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Believe In Connellsville pushes patriotic theme

| Thursday, May 16, 2013, 12:26 a.m.

The Believe In Connellsville group is promoting an organized effort for business owners and residents to decorate in a patriotic theme to brighten the downtown and neighborhoods throughout the city.

Members would like to see everyone complete their projects in the next few days, leading up to the many activities planned this month.

“We're asking everyone to take pride in Connellsville and present a welcoming appearance for visitors who will be here for the Yough Country Symposium, the Geranium Festival, the Golden Reunion, the Memorial Day Parade, graduation, traveling the bike trail or any other reason,” said BIC member Judy Keller. “We would like to see red, white and blue and Old Glory waving everywhere we look.”

“The Believe In Connellsville group held a contest for holiday decorating, and we won and received a plaque,” said Elizabeth Trump, manager of DeMuth Florist at 302 N. Pittsburgh St. “When they asked everyone to decorate in a patriotic theme, we decided to skip other ideas we had planned to use this spring and jump right into the patriotic theme.

“Our owner Nate Savanick's mother also owns Marty's Collectibles in Scottdale, and she has a wide selection of antiques that I can choose from when deciding a theme for our windows,” Trump added.

The little red wagon in the DeMuth Florist window is an antique, as is a faceless little boy.

Trump went to Community Ministries on Crawford Avenue to buy the boy's sweatshirt so he would be dressed in red, white and blue. She changed the ribbon on his hat to coordinate with his blue jeans and red sweatshirt.

“We now sell so many more things than just flowers, so I have so much decor to choose from for the windows,” she said. “We are showing a front door as if it's the front of a house and added stars, a rug and a bench that I also got at Marty's, and all of it is for sale.”

DeMuth Florist carries wind chimes, angels, statues, birdbaths, throws and wall hangings for everyday use or as keepsakes in memory or honor of someone.

Also available at the florist are gifts for all occasions, home decor and pictures for walls, jewelry and Colebrook Candy.

“It makes it nice for our customers now that we carry Colebrook Candy, because many people like to give candy with flowers for special occasions and holidays,” Trump said.

DeMuth Florist is remodeled and will hold an open house soon. All of the employees who worked at the floral and gift shop for former owner Ed DeMuth still work there, including Trump, Karey Katona, Kelly Darnell, Shelly Ritenour, Barb Minick and Don Hann.

“We all love it here because we get so many new things all the time. The store is different each time our customers come in,” Trump said.

“We encourage everyone to participate in decorating our town in red, white and blue to make everything look great.”

“BIC would like the ‘Project Pride' event to be themed patriotic,” BIC member Anthony Lembo said. “Connellsville will be hosting many events in upcoming weeks, and we would like businesses and residents to decorate their storefronts and outdoor spaces in a red, white and blue patriotic theme for Memorial Day weekend and the summer.”

He added that people will be coming into the area for these events.

“We would like the town to show pride and honor those who have served in our armed forces and those who have lost their lives fighting for our country,” Lembo said. “We would like all of the storefronts in Connellsville to be done decorating by May 24, which is the Friday before the Geranium Festival.

“There will be no prizes awarded, but we want the businesses and citizens to know that we created this project to honor our soldiers and remember the fallen.

“It would be amazing to see every storefront with something decorative in it, like when we celebrated with our bicentennial parade,” he noted. “BIC would like to see everyone involved in ‘Project Pride.' ”

Nancy Henry is a freelance writer.

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