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Partners in Ministry recognized by Salvation Army

Dawn Law
| Monday, May 16, 2005

The Salvation Army's Westmoreland County Conference presented its first Partners in Ministry awards Thursday at Westmoreland County Community College, near Youngwood.

The Salvation Army is an international organization that helps the needy without discrimination and is part of the universal Christian church. It was founded in London in 1885.

The Tribune-Review and Shop 'n Save, both Partners in Ministry award recipients, have worked with the Salvation Army for 20 years on Operation Santa Claus, a program that brings holiday cheer to families in need in the form of groceries and gifts.

As the holiday season approaches, the Tribune-Review publishes stories about families that will benefit from Operation Santa Claus and prints a tally of donations and contributors.

Shop 'n Save sells food below cost to the drive and provides a warehouse for storage.

Employees of the companies join community volunteers to pack the items for distribution.

Maj. Glenn Bloomfield , business administration secretary for the Salvation Army's Western Pennsylvania Division, presented the awards.

He was accompanied by Westmoreland County Corps captains Steve and Dianne Dansereau , representing Jeannette; Dan English , representing Greensburg; and Jeff Stacy , representing Latrobe.

"Because of you, thousands of families have had a happier, healthier Christmas," Bloomfield said.

Sue McFarland , editor of the Tribune-Review, Greensburg, and Rich Haeflein , director of advertising for Shop 'n Save, accepted.

Operation Santa Claus makes the newspaper a community partner, McFarland said.

"We truly feel it is a gift to us to serve the community," she said.

Haeflein said his company looks forward to continuing the partnership.

"At Shop 'n Save, the greatest reward comes from helping others," he said.

Master of ceremonies was Roderick Booker , band director at Hempfield Area High School, who led his Spartan marching band to the Rose Bowl parade in Pasadena, Calif., earlier this year.

"Bad things happen to good people, and that's when we need our partner," Booker said. "If you give your time to help somebody else, it's the most precious thing you can share."

The Rev. Ken Rutter , 88, a longtime volunteer and advisory board member, was a special guest at the event.

"The Salvation Army is practical Christianity," he said. "That's how it works."

Steve Dansereau, English and Stacy served on the dinner committee with Margie Stanislaw , Sherry Bolha , Dick Dickert , Melissa Fereday , Robin Stahl-Jennings , Will Maskrey , Matthew Laick , Ginny Knor , Capt. Deborah Stacy and Maj. Stan Senak , New Kensington Salvation Army Corps commanding officer, who gave the invocation and benediction.

Vocal entertainment was by Tarella Mimidis .

Seen at the dinner: Ken Gehr , Sarah Pavolik , Cynthia Sanders , Cookie Kantoris , Dave Delisi , Mildred Jones , Michelle Shoultz , Bethany Stacy , Matt Stacy , Dina Marrero , Paul and Cindy Hochendoner , Bob and Carol McCartney and Fred See .

Golf tournament will be billed for Nellie Briles

Adelphoi's annual golf classic is getting a new name.

This year, the tournament, to be played today and Tuesday at Laurel Valley Golf Club near Ligonier, was in the planning stages when its chairman, former Pirate pitcher Nellie Briles , passed away Feb. 13 at age 61.

The classic has been held since 1985, and organizers expect to raise a total of $1 million -- which was one of Briles' goals.

Next year, the tournament, slated for May 15-16 at Laurel Valley, will be billed as the Adelphoi Golf Classic In Memory of Nellie Briles and will benefit the Nellie Briles Endowment Fund.

Mike McCalpin , vice president of Adelphoi USA, headquartered in Latrobe, made the announcement Sunday during a reception at Latrobe Country Club.

The evening included a silent auction, and proceeds from it will be matched by the Richard King Mellon Foundation to benefit the children and families served by Adelphoi.

Adelphoi consultant Jim Bendel presented Briles' widow, Ginger , with a crystal vase as a token of appreciation for her husband's years of service.

"Thank you, everybody. You all meant a lot to him," Ginger Briles said, mustering a smile. "I wish I had his talent, because he would go on for 20 minutes. You have all heard those Manny Sanguillen stories, and I'm not going to repeat them."

Briles' daughters, Christina Briles-Lockette , 34, of Baltimore, and Sarah Bellissimo , 32, a teacher at Latrobe Area Junior High School, also attended.

