submitted photoTo commemorate Read Across America, The Kiwanis Club of Uniontown read Dr. Seuss books and donated books to students at the Fayette County Head Start. Kiwanis members who participated include Chuck Santore, presdent; Jeanette Sproul, Doug Stewart, Greg Parsons and Ed Hyjurick. Pictured is Sproul, right, reading Dr. Seuss’ “One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish.’’
Submitted PhotoThe “Wax Museum Biographies” were recently performed at St. Sebastian Regional School in Belle Vernon. This unique way to learn history included presentations boards, speeches and sixth and seventh graders in costume as famous individuals. Shown here are Ally Sedlak as Mozart, Jacob Traczynski as Ben Franklin, Cole Benning as Abraham Lincoln and Harley Bailey as Rosie the Riveter. The intermediate grades and parents were invited to the performance.
Conn-Area Catholic students, families and teachers recently met at St. John the Evangelist Church in Connellsville to celebrate their annual Family Liturgy. The Rev. Bob Lubic, president of the Conn-Area advisory board, and the Rev. Daniel Ulishney, parochial vicar, con-celebrated the Mass. Ceal Solan, principal, gave a welcome. The Mass formally honored Jan Spotts, pre-kindergarten teacher, and Julie Scarry, pre-kindergarten aide, for 10 years of service. The sixth-grade class was recognized as they prepare to move on to junior high. Each sixth-grader received a rosary. The Connellsville Area Catholic Children’s Choir sang. A reception was held after the Mass in Moravek Hall. Pictured are (from left) Lubic and Ulishney greeting Gabrielle Goodwin as she comes forward to receive a rosary.
Conn-Area Catholic students, families and teachers recently met at St. John the Evangelist Church in Connellsville to celebrate their annual Family Liturgy. The Rev. Bob Lubic, president of the Conn-Area advisory board, and the Rev. Daniel Ulishney, parochial vicar, con-celebrated the Mass. Ceal Solan, principal, gave a welcome. The Mass formally honored Jan Spotts, pre-kindergarten teacher, and Julie Scarry, pre-kindergarten aide, for 10 years of service. The sixth grade class was recognized as they prepare to move on to junior high. Each sixth grader received a rosary. The Connellsville Area Catholic Children’s Choir sang. A reception was held after the Mass in Moravek Hall. Pictured during a blessing are (from left) Scarry, Spotts, Lubic and Ulishney. Altar server is Iris Burd.
submitted photoRonald VanSickle and Ronald Yanek of American Legion Post 723 in Masontown recently presented a plaque to World War II Army veteran Julius Jesso of Masontown for 60 years of continuous service to the American Legion. Jesso, 97, served as staff sergeant in Company C 367th Engineer Combat Battalion in Africa and Central Europe.
Submitted photoFayette County Colon Cancer Network recently hosted a successful 13th annual Celebrity Chef Cook-Off fundraiser dinner. Those planning the event included (from left) seated: Kathy Rafail, president; Christina Zack, executive secretary; Christine Romeo, Harriet Georgiana, Rick Rafail, secretary; standing: Roseann Kurutz and baby Lyric River, Jerry and Ginny Lauffer, Joe Gentilcore, treasurer; Sally Calabrese, Southwest GI; Staci Strickler, Profound Multimedia; Gina and Jeff Tesauro, 5k race coordinators. Absent Joe Carei, vice president.
Submitted PhotoUniontown College Club presented its annual scholarships during a recent luncheon meeting at the Uniontown Country Club. The club awards $1,000 scholarships yearly to a graduating senior from Albert Gallatin, Laurel Highlands and Uniontown school districts. This year’s recipients include (from left) Maria Pyle, Uniontown Area High School; Lauren Wilhelm, Laurel Highlands High School; and Kaitlyn Podlogar, Albert Gallatin High School.
Five generations of the Ruffner family recently gathered together for a photograph, including Lorraine Ruffner, great-great-grandmother, of Brownsville; Althea Herbert, great-grandmother, of Brownsville; Laura Angelo, grandmother, of Monessen; Tyranni Sabula, mother, of Monessen; and Aubrey Guth, baby, of Monessen. Pictured are (from left) sitting: Ruffner and Angelo holding Guth; standing are Herbert and Sabula.
Submitted photoA “My Bike” presentation was held recently in the lobby of First Federal Savings and Loan Association of Greene County’s downtown Uniontown location. Variety, the children’s charity organization, is proud of its signature program “My Bike,’’which provides bicycles that are individually customized to eligible children with disabilities. These bicycles create an extraordinary impact, giving children the joy, freedom and belonging that comes with a bike. First Federal of Greene employees had various fundraising events, including a cornhole tournament, Summit Challenge and a First Federal cookbook, raising $1,800. They offered thanks to Mark IV Office Supply Co. for providing the cover and binding of the cookbooks created and designed by First Federal employees, Hartsek Catering for providing food for the cornhole tournament and Justin Zuzak for photographing and videotaping the event. Pictured are (from left) in front: Brennen Naylor, recipient of bicycle; with his parents Donald and Jaclyn Naylor; standing: row one: Sherry Thomas, Rachelle Vavrek, Amy Jo Sobek; row two: Danielle Tobusto, Barbara Galica, Sandy Tandarich, Corinna Ream, Charlotte Keller, Amy Stearns, Janice Sikora, Susan Keffer, Andrea Kois, Tomi Guinn; row three: Barbara Galida, Kim Harris, Karen Burke.
