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CAMA sponsors Adopt-A-Block party at Yough Park

| Monday, July 15, 2013, 9:00 p.m.

Connellsville Area Community Ministries will sponsor its 9th annual Adopt-A-Block party at Yough Park from 2 to 8 p.m. Saturday. This is a free event for the entire family. There will be music, drama, fun, games, free food, face-painting, human service agencies including Rendu and much more. The organizers want to be sure that everyone knows they are welcome to attend, stay for as little or as long as they can and enjoy the natural setting of the beautiful park.

Everyone is invited to Rock The Park with Misty Fuller and Avon on Saturday at East Park. The event begins at 11 a.m. with vendors, crafters, raffles, food, music, children's activities and lots of family fun. Misty came up with the idea as a fundraiser for city parks. There will be bounce houses by Hip Hop Hooray and delicious food for sale, prepared by Lynn's Pub and Grill. At dusk, the city Recreation Board will show the Disney Pixar movie “UP,” sponsored by Tzan Insurance.

There is still time for children to sign up for Summer Art Camp at ArtWorks. There are sessions for ages 6-9 and 10-15. July 20 and 27 are beading classes with Linda Carson — she has created many beautiful necklaces and other pieces that are for sale at the Gallery. To reserve a spot, visit

The Mighty Falcon Marching Band members will hold a car wash from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday at Auto Zone in Martin's Plaza. Please stop by and support their efforts to raise money for the band's 2014 Disney World Trip. If your car doesn't need washed, just swing by and give them a donation.

When you are at the Farmers Market Saturday morning, be sure to pick up a coupon flyer sponsored by Downtown Connellsville that offers savings on businesses around town. The Farmers Market vendors were greeted by a nice crowd last week for the first market of the summer. There were corn, tomatoes, green beans, loads of fresh produce, herbs, flowers and more. It is set up in PNC parking lot from 8 a.m. to noon every Saturday.

You have got to admire everyone who competed in the Woodruff race, runners and walkers alike. The evening was really beautiful when the Fun Run for kids took place at 6 p.m. Shortly after the start of the Woodruff race, dark clouds rolled in, but it still didn't rain for awhile. I think the race leaders may have felt a few raindrops and those in mid-pack, including Elle Crislip and Max House III, were wet and smiling, but by the end when many of the walkers were finishing, it was a downpour. The Woodruff Committee did a great job of getting done what they could. The door prizes that are given each year were drawn but it was impossible to post them in the rain. Susie Coleman sent this: “What a night we all had! It poured and we did manage to give the trophies to some winners. Please remind runners and walkers who did not stay for awards that they can pick up their trophies by calling 724 628 4326. We could not give the draw prizes due to the rain, but I am going to mail them to the winners.”

Somerset Trust recently opened a branch office in Connellsville Wal-Mart and has been very involved in community projects since then. It was a major contributor for the July 3 fireworks we all enjoyed and they have participated in the chamber banner project, sponsoring a number of Braddock's Crossing banners. They have also become involved with Carnegie Free Library. An independent, locally-owned bank since 1889, Somerset Trust has announced two more area branches that will be opening. They will be located in Pechin Shopping Village and in Hopwood where a PNC branch closed.

Joe Klocek, who is from our area and a Geibel graduate, is the branch manager. Call him at 724-216-9419 with any questions you might have. We appreciate the fact that Somerset Trust has chosen to grow in our direction.

Congratulations to John Andursky, the new 2013-14 president of the Rotary Club of Connellsville. Ken Brooks completed his term and will now go on to assistant district governor.

M&M Clubhouse wants to let everyone know to use the front glass door at the Polish Club to come in for dining or picking up takeout. “We have a sign up and another one that says please ring bell for service. We want to thank members of the community that have tried us out and invite everyone to stop in and take a look at our menu,” said Mike Brazzon, the chef there. Call for takeout or delivery at 724-603-263.

