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Out & About: Home Plate Cooking Expo to be held at WCCC

Dawn Law
| Monday, April 19, 2004

The clock is ticking - the 2004 Home Plate Cooking Expo is just six days away.

The Expo will be held from noon to 5 p.m. Sunday at Westmoreland County Community College, near Youngwood.

Chefs from area restaurants will face off in the Steel Chef competition and there will be prize drawings and product and cooking demonstrations. Ticket holders will able to taste winning dishes entered in the Home Plate recipe contest and cast their vote for Recipe of the Year.

The Expo is a joint venture of WCCC and the Tribune-Review, with underwriting from Shop 'n Save. Proceeds benefit the Westmoreland County Food Bank and Operation Santa Claus.

So don't wait.

Purchase your ticket -- just $10 -- with cash or checks made payable to "Home Plate Expo" at the following locations:

  • Valley Dairy at Eastgate Shopping Plaza, Route 30 East, Greensburg; 6:30 a.m.-9 p.m. Monday-Saturday.

  • Valley Dairy at Latrobe 30 Shopping Plaza, Route 30 East, Latrobe; 6 a.m.-9 p.m. Monday-Saturday.

  • Valley Dairy in downtown Latrobe, intersection of Jefferson and Chestnut streets, 7 a.m.-8 p.m. Monday-Saturday.

  • Valley Dairy on Route 22, Blairsville; 6 a.m.-10 p.m. Monday-Thursday, and 6 a.m.-midnight Friday-Saturday.

  • Tribune-Review , 622 Cabin Hill Drive, Greensburg; 9 a.m.-4 p.m. weekdays.

  • The Paper House and Baskitry , on the Diamond, Ligonier; 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Saturday.

  • The Daily Courier , 127 W. Apple St., Connellsville; 8 a.m.-5 p.m. weekdays.

  • WCCC , near Youngwood, Tammy Keefer, Room 400 Founders Hall; 9 a.m.-5 p.m. weekdays.

  • The Pic-Nic Basket restaurant, 320 Main St., Youngstown; 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday-Thursday, and 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Friday-Saturday.

  • King Garden Palace and Nursery , off Route 130, Unity Township, in the Patio Shop; 9 a.m.-8 p.m. weekdays, and 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday.

  • Mountain View Inn , Route 30 East, Greensburg, Victoria's Garden Gift Shop or the front desk; all hours every day.

  • Laurel Highlands Chamber of Commerce , The In-Town Shops at 537 W. Main St., Mt. Pleasant; 10 a.m.-4 p.m. weekdays.

  • Caffe Barista , 7 W. Otterman St., Greensburg; 7 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday-Wednesday, and 7 a.m.-10 p.m. Thursday-Saturday.

    Salt and Light awardees honored

    Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Greensburg on Thursday honored four individuals for hard work and good deeds during the sixth annual Communities of Salt and Light Awards.

    Catholic Charities, primary social service agency of the diocese, serves individuals and families from Armstrong, Indiana, Fayette and Westmoreland counties, regardless of religious affiliation.

    Program comments were by the Rev. Raymond E. Riffle , agency executive director.

    Award presentation was by Bishop Lawrence E. Brandt following dinner at Stratigos Banquet Centre in North Huntingdon Township.

    "I'm convinced it's one of the nicest things that the Bishop of Greensburg has to do," Brandt said. "What an example these honorees are."

    Rudolph Malinsky received a humanitarian award for volunteering up to 50 hours a week at Our Lady of Perpetual Help, St. Mary Parish in Leckrone, Fayette County.

    Malinsky, a veteran and retired mine superintendent, was accompanied by wife Sue Ann and introduced by William Raho .

    Presented with an award for philanthropy was L. Ronald Olszewski , a Catholic Charities board member.

    Olszewski was dinner co-chairperson with Dorothy Zello .

    He is a business owner and member of St. Mary, Our Lady of Guadalupe Parish in Kittanning, Armstrong County.

    Olszewski attended the dinner with wife Carole and daughters Sharon Witchey and Susan Sansale .

    Cheering for Olszewski was his pastor, the Rev. Emil Payer , Kittanning Mayor John Myers , and wife Jodi .

    Myers drove himself and a group of 20 more to the dinner on a borrowed bus.

    Monsignor John L. Conway was honored for lifetime achievement. He is pastor at Immaculate Conception Parish in Irwin and former director of Catholic Charities.

    The Rev. William Lechnar introduced Conway and served on the dinner committee.

    Also recognized for lifetime achievement was the Missionary Servants of the Most Blessed Trinity, represented by Sister Mary Gerald Kiely . Kiely's introduction was by Sister Joan Marie Keller .

    Other dinner committee members were Charles Anderson , George Fetkovich , Andrew McCaffrey , Carol Nath , Lorraine Proch , Johnette Seecof and Hollie Uccellini .

