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Connellsville Soccer Club hosting night soccer games on Saturday

| Monday, June 9, 2014, 6:48 p.m.
Nancy Henry | For the Daily Courier
The Keystone Marker has been restored and can be seen by travelers and residents at Memorial Bridge.
Nancy Henry | For the Daily Courier
The Keystone Marker that was restored along Route 119 entering Connellsville from the south.

Connellsville Soccer Club is hosting night soccer games from 6 p.m. to midnight Saturday at Shallenberger Sports Complex. The event is open to everyone including all community clubs, all ages, including adults. Cost of $50 per family that night includes night soccer, complimentary food and drinks, movies on a big screen, games, a bonfire and fireworks. For more information on this fundraiser, call Max House, 724-628-4811.

• The Connellsville Township Volunteer Fire Department Fun Fest ‘14 will be held Thursday, Friday and Saturday. This is the 11th year for the event held at 905 Fireman St. There will be music, games, food, lots of crafters and vendors, a car show, parade and hot-dog eating contest. There is parking on site. Find out more at

• The Connellsville Recreation Board movies at East Park start Friday with “Monsters University” to be shown at dusk. Project Talent Theater will present a program before the movie and Hip Hop Hooray will have a bounce house set up. The concession stand will be open. The Connellsville Area High School National Honor Society will be volunteering there.

• A few tickets remain for the South Connellsville Volunteer Fire Company Cash Bash on Saturday. Doors open at 11:30 a.m. with big drawings every 15 minutes, the final draw is at 4 p.m. with extra if you are in attendance. Tickets, that include food and drink, are $25 and can be purchased at the firemen's club or call 724-628-1811. The fire company volunteers would also like to thank everyone in the community for generously responding to the fundraising letter recently mailed. Remember, anyone can donate at any time throughout the year, and all amounts are appreciated.

• The Carnegie Free Library is sponsoring adult, teen and children's summer reading clubs. Get all of your friends together and sign up. Registration is going on now. Call 724-628-1380 or visit There will also be a “Survivor” challenge for teens this summer involving team competition, scientific challenges and more until there is just one survivor.

• The Laurel Mountain Jug Band will perform at 7 p.m. Friday at the West Overton Overholt Room, West Overton Museums, Scottdale, for an old-time, bluegrass and gospel music show. It is sponsored by the Scottdale Area Young Adults Christian Fellowship Group with all proceeds going toward their ministry at a local youth shelter. A $5 admission is suggested, more is appreciated.

• Please join Jacobs Creek Watershed Association for the 26th annual River Sweep Cleanup from 8:30 to 11 a.m. June 21. This year, the association will again be cleaning up around Greenlick Dam and Jacobs Creek Park, wonderful sites for fishing, boating, picnicking and bird watching except for all of the litter! Individuals, families and groups are invited to participate. All volunteers will receive a free River Sweep T-shirt. Gloves, bags and light refreshments are provided.

• Time is running out to reserve your spot for the Connellsville Crime Watch day trip on June 21 to Washington D.C. Remember, the proceeds from this trip will go to the Connellsville Police Fund for new bulletproof vests. The bus will depart Connellsville at 6:30 a.m., and return to Connellsville at approximately 9 p.m. The bus will let the group off at the Washington, D.C. Crime Museum. After a self-guided tour of the museum, approximately two hours, you are on your own to tour other sites such as the Washington Mall, which includes all the monuments, and the Smithsonian. The price is $75 per person, less than an Amtrak ticket would be. Included is the round-trip transportation and tickets to the Crime Museum. Those who would like to make a reservation can stop in at ArtWorks, 139 W. Crawford Ave.

• Please check out the Downtown Connellsville website for information on the upcoming Lunch and Learn event to be held June 17 which will feature two social media gurus. Make your by emailing Michael Edwards at Also, see the various classes that will be offered throughout the summer in partnership with Seton Hill University's E-magnify's program.

• Leanne Tressler is sponsoring a concert by Our Finest Hour at the Porter Theatre from 3 to 6 p.m. June 21 as her Gold Award Project for Girl Scouts. Connellsville Area Community Ministries will benefit because everyone is asked to bring a can of food for the CACM food pantry as their admission.

• Calvary Assembly of God Church will host a concert at 6 p.m. June 22. Everyone is invited to come hear New Journey and The Richters Realm of Grace and join both groups in celebrating the release of new CD projects. Admission is free, a love offering will be received. The church is located at 1316 S. Pittsburgh St.

• The fifth annual Paint Room Bike Run will be held on June 28 with registration to begin at 10 a.m. at the Paint Room on Apple Street. The run will be in loving memory of both Wanda Bigam and Dave Bigam and will benefit Fayette Friends of Animals.

• A mystery man about town has taken on a special project. The historical Keystone Marker that stands along Route 119 as you enter Connellsville from the south has been taken down, refurbished and set back in place. Because it looked neglected, needing fresh, new blue and yellow paint, this gentleman contacted the Historical Marker Trust people to learn the rules of how it had to be re-done, specific paint that must be used, sandblasting and powder coating are involved. The contact person noted that the only way most of these signs will be preserved is if individuals step forward to do it themselves They were put up starting in the early 1930s by the State Highway Department, PennDOT's predecessor. This good citizen decided to re-do the sign at Memorial Bridge, with assistance. It was erected by the Phillip Freeman Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution in 1959. It reads: “Connellsville Memorial Bridge dedicated to the memory of men and women who served their country during the Revolutionary and all succeeding wars.” It too, is now set back in place. Be sure you take notice of the results of this anonymous citizen's effort. This gentleman is pleased with the good things happening in Connellsville and thought this could be a way for him to do something positive too. The two, he and his assistant, have been called the Zelig brothers, Eddie and Freddie, but that cannot be confirmed. Let's all watch to see what the next restoration project will be. Applause for stepping up to care for these important threads in the fabric of our community.

• Another bright note. Recently, Michael Edwards was asked to lead a group of tourists on a tour of the city. This group of 11 had come from across the country, including California, Florida, Washington and Georgia as part of a Sierra Club tour of the Great Allegheny Passage. After checking in at Connellsville B&B the group headed to the new location of Somerset Trust at the P&LE train station. They were fascinated that the train was elevated coming through the city. The next stop was to visit the Grotto at St. Rita's, where the story of how the stonework was completed utilizing river stones captivated them. A brief stop at the heritage sign highlighted the various bridges that have spanned the Yough. As a group of environmental enthusiasts, they were very concerned upon seeing a tire in the river. The Post Office and the Atkins Music store intrigued the history buffs of the group. The next stop was ArtWorks Connellsville where the many talented artists of the area have their works for sale. A couple of pieces of art were purchased with one being shipped to Georgia. The final stop of the tour was the new Connellsville Canteen and model railroad display. The stories of the World War II heroes of the area, the handy work of Mr. Clark and the volunteer effort of the community impressed the group. After signing the guest book, the tourists then headed to El Canelo for dinner. The next morning after feasting on a zucchini and sausage frittata they pedaled to Ohiopyle and visited Fallingwater before overnighting in Rockwood.

• The 20th annual Bud Murphy Memorial Golf Outing will be held July 19 at Duck Hollow Golf Course.

All proceeds from this fun day of golf benefit Wesley Health Center, the only free clinic in Fayette County. The event includes 18 holes of golf, cart, pop, beer, lunch on the patio, steak dinner and souvenir golf hat. There are lots of prizes and cash awards too. Sign up now, entry forms are available at Bud's or call Bob, Robin or Bobby at 724-628-4827.

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Nancy Henry is a Connellsville resident.

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