Sunday, Dec. 9, 2012, 8:54 p.m.

Vintage/thrift store opens in Tarentum

A-K Vintage and Thrift store has opened at 122 E. Fourth Ave., Tarentum, former site of Diamond Antiques.

Owners Gerald Whyel and Maria Gillard-Whyel of Brackenridge are offering new and quality second-hand merchandise, including furniture and clothing at bargain prices, as well as many vintage and antique items.

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Hospital adds to emergency staff

Allegheny Valley Hospital in Harrison has added the following emergency medicine personnel to its medical staff: Drs. Rachel E. Friedman, Chad Griffith, Michael McDonald and certified physician assistant David M. Druskin.

Friedman received a doctor of osteopathic medicine degree at Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine and bachelor's degree in biological sciences and psychology at Carnegie Mellon University. She completed her emergency medicine residency at Allegheny General Hospital.

Griffith received his doctor of osteopathic medicine degree from West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine in Lewisburg, W.Va., and a bachelor's degree in biochemistry from Allegheny College. He completed his emergency medicine residency at Memorial Hospital in York and worked at York Memorial Hospital before moving to Brackenridge. He will be assistant medical director.

McDonald received a doctor of osteopathic medicine degree from Nova Southeastern University College of Osteopathic Medicine in Fort Lauderdale-Davie, Fla., where he also received a bachelor's degree in biology. He completed his emergency medicine residency at Ohio Valley Medical Center in Wheeling, W.Va.

Druskin received a bachelor's degree in biology from Georgetown University and a bachelor's degree in allied health and physician assistant from George Washington University.

Friedman, Griffith, McDonald and Druskin are with Emergency Medicine PhysiciansLtd.

Goodwill updates web presence

Goodwill of Southwestern Pennsylvania recently offered an updated look for its website,, and introduced a new mobile website.

Over the past year, Goodwill has significantly increased its use of electronic communications by creating a monthly electronic newsletter, The Goodwill Gamut, and by stepping up its use of social media tools such as Facebook, (, Twitter (@gwswpa), YouTube, Google+, Pinterest and foursquare. For example, Goodwill Facebook followers are the first to receive information about retail promotions, new store openings, client success stories and other topics.

Major features of the website include a redesigned header on every page for easier navigation of subpages; a large, rotating image area on the home page for stronger promotion of special events and news; more comprehensive accessibility to ensure compliance with ADA standards; a prominent “sticky” footer on every page to feature links to client success stories and social media; and an easy-to-navigate event calendar.

Check out the new look at

—From staff reports

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