"He was a firm believer in 'to whom much is given, much is expected,'" Briles-Lockette said. "It was important to him to give back to this community. He always said when he retired he was going to devote his time to Adelphoi."

Briles was vice president of corporate projects for the Pirates and president of the Pirate alumni association at the time of his death.

Former Pirate Jim Rooker , who attended the reception with his wife, Becky , said Briles put his heart into philanthropy, and that included drawing Pirate alumni to events such as the classic.

"Nellie was involved in so many things," Rooker said. "People don't realize how much Nellie did until now."

Other Pirate alumni and family at the reception: Tom Walker with Carolyn and daughter, Carrie ; Kent and Linda Tekulve ; Jim and Julie Sadowski ; Rick and Barb Reuschel ; and Dick Groat .

McCalpin and Bendel served on the reception committee with Fran Marasco , Carol Palcic , Karyn Pratt , John Rusbosin , Dena Scalise , Florian Rajakovich and Lynn Peifer-Scalise .

Also seen: Adelphoi CEO Larry Breitenstein , Jim Stewart , Chuck and Sally Durbiano , Doc and Bunny Giffin , Jerry Palmer , Mel Lee , Mel Lee Sr. , Janice Nowalk , Gene and Mary Jo McDonald , Frank and Michelle Pipak , Steve and Pam Lesser , Doug Clarke , David Klimke , Jeanne Rusbosin , Ed and Theresa Rusbosin , Manny Navarro , Gary and Judy Rutter , Mark Scalise , Bill Scalise , Anne Aungier , Joan Davis , Doug Wood and Wayne and Helene Smith .

Cr. Chew memorial window dedicated

In Plato's work "The Republic," a prisoner is chained to the walls of a dark cave and escapes to the light and life above.

He then returns to the captives left behind to share his knowledge and lead them upward to the light.

"Upward to the Light," the Dr. Paul Albert Chew Memorial Window, is the colorful, crowning touch to Millstein Library at the University of Pittsburgh at Greensburg, off Mount Pleasant Road.

About 85 friends of UPG gathered in the library Saturday for a dedication ceremony and to share memories of Chew, an original faculty member and a figure as vibrant as the colors in the glass.

Chew, also founding director of the Westmoreland Museum of American Art in Greensburg, passed away in 2004.

Patricia Duck , director of Millstein Library, said it was fitting that the ceremony occurred almost 10 years to the day of the building's dedication on May 5, 1995.

"We all thought the building was beautiful back then," Duck said. "And now it's quite spectacular."

William Pamerleau , associate professor of philosophy, said the window's upward movement from darkness to light was a metaphor for the educational process.

"For Plato, the form of the sun is the good," Pamerleau said. "For Plato, the journey upward to the light is completeable."

The window's creator, Greensburg glass artist Terry Bengel , shared some little-known facts about Chew - his teacher and mentor.

"His favorite scent was puppy breath. His favorite flavor was bourbon," Bengel said. "And he had a strong resistance to pain."

"I think the most important element of Paul's nature was his nurturing instinct. He brought a lot of love to Greensburg. The cultural heritage that we have received owes a lot to his efforts."

Chew also connected with former students and aides Albert and Stacie Sebeck , of Ross Township, who helped him with gardening and enjoyed traveling with his art history class.

"We went on all his trips. We took several classes and formed quite a bond with him. We sort of adopted him as a grandfather," Stacie Sebeck said. "People signed up for Dr. Chew's classes just to go on the trips. There were lavish hotels and exciting places, and he arranged it so college students could afford it."

Mary Beth Spore , assistant to the president for university relations and associate professor of English, said Chew introduced himself to her when she was a fledgling part-time faculty member.

"'I'm Paul,' he said. 'I'm interested in who you are and what you teach,'" Spore said. "He stood out as the warmest, most welcoming person around."

UPG president Frank Cassell thanked donors, closed the program and invited guests to stay and indulge in refreshments.

Besides, he said, "I still have a store of Paul Chew stories."

Seen at the memorial: Henry Heymann , Ruth Kuschmierz , Judith Zimmerman , Beth Cassell , Larry and Rita Whatule , Jim and Dee Thomas , George Shaner , Michael Philopena , John and Sue Pollins , Jack Millstein , Virginia Grosscup , Rebecca Humphrey , Barbara Cook , Jill Cook , David and Cheryl Bengel , Dr. George and Linda Austin , and Chuck and Anita Manoli .

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