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Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Laurel region needs 100 Bigs in 100 Days

Dawn Law
| Monday, Aug. 15, 2011

Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Laurel region needs 100 Bigs in 100 Days.

The campaign runs through Oct. 23 and involves hosting golf outings, concerts and guest-bartender events to spread the word about Big Brothers and Big Sisters throughout Fayette and Westmoreland counties.

Sue Trout, Dennis Cremonese, Jerry Lucia, Carol Palcic, Linda Kubas, Kevin Bock, Caleb Crousey and Big Brothers and Big Sisters executive director Kelli Belanger and partnership and development director Marcy Zajdel volunteered as bartenders Wednesday at Solstice Restaurant and Lounge in Greensburg.

All tips were donated to the organization.

Belanger said Big Brothers and Sisters programs monitor the relationships youths have with adult mentors, and consistently see improvements in schoolwork, relationships and self confidence as a result of the bond.

Thus far, the campaign has recruited 10 new Bigs.

"They just need that extra mentor, that extra friend, that extra person to talk to," Belanger said. "We see them do better in school, have a more positive outlook on life."

Seen: Chuck and Sally Loughner, Amy Dodds, Dr. Richard and Janet McNeel, Joe and Pat Erdelsky, Barbara Ferrier, Vonnie Goldsborough, April Kopas and Vikki Ridenour.

-- Dawn Law

SAMA-Ligonier Valley reception

A reception was held on Saturday evening at the Southern Alleghenies Museum of Art at Ligonier Valley for a charming exhibition titled "Animal House: Works by Helen Gorsuch and George R. Wazenegger," on display through Nov. 6.

The animals are Japanese raku-fired ceramics by Altoona resident Gorsuch, including a playful pig, chickens, rabbits, guinea pigs, some true catfish (fish bodies, cat faces) and even cat-faced blowfish.

The houses are whimsical mixed media wood collages made by Wazenegger , who resides in Beechview. Each mini-landscape is centered by a house, barn, business place or other architectural structure.

Both Gorsuch and Wazenegger are self-taught, now pursuing their art full-time after careers in other areas. Gorsuch said her second marriage afforded her a creative opportunity after years of teaching and raising her children. Wazenegger said he spent 27 years in display and store planning for several large Pittsburgh-area retailers. During those years, he said, he would come home at night and "do what I really wanted to do until 2 a.m."

Enjoying the fruits of the artists' labors were site coordinator and exhibition curator Sommer Toffle with her husband, Barrett Goddard; Gorsuch's daughter and grandson, Melissa and Max Selcow; and Wazenegger's wife Mary, brother Chuck and sister-in-law Stephanie.

Also seen at SAMA: Madelon Sheedy, Chris Sheedy, Paul Sirofchuk, Fran Lynch, Tad Murphy, George Shaner and Michael Philopena, Anne Clark, Mary Weidlein, Mike and Maureen Stefanko, Paul and Mary Ellen Bauer, Bob and Becky Bauer, Carol Sipe, Carol Kleinfelder, Farren Kleinfelder and Sarah Wood.

-- Shirley McMarlin

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