Volunteer of the Year – Bonnie Weaver

In Mars Area: Volunteer of the Year, Bonnie Weaver

Bonnie began volunteering in 1990 when she approached the Mars School Board to seek permission to install lights at the Mars Area Athletic Complex at not cost to the district. Through many spaghetti dinners and focal businesses donating their time and labor, we were able to “light the field” for the last football game that season. She then decided to run for Mars School Board and was elected in 1991, where she still serves today. She has also worked with the Mars Area foundation for Education Excellence (MAFEE) as the treasurer. MAFEE is now part of Mars Planet Foundation, which Bonnie helped establish.

Small Non-Profit of the Year :Mars Planet Foundation

Bonnie Weaver serves as the President of the Foundation Board. The Foundation endeavors to enhance the educational opportunities of all Mars Area School District students beyond the regular educational program. The board members of the foundation are very dedicated to the Mars Area School district community. They work hard to help the students of the Mars Community. They are a relatively new foundation and have been able to donate well over $5,000 each year to the school district.

Buying Here: West Deer

By Lizabeth Gray / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Which would you rather do on a Saturday morning?

  • A) Hit the links for a round of golf
  • B) take a dip in the pool
  • C) mow your lawn or shovel snow off your sidewalk and driveway

If your answer is A or B, you’re the target market for The Links at Deer Run.

The 11/2-story brick and vinyl-sided Colonial model at 1116 Links Way is a quad-style patio home (MLS No. 913280) on the market for $244,000 through Kathy Charles of Prudential Preferred Reality (724-776-3686, ext. 332 or www.prudentialpreferred.com). The model is open from 1 to 4 p.m. every Saturday and Sunday.

Weaver Homes (www.weaverhomelive.wpengine.com) has been building quad-style units for 10 years and designed the model home’s interior with the updates that patio homebuyers are looking for, said real estate agent Kathy Charles.

“I call it ‘a staycation.’ … It gives you more time for the things you want to do,” she said.

The 16- by 14-foot living room has a hardwood floor, gas fireplace, vaulted ceiling and connected 12- by 12-foot dining room. Upgrades include ceramic tile floors in the kitchen, laundry room and three bathrooms.

The 15- by 10-foot eat-in kitchen features white Merillat cabinetry, a built-in pantry and Moen fixtures.

The Whirlpool gas stove, dishwasher, garbage disposal, side-by-side refrigerator and over-the-range microwave are included along with an appliance garage to hide electronics that tend to clutter up everyone’s countertop. A peninsula with seating separates the kitchen from the dining room.

The first-floor, 15- by 13-foot master bedroom has a walk-in closet and four-piece bathroom.

Another first-floor bedroom also measures 15 by 13 feet and has a full bath that can be accessed from the 6- by 5-foot foyer.

The second floor has an open floor plan and full bathroom.

With all that sunlight and 42 by 14 feet of space, it could serve as a great room for entertaining, a second master bedroom or a fabulous home office.

The builder put in Pella windows, gas forced-air heating, central air conditioning and a Guardian security system with motion detectors. The monthly fee for the system is not included in the home purchase.

The Links in Deer Run will eventually have 72 quad style patio homes along with 34 paired villas and six single villas. There are three patio homes on Link Ways currently on the market; 1116, 1155 and 1139, which is under agreement.

The patio style home comes in two models. The three-bedrooms version has 1,930 square feet including a large finished second floor with full bath and a base price of $214,650.

The two-bedroom has 1,150 square feet on one floor and a base price of $199,900. Each home has an attached two-car garage, with a raised panel door and automatic opener, and is pre-wired for cable.

There is one paired villa (MLS No. 917460) available for sale at $338,900. It has three bedrooms, three baths and 2,450 square feet of living space including an open floor plan with a bright solarium.

Amenities at The Links at Deer Run include use of the clubhouse, which features a party room, fully equipped kitchen, fireplace, big-screen TV, in-ground heated pool, playground and tennis and bocce courts.

All residents are eligible for reduced membership at the Pittsburgh National Golf Club (www.pittsburghnationalgolfclub.com/) that surrounds the development.

The community association fee is $184 per month and covers all outside maintenance, mowing, mulching, trimming and snow removal.

It also includes maintenance of the Owens Corning shingle roof.

Read more: http://www.post-gazette.com/stories/life/home/buying-here-west-deer-666452/#ixzz2WgmcG01e