Tuesday, June 29, 2010


Mt. Lebanon spends the week replacing popped monocles after the Furry Convention passes through Pittsburgh.

Retiring Staff Will Be Missed

via Mt. Lebanon School District, mtlsd.org
Retiring Staff will be Missed
Click for original story on mtlsd.org
June 10, 2010

Congratulations to our retiring staff members. The group of 13 teachers and 2 administrators represent over 468 years of teaching expertise and experience in the Mt. Lebanon School District. Their devotion and dedication to Mt. Lebanon students and the community deserves our thanks, appreciation, and best wishes on a well deserved retirement. They will all be missed.

Pictured in the photo from left to right: Steve Bullick, Lynn Van Raaphorst, Kathy Pattak, Diane Sanner, Ellen Wilf, Robin Harding, Yolanda Tafi, Pam Helfrich, Jeri Stoehr, Bob Mallery, Ivan Ober.

• Robin Harding began teaching here in the 1978-79 school year. She worked at Jefferson, Howe and Lincoln as a Title I teacher, 2nd grade and 3rd grade teacher. Robin is currently teaching 2nd grade at Lincoln. Congratulations Robin, for your 27 years in the District.

• Pamela Helfrich started in Mt. Lebanon in the 1970-71 school year at Washington as a 3rd grade teacher. She transferred to junior high/middle school in 1996-97 to teach mathematics and is retiring from Mellon. Congratulations Pamela, for your 40 years in the District.

• Deborah Monaco was hired for the 1971-72 school year at Foster Elementary as a kindergarten teacher. She has worked her entire career at Foster and is currently teaching 2nd grade. Congratulations Deborah, for your 39 years in the District.

• Ivan Ober began teaching in Mt. Lebanon in the 1974-75 school year as a high school physics teacher and is retiring from this position. Congratulations Ivan, for your 36 years in the District.

• Kathy Pattak was hired in the 1972-73 school year as an elementary physical education teacher. Kathy has worked at Foster, Markham, Washington and Jefferson Elementary Schools. She is retiring from Foster. Congratulation Kathy, for your 38 years in the District.

• Diana Sanner – Diana began her career at Mt. Lebanon in the 1971-72 school year teaching 1st grade at Washington. She has worked at Howe, Jefferson, Washington and Markham and has taught kindergarten, 1st grade and 3rd grade. Diana is retiring from Foster as the kindergarten teacher. Congratulations Dianna, for your 39 years in the District.

• Jeri Stoehr began her career in the District in the 1977-78 school year as a high school physical education/dance teacher. She taught at the high school until 1991-92 when she transferred to the junior high level. Jeri also worked at Hoover and Howe Elementary Schools. Jeri is retiring from Mellon. Congratulations Jeri, for your 33 years in the District.

• Yolanda Tafi has worked at Hoover Elementary since the 1973-74 school year as a primary teacher. She is retiring from Hoover as a first grade teacher. Congratulations Yolanda, for your 37 years in the District.

• Lynn VanRaaphorst was hired effective with the 1990-91 school year as an elementary art teacher. Lynn has taught at Washington and Howe. Congratulations Lynn, for your 20 years with the District.

• Ellen Wilf was hired for the 1976-77 school year as an elementary art teacher. She has worked at Howe, Markham, Lincoln, Foster and Hoover Elementary Schools and is retiring from Markham & Hoover. Congratulations Ellen, for your 35 years in the District.

• Stephen Bullick – Steve came to Mt. Lebanon in 1993 after working for 18 years at the North Allegheny School District as a teacher and social studies department chair. Here he has served as the Supervisor of Social Studies and Family Consumer Science. His expertise in his content areas, especially Social Studies, has made him an expert at both the state and national level. He has shaped our curriculum so that our students have a truly global understanding and perspective of the world they live in. Steve has developed a program that is considered a best practice for other districts to model. Congratulations, Steve for your 17 years in the Mt. Lebanon School District.

• Robert Mallery, Principal, and Markham Elementary School – Bob began his career in the District in 1993 after working for 4 years as a teacher and 15 years as a principal in Warren County. He began as principal of Hoover Elementary School and stayed there until the 2002-23 school year when he was named principal of Markham Elementary School. Bob has led both Hoover and Markham schools with distinction. His close connection with his staff, students, and parents has established a remarkable school environment at Markham. Bob’s kindness and empathy for his students creates an atmosphere of trust and caring in his school. It is not unusual to see a student drop by his office or stop him in the hall with a special story or a personal problem.

Saturday, June 26, 2010



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Friday, June 25, 2010


The Fleeby for best Mt. Lebanon teacher goes to... yikes, way too many votes to count! Click to see the 150 votes for Best Teacher on Facebook. Amazing participation y'all!

So in honor of this great outpouring of love, we are awarding the Fleeby to... all of us students, current and past! We're the real winners here.

(And thanks to Marjie Crist for the award suggestion.)

Wednesday, June 23, 2010

TOP STORY PHOTO: Solstice at Lebohenge

Lebo Elders celebrate the Summer Solstice at Lebohenge. Featured in the photo, from left to right, are [REDACTED], [REDACTED], [REDACTED], [REDACTED]...

