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Annual Finley's Fighters event will be held Saturday

| Monday, Aug. 11, 2014, 9:00 p.m.

The annual Finley's Fighters 10K Run, 5K Run/Walk and half-mile Fun Run will be held Saturday morning at Yough River Park. You will never find a more family-friendly event, which will be held rain or shine. It is very important that participation is good in order to raise the most money possible for the RDH12 Fund For Sight research.

Finley's grandparents, Ted and Phyllis Kovall, sent this:

“Since we first learned of Finley's diagnosis we found ourselves surrounded by offers of support and caring from our Connellsville community — starting with a small picnic event in our backyard raising a couple thousand dollars to our last couple years of doing the family race event at Yough Park and raising over $20,000. People are always stopping us and inquiring about how Finley is doing and if there is anything they can do to help her. And the answer to that question is still — absolutely!!! As Finley's grandparents, how we wish we could just write a check to the researchers to cover the necessary cost and save the sight of Finley and the other RDH12 children, but we can't. So we are coming to you again, Connellsville. We need you again. We are so close. Come to our event — run, walk, eat, buy basket raffle tickets, meet Finley, laugh and enjoy the day with us and then when we make that wonderful announcement someday that Finley's sight has been saved, you will be able to say — ‘I helped them do that.' ”

Registration begins at 8 a.m. The basket raffle has a tremendous selection. Some of them are a Lego basket, Kindle Fire with Amazon gift card, Jamberry Nails, an Italian basket, toy basket, Monster High Doll basket, American Girl basket, skiing basket, Pittsburgh Night Out, lottery tree, hair care basket, Mary Kay basket, garden basket, golf basket with foursomes to several area golf courses, wine baskets and more. If you can't make it, you can still buy tickets for the basket raffle ahead of time. For more information, visit or call the Kovalls at 724-628-6078.

• Apple dumpling orders are being taken; call 724-628-3704. Dumplings are $3.50 each — the price has not gone up and the secret recipe is as delicious as ever. They will be available for pickup at the Connellsville Presbyterian Church from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesday through Friday and 6 to 7 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday. Hurry, as the sale will end soon.

• The Bullskin Fair is going on now through Saturday and has something for everyone.

• Connellsville Recreation Board will sponsor a pep rally at East Park on Thursday evening to kick off the football season and all school sports. Following the pep rally, the movie “The Blind Side” will be shown. The movie is free. Bring a blanket. Refreshments will be sold.

• Plan to join the Connellsville Wednesday Walk next week for “Connellsville Railroads: Past, Present and Future.” Everyone will meet at Yough River Park at 6:30 p.m. Aug. 20; for details, call 724-963-2804 or visit

• This came from George Puskar: “For the last three years the Connellsville Lions have been selling a raffle ticket for four Steelers season tickets plus $1,000 cash. The winning ticket was just pulled and a local guy, William Ciciretti, won. He bought it from one of the girls at Bud's. Bobby Bubarth is a member and had the tickets to sell. The Lions will sell chances on this ticket again next season.”

• The band to perform at the Lions Square Summer Concert from 7 to 9 p.m. Sunday is Sugar Mountain; on Aug. 24, the Wally Gingers Orchestra will perform from 7 to 9 p.m.; big summer finale on Aug. 31 will start at 4:30 p.m. with The Del Sols followed by Harold Betters from 7 to 9 p.m. So plan to bring some friends and spend the late afternoon and evening.

• Atkins Music Center Summer Jam 2014 will be held at Murphy Hall from noon to 3 p.m. Aug. 23. There is no admission charge and it is going to be very nice. Students and teachers of Atkins will perform a range of music from classical piano, religious numbers, original pieces and rock and roll favorites. Everyone is welcome. Cookies and soft drinks will be served.

• The Lions “Bike With Bud's” event will be held on Aug. 23. Early registration deadline is Saturday. The ride begins at Yough Park at 10 a.m. Riders can collect tokens along the bike trail to win prizes later at a picnic to be held at Bud Murphy's. There will be good food, music and door prizes. For more information, visit Proceeds from this fun family fundraiser benefit Yough River Trail Council and Connellsville Lions Club.

• The fifth annual Falcon Foundation night-time golf outing will be held Aug. 23 at Pleasant Valley Country Club. Proceeds will benefit students of the 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. For more information, call Dr. John Ellis at 724-628-8832.

• Lauren Harvey, 19, of Bullskin is a 2013 graduate of Connellsville Area High School. She was the winner of the Woodruff scholarship last year. She attends Slippery Rock University and is on the track team. Runners World Magazine is holding a contest for one runner to be featured on the front cover of an upcoming issue — this is a prestigious national magazine. Everyone can vote for Lauren through Facebook or Twitter once a day up until Aug. 26. Judges will then take the top 10 individuals with the most votes and pick the winner. This would be exciting for Lauren, for her hometown and for her team. So, everyone, remember to vote every day and tell all of your friends, too!

• Connellsville has lost another fine citizen. John Truxel passed away last week. John gave of his time generously in many ways to many area organizations. Always a willing and enthusiastic volunteer, he will be missed by many.

• Downtown Connellsville committees are busy organizing the annual Mum Festival to be held on Sept. 6. It will be the biggest one yet. If you, your group, organization, church, etc., would like to set up to sell food or crafts, reserve a vendor spot online at, and 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. 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,” said Coleman.

• This came from Jim Davies: “The annual Davies Ford Charity Golf Outing will be held on Sept. 11 at Pleasant Valley Country Club. It's a great event and the course is in absolutely great shape. This event raises money to provide academic scholarships to local high school students. We welcome all players or companies that would like to participate by playing or donating prizes. We would appreciate your help in making this event our best ever.”

• Don't forget to get your Cafe Carnegie Coffee Card punched to earn a free cup of coffee. There are smoothies, paninis and delicious desserts and more, too. The Cafe is located in Carnegie Free Library at 299 S. Pittsburgh St.

• Those who would like to call ahead to order salads, sandwiches, smoothies, cold pressed juice and fresh baked tomato basil bread, made with locally grown ingredients, can now call Appalachian Juice Co. at 724-557-4983.

• Save the date — Nov. 1 — when a unique event will be happening at Murphy Hall.

Mark your calendars for these dates: Now through Saturday, Bullskin Fair; Saturday, Finley's Fighters race and Savor The Avenue; Friday and Saturday, Prophetess Denise Minyard at By Faith Ministries; Sunday, Sugar Mountain band will perform at Lions Square; Aug. 20, Connellsville Wednesday Walk; Aug. 23, Bike with Bud's, Atkins Summer Jam and Falcon Foundation night golf; Aug. 24, Wally Gingers Orchestra to perform at Lions Square; Aug. 31, Lions Square finale with The Del Sols followed by Harold Betters; Sept. 6, Downtown Connellsville Mum Festival and Mustang Parade; Sept. 20, Gayle Music Fest. Each Saturday the farmers market will be held from 8 a.m. to noon. Yoga classes are held 9 a.m. Wednesdays and Saturdays at Yough River Park.

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Nancy Henry is a Connellsville resident.

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