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19th annual race planned for Saturday

| Monday, March 25, 2013, 9:00 p.m.
Terri Nicholson and Lee Anne Bittner, graduates of Connellsville Area High School, wanted everyone to know how much they appreciated the care packages sent to them via CAHS PAtriots. Terri graduated in 2009 and Lee Anne graduated in 2001. 'We hope you know just how much we appreciated the care packages. We would really like to keep in touch so please feel free to write/email us at any time. It feels great to know we have the support of our hometown Falcons,' Lee Anne wrote.

The Yough River Trail Council will hold its 19th annual spring race at 9 a.m. Saturday. Everyone of any age is invited to participate. A one-mile fun run has been added that will not be timed — all others are by SERJ timing. There are the 5K run and walk (3.1 miles), a 10K run (6.2 miles) and a 10-mile run. 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 compete or just enjoy the event. Entry forms are available at, or you can register before the race that morning. Additional volunteers are welcome, too. If you can help call Ted Kovall at 724-628-6078. The Christian Church of Connellsville (Disciples of Christ) will hold an event from 2 to 6 p.m. for Maundy Thursday, that is a prayer labyrinth. The church will be open to the public to come walk the labyrinth, which will be constructed with stones in the fellowship hall. This is a unique concept, yet it dates back to the Middle Ages. Pastor Chris Stillwell invites everyone to experience it. The church will hold a regular Tenebrae service at 7 p.m., followed by the common meal. Anyone who attends the service may walk the labyrinth after the service.

Wesley United Methodist Church will present a Passover Remembrance that has been held there on Maundy Thursday for more than 25 years. It begins at 7 p.m. in the Susanna Wesley Room where 12 men dressed as Disciples portray the Last Supper by partaking of symbolic foods with the audience, by candlelight. Everyone is welcome.

Good Friday services will be held from noon to 3 p.m. at the Presbyterian Church, sponsored by the Connellsville Area Ministerial Association.

Pastor Matt Goldsberry wants to invite everyone to a service from 7 to 9 p.m. Good Friday at Calvary Assembly of God. There will be music, singing and pageantry with flags and banners, planned by Barbara and Paul Wilbur. It is called “The Majesty of the King.” This is the third event of this nature and each one has increased in attendance. It is all done with a tasteful, worshipful attitude and the whole community is invited. There is no admission fee and no offering.

The Breakneck Church of God invites everyone to a sacrificial breakfast at 8:30 a.m. Saturday in its fellowship hall. This is the 18th year for this program. There will be Scripture readings and hymns; symbolic foods are eaten after specific readings. The service is followed by a breakfast buffet, prepared by the Church of God Women's Ministry.

All of the wonderful 2013 musicals are over now. Every one was terrific. Thanks to those students, teachers and volunteers for first-class entertainment that makes us all smile.

An update from the FRIENDS of Carnegie Free Library: The big spring-ahead book sale was a huge success and the Vintage Fashion Show tickets sold out — more details will be coming. Both events featured cake to celebrate the library's 110th birthday and other delicious food.

Here is the first thank you from the Easter mailings the CAHS Patriots recently mailed:

“I was so surprised to receive the boxes. I really appreciate you taking the time to put together care packages just for me. I am so grateful. When I was in high school we did these types of things and I never thought I would be a recipient of one. THANK YOU again for the love and care. I shared them with all the folks in my office and the office next door. We all loved it.” — Mrs. Tammy A. Washington, program analyst, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Transatlantic South, Kandahar, Afghanistan. So everyone plan to attend the auction May 2 at the Elks to help the group continue raising money for future mailings.

Happy birthday to a Connellsville treasure, Harold Betters, who celebrated his 85th birthday last week — a true professional and gifted musician. We are proud that even though he has traveled and performed everywhere, he has always called Connellsville home.

Date change — The “Coker Memories” Sock Hop will be held from 7 to 10 p.m. April 13 at the Connellsville Community Center for alumni and the general public. Organizers 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; shoes are optional. For more information, call 724-626-0300.

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

The Willing Workers Ladies Group of the Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church on Fairview Avenue will hold a chicken and biscuit dinner from noon to 6 p.m. April 20. It is a fundraiser to help them give away clothes for students in the Connellsville Area School District to go back to school with. You can eat-in or take-out. Cost for adults is $7; children age 10 and younger, $3.50. The meal also includes mashed potatoes, green beans, applesauce, cranberry sauce, dessert and beverage.

Because the first Western Pennsylvania Quilt Documentation Project held at the Connellsville Presbyterian Church was so popular, a second has been scheduled for April 20. You must call in advance to schedule a time; they fill up fast. Call 724-628-4401.

