DADS TYPICALLY like sports and rejoicing in their children's sporting achievements, so we figure that a bunch of happy fathers of daughters must be proud in the Mt. Lebanon School District. On Friday, the Blue Devils won their first PIAA softball championship by beating Central Bucks South 1-0 in the Class AAAA final at Shippensburg University. The victory was all the more remarkable because senior Geena Badolato pitched a perfect game, throwing 11 strikeouts and taking only three batters to three-ball counts. Geena, who has been recruited by Robert Morris University, had a two-hitter in the semi-final, which Mt. Lebanon won 2-1 against Hatboro-Horsham. Recalling these mothers of all battles can't help but brighten up Father's Day barbecues in Mt. Lebanon today.
A LOT OF FAMILIES in Haiti have been made healthier and happier by Daniel Lattanzi, an obstetrician/gynecologist who last week was named the 2010 recipient of the Pennsylvania Medical Society's Physician Award for International Voluntary Service. Dr. Lazzani, of Upper St. Clair, is the founder and president of Mission for Haiti's Children, a non-profit organization dedicated to improving health care, education and economic development in Haiti. In 1996, he founded a health clinic in Lacroix, which treats 25,000 patients a year. A birthing center and a community nursing program have also been set up. He built a school in the village of Paul, where 600 children receive education and meals. He will receive the award at the Pennsylvania Medical Society's annual meeting in Hershey on Oct. 23.