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Congratulations to winners of South Connellsville decorating contest

| Monday, Dec. 31, 2012, 9:03 p.m.

Happy New Year!

Congratulations to the winners of the South Connellsville residential light-up contest, based on Christmas song titles. The Groh family won for “Oh Christmas Tree,” category while Judy and Ike Sherwood won for “Up On The Housetop” and Steve and Krystal Helms for “White Christmas.”

Next year organizers expect to pick three different songs for themes.

The FRIENDS of Carnegie Free Library of Connellsville recently held their 2012 wrap-up meeting and were happy to have accomplished so much this year. They encourage everyone to start gathering books, CDs, audio books, DVDs and large print for the March 9 Giant Book Sale. Work has begun on Cafe Carnegie and the group is asking if anyone has a refrigerator with bottom freezer that they would like to donate.

Hundreds of Connellsville Polar Bear Club members were hoping for wintery conditions for the 2013 river jump today! I hope it was cold enough for them. They were disappointed with the mild weather last year.

Celebrate the day of Harold Betters' 85th birthday at a special Westmoreland Jazz Society performance that night, March 21, 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. at Carol Reighgut Concert Hall inside the new Seton Hill University Performing Arts Center. Harold was born March 21, 1928, in Connellsville. The Seton Hill Performing Arts Center is located at 100 Harrison Ave. in Greensburg and seats 390 people.

Save the date, Cait Cuneo's first show will be in Pittsburgh at the Rex Theatre Jan. 18. Vince and Cait really hope to get a Connellsville crowd there for this special evening.

I recently found a Daily Courier from 2005 and looking through it noticed an ad for Bud Murphy's Daily Lunch Special — soup, salad and sandwich for $4.99. That's the same price as it is now in 2013! In eight years the price hasn't gone up! That is remarkable.

The staff of Carnegie Free Library urges everyone to respond to their short and simple survey asking what programs you would be interested in attending at the library in 2013. Please fill it out by going to and clicking on suggestions survey. Everyone who responds by Jan. 31 will be entered in a drawing for a gift card. Also, reminders of the January activities at the library: Bedtime Stories sponsored by Creative Kidz Learning Center Day Care & Preschool will be held every Monday night from 6-7 p.m.. Scrapbooking club will also be offered on Jan. 12 from noon-3 p.m. For registration and more information contact Lisa at 724-323-4567 or email at One adult program in addition to yoga will be offered by Penn State Cooperative Extension. Cooking for Crowds will be held on Jan. 28 and 30 from 6-7:30 p.m. for the low cost of $11 per person. Individuals involved with events like church dinners, fire company chicken barbecues, booster club hoagie sales, organizational bake sales or any other nonprofit food fundraisers are encouraged to attend to ensure your customer's health or damage to your organization's reputation. Pre-registration is required by Jan. 23 and registration forms can be found at the library. For any further questions, please call Dori Campbell, MS, RD, LDN Nutrition, Health and Food Safety Extension Educator at 724-837-1402.

The Business Planning Course in partnership with Seton Hill University E-Magnify is a four-part series on “Core Four,” Business Planning that will be held starting next week. It presents the tools for how to build a business plan. The four core bodies of knowledge that a business owner must have in order to operate a successful business include a clear understanding of the following: the marketplace and how it works, how to manage cash, how to get things done as well as do things, and how to stay focused on a clear set of personal and business goals. With this knowledge, attendees will begin the process of gathering the information needed to plan a business. Experience and continued learning provide ongoing business development tools and information. Having the knowledge of how to plan a business, the knowledge can then be used for any business idea, at any time in the future.

Week 1: Success Planning — Personal Goals, Personal Financial Resources, Commitment, Capability, Character, Contingency: What if?

Week 2: Market Planning — Products/Services, Distribution, Customers, Industry, Competition.

Week 3: Cash Flow Planning — Start up Cost, Projecting Cost for Goods and Services, Projecting Sales, Revenues and Profits.

Week 4: Operations Planning — Form of Business, Licenses and Permits, Insurance, Legal and Accounting Professionals, Record Keeping.

For more information and to sign up call 724-626-0141.

Nancy Henry is a resident of Connellsville.

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