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Bauer Steps Ahead and Bauer-Hillis Steps Ahead to visit Soldiers and Sailors Memorial Hall in Pittsburgh {March 17, 2015}

Bauer Steps Ahead and Bauer-Hillis Steps Ahead to visit Soldiers and Sailors Memorial  Hall in Pittsburgh On Sunday, March 15, 2015, the Bauer Steps Ahead and Bauer-Hillis Steps Ahead groups met at Bauer Funeral Home in Kittanning and traveled with over 100 guests to have a fun afternoon in Indiana. Before the featured entertainment of the afternoon, attendees stopped for lunch at the Rustic Lodge Restaurant. Everyone loved the friendly staff, efficient service and delicious hot meal. After lunch, groups made their way to the Kovalchick Center to see the 10th Anniversary Tour of Celtic Woman. Everyone appreciated the talent and diversity that was showcased through the contemporary and traditional Irish music and dancing. A brilliant female violinist, Irish male dancers, a bagpiper and, of course, the three angelic female vocalists, all accompanied by a full band, had the audience feeling a real connection to Ireland.

On Tuesday, April 21, 2015, join Bauer Steps Ahead and Bauer-Hillis Steps Ahead for a personal guided tour of one of Pittsburgh's oldest and best-known landmarks! Soldiers and Sailors Memorial Hall and Museum is the nation's only military memorial dedicated to honoring the men and women of all branches of service. The building's unique architecture was inspired by the ancient Mausoleum at Halicarnassus in Asia Minor and completed in 1910. The visit will begin in the Grand Ball Room where one of the best box lunches in Pittsburgh will be served and "The Brass Roots," an all-brass quintet, will provide musical entertainment. After lunch, a brief documentary film that showcases the history of the museum will be shown in the auditorium, followed by a docent-led tour throughout the East, West and Front Halls, Gettysburg Room and Hall of Valor, that house 39 historical exhibits that cover all of the American conflicts.

Choices for the lunch are Bavarian ham and swiss on wheat, roast beef and cheddar on a soft kaiser roll or roasted turkey and provolone on a croissant. Every lunch includes a beverage, potato salad, seasonal fruit, a pickle, snack bag, fresh baked cookie and treats.

Meet at the Bauer-Hillis Funeral Home in Rimersburg at 9 a.m. and the Bauer Funeral Home in Kittanning at 9:30 a.m. for bus transportation. The cost is $62 for motor coach bus transportation, lunch, entertainment and the tour. Call Sandy at 724-545-9464 for reservations as soon as possible. Money is due by Tuesday, March 31st. Make checks payable to Bauer Funeral Home and mail to PO Box 997, Kittanning, PA 16201. Guests are welcome.


Bauer Steps Ahead to kick off 2015 season by seeing 'Celtic Woman!' {December 30, 2014}

To kick off the 2015 season of trips, on Sunday, March 15, 2015, Bauer Steps Ahead and Bauer-Hillis Steps Ahead are traveling to the Kovalchick Complex in Indiana to see a performance of "Celtic Woman."

The performance showcases a treasure chest of traditional Irish standards, classical favorites and contemporary pop songs. The 10th Anniversary Tour features gifted Irish women — three angelic vocalists and a brilliant violinist. The ensemble includes a full band, bagpipers, Irish dancers and the Aontas Choir that features exceptional choreography, all under the direction of Emmy-nominated music producer David Downes. Before the show, the group will enjoy lunch at the Rustic Lodge.

Meet at the Bauer-Hillis Funeral Home in Rimersburg for bus transportation at 10:45 a.m. or at the Bauer Funeral Home in Kittanning at 11:30 a.m. The cost is $84 for motor coach bus transportation, lunch and the show. Call Sandy at 724-545-9464, 724-756-2710 or 814-473-3080 for reservations as soon as possible. Money is due by Thursday, Jan. 22, 2015. Make checks payable to Bauer Funeral Home and mail to PO Box 997, Kittanning, PA 16201. Guests are welcome.

Bauer Steps Ahead and Bauer-Hillis Steps Ahead offer a way to stay connected with the community and anyone interested is welcome to join. Read about past excursions on www.bauerfuneral.com or become a fan on Facebook.

Bauer-Bly Funeral Home promotes bicycle safety at Dayton Elementary Fall Festival {November 24, 2014}

Bauer-Bly Funeral Home promotes bicycle safety at Dayton Elementary Fall Festival On Friday evening, November 21, 2014, Bauer-Bly Funeral Home was one of the exhibitors and vendors that participated in the 12th Annual Dayton Elementary School Fall Festival. The festival benefits the sixth grade Gold Pass Program, a program for the students that focuses on character, discipline and academic performance. Community Relations Manager, Sandy Mikita, and Service Associate, Bobbi Ruth Blinn, were on hand representing the funeral home during the event and promoted the importance of bicycle safety.

