Downtown Connellsville offers another series of business classes
Downtown Connellsville is offering another in a series of business classes to help individuals who are considering starting a business or refresher courses for those who have been at it for a while. Tuesday's class runs from 6 to 8 p.m. and is titled “Packaging Your Business for a Loan.” Students will learn how a financial institution reviews and approves a loan request. There is no cost to attend, but registration is required. On Feb. 19 from 6 to 8 p.m., the class will be “Price It Perfect.” Students will learn easy-to-use methods that can help them set prices at profitable levels. Again, there is no cost to attend, but registration is required. The final in this series will be offered on Feb. 28, again from 6 to 8 p.m., “How to Use Social Media in Your Business.” Students will learn how to incorporate social media in their marketing plan. Please register ahead of time. These classes can be taken as a group or alone.
Michael Edwards reminded me that the Fayette County Cultural Trust, in cooperation with Seton Hill University's E magnify program, is able to offer these classes, thanks to a grant from Chevron and the Community Foundation of Fayette. In addition, two more series are being planned. The first is QuickBooks 101, in which students learn how to best utilize this software to track their accounts, payrolls, sales and use tax and other features in this basic introduction course. This is a hands-on opportunity to work with the QuickBooks program. Cost is $75, and the class is held from 6 to 9 p.m. Wednesdays, Feb. 20, 27 and March 6. To accommodate those who may be coming from work, a light dinner is offered at 5:30 p.m. There is also going to be an encore of Core Four Business Planning, which will be held on Mondays, Feb. 25 and March 4, 11 and 18. The cost is $100 for all four sessions. Again a light dinner will be available. Additional information can be found online at www.downtownconnellsville.org under the E magnify tab. All classes are held at 139 W. Crawford Ave.
There are delicious choices for Ash Wednesday lunch and dinner on Wednesday. Immaculate Conception Christian Mothers is serving from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. and 4 to 6:30 p.m. in the social hall. The menu is scalloped potatoes or macaroni and cheese, baked or fried fish, green beans or stewed tomatoes, applesauce or coleslaw, roll, dessert and beverage. Take-out is available by calling 724-628-9795. The cost is $10 for adults and $4 for children 12 and younger.
The Connellsville Township VFD will hold its lunch and dinner on Wednesday and continue each Friday through March 29 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. and 4 to 7 p.m. — eat in or take-out. Choose fish, macaroni and cheese, coleslaw and dinner roll or fish, fries, coleslaw and dinner roll for $7. To pre-order or for delivery, call 724-628-0900.
Tuesday Lenten lunches will start Feb. 19 at the Presbyterian Church and continue each Tuesday during Lent, beginning at noon.
Tickets are limited for Saturday's Valentine Dinner and Dance in the Mallard Room at Duck Hollow Golf Club in Uniontown. Doors open at 6 p.m. After dinner, dance the night away to live entertainment provided by The Sammy Brooks Band. Tickets are $40 per person. Call 724-628-5090 to make your reservation. Proceeds benefit Conn-Area Catholic School.
Highlands Hospital Club is selling tickets for chances on Longaberger Baskets, pottery and other Longaberger items. Proceeds will benefit the hospital. Tickets are $25, which include a luncheon at noon March 2 in Pleasant Valley Country Club; doors open at 11 a.m., and lunch is served at noon. You need not be present to win. This is the club's annual fundraiser. Call Donna at 724-628-5575 to find out more.
Club members will be selling raffle chances on Longaberger Baskets and their contents in the lobby of Highlands Hospital from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays.
It's really interesting to find out about businesses that have a long history in our community. Fox's Glass Co. was opened in 1920 by William M. Fox as a hardware and glass business. In 1954, Don Fox bought the glass portion of Fox's. “At the time they were only installing windows. Don was 24 years old and paid his dad $30 a month toward the purchase. He bought the building where the company is currently located and expanded the business to service commercial jobs, such as storefronts and schools, condos at Hidden Valley etc., and also started installing windshields,” said Dorothy Fox, Don's wife. “The store also had a small display of mirrors, which they sold and installed in personal residences. At one point all four Fox boys were employed by the company. Don fell ill in 1983 and sold the business to his nephew Jay Fox II, who has developed it further and continued the successful business.”
Jay Fox II has opened a second location in Mt. Pleasant. Both locations specialize in commercial, residential, equipment and auto glass as well as mirrors and tabletops. Congratulations to a longtime Connellsville business, Fox's Glass Co.
Harold Betters will perform at the Monte Carlo Night fundraiser from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Feb. 27 at the State Theatre Center for the Arts in Uniontown. For tickets, call 724-439-1360.