    Seen at the awards dinner: Westmoreland County Commissioner Tom Balya , Westmoreland County Judge Debra Pezze , Fayette County Commissioner Joe Hardy , the Rev. Daniel Blout , state Rep Tom Tangretti and Sandy , Sister Barbara DeMoranville , Sister Marie Frechette , the Rev. Donald Trexler , Terry Reese , Judy Modecki , Nancy Anderson , Sister Vivien Linkhauer , Art and JoAnne Boyle , Dan Krezenski , Sister Bernice Fiedor , Molly Robb Shimko , Chris Mueseler , Sister Lois Sculco , the Rev. Edward Volz , Cindy Boland , B. Patrick and Lou Costello , Jerry and Edie Zufelt , Barbara Braun , Marie Huss , Eric and Michele Bononi , Jim Bendel , Paul Smiy , Angela Burrows , Melissa Schofield , Barbara Fallon and son Michael , William and Kathleen Walcutt , Agnes O'Lear , George and Rosemary Walcutt , Patty O'Brien , Dr. Mary Keperling , William and T ina Walcutt , Andy and Roxanne Blazewicz , Dawn Waller and Mike and Peg Mulcahy .

    Sponors thanked at Red Cross gala

    At the American Red Cross Westmoreland County Chapter's Bowling for Disaster gala on Saturday, guests heard testimonials about chapter programs.

    The gala, held at Seton Hill University in Greensburg, was put on in appreciation of sponsors in the three-day Bowling for Disaster Relief event.

    Community and corporate teams bowled over the past weekend and teams from seven schools are expected to bowl on Wednesday.

    Main Bowling Center on South Main Street donates lane space during the bowling event, which funds disaster relief programs.

    Major sponsor of the gala and bowling events was First Commonwealth Bank.

    At a gala reception, Debby Markle spoke about a fire last October at her home in West Newton. Markle has two daughters, Carri 18, a gala attendee, and Kayla 17.

    At the time of the fire, the family had no insurance and about $30,000 in damages.

    "We came within five minutes of losing it all," Markle said. "I didn't even know where to start."

    Red Cross representatives offered assistance and direction, she said. Two weeks ago, the Markles moved back home, while they continue to rebuild.

    "It made me grow up so fast," Carri Markle said. "It made me and my sister closer."

    Floyd Murphy and John Kraynak are corrections officers at Westmoreland County Prison, which has required emergency training for officers and staff.

    Murphy helps provide the training as a Red Cross instructor at the prison. And in December 2002, Kraynak used skills acquired through the program to aid a choking inmate.

    Kristy Yanok hosted a blood drive in honor of her friend, Gary Sheridan , at St. Paul Lutheran Church in Mount Pleasant Township.

    Yanok became inspired after Sheridan was diagnosed with leukemia last fall, and received blood services from the Red Cross.

    Sheridan is married to Coreen , and father to 14-year old twins, Colin and Zack .

    On Sunday, Sheridan said he was "feeling fine" and plans to return to the Municipal Authority of Westmoreland County today.

    He thinks associating his name with the drive put a face on the need for blood.

    "It was really impressive, what Kristy did," Sheridan said. "I needed those blood products, and there are other people that need it, too."

    Presentation of sponsor appreciation plaques was by John Weir , chairman of the chapter's board and committee member Donna Uhrinek .

    Music was by pianist Josiane Merlino .

    The evening closed with a live auction by Patty Pezzano , Mrs. Pennsylvania 2003.

    For more information on Red Cross programs and a limited supply of household Disaster Emergency Bags, call the chapter at 724-834-6510.

    Bowling for Disaster Relief committee members were John Weir and Greg Banchiere , chairmen; Darren Achtzehn ; Diane Byers ; Ron Byers ; Angi DiFrancis ; Shari Mills ; Bob Errett ; Carmen Eisaman ; Kim Magazine ; Sherry Miller ; Michel Wright ; Rachel Young and Nancy Weir .

    Seen at the gala: Greensburg Mayor Karl Eisaman , Donna Pacella , chapter executive director; Barry and Sheila Kassel ; Jack Moldovan ; John Rahl ; Bob Pacella ; Patty Merlino ; Joyce Lock ; Judy Riehle ; Monica Quartz ; Bob Hamilton ; Gary and Kimberly Tutena ; Don and Carol Ciampini ; Jim and Susan Rule ; Paul Uhrinek and sons Chris and Brian ; Ian Magazine; Dr. Richard and Janet McNeel ; David and Susan Mickley ; Ken Geiser; Chuck Kaylor; Alex Lima ; Lisa Kraynak ; Teri Murphy ; Tricia Skiavo; Pat and Phil Wilson; Tamara Slezak ; Courtney Gibbons ; and Louis and Louella Zeminski .

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