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Connellsville's Cafe Carnegie to hold grand opening Saturday

| Thursday, June 19, 2014, 7:06 p.m.
Celeste Van Kirk | Daily Courier
The Cafe Carnegie located in the Carnegie Free Library in Connellsville will hold its grand opening on Saturday. Those attending will get a chance to view the donor bookcase.

The FRIENDS of Carnegie Free Library of Connellsville is holding a grand opening of the Cafe Carnegie on Saturday.

The cafe opened on Jan. 20.

Saturday's grand opening will be held 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. There will be live music by Dave Petrone and entertainment provided by Project Talent Theatre Workshop.

Chris Wallander, a FRIENDS member and volunteer who spearheaded the Cafe Carnegie project, said there will also be an Early Bird Special — a free piece of pie with the purchase of coffee or tea.

Children under the age of 12 will get a free cookie, while supplies last.

There will also be smoothies for $1.

The Cafe wall now displays a list of donors to the project. It is displayed on bookcases on the wall, created by Lyndan Designs.

“It is important that we thank those who donated,” said Wallander.

Recognized are: Hazel Murphy, Consol Energy, and Grimaldi Dental Associates with Emerald honors; Lyndan Designs, Craig Appliance and Furniture and Chuck Shandorf with Gold honors; Jud Mongell, Graciela Galup, Jerel Lorenzo with Silver honors; Marshall Pence, Connellsville Area Career and Technical Center's electrical occupations class (Vince Speer), Connellsville Area Career and Technical Center's auto collision class (Karl Butchko), John Lypson, Gary Wandel, Jonathan Walker, Vincent Wallander, Martin's, Timothy Gigliotti and Jeff and Beth Francis, with Bronze honors.

The cafe has two employees and is a project of the FRIENDS of Carnegie Free Library. All profits are donated back to the library.

“We provide the community with opportunities to invest in the success of the library by donating funds or by donating time through volunteering. We raise money and we raise our voices to ensure a first-class public library for Connellsville and the surrounding communities,” said Wallander.

The cafe's daily menu includes homemade soups, paninis, salads and desserts.

“All of our food is homemade, from scratch. We serve excellent coffee, specialty coffees, smoothies and Italian sodas,” said FRIENDS member Karen Macko.

“The cafe is a great place to conduct interviews and meet with clients. Cafe Carnegie can host card clubs, book clubs and other group events,” said FRIENDS member Linda Ruth, encouraging those interested to check the cafe out on Facebook or visit its website at www.cafecarnegie.com or call 724-550-1320.

Cafe Carnegie is located on the first floor of Carnegie Free Library at 299 S. Pittsburgh St., Connellsville.

The donor bookcase for the library front door project will also be in place to view on Saturday.

Nancy Henry is a contributing writer.

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