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Wednesday 04/22/2015
Town & Country Garden Club installs new officers

The Town and Country Garden Club of Rices Landing recently installed its newly elected officers for a two-year term of 2015-17. They are, pictured, (from left) Kay Bair, president; Terri Laird, first vice president; Linda Shefcheck, second vice president; Susan Swala, recording secretary; Kas Maddich, corresponding secretary; Dianne Nicholson, treasurer. The installation ceremony was conducted by club member Helen Barbor. The club was organized in 1951 and will observe its 64th anniversary in October. The club is a member of National Garden Clubs Inc., Central Atlantic Region, Garden Club Federation of Pennsylvania, District X.Submitted Photo

South Brownsville United Methodist commemorates Holy Week

During Holy Week, this “Old Rugged Cross” in front of the South Brownsville United Methodist Church, 412 Second St., Brownsville, was draped with three different colors: a purple drape from Palm Sunday through Maundy Thursday representing “Jesus, King of the Jews;” a back drape and crown of thorns on Good Friday and Holy Saturday symbolizing Jesus’ suffering and shame on the cross during the crucifixion; and a white drape and white lilies on Easter Sunday morning declaring “Christ is risen!’’ The Rev. Jay Polowsky is the pastor of the Brownsville United Methodist Charge, consisting of First United Methodist Church, South Brownsville United Methodist Church, and West Bend United Methodist Church. Pictured are (from left): Polowsky, Charles Snider, Marsha Wright, Carol Anderson, John Lohr, Kevin Dunker and William Herrrington.Submitted photo

Wednesday 04/15/2015
Carmichaels Women's Civic Club hosts painting party

Carmichaels Women’s Civic Club recently held a “Brush It On” painting party. Local artist Diane Adams of Claysville was the instructor. Pictured are (from left) Diane Adams and Beth Blayney, first vice president.submitted photo

St. Francis youths commemorate the Passion

submitted photo submitted photo The youths of St. Francis of Assisi Roman Catholic Parish, Western Fayette County, recently came together again to perform the Passion of the Lord. This production is a unique and moving experience that combines mime and music to portray the Passion. The production, under the direction of Selina and Nicole Matis, has a long history and tradition at several of the parishes that have combined to become St. Francis. The play was performed on Palm Sunday and Good Friday. Pictured are (from left) row one: Kyleigh Angelo, Zoey Thomas, Gabrielle Sloboda, Bruno Fabrycki, Natalie Lacek, Ashley Marva; row two: Nicole Matis, Selina Matis, Jenna Pindrock, Jessica Victor, Alaina Schaffer, Hunter Fullem, Sadie Huhn, Emily Smearcheck, Luke Smearcheck, Jim Matis Jr. and George Matis Jr. Not pictured is Alice Matis, narrator.submitted photoThe youths of St. Francis of Assisi Roman Catholic Parish, Western Fayette County, recently came together again to perform the Passion of the Lord. This production is a unique and moving experience that combines mime and music to portray the Passion. The production, under the direction of Selina and Nicole Matis, has a long history and tradition at several of the parishes that have combined to become St. Francis. The play was performed on Palm Sunday and Good Friday. Pictured are (from left) row one: Kyleigh Angelo, Zoey Thomas, Gabrielle Sloboda, Bruno Fabrycki, Natalie Lacek, Ashley Marva; row two: Nicole Matis, Selina Matis, Jenna Pindrock, Jessica Victor, Alaina Schaffer, Hunter Fullem, Sadie Huhn, Emily Smearcheck, Luke Smearcheck, Jim Matis Jr. and George Matis Jr. Not pictured is Alice Matis, narrator.

