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'Center Video Diaries' to be recorded for Greater Connellsville Area Community Center centennial

| Wednesday, April 10, 2013, 12:01 a.m.

The building housing the Greater Connellsville Area Community Center will celebrate 100 years in 2016. To celebrate that milestone, officials at the center want to celebrate by visiting its history.

The center was originally the city's high school and later became Connellsville Joint High School.

Former students, teachers and staff or family members are being asked to share their memories and memorabilia in a special project called “Center Video Diaries.”

Anyone who has a favorite memory or story to tell is asked to contact the community center to arrange a time and day to sit down and record the stories either in print or on video.

All video recordings will be edited into a special DVD, which will be presented to the public, according to Lori Kosisko, administrative assistant at the community center.

As part of the project, a historical room will be established in the community center to display memorabilia, such as yearbooks, photos, trophies, letter sweaters, scrapbooks, etc. The video diaries and oral histories will be an important part of this historical room as preparations are made for the 100th anniversary celebration, she added.

“We will have a room set up for the video diaries to be filmed at the Sock Hop. After we edit the video diaries, we plan on setting a date and inviting the public to view this in the theater. If alumni are unable to attend the dance but would like to participate in the video diary, we can send them forms so they can be a part of the video diary, too.”

Kosisko said they can email her at gcacc1916@verizon.net or call the office at 724-626-0300.

“Right now the walls are bare, and we would like to add shadow boxes showcasing the past. Another idea we had is creating a mascot to represent the community center. We would like to bring back ‘Tony the Tiger' as our mascot, but would like the opinions of past classmates,” she said.

This project is supported in part by a Seed Award from the Sprout Fund. Visit the Connellsville Community Center Facebook page and “like” it for more information.

Nancy Henry is a freelance writer.

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