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Scottdale Band rehearsal set

| Thursday, Feb. 15, 2007

The Scottdale Band is rehearsing at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday at Christ United Methodist Church, 203 Market St., Scottdale. If interested in joining this band, call Rhonda Allison at 724-887-4344 for more information.

Kudos to the Scottdale Community Pool. The new plastic lockers are in place and everything is going swimmingly with its finances. Good work from a great group that gives so much to the community, young and old.

Hoagies will be available for purchase from the Everson Volunteer firemen Friday and Saturday. You will see the firemen selling hoagies on Pittsburgh Street in Scottdale. Please support your area firemen.

Chinese New Year, "The Year of the Pig," starts on Sunday.

The Frosty 5K race to be held Feb. 25 will be at Westmoreland County Community College's Youngwood campus. Registration time is 7:30 am. The race starts at 9 a.m. All ages are welcome. For more information, call the college at 724-925-4132 or e-mail coulters@wccc.edu or visit www.wccc.edu.

A Parlor Talk event will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday at the West Overton Museum in Scottdale. Lecture by Attorney Donald Rigone will be on "The Vicksburg Campaign." For reservations to this free event, call 724-887-7910.

The Everson Senior Citizens Group will meet at noon Wednesday at the Everson VFW on Graff Street. If interested in attending, call Joe Eckman at 724-887-9745.

Thank you to Dr. Eric Rosionski for being on hand when Lady Scotties basketball leader Vanessa Abel broke the previous record held by him; 2,194 points is her new record. Southmoreland won a 50-48 victory over Greensburg Salem, which clinched the Section 3-AAA championship outright and the first title in school history. Congratulations, girls, well done.

Another congratulations to Darl Lochinger, who was sworn in as the newest Southmoreland School District Board member. Best of luck to you.

The YMCA is taking registrations for its Y-Tots and Little Tots programs. For more information, call 724-542-YMCA.

Mt. Carmel Christian School is taking registrations for its 2007-08 school year. For more information, call 724-887-7169.

St. John the Baptist School, 504 S. Broadway, is the place to go for Lenten fish fry every Friday. There will be fish sandwiches and dinners available throughout Lent. To start this off, there will be fish available this Wednesday.

Attention class officers from the former classes of Scottdale High School and Southmoreland. Think about buying a brick for the new Scottdale Public Library's sidewalk for your class. For details, call 724-887-6140.

The League of Women Voters of Westmoreland County will hold its ninth annual breakfast with state legislators at 8:30 a.m. March 3 at the Four Points Sheraton, Route 30 in Greensburg. Reservations must be made by Feb. 25; call Harriet Ellenberger at 724-423-2878 for more information.

Birthday wishes go out to Raina A. Johnson, my "adopted granddaughter" on Wednesday and Victor Szymanski, a retired fireman, on Thursday. Best wishes to both for a wonderful birthday.

The Cordells, a gospel group from Scottdale, has released its new gospel music CD titled "Still Miss Some Old Things." The CD, which features 10 songs, has the latest recording technology applied. The soundtracks were produced in Nashville and Bristol, Tenn., by some of the top country musicians. The album is mostly of the Christian country genre, but some move up to the range of southern gospel. Members of the group are Chris Cordell, Janet Cordell and Ruby Cordell. The group has released radio singles from its other albums worldwide and has plans to release selected numbers from the new album as radio singles. All the Cordells' recording projects are available from their Web site: www.cordellmusicgroup.com.

On Saturday I attended the grand opening and ribbon-cutting ceremony for the Dollar General Store on Pittsburgh Street, in the building formerly known as the IGA grocery store in Scottdale. We are very glad to have another business in our town.

Also, on Sunday, there was a community open house reception and ribbon-cutting dedication of the Graft-Jacquillard funeral home, 303 Pittsburgh St. Residents weathered the cold temperatures to attend. The Rev. Conrad Mast, pastor of the Scottdale Mennonite Church, and the Rev. Leonard Stoviak, pastor of St. John the Baptist Roman Catholic Church, gave the invocation.

It is always nice to see businesses come into town and to thrive. Good luck to both of the above.

Readers, try to stay warm this coming week. Think spring.

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