Pappy's Pizza and Subs has some new items on the menu: wheat crust pizza, macaroni and cheese bites, mini corn dogs, cinnamon and sugar breadsticks and apple turnovers and a new wing flavor, salt and vinegar. The shop is open seven days a week. You can pick up or get delivery in a five-mile radius of the West Crawford Avenue location where it has been in business for 22 years. Give Pappy's a call at 724-628-1660.
Conn-Area Catholic School's Performing Arts Club will perform “Annie Jr.” at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 23 and 2 p.m. Feb. 24 in the Edwin Porter Theater in the Connellsville Community Center. The shows are free to the public. Please bring a canned food item for our area food pantries.
Spa Faces has more than 600 bottles of Zoya nail polish on display, the largest selection of Zoya in the area. They also have gift baskets for Valentine's Day. Endless Style Hair Salon has gift certificates for massages, manicures and pedicures. Excursions Salon has gift certificates for facials, manicure and pedicure. Your favorite salon probably has Valentine's gift ideas, too.
The Yough River Trail Council will hold the 19th annual spring race at 9 a.m. March 30 and has added a one-mile fun run in case any family member wants to participate while you are in your race. The 5-K Run and Walk (3.1 miles), a 10-K Run (6.2 miles) and a 10-mile run are still the same. The course is the beautiful bike trail. Registration and finish are at Yough River Park. This is an important fundraiser for trail and equipment upkeep, and they appreciate the support of the community and those who come from long distances to participate. Entry forms are available at www.youghrivertrail.com.
Save the dates for big celebrations in Connellsville on May 4 and 11 — details to come.
The Fayette County Conservation District is thinking spring! Its annual tree sale is on. You can find a host of native trees and shrubs to enhance your landscape or expand the fruits of your labor with some apple, cherry, pear or peach trees. The trees are of great quality. They also sell bluebird boxes, so you can provide nesting habitat. The order form has a description list. You can get it on the Jacobs Creek Watershed Facebook page. All orders are due with payment by March 22. The two days for pickup are from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. April 5 and from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. April 6 at the Fayette County fairgrounds. For more information, call executive director Patty Miller at 724-887-8220, ext. 3, or visit www.jacobscreekwatershed.org. If you would like to volunteer to help bundle trees on April 4, let Patty know.
A Rivers Casino round-trip coach bus trip on March 22 will be a fundraiser for Finley's Fighters RDH12 Fund For Sight. The Kovalls and West Apple Tours are the organizers. It costs $25 per person. A Rivers promotion gives you a $20 playing voucher and a $5 food voucher. The bus will leave Martin's parking lot at 4:30 p.m. and County Market parking lot at 4:45 p.m., arriving at Rivers at 6 p.m. and departing at 11 p.m. There will be fun games on the bus. Reserve your seat now by calling Phyllis at 724-628-6078 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
Connellsville Area Career and Technical Center is a beautiful, modern facility. An open house for the public will be held there from 6 to 8 p.m. Feb. 21. You will be able to find out about the center's day programs and adult education classes. For more information, visit the center's website through the district's webpage at www.casdfalcons.org.
Vera Bradley comforters are 25 percent off at Jalyn's. If you would rather think about warm weather, the beach towels, flip-flops, beach bags and visors have arrived.
Tickets are on sale now for the Connellsville Area High School musical, “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat,” to be presented March 7-10. Buy now to get the seats you want.
“A Weekend in Watercolor” with Donna Campbell Allen will be held April 5-7 at ArtWorks Gallery. Donna has gained national recognition as an illustrator for the best-selling novella, “The Special Guest, A Christmas Story” and as a portrait painter, receiving the Best In Show award at NAP 2011 in Richmond, Va., for her painting titled “Lin.” She will teach basics in watercolor, working from still life and the human form and portrait. Call 724-320-6392 for more information.
The Connellsville Community Center has announced that the first Saturday of every month will be the flea market (March 2 and April 6) and every third Saturday of every month will be the craft show (March 16 and April 20). For each event, the time is 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. (winter hours). For vendors, doors will open at 7 a.m. and the cost is $10 per spot. If you would like to bring your items on Friday, please let them know to make sure that someone is there with a key. Patio bricks are on sale for $50 as a tribute to anyone you want to honor.
Mark your calendars for these upcoming events: Wednesday, Immaculate Conception fish lunch/dinner and Connellsville Township VFD fish lunch/dinner; Friday, fish lunch/dinner Connellsville Township VFD and every Friday through Lent; Saturday, Conn-Area dinner/dance, The Sammy Brooks Band; Feb. 19, weekly Lenten lunches begin at Presbyterian Church; Feb. 23 and 24, “Annie Jr.” at Community Center; Feb. 27, Harold Betters at State Theatre; March 7-10, CAHS musical; March 9, FRIENDS Book Sale; March 15-17, Geibel musical; March 22, Rivers Casino bus trip; March 22-24, CJH musical; and March 30, YRTC race.
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Nancy Henry is a Connellsville resident.