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Harold Betters to wrap up summer concerts in Connellsville

| Monday, Aug. 26, 2013, 6:42 p.m.

The final performer at the Lions Square Summer Concert Series on Sunday will be Harold Betters. He will bring his style, flair and talent for everyone to enjoy. The concert will be held from 7 to 9 p.m., and as always, it's free. The Lions Club members will have the concession stand open where you can buy refreshments and the Lions' high-quality brooms.

The club would like to acknowledge and thank the sponsors that helped make the entertainment possible: Downtown Connellsville, Greater Connellsville Chamber of Commerce, Scottdale Bank & Trust, Atkins Music Center, Yough River Trail Council, John A. Fiesta Insurance Agency, Donna J. Evans Realty, Domino's Pizza, Duncan Service and Bud Murphy's Sports Bar & Restaurant. Oglevee Ltd. donates the flowers to decorate the gazebo.

The Lions now gear up for sales at Falcon Stadium for football games and other fall sports held there. Thanks, Connellsville Lions, for all you do in our community.

Congratulations to Marina Stefano for being crowned the 2013 Bituminous Coal Queen at the annual Pennsylvania Bituminous Coal Show in Carmichaels. This is the first time in the 60-year history of the pageant that a young lady representing Connellsville has won. She performed “Spanish Rose” for the talent portion of the pageant and was very impressive. Marina was then kept busy all week with the duties of the queen and will serve at various functions throughout the year.

The South Connellsville Volunteer Fire Company Fair starts on Wednesday night and runs through Saturday evening, with a parade at 7 p.m. Friday.

The first football game of the 2013 season is Friday night at Falcon Stadium against Kiski. Remember, home games now start at 7 p.m. The Community Pep Rally, sponsored by the city Recreation Board last Thursday night, was fun. The rain was done, and there was a lot of enthusiasm for the fall sports teams. The Mighty Falcon Marching Band and Connellsville Area High School cheerleaders had the crowd on its feet.

St. Rita Christian Mothers will sponsor Nationality Day from 11 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Sept. 6 in the social hall of St. Rita Roman Catholic Church on First Street. Featured will be a spaghetti dinner, a large variety of favorite Italian dishes, pizza, a bake sale and more. For takeout orders, call 724-628-5119.

Here's some information Chip Rowan sent: Connellsville Area Community Ministries is in need of food items to supplement the community food pantry. The demand for food is up, and the supply is low. If you can share some of the following with the needy families, please drop off at the rear entrance to the Community Ministries headquarters at 110 W. Crawford Ave. between 9 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday or the first Saturday of each month from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Items needed are: canned meats, canned fruit, peanut butter and jelly. Dry goods needed are: boxed meals, cake mixes, cereal, crackers and macaroni and cheese. Monetary donations can be sent to CACM, 110 W. Crawford Ave., Connellsville, PA 15425.

CACM also needs volunteers to help in a few areas and is looking for a team of volunteers to serve as receptionists at the ministry. Hours would be 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays. The plan is to split the days and times among several volunteers. Duties would include greeting clients, answering phones and assisting with clerical work. If you would like to volunteer, call Rowan at 724-626-1120 or email

A workday to finish the drywall partitions in the ministry building will be held from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, when they will be applying joint compound and finishing walls to prepare for painting. If you can help with this project, call Shelly Auer at 724-626-1120 or by email

Trendy Trades on Connell Avenue has a huge selection of back-to-school clothes and backpacks, too. Check its Facebook page for hours.

The next Connellsville Crime Watch meeting will be held at 5:30 p.m. Sept. 11 at City Hall. Thomas Zabielski, the Southwestern Pennsylvania representative for Guardian Home Security, will speak on how to make your home more safe and secure. Everyone is encouraged to attend.

Starting in September, ArtWorks Connellsville will hold stained glass classes. This is a self-paced class. Cost is $125, which includes instructions, use of classroom and use of stained glass-making equipment. The student will supply the glass and solder. The glass can be purchased at Yough Glass right here in Connellsville, and the solder is on hand at ArtWorks for sale or you can get stained glass solder off the Internet. Everything else will be provided. Students will be making a window approximately 22 by 28 inches and will have 60 days in which to complete their projects.