Fayette County Cattlemen present awards to youths

Fayette County Cattlemen’s Association recently held its annual spring banquet with more than 40 Fayette County 4-H youths attending. Back Bay catering served a buffet dinner to 320 attendees, followed by a magician as entertainment. The evening culminated with the annual awards presentation to Fayette County 4-H youths who exhibited Fayette County-Bred Steers at the 2014 local fair. Taylor Howser of Smock exhibited the grand champion steer this year while Olivia Brown of White exhibited the reserve champion. Thirty-seven youths received money for their efforts. Pictured are (from left) Craig Diamond, director; Taylor Howser, Rob Harper, director; Olivia Brown, Laura Smith, director.submitted photo

Enjoying Asbury Spring Craft Festival

Sampling cake bites made by Bobbie Jo Ellsworth at the recent Spring Craft Festival at Asbury United Methodist Church in Uniontown are (from left) Tiffany Baughman, Tammy Orr, Beverly Caldwell and Brenda Collins. Ellsworth is pictured in the background.submitted photo

Wednesday 04/08/2015
Brownsville Rotary presents check to Brownsville library

Bryce Connors, president of Brownsville Rotary Club, (left) is shown recently presenting a check to Tina Haluska, librarian for the Brownsville Free Public Library. The Rotary and the library joined forces for a fundraiser with the proceeds shared between the two groups. With plans in place to expand the Brownsville library, this is one of the Rotary’s efforts “to improve our community and the world.”

LH French Club visits Marquis House

The Laurel Highlands Senior High School’s French Club visited the Marquis House, a Uniontown area senior living community, where students conducted several activities in French in order to celebrate the French language and culture. Students and residents made French Valentine’s Day cards, sang a French song, completed a French crossword puzzle, had a French conversation, and ate French bread and croissants. Pictured are (from left) front row: Sarah Russell, Garrett Adams, Brayden Steele; second row: Lindsay Filcheck, Lillian Ferguson, Linda Lin, Sarah Bigelow, Abigayle Phillian, Morgan Jalso, Loribeth Thomas; third row: Rebecca Marinelli, Kaleigh Fines, Jayson Precht, Christian Buckley, Vincent Orrico, Shelby Haney, Gwyneth Komula, Sarah Crayton, Brandon Haney and Matthew T. Howard, French teacher/French club sponsor.

Ben Franklin students learn about Dental Health Month

Submitted photoBen Franklin School students in Barb Chury’s kindergarten class recognized Dental Health Month in February. Dr. Doug and Suzie Smiley were guest speakers, giving students an understanding of proper dental care while exploring the facets of a dental career. Ben Franklin School in Uniontown is part of the Uniontown Area School District. Kelly Swartz is principal and Jennifer George is assistant principal. Pictured are (from left) front row: Emma Latnic, Julia Vernat, Stephen Doljac, Jacob Knee; back row: Dr. Doug Smiley, dentist; Suzie Smiley, hygienist; Jamie Miller-D’Andrea, guidance counselor; and Barb Chury, teacher.

Bullskin Township fire company officers

Bullskin Township Volunteer Fire Company recently held its 55th annual Firemen’s Banquet. Pictured are the company’s business and line officers (from left) front: Gerald Snyder, vice president; Brad Gillott, president/safety officer; Joseph Liska, chief; Kyle Quinn, first assistant chief/trustee; Jobe Slezak, second assistant chief; back: Tom Kendi, rescue captain/secretary; Dale Peck, captain 1; Chad McLaughlin, captain 2; Ryan Brown, lieutenant 1; Rick Quinn, lieutenant 2; Bobby Camilli Jr., second assistant safety officer. Other officers not pictured: Chris Brown, captain 3/senior trustee; Jeff Prinkey, lieutenant 3/treasurer; Michael Brown, first assistant safety officer; Kris Bell, trustee.

