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Making winning float was 'knit' an easy task for Irwin volunteers

- Lillian DeDomenic | For Trib Total Media The Big Parade down Pennsylvania Avenue to Main Street, music and food in Irwin Park were part of the week long activities celebrating the founding of Irwin 150 years ago.
Lillian DeDomenic | For Trib Total Media  The Big Parade down Pennsylvania Avenue to Main Street, music and food in Irwin Park were part of the week long activities celebrating the founding of Irwin 150 years ago.
- Lillian DeDomenic | For Trib Total Media The Norwin High School Marching Band leads the parade through downtown Irwin on Saturday, August 9. The Big Parade down Pennsylvania Avenue to Main Street, music and food in Irwin Park were part of the week long activities celebrating the founding of Irwin 150 years ago.
Lillian DeDomenic | For Trib Total Media  The Norwin High School Marching Band leads the parade through downtown Irwin on Saturday, August 9. The Big Parade down Pennsylvania Avenue to Main Street, music and food in Irwin Park were part of the week long activities celebrating the founding of Irwin 150 years ago.
- Lillian DeDomenic | For Trib Total Media Members of the Irwin Male Chorus entertain parade watchers in the center of town on Saturday, August 9. The Big Parade down Pennsylvania Avenue to Main Street, music and food in Irwin Park were part of the week long activities celebrating the founding of Irwin 150 years ago.
Lillian DeDomenic | For Trib Total Media  Members of the Irwin Male Chorus entertain parade watchers in the center of town on Saturday, August 9. The Big Parade down Pennsylvania Avenue to Main Street, music and food in Irwin Park were part of the week long activities celebrating the founding of Irwin 150 years ago.
- Lillian DeDomenic | For Trib Total Media The Norwin High School Marching Band leads the parade through downtown Irwin on Saturday, August 9. The Big Parade down Pennsylvania Avenue to Main Street, music and food in Irwin Park were part of the week long activities celebrating the founding of Irwin 150 years ago.
Lillian DeDomenic | For Trib Total Media  The Norwin High School Marching Band leads the parade through downtown Irwin on Saturday, August 9. The Big Parade down Pennsylvania Avenue to Main Street, music and food in Irwin Park were part of the week long activities celebrating the founding of Irwin 150 years ago.
- Lillian DeDomenic | For Trib Total Media A horse drawn hearse from the William Snyder Funeral Home passes by. The Big Parade down Pennsylvania Avenue to Main Street, music and food in Irwin Park were part of the week long activities celebrating the founding of Irwin 150 years ago.
Lillian DeDomenic | For Trib Total Media  A horse drawn hearse from the William Snyder Funeral Home passes by. The Big Parade down Pennsylvania Avenue to Main Street, music and food in Irwin Park were part of the week long activities celebrating the founding of Irwin 150 years ago.
- Lillian DeDomenic | For Trib Total Media Members of the Irwin Male Chorus entertain parade watchers in the center of town on Saturday, August 9. The Big Parade down Pennsylvania Avenue to Main Street, music and food in Irwin Park were part of the week long activities celebrating the founding of Irwin 150 years ago.
Lillian DeDomenic | For Trib Total Media  Members of the Irwin Male Chorus entertain parade watchers in the center of town on Saturday, August 9. The Big Parade down Pennsylvania Avenue to Main Street, music and food in Irwin Park were part of the week long activities celebrating the founding of Irwin 150 years ago.
- Lillian DeDomenic | For Trib Total Media Parade watchers at the intersection of Fourth and Main Strets. The Big Parade down Pennsylvania Avenue to Main Street, music and food in Irwin Park were part of the week long activities celebrating the founding of Irwin 150 years ago.
Lillian DeDomenic | For Trib Total Media  Parade watchers at the intersection of Fourth and Main Strets. The Big Parade down Pennsylvania Avenue to Main Street, music and food in Irwin Park were part of the week long activities celebrating the founding of Irwin 150 years ago.
- Lillian DeDomenic | For Trib Total Media Parade watchers at the intersection of Fourth and Main Streets. The Big Parade down Pennsylvania Avenue to Main Street, music and food in Irwin Park were part of the week long activities celebrating the founding of Irwin 150 years ago.
Lillian DeDomenic | For Trib Total Media  Parade watchers at the intersection of Fourth and Main Streets. The Big Parade down Pennsylvania Avenue to Main Street, music and food in Irwin Park were part of the week long activities celebrating the founding of Irwin 150 years ago.
- Lillian DeDomenic | For Trib Total Media Residents from the Golden Living Center ride in the parade Saturday afternoon. The Big Parade down Pennsylvania Avenue to Main Street, music and food in Irwin Park were part of the week long activities celebrating the founding of Irwin 150 years ago.
