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Competitions continue at Fayette County Firemen's Convention

| Monday, July 14, 2014, 4:33 p.m.

The competitions continue at 6:30 each night at South Connellsville playground during the Fayette County Firemen's Convention and the SCVFC 100th anniversary celebration.

Kids' battle of the barrel will be held on Wednesday night; all are welcome. No pre-entry is necessary. On Saturday night, the big parade is scheduled for 6:30 and fireworks at 10.

Commemorative hooded sweatshirts, long-sleeved and short-sleeved T-shirts, mugs and a souvenir booklet are being sold. There is no admission charge to attend.

The vendor show, to be held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday at Connellsville Eagles, is sponsored by Highlands Hospital Auxiliary and will feature more than 20 booths with lots of variety. There is no admission charge.

• The 5th annual Connellsville Triathlon will be held on Saturday. Cost is $45 for individuals and $100 for a team of as many as three people. Pick up an entry form at City Hall or call 724-628-2020, ext. 201.

• A Financial Bootcamp, sponsored by Downtown Connellsville and the Connellsville Redevelopment Authority, will be from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Wednesday in the Connellsville Canteen. For more information or to make reservations, contact Michael Edwards at 724-626-1645 or

• The band on Sunday at Lions Square is the popular High Ryder. Plan to be there for the free 7-9 p.m. concert, bring your friends and your chair, and if possible, a nonperishable food item to be donated to the Connellsville Area Community Ministries food pantry. Refreshments and Lions brooms will be sold.

• It is time to register for the Finley's Fighters 10K Run, 5K Run/Walk, half-mile Fun Run and picnic. Date is Aug. 16. You can join Finley's grandparents, Ted and Phyllis Kovall and Ben and Sally Pletcher, along with Finley, her siblings and her parents at Yough Park for this important fundraiser. Finley is losing her eyesight to a very rare genetic disease. All the proceeds from this event go to the RDH12 Fund for Sight. For more information, call 724-628-6078.

• Animal SnipPets will hold a Coach purse party from 1-5 p.m. Aug. 10 at the DL&V Fire Hall with giveaways every 10 minutes. Information is on Facebook.

• The Connellsville Canteen has a few shows and programs scheduled. The first one is a dinner show, featuring a night with Kristin Leigh Markitell. It's a 1940s show with dinner buffet by Millers Catering from 6-9 p.m. Aug. 8. On Sept. 9, Jeff Monahan of 72nd Street Films will talk about his upcoming films and where 72nd Street Films is headed. The program is free. Light refreshments will be served. Both events are partly sponsored by Three Rivers Community Foundation and Fayette County Cultural Trust. Call 724-320-6392 for reservations.

• Everyone can save money by buying advance tickets to the Fayette County Fair, to be held July 24-Aug. 2 at the fairgrounds in Dunbar Township. Tickets are available at Armstrong and Davies Ford during regular business hours. There will be terrific entertainment, the carnival, lots of action in the outdoor arena, fun animals to see, good food and more, so plan now to attend. It reportedly is the biggest event all year in Fayette County with approximately 100,000 people attending over the 10 days.

• The 5th Annual Falcon Foundation nighttime golf outing will be held Aug. 23 at Pleasant Valley Country Club. Proceeds will benefit students of Connellsville Area School District. Cost is $65 per person and includes golf, cart, one glow-in-the-dark ball and a buffet dinner served at 7:30 p.m. The event is a four-player team scramble. Registration begins at 7:30 p.m. followed by a shotgun start at 9 p.m. Sponsorship opportunities are available. For more information, call Dr. John Ellis at 724-628-8832.

• Downtown Connellsville committees are busy organizing the annual Mum Festival to be held Sept. 6. If you, your group, organization, church, etc., would like to sell food or crafts, reserve a vendor spot online at Just click on the calendar of events.

