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Scottdale's Picnic in the Park set for Aug. 17

| Saturday, Aug. 9, 2014, 12:01 a.m.
Mark Hoffman | Trib Total Media
The 16th Annual Scottdale Borough Picnic in the Park will return from 2 p.m. to dark on Aug. 17. Committee members are (front, from left) Leslee Street, Barbara Stern, Kathy Zaffina, Karen Nicholson; (back) Scottdale Mayor Chuck King, Wes Patton, Tinky Nist and Alan Nicholson.

The 16th annual Picnic in the Park in Scottdale will return on Aug. 17 as organizers of the family-oriented event present a scholarship for the first time.

Tinky Nist, one of the committee members, said they decided to honor a local student and present a scholarship this year.

Nist said the scholarship will be presented to a deserving senior who displays community spirit and service.

The student to receive the scholarship is Marissa Theis of Scottdale, who Nist said actively serves her community and encourages others to get involved.

Theis is involved with the Youth Education Association and Once a Month, which is a program that helps kindergarten and first-grade children with autism.

Theis plans to attend school to become an elementary school pathologist.

“We commend Marissa and hope this scholarship will aid her in obtaining her goals,” Nist said.

Returning this year to the annual event — held from 2 p.m. to dark at Loucks Park — will be the The Dash, a 5K/10K /1-Mile Fun Walk, beginning at 2:30 p.m. with proceeds benefitting the Chris Kiefer Memorial Scholarship Fund. The Dash will be assisted by the Southmoreland School District.

Features of the event will include a welcome by borough Mayor Chuck King and invocation by emcee Rob Allison at 2 p.m.; Chinese auction, inflatable slide, an obstacle course, temporary tattoos and face painting from 3 to 8 p.m.

Scottdale Community Band will perform from 2 to 3 p.m.; Books Come Alive, which is sponsored by Scottdale Public Library, at 3:30 p.m.; Wild World of Animals, at 4:30 p.m.; DJ RANman Productions, from 3:30 to 8 p.m.; and drawing of the Chinese auction and 50/50 at 8 p.m.

“The evening will be capped by the illumination of glow sticks (at 8:30 p.m.), followed by the spectacular fireworks display,” Nist said.

A menu of various foods, including picnic foods, will be available from 2 to 8 p.m.

Other activities include Seth the Balloon Dude, Jacobs Creek Watershed Association, Scottdale Historical Society opening Loucks House for tours from 3 to 6 p.m. and a train display by Engineer Joe.

“The Picnic in the Park Committee wishes to thank all the volunteers past and present and the people of Scottdale for their support in making this a success,” Nist said.

Mark Hofmann is a staff writer with Trib Total Media.

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