Fayette County Cultural Trust fundraiser trip to Heinz Hall to see “Anything Goes” is April 21; to sign up call ArtWorks at 724-320-6392 or visit to find out more. Some of the spring events at ArtWorks include 1 to 4 p.m. April 27, book signings by Emile Etheridge, “I was mad at God” and “Good Coach/Bad Coach,” also John Tremba “Illustrator” Imagination Stew. His illustration paintings are also for sale there.

The Connellsville Lions Club has most of the Sunday Night Summer Concerts at Lions Square booked. This is the schedule so far: June 23, Nashville Past, classic country; July 7, Travelin' Road Show, country; July 14 Dunbar Boys, bluegrass and country; July 21, Wally Gingers Orchestra, big band; Aug. 4, Del Sols; Aug. 11, High Ryder, country; Aug. 18, Dawsons Creek, country; Aug. 25, Eric Harvey Band, country; and the 2013 finale will be Harold Betters, jazz. So, everyone, keep these dates in mind and let's hope for a nice, sunny summer. The Lions Kid's Fest will be held at RockStarz on June 10.

On May 11, the Carnegie Free Library of Connellsville will host a special wellness retreat from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Dr. Safdar Chaudhary of Seclairer, an integrative psychiatric medical practice, is facilitating the event. There will also be a wholistic nutritionist, kundalini yoga and more. You must call the doctor's office for reservations at 412-372-1465; spaces are limited. And remember to come to the library for a Travel Show from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. April 20. The show's organizers have invited travel agencies, tour operators, campgrounds, resorts, spas, bed & breakfasts, outfitters, and other businesses in the travel and tourism industry to participate. Anyone interested in presenting information about their business or organization is invited to set up a table. The cost for a table is $10; $7 if table is provided by the exhibitor. Children will have an opportunity to participate in local travel competitions, such as best photograph, best illustration and a Road Trip Passport checklist. The Travel Show is a family event, so all ages are encouraged to attend. For more information, call Shirley at the library at 724-628-1380.

By Faith Ministries will hold a fishing derby from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. April 27 at Yough River Park. There is a registration fee. Payment must be received 10 days prior to the event to process your registration. Find out all the details and register online at or call 724-626-9520 for an appointment at the church, 107 N. Seventh St. Cash prizes will be awarded.

Connellsville Area Community Ministries asked me to let everyone know that 335 families were served for the month of March. April food pantry dates are April 2, 4, 9, 11, 16 and 18. Food pantry hours are 9 to 11:30 a.m. and 12:15 to 2:30 p.m.

The Connellsville Lions/Bud Murphy's seventh annual Kid's Fest will be held from 5 to 9 p.m. June 10 at RockStarz. There will be games, prizes and surprises for the young and the young-at-heart. Air bouncers, kid's karaoke, face painters, balloon artists, crafts, local community folks like Penn State nurses, Head Start, Boys and Girl Scouts and more.

Rosensteel's Fishing Lakes are being stocked with trout every Saturday, weather-permitting. The restaurant and bar will both be open, too.

Those who would like to set up to sell goods at the Geranium Festival on May 25 should register now by calling 724-626-1445. There will be many things going on that day including a march down Crawford Avenue by the 100-year-old Molinaro Band and entertainment by Taney Basinger, Shelly McCombie and Mark Holden of No Holdin' Back.

The Fayette County Cultural Trust has started to plan the second annual Golden Reunion to be held 1 p.m. May 26 at East Park. Currently Michael Edwards and Corrine Shields are seeking updated information on classmates from the 1930s up through the 1960s. If you are the class representative and know of class members who have moved or are no longer with us, please send that information to And this year you can register for the weekend's events by going to and clicking on the Symposium link. If you prefer to pay with a check, a form can be printed out and sent to Fayette County Cultural Trust, 139 W. Crawford Ave., Connellsville, PA 15425. The fee for the catered picnic luncheon is $25. The day will feature the Wally Gingers Band.

Have a wonderful Easter, everyone.

Mark your calendars for these upcoming events: March 30, YRTC Race; April 5-7, Donna Campbell Allen watercolor classes at ArtWorks; April 6, pageant at community center; April 13, spaghetti dinner at Wesley Church; April 14, Sandlot movie at Porter Theater; April 20, chicken and biscuit dinner at Lutheran Church, Travel Show at library and quilt documentation at Presbyterian Church; April 21, FCCT to Heinz Hall; April 27, book signings at ArtWorks and fishing derby.

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Nancy Henry is a Connellsville resident.

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