Lillian DeDomenic | For Trib Total Media  Residents from the Golden Living Center ride in the parade Saturday afternoon. The Big Parade down Pennsylvania Avenue to Main Street, music and food in Irwin Park were part of the week long activities celebrating the founding of Irwin 150 years ago.
- Lillian DeDomenic | For Trib Total Media Vince Wallace, with the Steeline Pittsburgh, stops to let Jadyn Hunter, 3, play the drums. The Big Parade down Pennsylvania Avenue to Main Street, music and food in Irwin Park were part of the week long activities celebrating the founding of Irwin 150 years ago.
Lillian DeDomenic | For Trib Total Media  Vince Wallace, with the Steeline Pittsburgh, stops to let Jadyn  Hunter, 3, play the drums. The Big Parade down Pennsylvania Avenue to Main Street, music and food in Irwin Park were part of the week long activities celebrating the founding of Irwin 150 years ago.
- Lillian DeDomenic | For Trib Total Media Dancin' to the music of The Loyal Hanna Band are Aliyah Duncan and Rylee Smith. The Big Parade down Pennsylvania Avenue to Main Street, music and food in Irwin Park were part of the week long activities celebrating the founding of Irwin 150 years ago.
Lillian DeDomenic | For Trib Total Media  Dancin' to the music of The Loyal Hanna Band are Aliyah Duncan and Rylee Smith. The Big Parade down Pennsylvania Avenue to Main Street, music and food in Irwin Park were part of the week long activities celebrating the founding of Irwin 150 years ago.
- Lillian DeDomenic | For Trib Total Media Dancin' to the music of The Loyal Hanna Band with Carmen Della Salla, vocals, are Aliyah Duncan and Rylee Smith. The Big Parade down Pennsylvania Avenue to Main Street, music and food in Irwin Park were part of the week long activities celebrating the founding of Irwin 150 years ago.
Lillian DeDomenic | For Trib Total Media  Dancin' to the music of The Loyal Hanna Band with Carmen Della Salla, vocals, are Aliyah Duncan and Rylee Smith. The Big Parade down Pennsylvania Avenue to Main Street, music and food in Irwin Park were part of the week long activities celebrating the founding of Irwin 150 years ago.
- Lillian DeDomenic | For Trib Total Media Forming a band of their own are Caleb, Connor and Bailey Mower on Saturday afternoon, August 9 in Irwin Park. The Big Parade down Pennsylvania Avenue to Main Street, music and food in Irwin Park were part of the week long activities celebrating the founding of Irwin 150 years ago.
Lillian DeDomenic | For Trib Total Media  Forming a band of their own are Caleb, Connor and Bailey Mower on Saturday afternoon, August 9 in Irwin Park. The Big Parade down Pennsylvania Avenue to Main Street, music and food in Irwin Park were part of the week long activities celebrating the founding of Irwin 150 years ago.
- Lillian DeDomenic | For Trib Total Media Forming a band of their own are Bailey, Caleb, and Connor Mower on Saturday afternoon, August 9 in Irwin Park. The Big Parade down Pennsylvania Avenue to Main Street, music and food in Irwin Park were part of the week long activities celebrating the founding of Irwin 150 years ago.
Lillian DeDomenic | For Trib Total Media  Forming a band of their own are Bailey, Caleb, and Connor Mower on Saturday afternoon, August 9 in Irwin Park. The Big Parade down Pennsylvania Avenue to Main Street, music and food in Irwin Park were part of the week long activities celebrating the founding of Irwin 150 years ago.

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Wednesday, Aug. 13, 2014, 9:00 p.m.
 

Residents and volunteers from the Golden Heights Personal Care home in Irwin spent months knitting and crocheting thousands of yards of yarn into afghans that decorated the winning float for Saturday's parade to mark Irwin's 150th Anniversary.

Barb Tadajski, the home's activities director, said residents started “yarn bombing” the railings and other parts of their building on Pennsylvania Avenue last year around the same time as the “Knit the Bridge” project to cover the Andy Warhol Bridge in Pittsburgh was taking place.

“After residents did the railings, we got bombarded with donations of yarn,” Tadajski said. “So they knitted and crocheted pieces to cover a gazebo in Greensburg in black and gold. When the anniversary parade was announced, they thought it would be great to yarn bomb a float.”

Tadajski said the residents have not decided what to do with the $500 prize for the best float in the anniversary parade. Once the float is dismantled, the afghans will be distributed to local shelters.

“Everyone is very proud of their work and excited that we won,” Tadajski said. “So now they're talking about what the next project will be.”

The second place prize went to Boy Scout Troop 252, which won $300. A $200 third-place prize was awarded to the Norwin Art League.

– Tony LaRussa

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