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Payne AME Church to serve Election Day turkey dinner

| Monday, Nov. 5, 2012, 8:54 p.m.

Payne AME Church members are serving an Election Day dinner until 6 p.m. Tuesday, so you might still have time to get there. The traditional turkey dinner includes dressing, mashed potatoes, gravy, green beans, cranberry sauce, roll and dessert for $8. Eat in or call ahead for takeout at 724-628-6193. The church is at 812 W. Crawford Ave., across from Spotto's Hardware Store.

Conn-Area Catholic School will hold its annual fall entertainment fundraiser on Saturday, and seats are still available. Back by popular demand is Sister and her Late Nite Catechism, being performed at the Edwin S. Porter Theatre in the Connellsville Community Center. This show has never been seen in this area. It is titled “Sister Rolls the Dice” as she tries to raise funds by having a Vegas Nite, mixed with her catechism lessons. The program begins at 7:30 p.m., but patrons should come early to enjoy the Gourmet Dessert and Coffee Cafe and a Chinese basket raffle. Free parking in the city lot with shuttle service to the show. Call 724-628-5090 for more details. Reserved seat tickets are $25. Remember to bring nonperishable food items to be donated to the Connellsville Community Ministries Food Pantry.

Angels of Mercy, an area nonprofit animal rescue service, is putting out a plea on behalf of one of their rescues, Jackson, a 5- to 6-month-old pit bull puppy. He was found running in a remote area and had a cut above an eye and a deep laceration on a back paw.

A foster parent took Jackson to Duck Hollow Animal Hospital. He needed eight staples in the back paw. He has worms and intestinal parasites. He wouldn't eat or drink but was lovable and tried to play.

“He is such a sweet and enduring puppy to have his life started out this way,” said Dana Zinck, vice president of the group. “Dr. (Donald) Tummons at Duck Hollow gave Jackson an antibiotic and a shot. Jackson did not get better and needed IV antibiotics and stayed at the animal hospital for five days. He is back in the care of his foster parent and will recuperate there. Then Angels of Mercy will find him a suitable forever home.

“We would like to make the public aware of the existence of these problems in Fayette County, and we want to ask the public for donations to help cover Jackson's vet care and other animals like him,” Zinck said. “There are so many other sad stories of animals being thrown out the window, animals 40 pounds underweight, a cat whose ear was cut off with a razor. The stories are endless. If any readers are able to help, please send your donation to Duck Hollow Animal Hospital, 725 Duck Hollow Road Ext., Uniontown, PA 15401 and note that it is for Jackson's care. We deeply appreciate any help that is given.”

It was a busy day for Connellsville Rotary Club members at Bud Murphy's Shamrock Room at their weekly meeting last Thursday. The first three Connellsville Area High School students of the month for the 2012-13 school year were recognized and given a certificate. Each one told Rotary members about their high school accomplishments and their plans. No doubt they will each achieve their goals. The September senior is Tanner Grace, October is Alexandria Lacombe, and November is Alyssa Ritenour. And congratulations to the Connellsville Junior High girls soccer 2012 undefeated champions, coached by Bryan Cartwright. What an impressive group. They, too, were recognized at Rotary on Thursday.

The Dawson Honor Roll Committee to erect a Korea/Vietnam-era honor roll will host a huge Veterans Day Gala at the Vanderbilt Fire Hall on Sunday. A smorgasbord buffet will begin the festivities from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Only 300 tickets will be sold for the buffet. Advance tickets are available: $8.50 for adults and $4 for children. At 2 p.m., a variety of bands will entertain all afternoon, beginning with Mountain Laurel Bluegrass, High Ryder, The Del Sols, and wrapping up the event, the return of the great original Abilene band. There will be food sold all afternoon, door prizes, a Chinese auction, and fun for everyone. All proceeds will benefit The Honor Roll Fund. Admission to the concert is a donation to the fund. Tickets for the buffet can be purchased from any committee member or by calling 724 529-7298. Everyone is invited to come out and have a great time and give our very deserving veterans your support.

