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The Running Dead zombie run set for Saturday in Connellsville

| Monday, Oct. 21, 2013, 9:00 p.m.

Saturday is The Running Dead zombie run with all kinds of activities surrounding the event. The organizers are expecting a big turnout of runners and zombies. Pre-registration is closed, but you can enter on the day of the event. The Recreation Board will present BOO in East Park, and the runners and zombies will run through during it. There will be a pumpkin patch, trick-or-treating, a costume contest and fun for the kids. The Porter Theater in the Community Center will hold a spooky movie marathon, starting at 4 p.m., and the finale there will be the 11 p.m. showing of “The Rocky Horror Picture Show,” which is getting a huge response by organizers. At 4 p.m., a scavenger hunt is scheduled to begin at the community center and proceed across town. The movie schedule at the Porter Theater is: 4 p.m., “Dr. Castle and His Cinemaniacs Examine: House on Haunted Hill”; 6 p.m., “Night of the Living Dead”; 8 p.m., “Corpsing”; and 11 p.m., “The Rocky Horror Picture Show.” This will be a fun and crazy day in Connellsville.

The bus is filling up for the Rivers Casino trip on Nov. 1 — hurry to get a seat. It is a Finley's Fighters RDH12 Fund For Sight fundraiser. The round trip on a Nelson coach bus will leave Martin's parking lot at 4:30 p.m. and the County Market parking lot at 4:45 p.m. You will arrive at Rivers at 6 p.m., then depart for home at 11 p.m. The cost is $25, and you will receive a $15 playing voucher and a $5 food voucher. There will be fun games on the bus ride. Remember to bring your players card and identification; everyone must arrive on the bus. To reserve a spot, call Phyllis at 724-628-6078 or email The trip is planned by West Apple Tours and Ted and Phyllis Kovall.

Members of the FRIENDS of the Carnegie Free Library recently volunteered their time and formed an assembly line to create Andy's Cranberry Cookies and FRIENDS Death by Chocolate in quart jars. Simultaneously, the jars are decorated and tagged for their annual premier at the FRIENDS Nov. 2 Book Sale to be held from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m. in the library basement.

An “It's a Connellsville Christmas” vendor event will be held again this year in the library on Dec. 7. Cookie jars will be available there, too. Last year many residents strolled through the library to visit and buy at the many booths set up in the auditorium. It is a great opportunity to do Christmas shopping and support local artists of many different interests. If you would like to display your work and secure a table, call Cathy Kumor, chairwoman of the event, at 724-628-1380. Members said the vendors were very happy with their sales at last year's event. FRIENDS looks forward to welcoming some new craftsmen, clubs and artists.

Also, FRIENDS reminds everyone that they are still collecting gently used books for the big Nov. 2 sale. They can be dropped off daily and set by the elevator. Romance and westerns seem to be favorites. Also accepted are books on tape, large print, children's, teens, fiction, nonfiction, art, travel, “how to” cookbooks, health and spiritual, to name a few.

Members of the Mozart Music Club are making plans for the Nov. 24 Festival Of Choirs. They would like any area choirs interested in participating this year to call Marilee McFadden at 724-628-0394.

Downtown Connellsville is beginning to plan this year's “It's a Connellsville Christmas” event on Dec. 7 and 8. Organizers are seeking sponsors as well as nonprofits that would be interested in participating in the cookie event; forms can be found at or by calling 724-626-0141. Any churches that would like to participate by holding an open house are also encouraged to sign up.

The Yough River Trail Council wants to thank everyone who participated in the 19th annual Fall Foliage Run/Walk/Ride. The weather was beautiful, the lunch served by the Lions was delicious, and more than 160 people took part. The event really showcased the beauty of the bike trail, Yough Park and the Youghiogheny River. The dedication of pavilion No. 1 to Chris Wagner and the “Wall of Honor” unveiling were wonderful.

South Connellsville Borough is selling tickets for $2 each. One is a chance to win a 51-inch Samsung plasma TV; the other is for an iPad 16gb. The winners will be drawn at the Christmas event at 9 p.m. Dec. 14 at the playground. Tickets can be purchased at the borough building or at The Ink Spot. For more information, call Karen at 412-582-2342. Proceeds will benefit the playground improvement fund.

Don't forget about the Geibel Catholic coat drive sponsored by the French Honor Society. You can drop off new or gently used coats, blankets and baby sleepers at the junior-senior high school from 7:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. weekdays. The students have a goal of at least 800 and will really appreciate your donation.