Wednesday 04/01/2015
Special Olympics athletes bowl for Fayette

Twenty-seven Special Olympics Athletes were chosen to represent Fayette County at the 2015 Western Bowling Sectional Tournament at the AMF Mount Lebanon Lanes. The athletes brought home nine gold medals, four silver medals, six bronze medals, five fourth-place ribbons and two fifth-place ribbons. Participating Western Bowling Sectional Counties included Erie, Crawford, Venango, Beaver, Butler, Armstrong, Indiana, Westmoreland, Washington, Fayette, Allegheny, and Indiana. Pictured are (from left) front row: Nancy Grim (silver), Lyndsae Lewis (fourth place), Nathaniel Murphy (gold), Amber Sproul (gold), Robert Raupach (bronze), Derick Brooks (gold), Jamie Basinger (bronze), Janine Swaney (bronze), Ashley Piper (gold) and Nathan Knox (gold); back row: Randy Hone (gold), Jeff Guthrie (gold), Jason Sproul (bronze), Zachary Williams (bronze), Todd Crenner (gold), Lenny Dziurzynski (fifth place), Charles Yoder (fourth place), Tina Wingrove (fifth place), Robert Merlin (fourth place), Anthony Scotillo (silver), Todd McBride (silver), Brian Campbell (gold) and Donald Mason (silver). Missing from the picture are Julie Weible (bronze) and Jeff Weible (fourth place). Absent from the tournament due to illness were Mark Galino and Daryl Smarslok.

Uniontown Class of 1964 holds 50th-anniversary reunion

Uniontown Class of 1964 recently held its 50th-anniversary reunion at Mount Summit Inn. Pictured are (from left) first row: Sandra Rine Armel, Myrna Barron Giannopoulos, Amy Savage Rankin; second row: Alice Koblard Wingard, Elizabeth Kerns Gulierrez, Norma Shupe Julius, Cynthia Mohar Campbell, Patty Pegg, Kathy Lilly Ash, Mary Jo Fertal Heinen, Vicki Carbonara Poland, Karen Rich Douglas, Alice Simpson Estabrook, Virginia Thomas McVey, Clara Richey, Barry John; third row: Patricia Shannon Wobring, Rosemary Jendral Molnar, Nancy Page Sherbondi, Dolores Clark, Patty Larkin, Andrea Mehall Sprinkle, Rena Harbarger Lionette, Susan Dearth Stone, Lois Shinsky Sabol, Betsy Irwin, Patricia Pindrock Crable, Janice Showman Chritchfield, Gloria Delligatti Tershel, Anthony Mercandante; row four: Warren Neelson, John Piowowar, Terry Means, William Franczyk, Richard Rennie, Robert Guthrie, Thomas Bowlen, Thomas Mullen, George Tanner, Diane Terniatsky Embly, Jerry Petrucci; row five: James Miller, John Miller, Richard Filiaggi, Anthony Kovach, Mark Altman, Wayne Port, George Liston, John Peskie, Joseph Harris, Rick Brown, Bruce Martin, Gary Brownfield, Nick Caramino, Robert Fell, Garry Brain.

Garden club learns about bird count

Marjorie Howard of Waynesburg, pictured, was the program presenter at a recent meeting of the Town & Country Garden Club of Rices Landing. She is president and founder of the Ralph K. Bell Bird Club of Greene County, which was organized in October 2006 to honor Ralph K Bell for his conservation work spanning an 80-year period. Howard shared her 20 years of experience in her program “Bird Count.’’ The bird count is performed by volunteers referred to as “citizen scientists.’’ Much of the collected data is incorporated into the national global bird data banks of national Audubon Society and Cornell Lab of Ornithology (a branch of Zoology dealing with birds). Other projects incorporating the collected data are: Pennsylvania migration count, breeding bird survey, winter raptor survey, important bird areas, Christmas bird count, project feeder watch and great backyard bird count. Howard conducts various birding tours and is involved in bird banding projects. She may be contacted at 724-984-2421 or e-mail rkbbirdclub@yahoo.com.

Brownsville Central observes Mardi Gras

Fourth-grade students in Jolene Hough’s classroom at Central Elementary School in the Brownsville Area School District recently celebrated Mardi Gras after a short teaching unit. The students read about some history of Mardi Gras, made a Mardi Gras jester for a decoration and enjoyed King Cake. Two students found the baby trinket in the King Cake and were crowned King and Queen of Mardi Gras. Pictured are (from left) Isaac Keefer, Mardi Gras king, and Sarah VanDivner, Mardi Gras queen.

