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Falcon Foundation Hall of Fame inductees at football game

| Monday, Sept. 16, 2013, 9:00 p.m.

The Falcon Foundation Hall of Fame 2013 inductees will be introduced at the football game Friday night. What an impressive group! They are Gerald Browell, James “Cut” Cunningham, Dr. Donald H. Gillott, Colleen Connors Marshall, Terry “Tuffy” Shallenberger, Michael Tomaro and Harold “Hal” Weightman. Congratulations and thanks for all you've done to make Connellsville proud.

The Women's Ministry of Breakneck Church of God will hold a ham dinner from 4 to 7 p.m. Saturday. These ladies always prepare delicious food. The meal includes ham, potatoes, green beans, carrots, applesauce, dinner roll, homemade cake and hot or cold beverage. Cost is $8 for adults, $4 for children ages 5-10, and free for children 4 and younger. Dinner will be served in the Fellowship Hall, 816 Breakneck Road. There is plenty of convenient parking. Everyone is invited.

The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society's Western Pennsylvania/West Virginia Chapter Light the Night walk will take place on Saturday. Sign-in starts at 5:30 p.m., and the walk begins at 7:30 p.m. around the newly renovated track and grounds of Uniontown High School Stadium. There will be food for fundraising participants, music, raffles, children's games including a bounce house and a remembrance ceremony with memento balloon release. Everyone is welcome.

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 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Sept. 25 at the Porter Theater in the Community Center. There is no charge to attend. Registration begins at 5 p.m., and reservations can be made by emailing or calling 724-626-1645. The program will be moderated by Lending Relations Specialist Stephen Drozda of the Small Business Administration. Guest speakers will include Melaine 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.” This is a great opportunity for the Connellsville business community. Refreshments will be provided.

I'm always surprised by the number of people who don't know Connellsville has a magazine. Connellsville Crossroads has been published since 2009 and has subscribers across the country. The stories often cover history beyond the city as well. In the new fall edition, article titles include “World Class Connellsville Glass” by Karen Hechler, “The Man Who Made Millions” by Ceane O'Hanlon-Lincoln, “A Tale of Two Wedding Dresses” by Donna Myers and “Washington's Wilderness Grist Mill” by Norene Halvonik. This issue also includes part three of a series about the “Carnegie Free Library, 110 Years” written by Casey Sirochman. You will find many other interesting stories and beautiful photos, too. You can buy the current issue and back issues at ArtWorks.

The FRIENDS of Carnegie Free Library introduced Café Carnegie Rainbow Soup Mix at the Mum Festival, and it was a big hit. It has been added to their successful cookie jar repertoire for the fall season. Faithful members and supporters love the seasonal holiday cookie jars, Andy's Cranberry and Death by Chocolate, so the group decided to expand with a soup that will be regularly served at Café Carnegie. Also, the FRIENDS will have a used book collection day on Oct. 5. Please take all your gently used books to the library then.

The new Connellsville Ambassador Program volunteers will be chosen in October. Those who are interested can visit the Carnegie Free Library in person or online to find out more.

Highlands Hospital Auxiliary is sponsoring a B and G Book Sale in the hospital lobby from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Oct. 1 and 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Oct. 2. Shoppers can choose from cookbooks, best-sellers, children's books, gift items and more. These will make great Christmas gifts. Proceeds from this fundraising event will be used to purchase needed equipment and furnishings for the hospital.

South Connellsville Borough will hold its annual Car and Bike Show, sponsored by Scott C's Auto Sales, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Oct. 12. There will be a disc jockey, prizes and more. There will also be a craft show with no vendor fee, but you must reserve your spot in advance by calling Karen at 412-582-2342. Proceeds will benefit South Connellsville Community Playground and the South Connellsville Volunteer Fire Company.

While talking with Chip Rowan at Community Ministries on Thursday, I got to see the Day of Caring West Penn Power volunteers in action painting drywall. There sure was a lot to paint! They were all smiles, enjoying the big job they had taken on. Thanks to all of those throughout our community who helped that day.

Plan now to be at the Yough River Trail Council Fall Foliage Ride/Walk on Oct. 13. Registration begins at noon, and the ride is not timed. For those who want a little competition, there are two competitive rides with a chance to win prizes. One goes to Adelaide and back, and the other goes to Camp Carmel and back. Those who pick up a token at those destinations and return to Yough Park before 3 p.m. are entered in the drawing for a gift card. The Connellsville Lions Club will be serving its usual fantastic lunch from 3 to 4 p.m., and it will include hot dogs, ham barbecue, baked beans, potato salad, fresh vegetables, drink and of course, Janet Puskar's homemade cookies. Cost is $15 by Oct. 4 and $20 after that. Lunch and a long-sleeved T-shirt are included. This is one of council's biggest fundraisers for the year. and proceeds will be shared with the Lions Club. Applications are available at the trailheads and online at

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 are posted on the recreation board's Facebook page. Tickets will include a pint glass for sampling, snacks and music.

