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The SD-PFS*Ticker
Vol 2, Issue 4December 2012
 
Dear Clients and Friends: 
As 2012 comes to a close, we want to take this opportunity to wish you all the very best this holiday season. It also seems like a good time to change our format a bit to something a little lighter (you'll find no mention here of any cliffs). Just like Oprah, some of our team members have a favorite holiday thing to share with you.

You'll notice in the photo below that we've added two new members to our team this year. John Anke joined SDWMA on December 17. You can learn more about John at the end of this newsletter. Annamaria Jackson, our Executive Assistant, joined us on August 20th.

We hope you enjoy this more personal greeting from our team. As always, please feel free to call us with any questions or comments at 412-697-5200.
2012 PFS Team Holiday Photo    

Our team from left to right: Nancy Skeans, David Stephan, Theresa Sekely, Annamaria Jackson, Don Linzer, Vicky Rogers, Karen Werley, John Anke and Beth Lynch.

 

Our favorite holiday "things."

 

Nancy Skeans:  My favorite thing about the holidays is the music.  It's funny that we listen to other music all year long, but only for about 4 weeks out of the year do we listen to Christmas and holiday music. I guess that is why it is special - just like roasting a whole turkey only at Thanksgiving.  There are so many beautiful and fun songs.  Here are a few of my favorites:

 

   "The Little Drummer Boy" sung by Bob Seger

   "Do you Hear what I Hear" sung by Whitney Houston

   "My Favorite Things" sung by Barbara Streisand

   "Carol of the Bells" performed by the Trans-Siberian Orchestra

   "Christmas Canon" also performed by the Trans-Siberian Orchestra

 

There is an App for that - holiday music that is.  It is a free App at the Apple Store.  Of course, nothing is really free.  You have to skip the pushed commercials.  The App, Xmas Music , lets you download versions of songs that are in the public domain at no cost, if you need a little holiday music to get you into the swing of things.

 

Beth LynchMy favorite thing would be getting out the decorations and putting up our tree. It's the beginning of the holiday season for me and my family. We turn on holiday music and decorate the house and tree together as a family. We start with the trees, yes trees! This year we have one in the living room, one in the downstairs family room and one on the landing at the top of the stairs. Our living room tree has so many meaningful ornaments; first Christmas, ornaments that were made by my son, nieces and nephews and ornaments that were purchased on vacations. Each one reminds me of a special time and memory, and we look forward to adding the new ornament for the year on Christmas morning.

 

Vicky Rogers:  I love Christmas light displays.  We live a mile from Hartwood Acres.  Driving home from work I always had to smile at the extravagant display of Christmas along Middle Road.  We typically drive through the lights.  The past few years, before the official opening, my husband and I walked through the lights.  My inner child loved the tunnels of lights, I could stand beneath the tunnel, overwhelmed.   Sadly there are no lights at Hartwood this year.  My family is well aware of my obsession.  On a recent trip to visit my daughter  she took us to Ethel M's lighted cactus garden, a landmark in Henderson, NV. Enjoy your holiday in any garish, tacky, fun way you desire. 

 

Theresa Sekely My favorite holiday thing is spending time with my husband and children. 
I have three girls Samantha (9), Sydney (4) and Sara (3), who love everything there is about Christmas.  As a family we like to drive around and look at the lights, decorate cookies and watch Christmas shows.  The holidays allow us time to stop from the everyday running around and spend time with each other.  

 

Karen Werley: Anyone who knows me knows how much I love to spend time in my kitchen! Without a doubt, this time of year gives me plenty of opportunity to create foods from recipes both old and new to feed my loved ones. In my family, the holidays wouldn't be complete without these delicious Crabby Muffins. They're a staple at every Christmas Eve celebration. I hope you'll try them!    


Karen's Crabby Muffins

2 jars of Kraft Old English Cheese

1 6 oz. can crabmeat

3 tablespoons margarine, softened

2 tablespoons Miracle Whip

1 tablespoon onion, finely minced

1 package English muffins, split and lightly toasted

Combine all ingredients, except English muffins. Spread on the muffins and place under the broiler for 4-6 minutes, or until topping is bubbling and browned. Cut into halves or quarters and serve warm.

  

John Anke: Sharing the holidays with family is a wonderful aspect of the holiday season. The ability to wake up and spend the day with my son, Jackson, and my wife, Amanda, is special Nothing beats the smile my son provides when he sees the magic of a Christmas tree all lit up and decorated with his favorite ornaments. Another favorite thing is the ability of the holidays to bring extended family together to celebrate. The joy of sharing time with parents, siblings, nieces and nephews from both extended families cannot be replaced.

  

Annamaria JacksonOur Christmas season starts on Light Up Night. I am still amazed at the sight of the old Hornes' tree. We take time to watch Home Alone, Miracle on 34th Street (the original), Charlie Brown's Christmas and the SNL Christmas special. Spending time with my immediate family, cousins and friends; cooking for all of them on Christmas Eve and New Year's Eve. My solo tradition on Christmas Eve night is turning on It's A Wonderful Life (my favorite movie), wrapping presents and baking last minute cookies late into the night. The house is very quiet as I wait for Santa and his 8 tiny reindeer. The very best part of Christmas is the morning with my son, daughter, niece and four-legged beasts opening presents with coffee, cookies, and music before a busy day begins. Our last hurrah is the viewing of the trees at the Carnegie Museum of Natural History.

 

Lucy

David Stephan:  Like a lot of people, the holidays have always
been about family for me. I live in Pittsburgh now, but I'm
originally from Lancaster. This year my family grew when I adopted Lucy, an Olde English bulldog who is now 4 months 
old. Here's a picture of her all dressed up for the holidays! Lucy and I will be watching for Santa's arrival using the Norad Santa TrackerMaybe someone in your life would enjoy it, too.

Golden Years? Schneider Downs launches a new resource

 

Thanks to the positive feedback we've received from this series, we are taking preliminary steps to assist with the concerns of aging. We're pleased to announce a new page on our website:  Eldercare. This is a joint venture with Schneider Downs Wealth Management Advisors and Schneider Downs & Co. Estate Planning. We intend this to be a resource for aging and support for caregivers. We have links to conversation starters, health and wellness, in-home aid and assistance, even second career/life's work for retirees. You will also find help and support resources from some of the wonderful professionals we've met along the way. We want this to be an interactive resource. Feel free to email us at goldenyears@schneiderdowns.com with your thoughts.

Our newest team member, John Anke

 

John joins Schneider Downs Wealth Management Advisors as an Investment Advisor and Relationship Manager. In his prior role at BNY-Mellon, John provided discretionary investment services to tax-exempt and taxable retirement plans. His primary responsibilities were the design, implementation, rebalancing and monitoring of portfolios. He has a B.S. in Business Administration from the University of Pittsburgh, and is a Level II CFA candidate. Many of you will have the opportunity to meet John in the coming weeks. He can be reached at 412-697-5363 or at janke@schneiderdowns.com.

 

The Schneider Downs Wealth Management Team

Don, Nancy, Beth, John, Vicky, Theresa, Karen, David and Annamaria
 

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