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Connellsville Community center board plans Memorial Patio

| Thursday, Jan. 24, 2013, 6:02 p.m.
Patty Firestone (left) and Ronald Michaux, members of the Greater Connellsville Area Community Center Advisory Board, hold items that will be for sale during a flea market at the Connellsville Community Center on Feb. 2 from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. as a fundraing effort for the community center. Evan R. Sanders | Daily Courier

A Memorial Patio is being planned for the Greater Connellsville Community Center.

“Join us in a fundraising event for the community center as we prepare for the 100th anniversary of our building in 2016,” said Patty Firestone, a member of the GCCC Advisory Board and project organizer.

Plans are to construct a 10-foot by 8-foot Memorial Patio in front of the former high school and junior high building.

The patio will hold about 360 bricks. Each engraved brick costs $50 with a maximum of three lines, with 14 characters per line. The hope is that bricks will be purchased in memory of a loved one, a class, a classmate, teacher, or an acquaintance of the community center.

Plans are to start construction this spring.

“The more bricks we have engraved now, the better start we will have for construction. We will also be adding benches and a pagoda in the future, which will again be by sponsorship and donation,” Firestone said.

Donations will be accepted from anyone or any family or any business or class, she said.

“On behalf of the advisory board, we take great pride in remembering those that made the building what it is and hope that their memories will continue with the completion of the Memory Patio,” Firestone said.

To purchase a brick and be a part of the patio, email gccc@zoominternet.net for a form or contact Lori Kosisko at the Community Center at 724-626-0300. Checks can be made to the Greater Connellsville Area Community Center.

Nancy Henry is a freelance writer.

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