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Historical society marks anniversary of Historic Hanna's Town tavern

| Sunday, June 29, 2014, 9:00 p.m.
Toast the Tavern committee members, (from left), Marilyn McSparrin, of Greensburg, Carol Sheats, of Ligonier, Claudia Winter, of Greensburg, event chair, and Bonnie Kovalcik, of Monroeville, serve guests attending the Toast the Tavern BBQ and Dance, hosted by the Westmoreland County Historical Society, held at Historic Hanna's Town in Hempfield Township on Saturday evening, June 28, 2014.
Kim Stepinsky | for the Tribune-Review
Toast the Tavern committee members, (from left), Marilyn McSparrin, of Greensburg, Carol Sheats, of Ligonier, Claudia Winter, of Greensburg, event chair, and Bonnie Kovalcik, of Monroeville, serve guests attending the Toast the Tavern BBQ and Dance, hosted by the Westmoreland County Historical Society, held at Historic Hanna's Town in Hempfield Township on Saturday evening, June 28, 2014.

Westmoreland County Historical Society saluted its volunteers byToasting the Tavern on June 29 with a barbecue and dance at Historic Hanna's Town in Hempfield.

Lisa Hays, the society's executive director, said the site of the former county seat, burned by Indians and the British on July 13, 1782, opened as a museum 40 years ago because of the generosity and hard work of volunteers.

In the wee hours of July 11, 1973, volunteer firefighters from county departments came together to construct a log replica of Robert Hanna's tavern and courthouse. The tradition of generosity continues today in the roles of tour guides, museum shop attendants, fundraisers and library assistants, Hays said. “We can't operate without committed volunteers.”

Pete Cholock, of Apollo, was at the barbecue with his daughter, Kelly Wadsworth, and his grandson, Shawn. Also there were Art Johnson, Bob Rhody and Joe Moyar.

The four men were among the volunteers who managed to “lay up” the log structure on that day many years ago.

“Most of them are all gone now,” Cholock said.

Moyar and his wife Pauline were presented with certificates of appreciation for long-term service to the society, along with Paul and Sylvia Shearer and Lillian Shea.

Event committee members were Claudia Winter, Bonnie Kovalcik, Carol Sheats, Louise Tilzey-Bates, Marilyn McSparrin, Thelma Matthews and Tiffany Kolbolsky.

Food and beverages were from Crabby's BBQ in Crabtree and All Saints Brewing Company in Hempfield.

Seen at the event: Brian McCall and Joanna Moyar, Emma McCall, Dick and Barbara Flock, Lou and Joan DeRose, Ed and Phyllis Permar and Evelyn Ruffing.

— Dawn Law

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