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Hounds give their best at puppy show near Ligonier

Dawn Law
| Monday, Aug. 9, 2004

"Clover" will soon be running with the pack.

The 1-year-old female foxhound championed top male foxhound, "Lifebuoy," and 10 other hounds Saturday at the Rolling Rock Hunt Puppy Show, at Colonial Stables, near Ligonier.

The program was conducted by joint masters Hugh Robards and Sophie Mellon .

Judges were Cindy Martin , master of foxhounds with Los Altos Hunt, in California, and Alfred Schreck , former master of foxhounds with Los Altos and County Limerick, in Ireland.

"Clover" will be the "first newly-entered hound into the Rolling Rock Hunt," Mellon said.

"Lifebuoy," and the others won't be far behind, Robards' wife, Caroline said.

"They have pedigrees that go back to the 18th century. We will enter all the young hounds before the opening meet (in October)," she said. "The old hounds teach the young hounds. It's an amazing thing."

The youngsters were just returning from "out to walk," a 6-8 month period spent in the custody of "puppy walkers."

Walkers are landowners, members and friends of the fox hunt, who care for the boundless bundles of energy.

While "out to walk," the puppies trained on a lead, learned their names, and exercised restraint around domestic animals.

The show and subsequent tea were held in appreciation of walker time and effort.

"Clover" was walked by Mellon's children, Louise , 8, and Henry , 10, and "Lifebuoy" was walked by Christian and Trish Hueber .

Other walkers: Emily Robards , Richard and Nancy Iscrupe , Richard and Georgia Smith , Cora Weaver , David and Jen Pollock , Dr. F.X. Plunkett and Wil Bedard .

Seen at the show: Theresa Rohall ; Douglas Dick and Laura Hruby ; Greg and Holly Stone ; Julie Gardill and daughter, Grace ; Holly Elswick ; Nancy Everson ; Steve McElroy ; Kim Howsare ; Jimmy and Kris Weaver ; Alec Mellon ; Jim and Dee Gano ; Scott McBroom and son, Scotty ; Dr. Bill Choby ; James Sulkowski, Canonsburg artist; Whitney Mason ; ; Farley Toothman , former Greene County commissioner; and Tony Gammell , of Keswick Hunt, near Charlottesville, Va.

Australian band performs in Greensburg

The Australian band, Fruit, ripened Greensburg's Shop 'n Save Concerts in the Park at St. Clair Park in Greensburg on Friday.

About 700 gathered to hear the original, soaring harmonies of the band awarded "Best Live Album" at the 2002-2003 Australian Live Music Awards.

Absent a rhythm section, front women Mel Watson , Sam Lohs and Susie Keynes appeared as a trio.

"Fruit" has been in the United States since February and is working on an eighth album, "Burn."

Lohs, a petite blond, played acoustic guitar and sang the quirky tune she penned, "6 thousand, 4 hundred and 20 something."

She appreciated a blue night sky and "good-looking audience."

"This was well worth a six-hour drive," Lohs said. "Next time you see us, that will be a song."

Keynes, sporting spiked auburn hair, played acoustic guitar and sang "Coming Home," a melody about returning to her native Adelaide, Australia.

"I get back to my garden and it's an absolute disaster," Keynes said. "We occasionally have koala bears walk over from the national park."

Watson, tall, dark and tattooed, made playing five different horn instruments look effortless. She sang the love song she wrote entitled, "Mamma Mamma."

After the show, the threesome signed autographs and said they enjoyed meeting the concert planning committee, Gene James , Steven Gifford and Missy Monsour .

"Everything's kind of community oriented," Watson said. "And I love that."

With just two concerts left in the season, James is already thinking about next year.

His 19-year old daughter, Amanda, likens her father to the roly-poly mayor of Halloween Town in the movie, "The Nightmare Before Christmas."

Jack Skellington , the Pumpkin King, is missing and the mayor is eager to plan.

"There's only 365 days left until next Halloween," she said, mimicking the mayor. "Only 365 days to plan the concerts."

Seen at the concert: Janet James ; Jim and Karen Steeley ; Norma Dey ; Dr. Richard and Janet McNeel ; Linda Kubas ; Craig and Shauney Kelsey ; Mark and Terrie Barill and son, Brendan ; Mary Clymer ; Linda Kaulis and daughter, Hunter Klingensmith ; Steve and Tina Wodzinski ; Dr. Trina Pagano ; and Dr. Michele Jacobson .

Eagle Scouts honored

Westmoreland-Fayette Council of the Boy Scouts of America's newest Eagles are spreading their wings and preparing to fly.

Sixty scouts from Braddock Trail, Bushy Run, Laurel Hills and Old Trails districts were recognized as Eagle Scouts at the council's 46th annual dinner, Thursday, at the Four Points Hotel by Sheraton, near Greensburg.

Dinner chairman and Eagle Scout Dave Delisi welcomed 261 guests and introduced speakers Matthew Hagy , 18, an Eagle Scout with Troop 401, and William Kemerer , scoutmaster with Troop 304, both with the Laurel Hills District.

Key note speaker was state Rep. Tom Tangretti .

Part of the process in earning an Eagle Scout badge involves completing a project, and spending time with a sponsor -- someone working in the scout's chosen career field.

As general manager of L&S Machine Company in Latrobe, Kemerer shadowed Matthew Basl , 16, of Troop 401, who is interested in engineering.

Kemerer was accompanied by wife, Renee , and son, Shane Lavin , an Eagle Scout.

"I don't think there's any greater bond a parent can have than sharing values and the outdoor experiences of scouting," Kemerer said at the event. "It goes past that with all these young men, because they are all my boys."

Hagy told scouts to follow a true compass.

"Like a compass, our morals direct us at the forks along the road," Hagy said. "At each decision you will ever face, it is your morals that will point you in the right direction."

Tangretti told scouts that they were "the best of the best."

"You have proven to your families, your schools and your communities, and mostly to yourselves, that you are a person of your word."

A portion of the program was devoted to the presentation of three $2,000 Eagle Scout scholarships to Cody Mott , Timothy Folts and Christopher "CJ" Toohey , of Troop 472, Braddock Trail District; Troop 213, Bushy Run District; and Troop 478, Laurel Hills District, respectively.

Dinner committee members were Regis Sabol , council president; Richard McKelvey Jr. , council commissioner; Harvey Eger ; Charles Ferguson ; Robert Gardner ; Jeff McKee ; Arthur McMullen ; Martin Newingham ; Bob Ragan ; Gary Sherwin ; Paul Snyder Sr. ; Earl Stevenson Jr. ; Eamonn Walsh ; and Chuck Coldren , who was a sponsor for Bill Brennsteiner , Eagle Scout with Troop 620, Old Trails District.

Seen at the dinner: Bill Taylor , scout executive; Jack Waite , assistant scout executive; Barry Grimm ; Dave Hanna ; Joe Brennan ; Alex Lima ; Debbie Delisi and son, Chris , an Eagle Scout with Troop 401; Greg Impink , Eagle Scout with Troop 478, and sponsor, Robert Rubaker .

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