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CAHS Patriots' annual auction at Elks to help support troops

| Monday, April 29, 2013, 9:00 p.m.

On Thursday, the CAHS Patriots will hold its yearly auction at the Elks lodge with proceeds to go to the group's support of our troops. The group mails packages to men and women in the military deployed around the world. The responses it receives are very exciting and often emotional. Glassburn Auctioneers will conduct the auction. Anyone in attendance can bid. Hundreds of donated items will be featured, including a wide 14-karat cigar band ring and a 14-karat gold sideways cross necklace donated by Joe and Kathryn Orszulak of Kathryn's Jewelry, who contribute to the auction every year. Start arriving at 4:30 p.m. to preview all the great items and get something to eat. There is no admission charge.

Everyone in the community is encouraged to attend the Connellsville Area Ministerial Association's observance of National Day of Prayer at 11:45 a.m. Thursday in Lions Square. Each minister will speak briefly about a segment of our community, offering prayer and urging everyone to pray for the nation.

Saturday is the day for community yard sales in Connellsville and Dunbar. You must fill out your address information and pay by Wednesday to appear on the master list/map for Connellsville. The South Connellsville yard sale will be held May 11.

Also on Saturday are Connellsville and Geibel Catholic high school proms. Lots of kids will be making fun memories with friends they have known all their lives. Seniors have just a few weeks of classes left. Geibel graduation is May 21; Connellsville's is June 7.

The Carnegie Free Library will be closed on Saturday in preparation for the 110th anniversary celebration on Sunday. Many special events will be held starting at noon Sunday and continuing until 6 p.m. Plan to take your family and be a part of this historic day. The Molinaro Band will present a special concert to celebrate its 100th birthday at the Porter Theater at 3 p.m. Sunday, so you can make a day of it and be in walking distance of both. Isn't it amazing to think of the history that our community holds?

Yough River Trail Council has about 10 tickets left for the May 10 cash banquet at Bell's Banquets. The contact person is Janet Martz at 724-628-3996. Tickets are $100. The meal costs $25 for prime rib, stuffed chicken breast, fish or vegetable lasagna with salad, dessert and drinks included. An open bar is also planned, with basket raffles, ticket and card raffles and a 50/50 drawing offered.

The Geranium Princess Contest will be held at noon May 25 in Lions Square. Applications are available at Artworks in downtown Connellsville, Lid'l Lyn's and the chamber of commerce on the West Side. The contest is open to girls ages 4-6 in the Connellsville Area School District. Space is limited to 12 girls. Applications will be accepted on a first-come basis until May 18.

On Saturday from noon to 2:30 p.m., Neubauer's Flowers Market House in Uniontown will host a Mother's Day luncheon. Proceeds from the luncheon will support Gilda's Club — Western Pennsylvania, a warm and welcoming place for cancer patients, along with their family and friends. Guests will enjoy a lunch packed in a Vera Bradley lunch bag, watch garden and floral design demos, and receive an indulgence bag containing gifts from Spartina, Crabtree & Evelyn, Kringle and more. There will also be an opportunity to meet Riley O'Connell of Spartina 449. Tickets are $40 per person; seating is limited. To make reservations, call 724-437-5500 or email

The Book Case is now carrying Bob Cole's Dunbar Township High School four-volume history series, published in 2012 by Closson Press. The Dunbar Historical Society tells us that it receives many requests for these books at Dunbar Days and other events, but it is not able to offer the books for retail sale to the public. The ladies are pleased to offer them in their book shop from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesdays to Saturdays. Volumes 1, 2 and 3 sell for $30 each, and Volume 4 goes for $15. The complete set can be purchased at the discounted price of $85. Dunbar Township High graduated more than 5,490 students whose names are listed in the fourth volume of the series. A nearly equal number of young people attended but did not receive a diploma. For both groups these volumes will revive memories of classmates, teachers and events from their past. For descendants of both groups they will offer a look into the early lives of their parents, grandparents or even great-grandparents. Successes were attained in athletic competition by football, basketball, baseball and track teams that produced undefeated seasons and a number of championships. Success was also attained in forensics, including a debate team that set an unequaled record of consecutive championships. Journalistic efforts produced a long series of awards on the nationwide stage. Throughout its history DTHS was known as the “Singing School.” It was one of the first high schools to have public performances by glee clubs and in highly regarded operettas. DTHS had one of the first school orchestras.

Also included is a partial record of the lives and careers of the school's alumni. Many graduates entered the field of education where they taught from the college level to the elementary grades and filled supervisory positions in many places. Names of graduates appear in records of medical research and literary awards as well as college and professional sports far beyond Pennsylvania. A number of graduates found a career in religion. Both men and women served in the Armed Forces. Far too many made the ultimate sacrifice for their country. Volume 1 is “The Beginning Years” 1905-1937; Volume 2, “The Middle Years” 1937-1954; Volume 3, “The Final Years” 1954-1966; and Volume 4, “Index of Graduates and Time Line of Events.”

