Connellsville Polar Bears to plunge into Yough on Sunday

| Tuesday, Dec. 27, 2011

The eighth annual Connellsville Polar Bear Club river jump is planned for 11 a.m. Sunday. Club members are looking forward to a big crowd. Last year, 350 people of all ages ran into the icy Youghiogheny River. Maybe conditions will be a little better this time, but are a few degrees really that noticeable when it is mid-winter• There is lots of laughter, so the temperature might not really matter. It's the being there that counts the most.

Jacobyansky family members are four of the 11 who have taken the plunge every year. Their help in organizing the event is a big part of the success. The organizers are hoping that participants and onlookers will remember to bring along lots of nonperishable food items to be donated to St. Vincent de Paul Society. That group helps needy folks in the area in many ways. Being generous to start the new year is a way to show gratitude for the good things we all have.

Remember to get to Yough Park well ahead of time to sign in and get in the group photo at 10:45 a.m. Find out more on the club's Facebook page.

Beautiful wooden Christmas ornaments are still on sale at Carnegie Free Library. Donna Campbell Allen is the artist who sketched the original, well-known image on the ornament. She grew up in Connellsville and donated the release of the rights to produce and sell the image. The ornaments can be personalized. To see more of the artist's original art go to . Some of her creations are also sold at ArtWorks Connellsville.

The Greater Connellsville Chamber of Commerce reminds everyone to nominate those in our community who have been outstanding citizens and groups so they can be considered for yearly awards that include community service, individual and group, distinguished citizen, beautification and Athena. The nomination form is available at .

As we head into a new year, I want to thank all of you who have complimented this column. Your kind words are very appreciated. I'm glad you're reading the Daily Courier. It's a very important part of our community, and the staff works hard to publish an informative and interesting paper every day.

If you have a local upcoming event that you would like mentioned in this column, e-mail it well in advance so I can include it at We have a lot of great events going on throughout the year here in the Connellsville area, and I would like to list as many of them as I can. Please let me know the dates and details as soon as you have them finalized.

I wish you all a happy, harmonious and prosperous new year. Celebrate safely.

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