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Quilt historians on a mission to record the sewing heritage of Southwestern Pa.

| Monday, April 1, 2013, 9:00 p.m.

When the Quilt Documentation Project was held at Connellsville Presbyterian Church last fall, it was a great success. There was so much interest that the group will return to continue the process on April 20. This is a unique opportunity for those who have handmade quilts. The quilt historians of the Western Pennsylvania Quilt Documentation Project are on a mission to record the sewing heritage of Southwestern Pennsylvania — one quilt at a time. Our area has many rich and varied sewing traditions, which have led to the creation of hundreds of handmade quilts over the past 200 years. These quilts reflect the sewing skills and artistic visions of women who made quilts as a way of caring for their families, telling the story of their lives and commemorating their loved ones. There is no fee for documentations, but a $5 charge covers the cost of copies and data intake forms. Any type of handmade quilt is welcome: patchwork, applique, embroidery, crazy quilts, whole cloth quilts, and quilt tops that have not yet been quilted. Appointments must be made in advance. To schedule, call Nancy Luckey at the church at 724-628-4401.

The Holy Name Society of Immaculate Conception Church is having a pancake and sausage breakfast from 7:30 to 11:30 a.m. Sunday in the church social hall. Cost is $4 for adults and $1 for children younger than 10.

The Pennsylvania Pageant will be held on Saturday at the Edwin S. Porter Theater in the Community Center. The public can attend at 6 p.m. Tickets are available at the door at $15 for adults and $10 for children 12 and younger.

The Connellsville Area Historical Society has weekly hours available for genealogical research in the Connell Room on the second floor of the Carnegie Free Library. “For several months, the society was not available due to a change in our room at the library. Now we have volunteers Jackie Jones, Eileen Burton and Gerry Williams who are willing to assist you in your research. Hours are Tuesday, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.; Wednesday, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.; and Thursday, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Our phone number is 724-628-5640. Please call and make an appointment, leave a message or just drop in during those hours. We are anxious to work with you and help you fill in the blanks in your family history,” said Karen Hechler, historical society president.

The Connellsville Area Historical Society also announces the Balsley Pavilion is available to rent for graduation parties, family reunions, birthday parties, etc. It is a beautiful pavilion with a fabulous view of the Youghiogheny River. The Spring House on the property has a refrigerator, a stove and a private restroom as part of the price. It costs $75 to rent the facility. Call 724-628-5640 and leave a message. A volunteer will get back to you. Sign up soon so that your preferred date is not taken.

The Connellsville Area Historical Society is looking for members who would like to help preserve the history of Connellsville. Workers are needed for the Braddock's Crossing of the Yough on June 29 and 30. Work needs to be done at the Gibson House on Patterson Avenue. New members are welcome and encouraged to join. Yearly dues are: individual, $15; family, $25; lifetime, $100. Call 724-628-5640 or send a check to Connellsville Area Historical Society, 299 S. Pittsburgh St., Connellsville, PA 15425.

Very proud of our local Daily Courier spelling bee champions who went on to the Western Pennsylvania Spelling Bee. They are Megan Antoon, who went on to represent Connellsville Junior High in the nationals in Washington in 2012, and Grace Nowicki of Geibel Catholic Junior-Senior High School in Connellsville.

Geibel's Emily Zimcosky, John Paul Zimcosky and Steve Conko all represented the school at the PIAA Class AA swimming and diving championships at Bucknell University in Lewisburg. Emily Zimcosky returned with a fourth-place medal in the 100 freestyle. What outstanding athletes they are.

Don't forget that The Connellsville Area Falcon Foundation is taking nominations for the 2013 Connellsville Area School District Hall of Fame through the end of April. The Falcon Foundation established the Hall of Fame in 2010 to recognize outstanding individuals affiliated with the district. The Hall of Fame recognition may result from achievement in many areas of life, including public service, military service, careers, the arts, music, athletics, education, etc. Another purpose of the Hall of Fame is to celebrate the talent, work ethic and spirit of the people of the school district, and thus promote a greater sense of school and community pride within the Connellsville area. Anyone with an interest in the district is eligible to nominate someone for the hall.