Wednesday 03/25/2015
Berean volunteers for Operation Jesus Feed

Above: Berean Seventh-day Adventist Church in Uniontown celebrated the 24th year of Operation Jesus Feed by serving its annual community Thanksgiving dinner in November. This ministry is supported by volunteers and donations from the Berean members, community businesses, individuals and the Bruderhof. Pictured are volunteers (from left) sitting: Lucille Colbert, Harriet Wilson and Davis Hall; standing: Patience Barnes, Karen Nelson, Edna Brown, Jamie Hall, Neela Hall, Patricia Hall and Angel Heron, holding Ezeliah Heron.

Berean shows appreciation for donation

Right: Pictured are (from left) Patience Barnes, Operation Jesus Feed coordinator, presenting a fruit basket to Tiffany Guittap, branch manager of First Niagara Bank in Uniontown, in appreciation of the employees who donated $230 toward the Thanksgiving dinner.

Local teacher participates in wreath ceremony at Arlington

Left: Jolene Hough, a fourth-grade teacher at Central Elementary School in the Brownsville Area School District, was one of four Pennsylvania directors of the National Education Association Board of Directors, who recently participated in a wreath-laying ceremony at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier at Arlington National Cemetery in Arlington, Va. Hough, who put in the request for the privilege, said the group participated to honor all those who fought and died in all wars, especially Pennsylvania. Hough’s father, Charles J. Zacovic, was a staff sergeant in World War II stationed in England. The directors also wanted to honor those who left positions in schools to fight for their country and never returned home. The Pennsylvania directors who walked in the presentation included Hough, Terri Redwinski, senior director; Mel Riddick and Kizzy Nicholas. Directors who stood at the base of the steps were Marsha Fabian, Pam Brown and Deborah Lee.

Pennsylvania NEA directors participate in ceremony at Arlington

Above: Jolene Hough, a fourth-grade teacher at Central Elementary School in the Brownsville Area School District, was one of four Pennsylvania directors of the National Education Association Board of Directors, who recently participated in a wreath-laying ceremony at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier at Arlington National Cemetery in Arlington, Va. Hough, who put in the request for the privilege, said the group participated to honor all those who fought and died in all wars, especially Pennsylvania. Hough’s father, Charles J. Zacovic, was a staff sergeant in World War II stationed in England. The directors also wanted to honor those who left positions in schools to fight for their country and never returned home. The Pennsylvania directors who walked in the presentation included Hough, Terri Redwinski, senior director; Mel Riddick and Kizzy Nicholas. Directors who stood at the base of the steps were Marsha Fabian, Pam Brown and Deborah Lee. Pictured are (from left) Hough, Fabian, Nicholas, Redwinski, Lee, Brown and Riddick.

Wednesday 03/11/2015
Reynolds recalls WWII experience for students

submitted photoFlorence Shutsy Reynolds, a member of the WASP during World War II, recently shared her experience with the fourth-, fifth-, and sixth-graders at Conn-Area Catholic School in Connellsville.

Town and Country welcomes Phipps presenter

submitted photoTown and Country Garden Club of Rices Landing recently welcomed Chris Holt, a public program presenter for Phipps Conservatory in Pittsburgh, who spoke on “What to do with a grocery store bouquet?’’ The program’s focus was how to use everyday containers, such as a tea cup, canning jar and basket, as containers for flowers. Holt earned a certificate on flower arranging from Phipps and is a master gardener. This workshop was in anticipation of the club’s annual flower show on Aug. 1. Holt was accompanied by John Steel and George “Bly’’ Blystone, who exhibited metalcraft forged at the Rices Landing foundry. Steel is president of the Pittsburgh Area Blacksmiths Association. Blystone is caretaker at the foundry, built in 1900 as the Y.A. Young Foundry and Machine Shop.

