U-13 girls Kick-It socer team headed to championship

| Sunday, Dec. 9, 2012, 12:02 a.m.

The spaghetti dinner fundraiser to help send the U-13 girls Kick-It 3v3 soccer team to the World Championship in Disney World is Sunday. They've done the hard work by qualifying; let's all do the easy part, buy spaghetti dinners Sunday to eat in or take out. It will be upstairs at the South Connellsville Fire Hall 11:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Dinner will include spaghetti, meatballs, salad, roll, dessert and drink. The cost is $7 for adults and $5 for children 12 and under. Everyone is invited.

The Christian Church, 212 S. Pittsburgh St., will hold Carols By Candlelight at 7 p.m. Wednesday and its monthly coffee house and open mic Friday at 7 p.m. Everyone is welcome at both.

The Living Christmas Tree will be presented at Faith Bible Church Dec. 15, 16 and 22 at 7:30 p.m. The unique presentation features a large tree filled with singers. Everyone is invited; there is no charge to attend. The church is located at 425 S. Arch St.

The two Connellsville Junior Highs are one, and their first choral concert, Celebrating The Season was terrific. Directors Marilee McFadden and Gayle Cuneo had Levi Graft as accompanist and a number of other talented artists took part.

Several readers commented that they enjoyed reading the thank-yous received by the CAHS Patriots. Here's the newest one:

“Dear Linda and CAHS:

My name is Scott Shea. I am originally from New Hampshire, and I have been in the Navy since 2000. Thank you very much for the wonderful care package which I received yesterday. The thoughtfulness and the appreciation of these items cannot be put into words. It means so much to me to see that yourself, your students, and other fellow Americans are united and standing behind us on what we do: keeping our freedoms free and supporting freedom and democracy around the world. So much of what you see on TV these days about what we do is geared towards negativity, when in fact that is a small snippet of the jobs that we do daily while serving our country, at home and abroad.

“I was really touched by the items that were included in the care package, and how thoughtful some of the items were. It makes being away for the holidays and my family a little easier. This is my first deployment away from friends and family in almost nine years, so this wonderful token of appreciation is a huge morale booster. While I wish I could tell you what I do specifically, the nature of my job is highly classified, but it involves keeping you all safe. While I cannot say much about it, please know that we are in a safer world because of what I do.

“I want to personally thank each and every one of you for what you all do to support the troops abroad, and at home. We fight for freedom and democracy at home and abroad, and it's with the support of folks like you that make our jobs worth it. “Thank you for your continued support. I hope everyone has themselves a wonderful and safe holiday, and once again, THANK YOU!” Sincerely, Scott Shea, LTJG US Navy

The decorations at Lions Square and City Hall Plaza look terrific. There are lots of nicely decorated homes around town, too.

Miller's Catering of Connellsville has open dates for holiday catering if you're looking for delicious food for a party. You can call them at 724-626-6836 or visit the website at www.millerscateringofconnellsville.com. Their mobile kitchen comes to you.

A scrapbooking club is forming in Connellsville in 2013. The club will meet two Saturdays per month for three hours each day at Carnegie Free Library. Members and guests can bring a project and supplies to work on with Creative Memories consultant Lisa Malago who will organize the club and be in attendance to assist with questions and teach new and easy techniques that will bring your memories to life on each page. She will also have supplies on hand to purchase. The cost of membership is $5 per person and space is limited, so make your reservation early. Confirmed dates are Jan. 12 and 26 and Feb. 9 and 23. For more information or to reserve your space call Malago at 724-323-4567.

Also at the library, Bedtime Stories sponsored by Creative Kidz Learning Center, Day Care and Preschool will be held 6-7 p.m. Jan. 7, 14, 21 and 28, 2013. The hour will include crafts activities, songs, rhymes, cookies and milk.

You can give the gift of reading this Christmas at the library. Purchase a candy cane with a children's or teen title for $15. An ornament book plate will be placed in the front of the purchased book and the candy cane is yours to keep. For more information, call 724-628-1380. The library is at 299 S. Pittsburgh St.

This event information came from Lori Kosisko: “The Connellsville Christmas Pageant will be at 9 a.m. Sat., Dec. 22, at the community center. The contestants will be judged in two categories: beauty wear, which will be a nice Christmas dress/formal dress and outfit of choice which will be a fun outfit that has a Christmas theme, anything goes. There is not a talent segment but organizers expect to have one in a future pageant. There will be a total of six judges who have backgrounds in pageants, modeling, fashion, and performing arts. There are approximately 40 contestants in this Christmas pageant. Proceeds will benefit the Connellsville Community Center. We are looking for vendors for the event. If you are interested in being a vendor, contact Lori at the community center at 724-626-0300. Registration is closed for the pageant.”

Mark your calendars for these events: Wednesday, Caroling by Candle Light at Christian Church and Clark history at Carnegie Free Library; Friday, Coffee House at Christian Church; Saturday, The Living Christmas Tree at Faith Bible Church; Sunday, spaghetti dinner fundraiser at South Connellsville Fire Hall and The Living Christmas Tree at Faith Bible Church; Dec. 22, Christmas pageant at the Connellsville Community Center and The Living Christmas Tree at Faith Bible Church.

If you have a local event that you would like mentioned, email it well in advance to crisliphenry@gmail.com.

Nancy Henry is a resident of Connellsville.

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