The Greater Connellsville Chamber of Commerce is taking registrations for the Community Yard Sale to be held May 4. Cost is $5 to be listed on the map or $10 to set up in the PNC Bank parking lot downtown. Sign up at the chamber office at 923 W. Crawford Ave. by May 1.

A spaghetti and meatball dinner fundraiser for Wesley Health Center will be held at Wesley United Methodist Church from 4 to 7 p.m. April 13. Takeouts and curb service pickup will be available. Cost is $7 for adults, and children 12 and younger can eat for $3. The meal also includes salad, bread, dessert and beverage. You will be helping an important service in our community.

The Willing Workers Ladies Group of 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. You can eat in or take out. Cost is $7 for adults, and children 10 and younger can eat for $3.50. The meal also includes mashed potatoes, green beans, applesauce, cranberry sauce, dessert and beverage. This is the same day as the Travel Show from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Carnegie Free Library.

The Fayette County Cultural Trust fundraiser trip to Heinz Hall in Pittsburgh to see “Anything Goes” is April 21. To sign up, call ArtWorks at 724-320-6392 or visit to find out more.

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

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. The Garden Club wants this to be the biggest year yet. There will be many colors of geraniums, including more with variegated leaves, for sale at $2 each for a 4-inch pot. 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 will be featured.

The Fayette County Cultural Trust is busy planning the second annual Golden Reunion to be held at 1 p.m. May 26 at East Park. Michael Edwards and Corrine Shields are seeking updated information on classmates from the 1930s 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 and sent to Fayette County Cultural Trust, 139 W. Crawford Ave., Connellsville, PA 15425. The fee for the catered picnic luncheon is $25, and the day will feature the Wally Gingers Band. Be sure to encourage your out-of-town classmates to come back for the reunion and the other weekend events so they can see all the things that are new or improved around town.

From Karen Macko of the FRIENDS of Carnegie Free Library: “The library has doors! They are beautiful! Chris Wallander headed up this project and was able to raise all funds from private donations. She is amazing.”

There is a lot of excitement and anticipation for the opening of Cafe Carnegie in April, too. If you have not been in the library to see the work in progress, you should drop by.

The Christian Church will hold the monthly Coffee House and Open Mic Night Friday at 7:30 p.m. April 12. Everyone is welcome.

The spring auction, “Geibel is Golden,” will be held April 13. To help celebrate the school's 50 years, The Brass Knuckles will perform. Nick Bell, a Geibel teacher, is in the band. The evening will include many special moments. Plan to attend. Everyone is invited.

The Connellsville Recreation Board will show the movie “Sandlot” on April 14 at the Porter Theater in the Community Center. It's fun for the whole family with no admission charge.

A Coker Memories Sock Hop will be held from 7 to 10 p.m. April 13 at the 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 for singles and $7 per couple. There will be a prize for the best dressed, and shoes are optional. For more information, call 724-626-0300.

Also, the fundraising project to benefit the Community Center is ongoing. Plans are to construct a memorial patio in front of the former school with bricks engraved in memory or in honor of your loved one, family member, classmate, teacher, etc. The engraved brick costs $50, with a maximum of three lines, 14 characters per line.

Downtown Connellsville is sponsoring a citywide cleanup one week before the Geranium Festival on May 18. The organization would like to get four groups together to be able to reach all over town: one group at Yough Park, one on Crawford Avenue, one on Pittsburgh Street, and one at East Park. They will supply the gloves, trash bags and reflective vests. If you, your family, church group or civic organization can volunteer, call 724-320-6392.

The Carnegie Free Library board of directors is selling to the highest bidder three wooden card catalogs and upright pianos. Bids must be submitted in writing to the library by April 15, and the individuals with the winning bids must be fully responsible for hauling the card catalog units and pianos away during normal library business hours. Direct any questions to 724-628-1380.

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