Uniontown Area Clergy Association elects new officers

Uniontown Area Clergy Association recently elected new officers. Pictured are (from left) the Rev. Tim Rogers, Christ United Methodist, outgoing president; the Rev. Keith Lohr, Calvary United Methodist, vice president; the Rev. Peter Malik, Teens For Christ, president; the Rev. Chris Enoch, Third Presbyterian, treasurer; the Rev. John Cruikshank, St. Peter’s Anglican, secretary.submitted photo

Funeral directors donate to food banks

Southwestern Funeral Directors Association recently made donations to the food banks in the tri-county area to help local families meet their food needs for the holiday season. Southwestern Funeral Directors is the local association of more than 40 funeral homes in Fayette, Washington and Greene Counties. As part of the Pennsylvania Funeral Directors Association, their mission is to provide education, help raise and maintain high ethical standards, and improve communication and cooperation among the member firms. Members pictured above, presenting a check for $1,000 to Sheryl Pepiot of the Fayette County Community Action Agency, are (from left) Philip Rishel of Point Marion, secretary-treasurer; Michael Neal of Washington, president; John Maykuth of Masontown, Pepiot, Robert Kish of Republic, and Janice and Jason Novak of Brownsville.submitted photo

4-H scholarships awarded

Penn State Extension recently awarded $5,500 in scholarships to 4-H members pursuing a college education. The 4-H advisory board held a benefit auction during the Fayette County Fair to raise money for scholarships and local 4-H programs. Officials thanked donors and buyers for their support in this event. Pictured are ( from left) front row: Sarah Steyer, Emily Diamond, Nicole Ainsley; back row: Jennifer Deichert, 4-H extension assistant, Scott Gardner, Hunter Clay, Brennen Adams and Angie Ramsey, benefit auction chairwoman.submitted photo

Thursday 03/05/2015
Carmichaels club recognizes first-place art winners

The Carmichaels Women’s Civic Club recently recognized the 2015 The Arts Cupboard art contest winners. The contest was open to students in the Carmichaels Area School District. The winners are as follows: Art, first place- Division one, Bailey Barnyak; Division two, Emily Swestyn; Division three, Remmey Lohr; and Division four, Madison Wilson. Art, second place-Division one, Chloe Mitchell; Division two, Jacob Fordyce; and Division four, Danielle McClellan. Art, third place-Division one, Mercedes Baily, and Division two, Mia Swestyn. Poetry, first place-Category one, Chloe Mitchell; Category two, Beth Cree; and Category three, Brittney Pollock. Poetry, second place-Category three, Megan O’Neil. Short Story, first place-Category one, Ani Cree; Category two, Ainsley Chadwick; Category three, Joey Kurincak; and Category four, Mollie Ehrlichman. Short Story, second place-Category two, Dominick Petrucci; Category three, Matthew Barrish, and Category four, Kaleb Wilson. Short Story, third place-Category three, Matthew Kloska; and Category four, Ethan Hennessey. Photography, first Place-Division one, Living Things, Jesse Jones; and first Place-Division three, Living Things, Peyton Armstrong. Each winner received a certificate, ribbon, and monetary prize. All first-place entries advanced to the district level competition in Freeport. Pictured are first-place winners (from left), front row: Peyton Armstrong, Remmey Lohr, Jesse Jones, Chloe Mitchell, Ani Cree; back row: Mollie Ehrlichman, Britney Pollock, Madison Wilson, Joey Kurincak, Beth Cree, Emily Swestyn. Missing from the picture: Bailey Barnyak and Ainsley Chadwick.

