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Golden Reunion attendees to see East Park upgrades

| Monday, May 6, 2013, 9:00 p.m.

When the Golden Reunion is held at East Park on May 26, attendees will get to see the restoration of the castle lookout or turret and the refinishing of the tennis courts. Volunteers from several organizations will also be paying special attention to sprucing up the park when the “Connellsville Cares” cleanup day is held on May 18. For information and reservations for the Golden Reunion, call 724-320-6392 or visit There will be a catered picnic lunch, and Wally Gingers Orchestra will perform at the Golden Reunion. The event is for alumni and friends of Geibel, Connellsville, Dunbar and Immaculate Conception schools. Last year there was a nice crowd with lots of folks from far and near catching up and enjoying the day.

Those who would like to volunteer to help on cleanup day can meet at ArtWorks at 9 a.m. May 18. There will be gloves, vests and garbage bags donated by PennDOT that you can pick up there while supplies last. They also sent coloring books and crayons for children.

Saturday is the Community Yard Sale in South Connellsville. You can pick up a map of participants' addresses this week during regular business hours in the borough building.

Dunbar Borough will hold Spring Beautification Saturday. Volunteers are needed and welcome. Residents are asked to take this opportunity to give back and take pride by helping to spruce things up in the borough. They will be raking leaves, spreading mulch, trimming bushes, planting flowers, painting and more. Tools will be provided, and you might get a little dirty. Meet at the Comfort Station/Playground at 9 a.m. or come later in the morning if necessary. Then, May 13 and 14, spring trash pickup will be sponsored by Dunbar Borough Council. There is a $20 registration fee. Participants will be notified of which day they are scheduled for pickup. You are requested to place unwanted items in a pile curbside at your property no later than 8 a.m. on the day of your scheduled pickup. A reminder that items such as construction materials, appliances, computers, tires, motor oil, paint, toxins, etc. will not be accepted. Many of these items are eligible for disposal at the Fayette County Hard-to-Recycle event to be held May 18 at the Fayette County Fairgrounds. For more information, call the borough office at 724-277-4949 or email

The Connellsville Area Historical Society is asking for volunteers who can help at Braddock's Crossing of the Yough on June 29 and 30 and those who could help with work at Gibson House on Patterson Avenue. For more information, call 724-628-5640.

Friday is the Coffee House and Open Mic event at the Christian Church. Everyone is welcome. There is no admission charge.

Scrapbooking will be held at Carnegie Free Library on Saturday. For more information, call 724-628-1380.

The grand reopening of the Dunbar Community Free Public Library will be held from 1 to 4 p.m. May 19. Everyone is invited to join the celebration. There will be refreshments and door prizes. Find out about Fridays at the Library and Family Movie Night. Dunbar Boy Scouts and Cub Pack 180 and Dunbar Girl Scouts will be offering crafts and face-painting. You can sign up to become a Friend of the Library and sign up children for the summer reading program that will begin in June where lunches will be provided by the Connellsville Area School District.

Kid's Fest, presented by Connellsville Lions Club and Bud Murphy's at Rock Starz on June 10, will have many fun and exciting things to do, including the University of Pittsburgh's Mobile Science Lab and Kid's Karaoke. Geyer PAC has donated three free Camp Curtain Call scholarships, one each for three age group winners who participate in Kid's Karaoke.

Junk pickup for Connellsville is Saturday, and for South Connellsville it's May 15.

Don't forget the closing sale at Jalyn's House of Collectibles at 134 N. Third St., on the West Side. The hours are Wednesdays to Fridays from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturdays from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Vera Bradley Weekenders and Grand Travelers are 40 percent off; all other Vera is 25 percent off.

Trinity Lutheran Church, 126 E. Fairview Ave., will be holding a breakfast from 6 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday. Everyone is invited. Breakfast for adults costs $5 and for children, $3. The church is known for a very good breakfast.

Those who would like to set up to sell goods at the Geranium Festival on May 25 should get a registration form now by calling 724-626-1445. This is the deadline. 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 Holden Back. Winkers the Clown will be there for the kids. There are a Princess Contest and a Pet Parade and lots more. Of course there will be beautiful geraniums for sale, too!

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

Happy Mother's Day to all the wonderful moms, especially my mom, Audrey Crislip.

Mark your calendars for these upcoming events: Saturday, South Connellsville Community Yard Sale, large trash pickup in city, Abilene at South Connellsville VFD and breakfast at Trinity Lutheran; 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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