Work to continue Saturday at Cat's Court
By Karl Polacek
Published: Friday, Aug. 2, 2013, 5:30 p.m.
Sasquatch, Jimmy Hoffa, a butchered cow?
A group of volunteers on Thursday evening digging post holes at Mountz Creek Park in Connellsville for the new sand lot volleyball courts, found various items — among those — bones.
“We found several bones,” said Connellsville Recreation Board member Greg Lincoln. Lincoln said four or five pieces of bone were recovered.
Lincoln said Connellsville Councilman Gregory Ritch collected the bones, bagged them, and turned them over to Connellsville Police Chief James Capitos.
Capitos sent the bones to the Fayette County Coroner's office in Uniontown to determine whether they are human.
Lincoln said the bones did not look like they were buried recently. He said one of the bones was very big.
Capitos said Dr. Phillip Riley, Fayette County coroner, identified the large bone as a femur and felt it is unlikely that they belonged to a human. It would be more likely they belonged to a large animal, such as a cow.
Capitos said there were cut marks on the bones which might indicate they belonged to a butchered animal.
“I cannot believe they are human,” Riley said. “It might be a big cow, maybe a steer, or a big horse.”
Riley said he has other resources that would check the bones to be sure.
Work on the sand lot courts was temporarily halted Thursday night after the bones were found. But Lincoln said it didn't cause a delay in the work.
Lincoln said work would continue today. Volunteers are needed.
Lincoln said volunteers will put up a fence on Saturday using more than 900 boards. Then on Monday, more than 200 tons of sand will be placed at the court.
“We hope to have a good turnout with volunteers,” Lincoln said. “We've received a good response.”
Lincoln said people in and from out of town have arrived to lend a hand, and local businesses and people have donated items such as water and fruit and pizzas to the volunteers.
Lincoln said the recreation board, which is in charge of the project, is selling sponsorship banners. Ten have been sold so far. For the first year, banner costs are $200.
Anyone wanting to sponsor a banner should make checks out to: Connellsville Recreation Board. They can be dropped off at City Hall or sent to Connellsville City Hall, 110 S. Arch St., Connellsville, PA 15425.
“We appreciate any donation for this project,” Lincoln said.
The dedication of the volleyball courts is scheduled for 4 p.m. Aug. 10
The courts, named “Cat's Court,” are being dedicated to Catherine Healy, a 2011 graduate of Connellsville Area High School, who was a high school volleyball player. She recently died from injuries suffered in a one-vehicle accident. The Acme girl also played volleyball on the college level.
Healy's stepdad, George Appel, will be building a stone platform, carved to look like a sunshine, said Lincoln.
“Kat was his sunshine,” Lincoln said. “We're using the stone that was left over from the castle project from East Park.”
Members of Healy's college volleyball team from Penn State Erie will be attending the dedication and will be participating in a scrimmage that with take place after the dedication. A four-on-four volleyball tournament will be held at 5 p.m.
The community is encouraged to attend the event.
“It's an amazing thing to see how many people are stepping up to help with this project,” Lincoln said. “It's going to be a bittersweet dedication.”
Karl Polacek is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or 724-626-3538. Mark Hofmann, staff writer for Trib Total Media, contributed.
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