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Bauer Funeral Home to participate in the 2015 Armstrong County Senior Expo {August 27, 2015}

State Senator Don White, State Representative Jeff Pyle and State Representative Donna Oberlander will again be hosting the Armstrong County Senior Expo. This year's expo will be held on Tuesday, September 1, 2015, from 10 AM - 1 PM at the Kittanning Township Volunteer Fire Department, 13126 State Route 422, Kittanning.

The Senior Expo hosts many exhibitors made up of local organizations, businesses and health associations, as well as state and federal agencies. These groups are participating in the informational day with the hope of aiding local senior citizens with various concerns and interests. There is no fee to attend the expo and it is a great opportunity for local senior citizens to learn about services available to them. The exhibitors are well prepared to answer questions and offer advice specific to their fields. Last year's Senior Expo was attended by over 50 exhibitors and over 300 visitors.

The Bauer Funeral Homes' professional and friendly staff will be one of the exhibitors to answer any questions or concerns you may have about pre-planning funeral arrangements, cremation options, traditional funeral options, cemetery monuments and bereavement information. Brochures and other literature will also be available to take so that attendees can have guidance when making decisions.

Throughout the day, there will be many free give-a-ways and door prizes awarded courtesy of all the exhibitors, and the hosts will provide refreshments for all. In addition to stopping by Bauer Funeral Home's exhibit, you can enter our own door prize drawings. Bauer Family Funeral Homes will be giving away a gift certificate to a local restaurant and two fall floral arrangements donated by Darlene's Flower and Gift Shop of Elderton and Kimberly's Floral and Design of Kittanning.

Funeral Director Mark Thompson becomes a Certified Funeral Celebrant {August 07, 2015}

Funeral Director Mark Thompson becomes a Certified Funeral Celebrant Funeral services have evolved throughout the years from using a standard format for everyone to turning the ceremony into a unique celebration of a life. However, it may be difficult to decide who will preside over the service. Traditionally a pastor or religious figure has officiated, but what if the loved one is not religious? To provide an alternative to a religious service that offers a personal touch, InSight Institute created a program that trains certified celebrants to direct services.

From June 23-25, 2015, Funeral Director Mark Thompson from Bauer Funeral Home and Cremation Services attended the InSight Institute Funeral Celebrant Training in Albany, New York. As a Certified Funeral Celebrant, Thompson now has training in the specific area of conducting funerals for families who wish to have a personalized and individualized funeral service experience. His services will be available at the Bauer Funeral Home locations in Kittanning, Elderton, Dayton, Petrolia and Rimersburg.

Through the years, society has become less tied to the church, leaving many people who are not affiliated with a religion without a clergy member to call when a death occurs. Also, many people are not comfortable with a traditional religious funeral ceremony, making the need for funeral celebrants more apparent.

"Funeral celebrants are not meant to replace the clergy," said Thompson. "Having a celebrant gives families another way to remember their loved ones when they do not have a church home."

The practice of using funeral celebrants began in New Zealand and Australia, and in recent years has become popular in the United States. Each celebrant adheres to a Code of Ethics that ensures confidentiality when working with a family and has a library of resources, including readings, music and recordings, to make the service special. "As a celebrant, I work to make the funeral service a personal, true representation of the deceased's life, regardless of religious background."

Bauer Steps Ahead and Bauer-Hillis Steps Ahead to take tour of historic Pittsburgh churches {August 04, 2015}

On Sunday, August 2, 2015, Bauer Steps Ahead and Bauer-Hillis Steps Ahead attendees enjoyed a trip to Jennerstown to visit the Green Gables Restaurant and Mountain Playhouse. On the way to their destination, the group took a scenic ride through the Laurel Highlands. Attendees marveled at the restaurant's rustic décor that included hand-hewn massive oak beams, 400-year old tree trunks and larger-than-life statues used as supporting columns. The antique corner cupboards and valuable glassware completed the beautiful setting at the restaurant. After lunch, the guests saw the grounds and gardens as they walked to the Mountain Playhouse. The feature performance, "Nana's Naughty Knickers" was a hit. The talented actors and lively comical performance had the audience in stitches.

On Wednesday, September 9, 2015, the groups will take a guided walking tour of three of Pittsburgh's most unique places of worship. St. Nicholas Croatian Catholic Parish in Millvale is known for its murals by world-renowned Croatian artist Maxo Vanka. Calvary United Methodist Church is over 100 years old and styled after the Cathedral of Notre Dame, with 30-foot-high stained glass windows created by Louis Comfort Tiffany. St. Anthony's Chapel in Troy Hill has the largest public collections of Catholic authorized documented relics outside the Vatican.

