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Symposium, concert plannned

Bringing a wealth of information on Connellsville and the surrounding areas, the fourth annual Yough County Symposium will be held at Yough Park on Friday.

“This is a way to talk about ideas and what is going on in Connellsville and around Connellsville, but its center is Connellsville as the hub,” Fayette County Cultural Trust president Michael Edwards said of the event that is sponsored by the group. “This year, our theme is ‘Trails and Trains,' and that is what we will be focusing on.”

The event will kick off at 9 a.m. and will feature four different panels that will discuss topics related to the theme.

The panels will cover “Trails,” “Hospitality, “Tourism” and “Updates.”

“The panels will be followed by open question-and-answer periods,” Edwards said.

Some of the discussion will be about connecting other trails to the Great Allegheny Passage, the promotion and future plans for the trails and surrounding areas. Braddock's Trail also will be a part of the daylong discussions.

“We want to try to bring people from all over the area,” Edwards said. “We will be covering a lot of interesting information.”

The event will be held at the pavilion and will feature breakfast and lunch.

Cost is $15. Reservations are required and can be made at or by calling 724-626-0141

The Fayette County Cultural Trust also is hosting a concert at 7 p.m. Friday at the Porter Theater, which will feature the jazz sounds of the Sammy Brooks Band.

Tickets are $15 and can be purchased at the door.

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Busy lifestyles and schedules make planning a class reunion a daunting task, so the Fayette County Cultural Trust decided to make it easier for the graduates of Connellsville-area schools by planning one big reunion that could be celebrated by all.

Now in its second year, the Golden Reunion of the past graduates of Connellsville, Geibel, Immaculate Conception and Dunbar high schools are invited for an afternoon of fun, memories and entertainment.

“It's harder and harder for people to organize their class reunions, especially for the graduates of classes from 50 years ago or more,” said Michael Edwards, Fayette County Cultural Trust president. “This way, there is one big celebration that everyone can attend.”

The event will begin at noon May 26 in East Park in Connellsville, a site that was not only chosen for its convenience.

“East Park holds a lot of fond memories for people,” Edwards said. “It's a place that is a big part of a lot of people's lives, and it holds a lot of memories for many who come.”

Last year, the event drew a little more than hundred people, and Edwards said they were thrilled with the interest shown for the event's inaugural showing.

“We hope to see that number double this year,” Edwards said. “Last year, we had people come from Delaware, Iowa and New York, and they said that they would be back this year.”

The event will feature lunch, and entertainment will be provided by the Wally Gingers Band.

Everyone who attends is encouraged to bring any memorabilia that they would like to share, and the Connellsville Chamber of Commerce will be selling T-shirts bearing the colors of the four schools.

“Parking is a little tight there, so we will be offering a shuttle service, and there is also a golf cart for someone who may have a difficult time walking,” Edwards said of the shuttle service that will run from the public parking lot between Crawford and Fairview streets in Connellsville.

Edwards said the reunion will be a perfect time for many to see the improvements made to the park, such as the newly refurbished stone pillars, castle lookout and tennis court area.

A special dedication of the castle will be held later in the afternoon.

“We want to encourage people to come to enjoy the day and visit,” Edwards said. “Everyone really enjoyed it last year, and we hope to see even more attend this year.”

Cost is $25 per person and reservations, due by Tuesday, can be made at or by calling 724-626-0141

Marilyn Forbes is a freelance writer.

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