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Connellsville Junior High presents 'The Little Mermaid Jr.'

| Tuesday, March 19, 2013, 12:01 a.m.

“The Little Mermaid Jr.” opens Friday in the Connellsville Area Junior High Auditorium. The show begins with a ship on the stage, backdrops and set pieces that give an underwater effect. You will see sea creatures and nautical themes and at the end, audience members can go down front to meet the characters in their colorful costumes and take photos. Don't forget to bring your camera. The Friday and Saturday performances start at 7 p.m. and Sunday at 2 p.m. Tickets are only $7 at each show and available at the door. This CenterStage group of seventh and eighth graders will really impress you with their talent.

The “Stars in Action” Steelers Footballers Basketball game will be held Wednesday; doors open at 5:30 p.m. The first game opponents will be announced starting at 6:30 p.m. The main event starts at 8 p.m. The celebrities will try to beat a team of Connellsville varsity players, teachers, policemen and New Haven Hose Co. members. This is a Falcon Foundation-sponsored event and it has been a lot of fun every year. It is in the CAHS gym and tickets are $7 at the door. There will be an autograph session at halftime as well as a free throw challenge sponsored by Wendy's of Connellsville. One lucky fan could win $500. The CAHS Drumline will perform and they are terrific.

If you attend the Fayette County Colon Cancer Network Celebrity Chef Cook-off in Anthony's Lakeside Party Center Saturday night, one of the guest “chefs” will be Connellsville Rotarian Matthew Dowling, who will have already put in many hours at that morning's Rotary Pancake and Sausage Day. I've heard that Matt's specialty is Swedish meatballs, but I'm not sure that's what he'll be whipping up. The FCCCN raises a lot of money for a very good cause, building awareness in our county for early screening for colon cancer. So come to the Rotary pancake and sausage day in Otterbein Church from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday. Tickets are $5 at the door and children 5 and younger eat free. You'll see many of your friends and get the chance to wish Matt good luck in the chef competition.

The Immaculate Conception Christian Mothers' Spring Bazaar will be held from 4 to 8 p.m. Saturday and 8 a.m. to noon Sunday in the IC Social Hall. They will be selling nut, apricot, poppy seed and cinnamon rolls and baked goods. There will also be a Chinese auction.

The Palm Sunday March sponsored by CAMA is Sunday. The procession begins shortly after noon. The group will proceed to Lions Square for a service there. Those who do not march are invited to arrive by 12:30 p.m. for the program.

The Yough River Trail Council will hold the 19th annual spring race March 30 beginning at 9 a.m. The council has added a 1-mile fun run. There are the 5K Run and Walk (3.1 miles), a 10K Run (6.2 miles) and a 10-mile run, just as last year. The course is the bike trail. Registration and finish are at Yough River Park. This is an important fundraiser for trail and equipment upkeep and the council appreciates the support of the community and those who come from long distances to participate. Entry forms are at

Welcome to the Somerset Trust Connellsville branch located in Wal-Mart. The branch is pleased to announce that for the months of March through May for every newly-opened certificate of deposit, it will donate $10 to the Carnegie Free Library of Connellsville.

Imagine the surprise of Pete and Linda Cordaro when they saw their daughter Carly being interviewed by Mike Clark of WTAE in Pittsburgh from Italy. Carly is a 2011 graduate of CAHS, a sophomore at Duquesne in the liberal arts program and is studying in Rome for this spring semester. She returns home in May. She is one of 60 students who are participating in Duquesne's study abroad program. Duquesne has a campus in Rome, and the students have a full schedule of classes. She resides in a dorm with the other Duquesne students, and some of the classes are on campus at the convent where they stay, some of their classes are “on-site” classes, meaning they meet at many of the famous landmarks in Rome for their classes. When Carly received word that the Pope was elected, she and her friends quickly left their dorms to catch the metro to go to St. Peter's Square. She was there for the official announcement. What a great memory for Carly and what an exciting time for her proud mom and dad too.

“A Weekend in Watercolor” with Donna Campbell Allen will be held in ArtWorks Gallery April 5, 6 and 7. She 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 “Lin.” She will teach basics in watercolor, working from still life and the human form and portrait. Call 724-320-6392 for more information.

A spaghetti and meatball dinner fundraiser for Wesley Health Center will be held in Wesley United Methodist Church from 4 to 7 p.m. April 13. Take-out and curb service pickup will be available. Dinner cost $7 for adults and $3 for children age 12 and younger. The meal also includes salad, bread, dessert and beverage.

The Thrivent Ladies Group of the Trinity Lutheran Churches on Fairview Avenue will hold a chicken and biscuit dinner there from noon to 6 p.m. April 20. It is a fundraiser to help the group give away clothes for students in the Connellsville Area School District. You can eat in or take out. Dinner costs $7 for adults and $3.50 for children 10 and younger. The meal also includes mashed potatoes, green beans, applesauce, cranberry sauce, dessert and beverage.

Save the date for a travel show in Carnegie Free Library on April 20 and “Celebrating Health and Wellness in the Community of Connellsville” on May 11; call 412-372-1465 to sign up now for this event.

A “Coker Memories” Sock Hop will be held from 7 to 10 p.m. April 6 in the Connellsville Community Center for alumni and the general public. They have lots of things planned and ask that you bring your yearbook. There will be music, dancing and refreshments. Tickets are $5 single and $7 per couple. There will be a prize for best dressed and shoes are optional. For more information, call 724-626-0300.

Cait Cuneo will appear in the Rockwood Music Hall in New York City Saturday to perform her CD “Violet” — very exciting.

A reminder that the Gettys scholarship is substantial and is offered to CAHS undergraduates and graduate students who will be majoring in business at Pitt Main Campus. For more information, contact one of the senior high guidance counselors.

Connellsville Township Volunteer Fire Department will once again host its annual Fun Fest weekend and 2013 marks the fire department's 10th anniversary. Fun Fest '13 dates are June 13, 14 and 15.

I think most everyone feels this way about Wednesday, welcome spring!

Mark your calendars for these upcoming events: Tuesday is the last Lenten lunch in Presbyterian Church; Fridays during Lent, fish lunch/dinner in Connellsville Township VFD; Wednesday, Steelers basketball; Thursday, Trail Town CBN in the library; Friday and Saturday, “Little Mermaid” in the junior high; Saturday, FCCCN in Lakeside Party Center; Sunday, Palm Sunday march; March 30, YRTC Race; April 5-7, Donna Campbell Allen Watercolor Classes in ArtWorks; April 6, Sock Hop in community center; April 13, spaghetti dinner in Wesley Church; April 14, recreation board movie in Porter Theater; April 20, chicken and biscuit dinner in Lutheran church and travel show in library; April 21, FCCT to Heinz Hall; April 27, book signings in ArtWorks; May 2, CAHS Patriots Auction in Elks; May 4, community yard sale; May 5, 110th birthday celebration in library; May 11, Railroad Day; May 18, city-wide clean-up; May 24, symposium; May 25, Geranium Festival; May 26, Golden Reunion; and May 27, Memorial Day Parade in Connellsville.

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Nancy Henry is a Connellsville resident.

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