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South Connellsville the place to be on Saturday

| Monday, Oct. 8, 2012, 8:57 p.m.

Saturday is a busy day in South Connellsville. Starting at 9 a.m., you can watch soapbox derby races on South Pittsburgh Street, then visit the craft vendors and enjoy the rest of the day at the car and bike show sponsored by Scott C's Auto. Vehicle registration starts at 11 a.m., with dash plaques to the first 100. There will be first-, second- and third-place trophies in various categories, and there will be a Mayor's Choice, Best In Show, Kid's Choice and the Tom Corvin Memorial Trophy. The proceeds of the day will benefit the South Connellsville Community Playground. There will be a D.J., door prizes and food. Please remember to bring a nonperishable food item to donate at the Jackson-Hewitt Tax Service table to benefit Connellsville Community Ministries food pantry, which is running low.

Sunday is the 18th annual Yough River Trail Council Fall Foliage Ride/Walk, starting at Yough Park at noon. This is a non-competition event with riders, runners and walkers going whatever distance they choose toward Ohiopyle or West Newton. There is an added element for 2012: a challenge ride. Tokens will be placed at the 3- and the 7.5-mile points. All tokens that are returned by 3 p.m. will be entered into a drawing, and a prize will be awarded for each distance. At 3 p.m., a picnic will be served by Connellsville Lions Club. All ages are encouraged to participate. Proceeds will be given as a donation toward the 2013 Lions Square Summer Concert Series and trail maintenance.

Cait Cuneo has a singing career that is taking off. Her soulful voice is beautiful. You can download her single “Truth” at You can visit her Facebook page to find out all the latest news from her and wish her continued success with her music.

Happy birthday to my Uncle Gene Cavanaugh. His favorite things include spending time with Aunt Alvirda and the rest of the family, and enjoying good food — lots of good food!

Congratulations to the 2012 homecoming queens: Peyton McIntyre at Geibel and Lauren Harvey at Connellsville.

Angels of Mercy Animal Rescue and Adoption is a nonprofit organization whose members are dedicated to raising funds for a no-kill shelter in Fayette County. The group will hold a “SPAYghetti” dinner to benefit the shelter building fund from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday at First Presbyterian Church in Fairchance. Tickets can be purchased at the door; adults, $7, children 10 and younger, $5. Takeout also is available, and they invite everyone out for a dinner to support their group. For more information, call 724-317-5558.

Looking for a local “Haunt” this Halloween? The Fayette County Cultural Trust will hold a Frightfully Fun Fall Dessert Reception and Author Event at ArtWorks Connellsville starting at 6 p.m. Oct. 27. Cost is $35, which includes a dessert buffet and frightful readings by Ceane O'Hanlon-Lincoln. Reservations are required because space is limited. Call 724-320-6392. Costumes are encouraged. Not for the faint of heart!

I checked with Bob Costello to see how he did in The Great Race in Pittsburgh. He is one of only 26 people who have participated in every Great Race. This is what he told me: “The race went well. I had hurt my left knee three weeks before and could not train the way I would have liked to. I ran 44:46, which was about 8 to 9 seconds slower than last year. I was the first of the perfect great racers to finish.” I say, Isn't that great? The first out of the 26 who have perfect attendance. That is really impressive!

Everyone is invited and encouraged to attend “Connecting Connellsville” to be held from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Oct. 15 at Highlands Hospital. This is a community meeting; it is your chance to help envision opportunities and generate action steps for a bright future for our city. Please register by calling 724-628-6956.

The Bullskin Township Historical Society will hold the 14th annual Bullskin Township Heritage Day Festival from 10 a.m. until dusk Oct. 20. The event is geared toward the iron furnace era and is set in a woodland area on Mt. Vernon Furnace grounds. For more details, visit:

Connellsville City fall cleanup day is Saturday. Veolia will pick up your unwanted items. Remember that they will not pick up tires, toxic liquids (paint, pesticides, oil or gas) or appliances that contain Freon that have not been tagged by a licensed technician stating that the Freon was removed.

Sustainable Connellsville is planning a “Tangled Up In Brew” event at Yough Park on Saturday. There is more information on their Facebook page for brewers and those who plan to attend.

