Golden Reunion to welcome graduates of 4 area high schools
May 22 is the deadline to sign up to attend the Golden Reunion on May 26. Last year was the first time it was held, and the event was very successful. The reservations are coming in, with some from folks that weren't there last time. Many are from those who had a good time and plan to come back each year. The reunion is for graduates of Connellsville, Geibel, Immaculate Conception and Dunbar high schools, and there is no age limit either way; everyone is welcome. It will be catered again by Miller's Catering of Connellsville; everything was delicious last time. Then there is the music of the Wally Gingers Orchestra that I think everyone enjoyed in 2012. The cost to attend is $25 and includes the lunch and entertainment. The reunion will be held at East Park. I haven't talked to anyone who didn't enjoy themselves last year. If you have questions, call Michael Edwards at 724-626-0141.
The day before that, May 25, is the Geranium Festival. The Garden Club members have finalized plans and there will be so much to do. Judy Sherwood and other Garden Club members will be helping children plant something to take home and watch grow. Winkers the Clown will be strolling through downtown, and there will be face painting, too. The Pet Parade begins at 11 a.m. and is always popular and fun to watch. The Princess contest begins at noon at the Lions Gazebo. Girls 4-6 from the Connellsville Area School District only must be pre-registered. The contest is limited to 12 entries. Applications are available at Artworks, Lid'l Lyn's and the Greater Connellsville Chamber of Commerce. Along with great music all day long, you can eat delicious food and enjoy shopping at all the vendors and downtown businesses, too. The Garden Club members asked me to remind everyone that geraniums will not be sold until 10 a.m.
Backing up again, on Friday, May 24, of Memorial Day weekend, you can attend the Yough Country Symposium at Yough Park. The keynote speaker is Paul Prestia, and there will be discussions and information on many areas of development in our area. If you want to have breakfast and lunch, the total cost is only $15. That night everyone can head to the Edwin S. Porter Theater in the community center for an evening of entertainment by the Sammy Brooks Band that includes Sammy, Patrick Kelly, Levi Graft and Stephen Gallo. They are terrific! The cost is $15 per person. Go to the website for more information and some music at www.sammybrooksband.com.
The Memorial Day Parade on May 27 will be a wonderful way to top off such a busy weekend as we reflect on those who have bravely served our country.
I attended the Connellsville Area High School choral concert and the Connellsville Area Junior High choral concert last week. Both were outstanding. The numbers they performed were familiar and upbeat, and the soloists were incredible, as were those on guitar and percussion. Levi Graft was the accompanist, and he's always fun to watch. Congratulations to directors Henry Molinaro, Marilee McFadden and Gayle Cuneo, who really help those talented students shine.
The Connellsville Recreation Board is planning to show six movies at East Park this summer. They have sponsors for four and need two more at $200 each. If you can help, contact a member of the rec board. Those who have committed to sponsor a movie are Kisiel & Associates P.C., Tzan Insurance, Hutch's Tap Room and Faris Distributing.
The Carnegie Free Library has a new program for kids 8-12 and their parents, caregiver, grandparents or guardians. Everyone will learn, get active and play fun games with new friends and family. Make and taste healthy snacks and receive prizes for making healthy choices. This is a free program to be held from 5:45 to 7:45 p.m. on six consecutive Wednesday evenings June 12 to July 24 (except for July 3). Upon completion, larger prizes are awarded. The program will be held on the library's second floor and at Cameron Court. Sign up online by June 10 at www.carnegiefreelib.org. A limited number of families will be accepted, so register soon. Free baby-sitting for younger siblings will be available. For more details or questions, call Casey Sirochman at 724-628-1380.
The ladies who work at DeMuth Florist are happy to congratulate owner Nate Savanick and his wife, Kristen, on the birth of their second little girl, Emily. Her sister is Julia. What a happy occasion.
Harold Betters has some interesting shows coming up. On June 21 he is one of four bands performing outdoors from 5 to 9 p.m. at “Jazz On The Hill,” a Pittsburgh Jazz Society event, at Ewart Street in Pittsburgh. Then from 1 to 4 p.m. June 22, wine, dine and dance at the Summer Wine Festival at Trax Farms in Finleyville. His June 28 performance has been changed to 6 to 9 p.m. at St. Mary's Byzantine Catholic Church, 411 Power St., Johnstown, at the Jazz Along The River event. For more information about his performing schedule, visit www.haroldbetters.com.
Conn-Area Catholic School is selling a calendar ticket for the month of June. The cost of the ticket is $10. Each ticket has two three-digit numbers drawn on the Pennsylvania Daily Number at 7 p.m. You have a chance to win 30 times in June; cash prizes range from $50 to $200. For tickets, call the school at 724-628-5090 or stop at the school office at 613 E. Crawford Ave., using the school entrance facing Dr. Ellis' office.
We don't always realize the distance people travel from to enjoy everything we have right here in our own backyard. Judy Keller met a family who was buying supplies in Martin's and riding the bike trail from Pittsburgh to Washington. They were from Alaska. Three ladies from South Korea recently shopped in ArtWorks, and Carlos at El Canelo sees out-of-the-area tourists quite often.
Highlands Hospital Auxiliary is sponsoring a B&G Book Sale in the hospital lobby from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday and 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Thursday. There will be a great variety of books for sale, and all funds raised will be used to make improvements at the hospital.
Don't forget to help with the Connellsville Cares citywide cleanup on Saturday. You can pick up supplies at ArtWorks at 9 a.m.
Mark your calendars for these upcoming events: Wednesday, large trash pickup in South Connellsville; Friday, Rotary golf outing; Saturday, citywide cleanup, Matthew Hornick golf outing and spaghetti dinner fundraiser at Mill Run fire hall; Sunday, grand reopening of the Dunbar Community Library; May 24, symposium and Sammy Brooks Band; May 25, Geranium Festival; May 26, Golden Reunion; May 27, Memorial Day Parade in Connellsville; June 1, Bike for Books; June 2, Conn-Area golf outing; 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 22, Lions Bike with Buds; 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.