Something new going on at the Mum Festival will be a Mustang parade and show organized by Bill Coleman. “We are requesting all Mustang owners to bring their cars on Sept. 6 for an all Mustang Car Show to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Mustang,” he said. “There will be no entry fee and no judging. There will be draw prizes. All cars will line up at 8 a.m. on Race Street starting from Newmeyer Avenue toward South Connellsville for the Mustang Parade commencing at 9 a.m. The cars will proceed north on Race Street, turn left onto Newmeyer, then right onto Pittsburgh Street, then down Pittsburgh Street to Crawford Avenue, then turn right onto Crawford and turn right into the parking lots across from the Elks Club.”

• Terry Boors reminisced about the South Connellsville Volunteer Fire Company Ambulance Service: “At one time, they were the only ambulance service on the east side of the river all the way to Ohiopyle,” he said. “I could write a book about the experiences I had as an active volunteer there.”

Boors will soon mark 35 years since his initial certification as a paramedic. He then started as an EMT in 1977 and as an American Heart Association instructor in 1978.

• The Connellsville Wednesday Walk will be held on Aug. 20 — Connellsville Railroads: Past, Present Future. For more information, go to

• From 6-8 p.m. July 30, West Overton Village & Museums will celebrate the works of artist Barbara Bailey, a Connellsville native who is a self-taught pottery and clay jewelry designer. Light hors d'oeuvres and beverages will be served. In addition, there will be live entertainment. A $5 donation benefits West Overton Village & Museums.

• McGruff the Crime Dog made an appearance at East Park Movie Night on Friday, with handouts for the kids. The next Rec Board-sponsored free movie is on July 25 — “Mary Poppins.”

• The 4th annual Walk for PKD (Polycystic Kidney Disease) will be from 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Aug. 2 at Yough Park. The genetic disease affects thousands of Americans. This event is in memory of Chuck Bryner.

• Christian Church of Connellsville, 212 S. Pittsburgh St., will hold Bible school from 4-6 p.m. July 21-25. All children are welcome.

• Vacation Bible school will be held at Trinity Lutheran Church from 5:30-8 p.m. July 28- Aug. 1. The theme is Weird Animals. Kids will learn about some of God's most creative creations. They'll participate in memorable Bible-learning activities, sing catchy songs, play teamwork-building games, make and dig into yummy treats, experience cool Bible adventures and create their own weird animal that they'll take home and play with all summer long. Sign up at the door or in advance by calling the church office at 724-628-7920. The church is at 126 E. Fairview Ave.

• By Faith Ministries Inc., 107 N. Seventh St., Connellsville, will not serve a community breakfast in July and August but will resume in September.

It will host Prophetess Denise Minyard of Delaware for a weekend spiritual revival at 7 p.m. Aug. 15 and 10:30 a.m. Aug. 16. Everyone is invited to come and bring a friend. Call 724-626-9520 for more information.

• Mark your calendars for these dates: Through Saturday, SCVFC 100th Anniversary Celebration with Fayette County Firemen's Convention; July 19, Bud Murphy Memorial Golf Outing and Highlands Hospital Auxiliary vendor show, and Triathlon; July 20, High Ryder at Lions Square; July 25, “Mary Poppins” movie at East Park; July 27, Lions Square band Nashville Past; Aug. 2, Walk for PKD; Aug. 3, Lions Square band Tane Lynne & Total Package; Aug. 10, Lions Square band Outpost; Aug. 16, Finley's Fighters race and Savor The Avenue; Aug. 15-16, Prophetess Denise Minyard at By Faith Ministries; Aug. 17, Lions Square band Sugar Mountain; Aug. 20, Connellsville Wednesday Walk; Aug. 24, Lions Square band Wally Gingers Orchestra; Aug. 23, Falcon Foundation night golf; Aug. 30, Barbara Bailey at West Overton; Aug. 31, Lions Square finale Harold Betters. Each Saturday, 8 a.m.-noon, Farmers Market.

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Nancy Henry is a Connellsville resident.

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