Ground has been broken for the Harry Clark Indian Creek Valley Railroad Display and Connellsville Canteen Coffee Shop. Funds are being raised by the Fayette County Cultural Trust to help defray some of the cost. They are selling commemorative World War II-type dog tags. Different colors will be given for different pledge levels. Pledges start at just $25. Please help the Cultural Trust and get “on board” with this project. They are available at ArtWorks.

The Highlands Hospital Club will hold a rock 'n' roll oldies dance from 8 p.m. to midnight Nov. 3. It will be at Connellsville Elks and is $15 per person. The disc jockey is Charlie Erb, oldies D.J., from FM 104 WLSW. Light refreshments will be served. For more information, call Donna at 724-628-5575 or Andrea at 724-628-8844.

Free flu shots will be given at Wesley Health Center from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Oct. 20. Donations will be gratefully accepted.

FRIENDS of the Library will hold its meeting at 6 p.m. Oct. 22. The public is invited. Remember the FRIENDS big fall used book sale is Nov. 3. They are also now selling their $10 cookie jars. Two kinds are available: Andy's Cranberry Cookie and Death By Chocolate. They make great gifts!

The Ice Mine is hosting a Celebrity Hockey Game at 7 p.m. Oct. 27, sponsored by Scottdale Bank and Trust. The Ice Miners coaches and alumni will be playing the Pittsburgh Celebrity Hockey Team. The public is invited. There will be a puck toss at the end of the first period. Also, hockey sign-ups are held every Saturday through December. The Ice Mine is one of a small number of rinks hosting the USA Hockey “Try Hockey For Free” program on Dec. 3.

Two spooky events coming up are:

• A family literacy event at the Allen Hill Dairy Farm Haunted Hayrides from 6 to 9 p.m. Oct. 21. Bring the whole family for a story-time event around the campfire from 6 to 7 p.m. with a haunted hayride to follow. If you bring a brand new or gently used book to be donated to the Carnegie Free Library, you will receive $3 off your haunted hayride admission price, equaling one book per discounted ticket. “We are encouraging ghostly, paranormal, and spooky-themed adults' and children's book donations. In addition, children 10 and younger who are dressed in their Halloween costumes can ride for free from 6 to 9 p.m.,” said Casey Sirochman, library director. For questions and reservations, call Sandy Allen at 724-677-2589 or visit

• The second event will be held in Carnegie Free Library auditorium from 2 to 5 p.m. Oct. 27. The Pittsburgh Paranormal Society has conducted two separate visits for paranormal research over the past year. The event will reveal their findings and explain the method of paranormal research. The event is free for all ages; however, a donation will be welcomed and parental supervision is strongly suggested. Preregistration is not required. A spooky-themed door prize will be drawn. Also, a DVD will be available for sale of the research conducted, with the majority of the proceeds to benefit the library.

Finley's Fighters RDH12 Fund For Sight fundraiser Rivers Casino Bus Trip will be on Oct. 26, leaving Martin's parking lot at 5 p.m. and County Market parking lot at 5:15 p.m. Participants will arrive at Rivers Casino at 6 p.m. and depart at 11 p.m. The cost is $25 per person, including a $15 play voucher and a $5 food voucher. There will be fun games on the bus. To reserve your seat, call 724-628-3340 or email

Have a great week, everyone.

Mark your calendars for these events: Saturday, South Connellsville Craft Show and Car and Bike Cruise, Veolia cleanup day, “SPAYghetti” dinner and Tangled Up In Brew; Sunday, YRTC Run/Walk/Bike; Oct. 15, Connecting Connellsville at Highlands Hospital; Oct. 20, Bullskin Township Heritage Day, flu shots at WHC and Witt Self-Defense at CFL; Oct. 22, FRIENDS meet; Oct. 26, Finley's Fighters Rivers Casino trip; Oct. 27, Dessert Reception/Fundraiser at ArtWorks Connellsville, Ice Mine Celebrity Hockey Game and Paranormal research revealed CFL; Oct. 30, Halloween Parade; Nov. 3, FRIENDS Book Sale at CFL, Oldies Dance at the Elks and Falcon 5K Run/Walk; Nov. 10, Conn-Area fundraiser; and Yoga at CFL at 10:15 a.m. Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Saturdays and 6 p.m. Wednesdays.

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Nancy Henry is a Connellsville resident.

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