Bobbi Ruth passed out papers that included fun activities that helped explain bike safety rules to the elementary students, and the funeral home also sponsored a free raffle that gave away two youth bicycle helmets. McKenzie Fairman was the winner of the girl's helmet and Jarret Gould was the winner of the boy's helmet.

"We hope everyone had fun learning about bicycle safety and that the safety tips will be put into practice," said Mikita.

The exhibit also gave visitors an insight of other community related activities and outreach programs the funeral home offers within Dayton and the surrounding communities. A PowerPoint presentation was set up that explained the Bauer Steps Ahead outreach program and Mikita also made available to festival-goers information about cemetery monuments.

"Bobbi Ruth and I had a wonderful time at the festival," said Mikita. "We were glad to provide fun activities for the children and also share information about our outreach programs with local residents, all while helping with this fundraising effort for the sixth grade Gold Pass Program."

Bauer-Hillis Funeral Home to display Tree of Remembrance {November 19, 2014}

The Christmas season can be hard for those who have lost a loved one. To help local residents honor the memory of their family members, the Bauer-Hillis Funeral Home in Rimersburg will display a Tree of Remembrance during the month of December.

The Tree of Remembrance will showcase ornaments with the names of those who passed during 2014. Anyone's name may be added to the tree. To request an ornament for a loved one, call the Bauer-Hillis Funeral Home at 814-473-3080.

Ornaments will be placed on the Tree of Remembrance following the holiday grief program, "Surviving the Season," that is sponsored by Bauer-Hillis Funeral Home and Clarion Forest VNA Hospice. The event will be held Tuesday, December 2, at 7 p.m. at the funeral home and will offer guidance on remembering loved ones and dealing with the sometimes overwhelming combination of grief and stress that can occur during the holidays. All who are interested are welcome to attend.

"The holidays are really tough for those who have lost loved ones, and we wanted to give residents a way to memorialize them during the Christmas season," said Jennifer Bauer Eroh, manager and funeral director at Bauer-Hillis. "This is a wonderful way for families in the community to remember those who passed throughout the year and can be a very healing experience for some."

An ad featuring all the names of those served by Bauer-Hillis throughout the year will run in the Thursday, December 18 edition of the Leader Vindicator. The tree will stay up at the Bauer-Hillis Funeral Home until Friday, January 2, 2015; all families that would like to keep their loved one's ornament will need to collect them by that date.

Bauer-Hillis Funeral Home thanks veterans for their service {November 11, 2014}

During the week of Veterans Day, the Bauer-Hillis Funeral Homes of Petrolia and Rimersburg hosted breakfasts for the local veterans groups, thanking them for their service. On the morning of Monday, November 10, 2014, 35 veterans from American Legion Post 454 and VFW Post 7132, both of Rimersburg, and on Veterans Day, 20 veterans from American Legion Post 488 of East Brady, American Legion Post 642 of Chicora and VFW Post 7876 of Chicora gathered at Miller's Restaurant in Karns City.

"Our funeral home is happy that we were able to honor the local veterans and use this as one way for our organization to show our appreciation," said Jack Bauer, owner of the Bauer-Hillis Funeral Home of Petrolia and Rimersburg. "There is no way we can possibly thank them enough for their sacrifice, but we hope they enjoyed their morning."

Funeral directors Larry Bliss, Jack Bauer, Jennifer Bauer Eroh, Joshua Starr and Mark Thompson, and funeral intern John W. Bauer, Jr. attended the Rimersburg breakfast, and before the veterans were served a delicious breakfast of pancakes and sausage, Thompson said the blessing.

The Petrolia breakfast was attended by funeral directors Jack Bauer, Larry Bliss and Joshua Starr, and funeral intern John W. Bauer, Jr. The men there enjoyed a breakfast of scrambled eggs, toast, bacon, sausage and home fries, and Starr said the blessing.

Starr also thanked them for their past military service and present service to local families in performing military honors. "Performing military honors may seem like an everyday task," said Starr, "but it means the world to the families we serve."

Each veteran in attendance at both breakfasts was also presented with a coffee mug that featured the logo of each of their organizations.

"Our staff often works with the local veterans and we are so thankful of all they do for not only us, but for the community," said Bauer. "I am proud to work with a group of men so dedicated to serving our country and our town."