Murphy Hall will hold an open house on Wednesday; everyone is invited to stop in. The former Rock Starz building has been completely remodeled and is beautiful. You can start reserving it now for parties, meetings and special events of any kind. Stop in and take a look around.

A book signing will be held at ArtWorks for “Around Connellsville,” with Paul E. Eckman and Karen Hechler, from 3 to 8 p.m. Nov. 8. This outstanding new book will be sold, and light refreshments will be served; everyone is welcome.

Conn-Area Catholic School will present The Clarks on Nov. 1 at the Edwin S. 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 students.

The Connellsville Marching Band Bakery will be making and selling Christmas cookies. There are three dozen cookies per tray for $10. You may choose from lady locks, praline bars, snowball cookies, black tie tartlet cookies, mini gobs or candy cane fudge. Orders are due by Nov. 5. To place your order or questions, call Jessica Schomer at 724-812-2524 or Toni Sanner at 724-317-2877. Cookies will be available before Christmas.

The Connellsville Marching Band will hold a spaghetti dinner at the Pleasant Valley Masonic Center from 3 to 7 p.m. Nov. 2. Adult tickets are $7, and children 10 and younger cost $5. Dinner includes spaghetti, meatballs, salad, bread, dessert and a beverage. You can eat in, and take-out is available. They will also be hosting vendors to assist with Christmas shopping, including Pampered Chef, Scentsy, Paparazzi, Tupperware, Tastefully Simple, thirty-one and Avon. For tickets or more information, call Jessica at 724-812-2524 or Toni at 724-317-2877.

The Band Boosters will hold a cash bash on Nov. 23 at the Bullskin Fire Hall. Doors will open at 5 p.m. Tickets are $10, which includes dinner, drinks and many chances to win. Please note: Alcohol will be served at this event, and the Band Boosters ask that no one under 18 attend. For tickets or more information, call 724-812-2524 or 724-317-2877.

Jack Love, food pantry manager at Connellsville Area Community Ministries, reminds everyone to think about the needy when doing your grocery shopping. Pick up some extras, such as cereal, fruit in cans, beef stew, canned meat, macaroni and cheese, Hamburger Helper, soup, peanut butter and ramen noodles, then just drop them off at the back entrance before 2 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays. Your donation will be appreciated.

Highlands Hospital Auxiliary is sponsoring a Grand Illusions Costume Jewelry and Accessories Sale from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursday and 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. Friday in the lobby of Highlands Hospital, Connellsville. Jewelry includes rings, watches, necklace sets, bracelets, scarves, purses, etc. Prices start at $6, and nothing is over $12. Select six or more items for $5 each.

You can help save lives by signing up for this program. Any 30- to 65-year-old male or female with no personal history of cancer is asked to save the date — Nov. 6 from 3 to 7 p.m. — to enroll in a nationwide American Cancer Society Prevention study in the Carnegie Free Library Auditorium. This is a grass-roots effort in which local communities from across the country can support cancer research by participating in this historic study. Make an appointment by calling 888-604-5888 or online at

The CAHS Patriots is sponsoring its annual veterans program on Nov. 16. The luncheon will begin at 11 a.m. at the Readiness Center on Petersburg Road. There will be a program and a dedication of the World Trade Center steel after the luncheon. Local veterans are invited to attend and must register by Oct. 31 by calling Linda Shearer at 724-628-97145 or 724-322-1494 or emailing

Connellsville Area School District Falcon 5K Run/Walk will be held at 10 a.m. Nov. 2 at the Falcon Stadium, Connellsville, and will use the same course as with the Woodruff Race. Prior to this race, a Kids Run/Walk will be held at 9:30 a.m. Proceeds benefit the CASD Wellness Committee. For more information or an application, visit or call Vicki McWilliams at 724-628-3300, ext. 327.

Mark your calendars for these upcoming events: Saturday, Zombie Run, Movie Marathon and BOO; Sunday, 3 to 4 p.m., trunk-or-treat in Christian Church parking lot; Oct. 29, Halloween parade; Nov. 1, The Clarks at Porter Theater and Rivers Casino bus trip; Nov. 2, FRIENDS of Carnegie Free Library Big Fall Book Sale, CAHS Marching Band spaghetti dinner, Falcon 5K run/walk and chicken and biscuit dinner at Wesley United Methodist Church; Nov. 8, book signing at ArtWorks and Coffee House at Christian Church; Nov. 23, Christmas in the Park, Christmas parade and Falcon Band Boosters cash bash; and Nov. 24, Mozart Music Club Festival of Choirs. Ongoing events are yoga and used book collecting at the library and the Connellsville Marching Band Christmas cookie sale.

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Nancy Henry is a Connellsville resident.

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