Carmichaels club recognizes art contest winners

The Carmichaels Women’s Civic Club recently recognized the 2015 The Arts Cupboard art contest winners. The contest was open to students in the Carmichaels Area School District. The winners are as follows: Art, first place- Division one, Bailey Barnyak; Division two, Emily Swestyn; Division three, Remmey Lohr; and Division four, Madison Wilson. Art, second place-Division one, Chloe Mitchell; Division two, Jacob Fordyce; and Division four, Danielle McClellan. Art, third place-Division one, Mercedes Baily, and Division two, Mia Swestyn. Poetry, first place-Category one, Chloe Mitchell; Category two, Beth Cree; and Caterory three, Brittney Pollock. Poetry, second place-Category three, Megan O’Neil. Short Story, first place-Category one, Ani Cree; Category two, Ainsley Chadwick; Category three, Joey Kurincak; and Category four, Mollie Ehrlichman. Short Story, second place-Category two, Dominick Petrucci; Category three, Matthew Barrish, and Category four, Kaleb Wilson. Short Story, third place-Category three, Matthew Kloska; and Category four, Ethan Hennessey. Photography, first Place-Division one, Living Things, Jesse Jones; and first Place-Division three, Living Things, Peyton Armstrong. Each winner received a certificate, ribbon, and monetary prize. All first-place entries advanced to the district level competition in Freeport, Pa. The winners are pictured (from left) front row: Mercedes Baily, Chloe Mitchell, Mia Swestyn, Peyton Armstrong, Remmey Lohr, Ani Cree, Dominick Petrucci, Jesse Jones, Jacob Fordyce, Beth Cree. Back row: Mollie Ehrlichman, Megan O’Neil, Joey Kurincak, Emily Swestyn, Matthew Barrish, Mathew Kloska, Britney Pollock, Danielle McClellan, Kaleb Wilson, Madison Wilson, Ethan Hennessey. Missing from the picture: Bailey Barnyak, and Ainsley Chadwick.

Wednesday 02/25/2015
Washington Health donates to those in need

The Emergency Department staff of Washington Health System took it upon themselves to help those in need this past holiday season. They worked as a team to collect donations from WHS hospital staff. They were able to donate approximately 20 boxes of food, three to four bags of clothing and a small monetary amount to the Washington City Mission just a few days before Christmas. Pictured are (from left) John Johnson, JT Sciascia, Bria Bennie, Eric Rohrer, Gina Boberg, Karah Peters, Sharon Frost, Michelle McIntyre, Terri Fonner, Erin Haschets and Larry Hennen.

Blessing of the Monongahela River

Members of St. George Serbian Orthodox Church in Carmichaels recently participated in their annual blessing of the Monongahela River, which is near the church, on Jan. 18, Holy Cross Day, the Eve of Theophany. Following the Divine Liturgy, during which Jesus’ baptism is celebrated, parishioners travel to the Masontown side of the river where a service is held. The St. George Choir sings responses. An ice cross prepared by Sonia Janson is placed in the river and all present are blessed with holy water. The joyful practice of blessing the river began in 1999 and continues each year. Pictured are (from left) Jess Standish, Richard Porter (with cross), Protopresbyter Rodney Torbic, Aaron Carson and Stan Brozik.

Mon Valley group donates to Childrens Hospital

A group of businesses and individuals in the Mon Valley area recently raised $1,000 to benefit Children’s Hospital in Pittsburgh. Pictured are (from left) Stan Zimcosky, Eric Amber, Barb Kudra, Deb Gill and Dave Vayansky. The group offered thanks to Medicine Stop Pharmacy and MacIntosh Photography, Brownsville.

Conn-Area Catholic students learn with iPads

Students in Conn-Area Catholic School’s kindergarten class love “iPad Tuesdays” when they experience engaging educational games with the iPads. Pictured are (from left) Reese Workman, Riley Knizner, William Snyder, Aiden Brown, Ava Livingood, Kayla Pastorius, Christopher Johnson and Darrius Groom.

Wednesday 02/18/2015
Bushmire wins at Pennyslvania Farm Show

submitted photoJaden M. Bushmire of Connellsville won grand champion junior market goat recently during the 2015 Pennsylvania Farm Show. Pictured are Bushmire and his goat in the front and back row: (from left) Forrest Ohler, farm show livestock events coordinator Jim Sharp, judge Jeff Ripley, Todd Miner and Brandon Gallagher. (photo courtesy of the Pennsylvania Farm Show)

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