The Path of Elders: COMING SOON

From the author of The Da Vinci Code comes an all new suspense-filled tale of conspiracy and treachery in the happy town of Mt. Lebanon.

The Path of Elders

Tuesday, June 22, 2010


Planning continues on the Uptown sculpture park that will feature a more perfect expression of universal goodwill.

SEEN IN LEBO: Interesting Parking Job

Some Lebo parking permits carry more privileges than others. Apparently, it has something to do with how high-end your luxury SUV is. (Cedar Blvd. at Greenhurst Dr.)

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Lebo dads looking to humiliate the Joneses will love the V-12 Mercedes CLS BBQ.

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Friday, June 18, 2010


FAKE LEBO, REAL NEWS: Lebo girls win state softball championship with a perfect game! The Post-Gazette needs to correct the headline, though. It should read, "Perfect Town, Perfect Game!"

Mt. Lebanon wins Pa. AAAA softball title on perfect game, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, June 18, 2010

Matt Freed/Post-Gazette


Fake Lebo recognizes that not all fans can attend the Ty Shields Memorial Fund party at Molly Brannigan's tonight. So to cater to those traito... I mean, out-of-towners, here's a quiz to test how well you know your old hometown.

Which of these Molly Brannigan's is the one in Uptown Mt. Lebanon? You might need to study the surrounding buildings, but it's recognizable. Submit your thoughts at www.facebook.com/faklebo under the comments for the picture!

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Thursday, June 17, 2010


More details coming soon...

Wednesday, June 16, 2010

The Saloon Has a Secret

Blackout curtains cover up the windows of The Saloon, which is closed for a private party. This can mean only one thing: Ben Ben's in town!

Monday, June 14, 2010


Residents are reminded to fly their Crest of the Fraternal Order of the Council of Elders flags today or face penalties.

Click to re-acquaint yourself with the wonder that is our official Lebo flag.

"... You might be from Lebo!"

Winner of the "... You might be from Lebo" submission contest is Janet Anchors Trombetta. Congratulations!

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Saturday, June 12, 2010


What ever could be in this mysterious underground chamber? Post your thoughts at the Fake Lebo Facebook page.

Thursday, June 10, 2010

Another Win for the Mt. Lebanon Fine Arts Dept.

The Class of 2011 has gotten a jump on painting the "11" on Greenhurst Drive. Good thing there's enough time for a do-over.

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Sunday, June 6, 2010

How to Get Your Fake Lebo Sticker

We've had a lot of interest in the Fake Lebo stickers, and we're happy to be able to deliver them to you all. If you would like to receive one of your very own, please read the following.

Stickers are being delivered in return for $10 donations to local charities. Sure, $10 may be a lot for a sticker, but look at it this way: stickers are FREE provided you make a $10 donation! See how much that changes things?

So, are you ready to get yours? Do one of the following:

a) E-mail askfakelebo@gmail.com and request a sticker in return for a $10 pledge to AutismLink.

b) Visit the Historical Society of Mt. Lebanon and purchase one of their remaining stickers for $10, all proceeds benefiting the Society.

c) Attend the Ty Shields Memorial Fund party at Molly Brannigan's on June 18, 9pm to midnight. Stickers will be for sale, benefiting the Fund.

Thank you all so much for your generosity, and we look forward to seeing the Fake Lebo stickers on cars all around town!

Silverstein Awarded Coveted Crest of Elders

Mt. Lebanon has bestowed its highest honor posthumously on Shel Silverstein. The beloved childrens author was awarded the Crest of Elders for "Where the Sidewalks End", his hard-hitting look at life outside the bubble.

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FAKE LEBO AWARDS: Best Public Establishment

In a landslide, the Fleeby for Best Public Establishment in Mt. Lebanon, past or present, goes to...

The Saloon! Congratulations!

Friday, June 4, 2010

THE BIG 3,000

3,000 Facebook fans for Fake Lebo! We can't thank you all enough!


The old Mt. Lebanon Public Library in the 1980s before it was renovated.

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Thursday, June 3, 2010

Duquesne Light Launches New Blackout Feature

Duquesne Light has announced a new service to benefit all regional customers. The RainDetect® blackout feature lets customers know, via interruption of power, immediately when rain has begun falling in the area.

From the press release: "Our relentless pursuit of excellent customer service allows us to help the Pittsburgh area have the most up-to-date information on rainfall in their area. As soon as the first drops fall, everyone will immediately know it is raining."

A spokesperson added, "Plus, this is cheaper than the roll of duct tape and wad of chewing gum it would take to fix the problem."

Wednesday, June 2, 2010


Fake Lebo stickers will be on sale at the First Friday event on June 4th, 6pm-9pm Uptown. Stop by the Historical Society of Mt. Lebanon's booth to purchase! Sale proceeds from First Friday benefit the Historical Society.

In the near future we will have information about online sticker requests for those turncoats, ahem, out-of-towners who have left the community.

Tuesday, June 1, 2010


In the final installment of Mt. Lebanon Elementary School Showdown, it's Howe vs... Howe! (Darn you, odd-numbered elementary school districts.)

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