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Celebrate the holiday with Bauer Steps Ahead at The Grand Estates at Hidden Acres! {October 26, 2015}

On Thursday, December 3, 2015 join Bauer Steps Ahead and Bauer-Hillis Steps Ahead for a memorable afternoon at one of Armstrong County's finest homes for a Holiday luncheon and tour of The Grand Estates at Hidden Acres. Proprietors Tom and Melanie Waddell will welcome you to their beautiful 10,000 square foot Tuscany/Italian-style estate all decorated for the holidays.

This breathtaking castle-style home and grounds has many classic appointments, such as 32 crystal chandeliers, intricate wood work, a three-story grand foyer and staircase, five elite bedrooms, a pool, and a chalet guest house. The Waddells will also share some interesting history about the home and original owner.

Prior to the tour, a luncheon will be served in the home while a professional harpist plays. The menu is soup, stuffed chicken breast, twice baked potato, vegetables, breads, dessert and beverages.

The group will meet at 11 a.m. at The Grand Estate at Hidden Valley Acres, 399 Ford City Road, Freeport, PA 16229. The cost is $56 for lunch, entertainment and tour. Call Sandy at 724-545-9464 for directions and reservations. Reservations and money are due by November 16th. Make checks payable to Bauer Management and mail to PO Box 997, Kittanning, PA 16201. Guests are welcome.

Bauer Family Funeral Homes holds Holiday Remembrance Program {October 16, 2015}

Bauer Family Funeral Homes holds Holiday Remembrance Program The Bauer Family Funeral Homes will host a free Holiday Remembrance Program entitled, "Holiday Grief: Surviving the Season." This very special presentation will be held on Sunday, November 15, 2015 at 2 PM at the Bauer Funeral Home, 515 North McKean Street in Kittanning.

Kelli Connolly, BS, Bereavement Coordinator and Medical Social Worker of Lutheran Senior Life VNA Hospice and Palliative Care, will offer guidance on remembering loved ones and dealing with the sometimes overwhelming combination of grief and stress that can occur during the holidays.

The public is encouraged to attend this special holiday remembrance and bereavement support program. Reservations are requested but not required and there is no admission fee. Light refreshments will be served following the program. Please contact the staff at Bauer Family Funeral Homes at 724-545-9464 to advise us the number of guests who will be attending.

Bauer Funeral Home helps Kittanning Rotary Club deliver dictionaries to local third graders {October 14, 2015}

For many years, Jack Bauer, owner of Bauer Funeral Homes, has been an active member of the Kittanning Rotary Club. This fall, the Rotary Club collaborated with the Armstrong School District and helped purchase a student dictionary for each third grader in the district.

One of the highlights for the club was personally delivering the dictionaries to each third grade student. On Tuesday, October 13, 2015, many Rotary Club members and stand-in volunteers were on hand when the dictionaries were delivered to each classroom.

Sandy Mikita, community relations manager at Bauer Funeral Homes, was one of the stand-in volunteers. She was assigned to visit Mrs. Tracey Eddy's third grade class at Dayton Elementary School. The students were excited to have their very own dictionary to keep.

After Sandy gave them a couple of words to look up, she explained how much information could be found in the dictionary. The students learned it would not only help them with reading, pronouncing and understanding words, but also with English, math, history, science, civics and world cultures. She also told them about the Rotary Club and how they help their communities and have efforts world-wide. She found Mrs. Eddy's class to be eager to learn and excited to participate. As Sandy was leaving, the students and teacher expressed much appreciation to the Kittanning Rotary Club for their dictionaries.

Bauer Steps Ahead and Bauer-Hillis Steps Ahead see wonderful musical and dancing performance {October 12, 2015}

Bauer Steps Ahead and Bauer-Hillis Steps Ahead see wonderful musical and dancing performance On Wednesday, October 7, 2015, Bauer Steps Ahead and Bauer-Hillis Steps Ahead traveled to The Chadwick in Wexford to see an exciting musical and dancing performance featuring Doo Wop, Disco and Motown music. The Latshaw Pops Orchestra, well-known singers including Donna Groom and Frank Czuri of the Skyliners Group, and the professional Katie Kelly Dancers put on a wonderful show, making the show, "Dancing in the Streets," a hit. The upbeat music took the audience on a trip down memory lane as they listened to different renditions of well-known artists from those genres. The professional dancers performed familiar dances like the Jerk, Twist and Mashed Potato, and finished with a dancing tribute to Michael Jackson. Prior to the show, a delicious hot lunch was served at The Chadwick's beautiful ballroom.

There are no Bauer Steps Ahead or Bauer-Hillis Steps Ahead events for November, but an announcement will be made soon about December's excursion. Bauer Steps Ahead and Bauer-Hillis Steps Ahead offer a way to stay connected with the community and anyone interested is welcome to join. For questions, call the Bauer Funeral Home at 724-545-9464. Read about past excursions on or become a fan on Facebook.

Eroh gathers with colleagues at annual meeting of Selected Independent Funeral Directors {September 24, 2015}

Eroh gathers with colleagues at annual meeting of Selected Independent Funeral Directors Jennifer Bauer Eroh was among the many funeral service professionals attending the 97th Annual Meeting of Selected Independent Funeral Homes in New Orleans, LA, September 16-19. Eroh is president of Bauer Funeral Home and Cremation Services, Inc. in Kittanning with branches in Elderton, Dayton, Petrolia and Rimersburg.

"I always value the opportunity to gain new information and insight on how to better serve my client families and community," said Eroh. "Selected's meeting provided valuable opportunities to gather with my fellow members of Selected Independent Funeral Homes from across North America and around the world. We participated in a variety of informative study sessions, discussed insights and shared new ideas that I'm excited to implement."

Meeting sessions focused on important issues concerning the funeral service profession, such as innovative service ideas, timely business advice and best practices.

Founded in 1917 as National Selected Morticians, Selected Independent Funeral Homes is the world's oldest and largest association of independently owned funeral home. Members of the association are expected to operate according to specific standards and best practices to provide the public with reliable, high quality funeral services and funeral-related information.

"Our members pledge to uphold the Selected Independent Funeral Homes Code of Good Practice and are committed to the important responsibility they have to the families and communities they serve," said Robert J. Paterkiewicz, executive director of Selected Independent Funeral Homes. "It's a tradition of trust that Bauer Funeral Home has been a part of for over 50 years."