New personnel, stores, services taking care of Bridgeville area

| Wednesday, Dec. 11, 2013, 2:42 p.m.

Diane (Dee) Swingle is the new pastor of Federal United Methodist Church, 811 Dutch Hill Road, Oakdale (South Fayette Township), and Midway UMC. She has been pastor since July 1, having replaced Lori Walters, the previous minister.

A resident of South Park, Swingle has been married for more than 40 years to Charles P. Swingle and has two children and one grandson. She currently is completing her pastoral studies while she works part-time at both churches.

Federal UMC is having a covered dish dinner and hymn sing on Dec. 22 at 6 p.m. and plans to start a Bible study in February. Also on the drawing board is a possible church website and continued planning for its annual spring and fall rummage sales. Federal UMC has a long history in the area. After much fundraising and securing of donations from local mining families, the church building originally was dedicated on Sept. 14, 1891 on land donated by the Herriot family.

In 1939, their 50th anniversary was celebrated by the placement of a basement under the sanctuary, built by volunteers. A new addition was built in 1959 and the original windows were replaced with stained glass windows in 1972.

The parish is small but welcomes new members. Weekly services are on Sunday at 9:30 a.m. Call 412-221-6078 for information.

Interactive website

Dr. Lori L. Cherup of Radiance Plastic Surgery, 701 Boyce Road, Bridgeville (South Fayette Township), has teamed with other board-certified plastic surgeons in the United States to launch a new website,, an interactive consumer education website.

Cherup is a member of the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery. The new website aims to give consumers the knowledge to make informed and intelligent decisions about their beauty goals. Visit the website for more details or call Radiance at 412-220-8181.

Keeping tabs

• Dennis Wilke of South Fayette Township and owner of Rosedale Technical Institute has also become chairman of Precision Manufacturing Institute.

• St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Parish, Carnegie, has leased Seton Hall at 206 Mary St. to the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association through October 2014. The BGEA will be headquartered at Seton Hall during the preparation for and execution of the Franklin Graham Festival to be held in Pittsburgh in August 2014.

• Rachael Totin has begun Selah Dance Academy at Calvary Full Gospel Church, Hickory Grade Road, South Fayette Township. Her vision is to provide young ladies with a lasting experience of dance as an inward and outward expression of emotion and self. The studio is a safe, positive, non-competitive environment where students learn dance techniques in a fun way. Classes taught are creative movement, tumbling and balance, classical ballet, lyrical/contemporary, jazz, and tap, using music selections from rhythmic instrumentations, operas, upbeat songs, and Christian worship. Students are accepted at 2½-adult. A new semester begins in January. Call 412-257-1707 for information, pricing and class schedules.

• In the Chartiers Valley School District, Kristy Reeping was hired as an instructional practitioner in the intermediate school; Jason Ferri is the new head coach of the high school girls' volleyball team; and Garrett MacKenzie, a CV alumnus, is the new head coach of the high school boys' soccer team.

• Opening soon is the new Goodwill of Southwestern Pennsylvania at 1905 Washington St., Heidelberg, and the new Party City in Great Southern Shopping Center, Bridgeville.


New local business incorporations as compiled from recent state filings include:

• Lorenz Café, 718 Lorenz Ave., Green Tree; restaurant/bar.

• A Ray of Hope, 113 Sixth Ave., Carnegie; fundraising for medical research for dysautonomia and reflex neuro.

• Spanish with Sonrisa and Maria, 148 Greenwood Drive, Bridgeville; teaching Spanish.

• Luxe Hair Salon, 1365 Washington Pike, Bridgeville; hair and beauty salon.

• Meepers Landing, 8209 Dog Leg Drive, Presto; retail Internet sales.

• Tips Trucking, 510 Center St., Carnegie; delivery services.

• Lunga Vita Designs, 150 E. Main St., Carnegie; antiques, consulting, import/export.

Charlotte Smith is a contributing writer for Trib Total Media and can be reached at 724-693-9441 or

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