You can still register to attend the Summer Scrapbook and Card-Making Day fundraiser to be held at the Connellsville Community Center on July 27 if you sign up by Friday. Proceeds from this fun event will benefit the community center. Lisa and Cathy Malago are offering a day of scrapbooking ideas, card-making workshops and product demonstrations. You can spend the whole day from 7 a.m. to 11 p.m. with continental breakfast and dinner included. Those who must leave the event for any period of time that day are welcome to return at any point. You can register at or pick up a form at the Connellsville Community Center, 201 E. Fairview Ave.

The Connellsville Area School District Falcon Foundation will hold its fourth annual Night Time Golf Outing on Aug. 17 at Donegal Highlands Golf Course. The cost is $65 per player. It will be a four-person scramble, nine-hole event. Registration and dinner will begin at 7:30 p.m. with a shotgun start at 9 p.m. Every golfer will receive a door prize. If you are interested in playing in this year's outing, call John Ellis at 724-628-8832 or email

The Lions Square Summer Concerts continues from 7 to 9 every Sunday night. The concession stand is open, too. This week is The Wally Gingers Orchestra — they sound so good.

Congratulations to the members of Breakneck Church Of God. They recently held a celebration in honor of the 125th anniversary of the church. To think that it has existed since June 1888 is hard to imagine. So many things in the world have changed in those 125 years, but the Breakneck Church of God has remained solid.

Peanut's Pizza on the West Side now offers a Sicilian pizza and also delivers. It also wants to remind readers that they have a complete catering menu for all your special events.

The upcoming walk at Central Fellowship Church is called “Light the Way.” It will be held on July 28. Registration will begin at 6:30 p.m.; the walk will start at 8 p.m. at Central Fellowship Church parking lot. Organizers are hoping for a good turnout. It's for a cause that has affected many people. This is not a race; it is simply a walk through Connellsville with participants collecting sponsors of any amount in advance. All proceeds from the walk will be divided between “National Foundation for Cancer Research” and “Leukemia & Lymphoma Society.” Even if you can't walk, stop by and show your support with a donation.

Jalyn's is in the final days of its closing sale with many markdowns. Stop in for Vera, candles, decorations and more.

The 30th annual AG Montessori-Phil Foley 5-K Run/Walk and Children's 12-mile Fun Run (for ages 2-11 with 9 a.m. start) will be held at Yough River Trail at 9:30 a.m. Aug. 10. All pre-registered participants receive a T-shirt. Walk-ups will be accepted on the day of the event. For more information, email Jes Hutson at or call 724-430-4100, ext. 4886.

Everyone can save money by buying advance tickets to the Fayette County Fair to be held July 25 through Aug. 3. They are available at Armstrong and Davies Ford during regular business hours.

A free back-to-school clothing giveaway will be held from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Aug. 17 at the Trinity Lutheran Church social room, 126 E. Fairview Ave. This is for students in the Connellsville Area School District in kindergarten through 12th grades. You will need proof of residence.

Uniontown's Farmer's Market sets up on Main Street opposite Storey Square each Monday, opening at 4 p.m. The first 20 people who use their Buy Local card get $5 free at the Farmers Market. The vendors stay until 7 p.m. There is a concert each week until 7:30 p.m. A different restaurant sets up next to the vendors every week. Keno's Hawaiian Shaved Ice serves cold treats. Monday's restaurant is World Importing and The Sammy Brooks Band will perform. There is no charge. The concerts will be aired online at the following Monday at 9 p.m.

Mark your calendars for these upcoming events: Saturday, East Park Rock the Park with Disney Pixar “UP” movie and CAMA Adopt-A-Block party at Yough Park; Sunday, Wally Gingers at Lions Square; July 27, scrapbook and card-making at the community center; July 28, Light the Way Cancer Walk Central Fellowship Church and Molinaro Band at Lions Square; Aug. 3, Summer Jam Music Fest at East Park; and Aug. 8, Lynn Dairy Queens DQ Miracle Treat Day.

Every Wednesday and Saturday — weather-permitting — there will be yoga at Yough Park. Each Wednesday night — weather-permitting — Scott C's Cruize-In at Rock Starz. Every Saturday morning is the Farmers Market.

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Nancy Henry is a Connellsville resident.

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