Downtown Connellsville, sponsor of the Mum Festival on Sept. 7, is holding a Mum Decorating Contest that day for groups who want to show pride in Connellsville and get recognition for their organization. Displays will be set up from 9 to 11 a.m. along Crawford Avenue at Pittsburgh Street. The cost is $125 for 30 potted mums plus a tent — then design away! Max House donated the money for the Rotary Club of Connellsville to participate and issued a challenge to the other clubs and groups to get out and show their creativity, too! Call Pat Stefano for more details at 724-277-8374 or email

A reminder from Carnegie Free Library director Casey Sirochman: Western Pennsylvania is fighting cancer by hosting enrollment at our facility for the American Cancer Society's new research study, the Cancer Prevention Study-3. By joining the study, you can help researchers better understand the genetic, environmental and lifestyle factors that cause or prevent cancer, which ultimately will save lives. Who can join the study? Anyone who is willing to make a long-term commitment to the study, which involves completing periodic follow-up surveys at home, is between 30 and 65 years old and has never been diagnosed with cancer (not including basal or squamous cell skin cancer). To enroll, visit For more information about the Cancer Prevention Study-3, visit, email or call toll-free at 888-604-5888. Participants will meet at the library from 3 to 7 p.m. Nov. 6.

Also, a reminder that the library will go back to fall hours and will be open until 8 p.m. Mondays and Wednesdays, starting Sept. 9. The library will be closed on Labor Day.

Michael Edwards sent the following: In an effort to help the business community and future entrepreneurs, Downtown Connellsville and the Connellsville Redevelopment Authority will sponsor a “Meet the Lenders” night at the Porter Theater in the Community Center. The event will be held from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Sept. 25. There is no charge to attend. Registration begins at 5 p.m., and reservations can be made at or by calling 724-626-1645. The program will be moderated by Stephen Drozda, lending relations specialist with the Small Business Administration. Guests speakers will include Melanie Ansell, “Getting the Bank to Say Yes”; Joseph Eori, “Inking the Deal”; Rebecca MacBlane, “Financing Options”; David Kahley, “Funding Hospitality and Tourism”; and Ed Molchan and April Cacia, “Covering Your Needs from a Few Thousand to $100,000.” The hope is that the greater Connellsville business community will take advantage of this opportunity to learn about some of the financing options open to them. Refreshments will be provided.

The winners of the 41st annual Rubber Duck event at Pleasant Valley Country Club were Mike Komarny of Mt. Pleasant, Larry Shimko of Connellsville, and James Welsh III and Bryan Hovanec, both of Pittsburgh. There was a three-way tie for second place: Lee Fosbrink, Drew Pennline, Steve Andursky and Dan Mitchell; the team of Bobby McLuckey, Tom Havadich and Chuck Moore; and the team of Eric Harrer, Steve Biller, Bill Seaman and Fred Mulhorn. The long drive contest was held on Friday evening with 28 entries. Rich Morrow won with 312 yards.

The Holy Name Society of Immaculate Conception Church in Connellsville will hold a pancake and sausage breakfast during the annual Autumn Mum Festival from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sept. 7 in the church social hall. Cost is $5 for adults and $2 for children 9 or younger.

A cabbage roll (halupki) sale will be held Sept. 21 by the fundraising committee of St. John the Evangelist Church. Advance orders will be taken . Cost is $5 for two cabbage rolls. You can bring your own containers and have the cabbage rolls packaged as you choose. Orders can be placed by calling Patty Check at 724-628-5967, Retha Koval at 724-628-7838 or Clara Slagle at 724-628-9633. Last date to place an order is Sept. 15. Orders can be paid for and picked up from 8 a.m. to noon.

The third Tangled Up In Brew event will be held from 6 to 9 p.m. Oct. 12 at Yough Park. Organizers are seeking home brewers for the competition. Details will be posted on the Recreation Board's Facebook page as they become available. Tickets will include a pint glass for sampling, snacks and music.

Enjoy Labor Day, and let's all wish everyone headed back to school a good 2013-14 year!

Mark your calendars for these upcoming events: Saturday, open house at Blushie Boutique; Sunday, Harold Betters performs at Lions Square; Sept. 6, St. Rita's Nationality Day; Sept. 7, Mum Festival and CACM open first Saturday of each month; Oct. 5, GCACC Great Gatsby Gala; and Oct. 26, Zombie Run.

Remember, every Wednesday and Saturday, weather permitting, there will be yoga at Yough Park. Every Saturday morning is the Farmers Market.

If you have a local upcoming event that you would like mentioned in this column, email it well in advance so I can include it at

Nancy Henry is a Connellsville resident.

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