Lunch will be served at The Grand Concourse Restaurant. Entrée selections are the Brown Derby Cobb Salad with chicken, bacon, tomatoes, chopped egg, bleu cheese, avocado and mixed greens OR Lemon Chicken with mushrooms, artichokes and lemon butter, mashed potatoes and a seasonal vegetable. Bread service, coffee, tea, soda and chocolate mousse for dessert are included.

Those participating will meet at 7:15 a.m. at the Bauer-Hillis Funeral Home in Rimersburg and at 8 a.m. at Bauer Funeral Home in Kittanning. The cost is $86 for motor coach bus transportation, lunch and tours. Call Sandy at 724-545-9464 for reservations. Reservations and money are due by Wednesday, August 27, 2015. Make check payable to Bauer Management and mail to PO Box 997, Kittanning, PA 16201. Guests are welcome.

Bauer Funeral Homes helps with 2015 Armstrong County Senior Games {June 24, 2015}

Bauer Funeral Homes helps with 2015 Armstrong County Senior Games Dark clouds and threatening rain didn't keep participants from competing in the second day of the 29th annual Armstrong County Senior Games in Kittanning Community Park on June 23, 2015. Everyone that came out was looking forward to getting the outdoor games underway.

The Games combine sports, entertainment, recreation and fellowship. The goal is to encourage an active lifestyle and continued participation in sports and recreation beyond the age of 55. The Area Agency on Aging, which provides programs and services primarily for the Armstrong County residents over age 55, has organized the 2015 Senior Games. There are games scheduled for almost everyone to participate in, from the very active sports events to the events for those who cannot participate in much activity.

The various events that are scheduled throughout the week will wrap up with an awards ceremony and buffet dinner. Sandy Mikita, community relations manager of Bauer Funeral Homes, was on hand — along with other volunteers — to help judge the games. Mikita was one of the judges for women's bocce ball. "The participants were close competitors and many times we had to actually measure distances to make sure the points were fairly given to the winner," Mikita said. "It was a lot of fun to cheer on the women and see many of the same individuals that come out every year".

The staff at Bauer Family Funeral Homes hopes everyone had a wonderful time at the Games. Whether you are a participant or a spectator at the Senior Games, it is a wonderful time to enjoy yourself. The Bauer Family Funeral Homes is honored to be an annual contributor to the Armstrong County Senior Games.

Bauer Steps Ahead to see "Nana's Naughty Knickers" in Jennerstown! {June 24, 2015}

On Saturday, June 20, 2015, Bauer Steps Ahead and Bauer-Hillis Steps Ahead took a bus trip to the Benedum Center in Pittsburgh to see the live Broadway musical, "Mary Poppins." Everyone was delightfully entertained with the astonishing stage sets and theatrics in addition to the fabulous repertoire of music and dance choreography during the wonderful performance.

Before the featured entertainment of the afternoon, attendees first stopped for lunch at the J-Barn Restaurant in Sarver. The restaurant's lovely country setting, perfectly set antiques and primitive decorations served as a relaxed atmosphere as the friendly staff served the delicious hot meal with the featured entre of Hawaiian ham and Hawaiian chicken.

The next trip will be to see a matinee performance of "Nana's Naughty Knickers" at the Mountain Playhouse in Jennerstown! The 1805 gristmill built of logs was restored in 1939 and houses a 393-seat theater in the heart of the Laurel Highlands. Bridget stays with her favorite Nana in New York for the summer, only to discover she is running an illegal boutique from her apartment. You'll be in stitches as Bridget is worried about Nana getting arrested or evicted. Before the show, lunch will be served at Green Gables Restaurant.

Entrees are roast turkey or broiled cod with lemon butter, and served with a salad, mashed potatoes, vegetables, rolls, dessert, coffee or tea. A light bag lunch will be offered on the bus trip home.

Meet at the Bauer-Hillis Funeral Home in Rimersburg at 9:30 a.m. and the Bauer Funeral Home in Kittanning at 10:15 a.m. for motor coach bus transportation. The cost is $95 for transportation, show ticket, hot meal and snack. Money and reservations are due by Wednesday, July 15th. Please call Sandy at 724-545-9464 for reservations. Make checks payable to Bauer Management and mail to PO Box 997, Kittanning, PA 16201. Guests are welcome.