By Faith Ministries Inc. will hold a free community breakfast from 8 to 10 a.m. Sept. 28 in its fellowship hall, 107 N. Seventh St. Everyone is invited.

The yoga classes at Yough Park have come to an end. The group said a fond farewell to summer. Members are welcoming autumn as they resume classes in the auditorium of the Carnegie Free Library starting Oct. 1. Classes will be held from 9 to 10:30 a.m. Tuesdays, 6 to 7:30 p.m. Wednesdays and 10:15 to 11:45 a.m. Saturdays. The Saturday class is for a donation and benefits FRIENDS of the Carnegie Free Library. The classes are with Cathy Kumor, who also offers Yoga Mondays from 5:30 to 7 p.m. at Highlands Hospital in the John Murtha Wellness Center.

Also this from Kumor: “A Retreat: Healing the Body, Mind and Our Spirit” will take place at the Carnegie Free Library from 10:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Oct. 12. Cost is $40 if you pre-register by Oct. 7 or $45 for late registration. Lunch is included. Co-hosts are Kumor and Stacey McBeth. Space is limited; register by calling 724-626-1114 or email

Missy Judy at Blushie Boutique in downtown Connellsville sent this: “New fall inventory, including sweaters, leggings, scarves, jackets and tops, has arrived. On Saturday at 5:30 p.m. we will host an Origami Owl Trunk Show, there will be light refreshments, and customers that make a purchase from Origami Owl will receive a $10 gift certificate for the Boutique. Then on Friday, Sept. 27, 6-8 p.m. the Boutique is partnering with Bonnie Parker, representing Tastefully Simple, to host a Sip n Shop event. Bonnie will have tasty refreshments to try, and all Boutique merchandise will be buy one item at regular price, get a second item 12 off!”

West Overton Village and Museums will host its monthly Wednesdays at West Overton on Sept. 25 featuring artist Sheree Cockrell of Connellsville with a display of her oil paintings. Light hors d'oeuvres and beverages will be served, courtesy of Carson's Premier Catering. Live entertainment will be provided by Blues Passport. A $5 donation benefits West Overton Village and Museums. For more information, visit

Conn-Area Catholic School is hosting The Clarks on Nov. 1 at the Edwin Porter Theater in the Connellsville Community Center. Tickets for the concert are $20 and are available now at the school. Concert proceeds directly benefit the school's students.

Sept. 28 is the date of the Dunbar Community Fest, and there will be lots to do. So plan now to attend.

Kelly Gallo of Nails by Kelly was one of the vendors at the Mum Festival. She has worked at Nemacolin Resort and now does pedicures and manicures by appointment in her home near Yough Park. Her phone number is 724-603-5556, and her Facebook link is naturalnailsbykelly.

There are only two Saturdays left to get to the Farmers Market downtown. The selection is still good.

The Christian W. Klay Winery and Historic Stone House Restaurant will hold the annual Harvest Festival and Chili Cook-off on Sunday. There will be cooking demonstrations, grape stomping, wine tasting and kids' activities. There will also be regional crafters, food vendors and live music provided by Jazz Legend Harold Betters. A $5 donation at the gate will benefit the Raymond E. Malone Agricultural Scholarship and a culinary scholarship. Please bring a perishable or nonperishable item to donate to the Fayette Chamber Cares Fall Food Drive.

Catholic Daughters of Americas Court 260 will take a bus trip to Rivers Casino in Pittsburgh on Oct. 18. Cost is $25 with $20 back in free play and a $5 food voucher. Reservations can be made by calling 724-628-7553 or 724-628-9627. Reservations are due by Oct. 11.

Mark your calendars for these upcoming events: Saturday, ham dinner at Breakneck Church of God and Light the Night Walk and Blushie Boutique Trunk Show; Sunday, Christian W. Klay Harvest Festival; Sept. 25, “Meet the Lenders” at Porter Theater and West Overton presents the art of Sheree Cockrell; Sept. 27, Tastefully Simple at Blushie Boutique; Sept. 28, Dunbar Community Fest and By Faith Ministries free breakfast; Oct. 1 and 2, Highlands Hospital Auxiliary book sale; Oct. 5, FRIENDS used book collection at the library and GCCC Great Gatsby Gala; Oct. 12, South Connellsville Car Show, Wellness Retreat and Tangled Up In Brew; Oct. 13, YRTC Fall Foliage Ride/Walk; Oct. 18, Rivers Casino bus trip; Oct. 26, Zombie Run; and Nov. 1, The Clarks at Porter Theater.

Nancy Henry is a Connellsville resident.

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