The next series of classes that Downtown Connellsville will be able to offer in partnership with Seton Hill's E-magnify program will be instruction in how to write a business plan. Through a grant by Chevron and the Community Foundation of Fayette County, Downtown Connellsville is able to offer the four-class series at a discounted price of $100 (normally a $300 fee). That's only $25 per session and includes all materials and a light dinner. The classes will be held on Tuesdays, Nov. 13, 20, 27 and Dec. 4 from 6 to 9 p.m., with dinner starting at 5:30 p.m. The classes will be held at 139 W. Crawford Ave. There is a registration form online at You can fill it out and mail it to that address with a $100 check made out to Fayette County Cultural Trust.

Congratulations to Ashton Grimm, who earned All-Section 1-AAA honors for the 2012 CAHS girls soccer team. This is an honor voted on by coaches, which makes it even more impressive. She had 14 goals and five assists, even as the other teams targeted their defenses on her. She also is on the basketball and track teams. She has earned All-County honors in all three sports. Ashton maintains a 4.0 grade-point average and is a member of the Penn State 4.0 Club. She is a junior this year, so I'm sure she has many more great accomplishments ahead before she graduates.

Annetta Parfitt mentioned that her grandson Ron Parfitt III suggested the name of her book of poetry, “Silent Decembers.” He also helped arrange it for the printer. “He was a huge help to me. For every book that I sell, I donate a dollar to St. Jude Hospital,” she said. “I wrote the poems through my grief of losing my son Randy, and he loved children. St. Jude Hospital helps any child.”

Annetta hopes to hold a book signing at ArtWorks in the future. She wants to share her writings with others who have pain and suffering from the loss of a loved one.

Santa Claus is coming to Highlands Hospital from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday. All children 12 and younger are welcome. The Hospital Auxiliary will provide refreshments. This will be the kickoff for the hospital's annual Festival of Trees. Opportunities will be sold in the lobby from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Nov. 12 and Mondays through Fridays until 7 p.m. Dec. 7 when the winners will be drawn.

There will be 10 theme trees. There will be a Giving Tree; anyone in the community who would like to put something new on this tree can. These items will be given to Connellsville Area Community Ministries to pass out to the needy for Christmas. On Nov. 14, the Geibel High School Chorus, directed by Nick Bell, will entertain, and on Dec. 3, the Connellsville Junior High School eighth-grade chorus, directed by Marilee McFadden, will entertain. Refreshments will be served after the entertainment. All proceeds will benefit ongoing projects at Highlands Hospital.

Remember to buy a few of the FRIENDS of Carnegie Free Library cookie jars for gift-giving this holiday season.

The one-day-only holiday Presbyterian apple dumpling sale is Nov. 16. Orders must be placed this week by calling 724-628-4401.

Christmas in the Park will be held at Yough Park from noon to 4 p.m. Nov. 17, sponsored by the Greater Connellsville Chamber of Commerce. Kids will enjoy a visit with Santa, a horse-drawn sleigh ride, hot chocolate and cookies. The New Haven Hose Co. Christmas parade will be held that night along with the holiday light-up.

The Steel City Comedy Tour will be presented at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 17 by the Connellsville Township Volunteer Fire Department.

The weekend of Nov. 30, Dec. 1 and 2 will be quite a busy one throughout downtown Connellsville, at the Carnegie Free Library and at the Community Center with all the happenings of “It's a Connellsville Christmas.” All of the events and details are being planned and will be out soon.

This week be sure to give any veteran you know a sincere “thank you” and take a moment or more to remember those who have died while serving our country and preserving our freedom.

Mark your calendars for these events: Tuesday, don't forget to vote and Election Day meal at Payne AME; Saturday, Conn-Area fundraiser; Nov. 17, Christmas in the Park and Christmas Parade and Steel City Comedy Tour at the Connellsville Township VFD; Nov. 18, Mozart Music Club Festival of Choirs; Nov. 30 and Dec. 1 and 2, “It's a Connellsville Christmas” including Presbyterian Church creche and angel display and Wesley United Methodist Church holiday concert Saturday night; and Dec. 8, St. Rita cookie sale.

If you have a local upcoming event that you would like mentioned in this column, email it well in advance so I can include it at

Nancy Henry is a Connellsville resident.

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