The Matthew R. Hornick Memorial Golf Tournament, which funds a renewable scholarship for Connellsville Area seniors planning a career in education, will be held at Glenngarry Golf Links on May 18. The tournament was begun 11 years ago by friends of Matt to help fund a scholarship to be awarded to a student at Connellsville Area High School. This scholarship began as a $500 renewable award presented to a student entering the field of education. This past year the scholarship amount increased to a $1,000 renewable award. The Connellsville graduates currently benefiting from this scholarship are Erica Bartholow, Greg Welsh, Kelsey May, Jennifer Weyandt and Miranda Hosfelt. Seven scholarship recipients have graduated and are working as educators or continuing their education. Matt was a talented and energetic young man who was devoted to his love of music, his family, his friends and the students he taught. Your entry fee entitles you to a day of golf, cart and green fees and opportunities to win skill prizes. A snack and luncheon will be provided. The luncheon will include raffle drawings, a 50-50 drawing and an awards presentation. The tournament is a four-person scramble with a shotgun start at 8 a.m. Prizes will be awarded to the first-place team and two randomly drawn teams. Participation is $260 per foursome; an individual participation will be accepted at $65 per person. Individual golfers are welcome and will be placed on a team. The deadline to register with full prepayment is Friday. Those with questions can call Linda Suter at 724-628-1981. Sponsorships are welcome with information available online at

Also, Conn-Area Catholic School's 16th annual golf outing will be held June 2 at Donegal Highlands Golf Course. Registration begins at noon with a shotgun start at 1:30 p.m. The individual golf package costs $95, which includes driving range privileges, cart and green fees, snacks and beverages, a New York strip steak dinner, prizes and gifts. Sponsorships are being accepted. Call Ceal Solan at the school for additional information at 724-628-5090 or email

The Rotary Club of Connellsville Scholarship Fund's 17th annual golf outing will be held May 17 at Pleasant Valley Country Club. It's a four-person scramble. Registration begins at 10 a.m., followed by a shotgun start at 11 a.m. The cost is $110 per golfer, which includes cart, snack, beverages, skill prizes and dinner. Deadline to register is May 10. Sponsorships are welcome. All proceeds benefit academic scholarships. Call Max House at 724-628-4811.

FRIENDS of the Carnegie Free Library will hold the second annual “Bike for Books” event June 1 at Yough River Park and Trail. It's a non-competitive family affair benefiting the FRIENDS. After registration or check-in at Pavilion 1, participants can begin biking as much as they wish of The Great Allegheny Passage/Yough River Trail toward Ohiopyle or West Newton. New this year is a traveling trophy to the group with the highest participation. The day begins at 8:30 a.m., and all participants should return to Yough River Park between noon and 2 p.m. for a light lunch. Pre-registration for adults is $15 by May 25; on the day of the event the cost is $20 and for children younger than 10, $5. New this year is a kid's rodeo for ages 4-12. All participants will receive a free commemorative T-shirt. Entry forms are available at the Carnegie Free Library at 299 S. Pittsburgh St.

Congratulations to the Fayette County Buy Local Network. The organization celebrated its third anniversary on Earth Day. The group is building awareness of the benefits of spending your money with local businesses and merchants. For more information, visit

The Believe In Connellsville group has organized a window display contest for the summer with a patriotic theme for business owners and residents all over town to show their pride in Connellsville. The group is asking you to decorate in red, white and blue and complete your projects by Wednesday.

Register now for the Golden Reunion at East Park featuring a catered lunch and the Wally Gingers Orchestra. Visit

The Connellsville Area Garden Club is looking for metal mailboxes. If you have one that you can donate, please let a member know. The Geranium Festival vendor list is growing. If you would like to set up at the May 25 event, call 724-626-1445 to complete a registration form.

The Auxiliary of Highlands Hospital is holding a basket sale in the hospital lobby from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily through May 10. Winners will be drawn at the annual fashion show at noon May 11 at the Morrell Volunteer Fire Department on Route 119. There will be Fashions by Phyllis with luncheon and a Chinese auction. Doors open at 11 a.m. Tickets for the show can be purchased by calling Dorothy at 724-628-1416 or from any auxiliary member.

Spring cleanup for Connellsville is May 11 and for South Connellsville, May 15.

Mark your calendars for these upcoming events: Thursday, CAHS Patriots auction at Elks; Saturday, community yard sales in Connellsville and Dunbar; Sunday, 110th birthday celebration at library and Molinaro Band concert at Porter Theater; May 11, South Connellsville community yard sale, large trash pickup in city and Abilene at South Connellsville VFD; May 13, All Star Chorus concert; May 15, large trash pickup in South Connellsville; May 18, citywide cleanup and spaghetti dinner fundraiser at the Mill Run fire hall; May 24, symposium; May 25, Geranium Festival; May 26, Golden Reunion; May 27, Memorial Day Parade in Connellsville; June 1, Bike for Books; June 4, Treknology at ArtWorks; June 8, Puppet Adventure at ArtWorks; June 10, Lions Kids Fest; June 13-15, Connellsville Township VFD Fun Fest; June 23, Lions Square Summer Concert with Nashville Past; June 29, Art on the Yough; June 29 and 30, Braddock's Crossing; and June 30, Lions Square Summer Concert with Sugar Mountain.

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Nancy Henry is a Connellsville resident.

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