Submitted photoFall 2016 Waynesburg University student Rachel Frederick, who will be a Laurel Highlands 2016 graduate, has been awarded The Bonner Scholarship. Bonner Scholars have a commitment to service while enrolled at Waynesburg University. Rachel has begun her commitment to service as a South Union Township volunteer firefighter over the past three and a half years.
Submitted photoRicardo Ezzi, president of Mazzini Lodge No. 231, Uniontown Sons of Italy, presents a $1,000 check to Sister Annette Frey of Mary House in Uniontown. Mary House is a home for women located at St. Mary (Nativity) Roman Catholic Church in Uniontown. Pictured are (from left) Fred Seghi, treasurer; Sister Jean Augustine; Frey, Ezzi, John R. Joseph, vice president; Thomas George, recording secretary; and John R. Volpe, financial secretary. Guiseppe Mazzini Lodge 231 uses proceeds from fundraisers and its monthly pasta dinners to support local charities.
Mike Davidson, center, a Uniontown resident who is Columbia Gas of Pennsylvania's vice president and served as 2016 March for Babies chairman, is shown during the recent walk at Mount St. Macrina near Uniontown. Columbia Gas employees marched under the team Rattle Rockers, raising $6,000 with Columbia Gas donating another $10,000. Pictured directly behind Davidson (in purple) are Teddy Flowers and Jo Davidson.
Columbia Gas of Pennsylvania employees joined hundreds of participants to walk three miles around Mount St. Macrina in North Union Township during the recent Fayette County March for Babies, the largest fundraiser for the March of Dimes that helps fund lifesaving research and education programs aimed at helping mothers have healthy babies. Columbia Gas employees who participated in the event called themselves Rattle Rockers and raised more than $6,000. The company made an additional $10,000 donation to the non-profit organization. "Columbia Gas employees and families are honored to advance the mission of the March of Dimes,'' said Mike Davidson, of Uniontown, who is Columbia Gas of Pennsylvania vice president and 2016 March for Babies chairman. "The March for Babies event gives everyone in our community the chance to make a difference in the lives of millions of babies.'' Pictured are (from left) back row: Amelia and Deric Dupey, Erica Coleman, Alissa Bickar, Kim Revak, Caroline Richards, Keely Fergus, Carla Fuccaro, Bill Vanek, Darryl Wargo, Denny Lippert, Will Hudak, Tony Ficara, and Doug Deal; second row: Brandon and Isaac Dujmic, Ken Phillian, Abbey Phillian, Missy and Jenna Biagini, John and Rose Smochinsky, Alyssa Sharrard, Carolina Hunter, Peyton and Jennifer Mrosko, Cheryl Peterman, Sam and Lorrie Ficara, Cory, Julie Ficara, John Lewis, and Barb Stanish; first row: Gabby Biagini, Rich & Richie Biagini, John and PJ Ross, James Daugherty, Jamie Lewis, Cathy Piwowar, Jase and Candice Ross; front and center: Christine Dujmic as Digger Dog.
Submitted photoTrooper Stefani Lucas of the Pennsylvania State Police, right, recently visited the preschool and kindergarten students at Conn-Area Catholic School in Connellsville to talk about safety issues, including dealing with fire, car/seatbelt, biking/helmet, talking to strangers, and the importance of knowing police officers are their friends. The highlight for the children was seeing the police cruiser.
Submitted photoGregory Lincoln, sixth grade, took first place in the recently held annual chess tournament at Conn-Area Catholic School in Connellsville. Taking second place is Devan Newcomer, sixth grade, while Nick Antol, fifth grade, was third place winner. Pictured are (from left) Antol, Newcomer, Lincoln and Chris Sparks, tournament moderator.
Submitted photoA 4-inch, large-diameter hose from the West Brownsville Fire Department was recently donated to the Connellsville Area Career and Technical Center. Pictured (from left) standing: Bill Seifert, lieutenant, fire department; Blake Breakiron, Josh Corvin, Bruce I. Jaynes, vice principal; Ron Barry, protective services instructor; Megan Higinbotham fire department; kneeling: Hara Preston, Allan Fetter, Steven Peck and Bruce Gemas.
Submitted photoFranciscan Sister James Ann Germuska, (left) executive director/CEO of Crosskeys Human Services Inc., Brownsville, is shown with Bishop Edward C. Malesic, of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Greensburg and the Communities of Salt and Light Award for Outstanding Human Service Organization, at the reception prior to the awards dinner in Greensburg. Germuska dedicated the award to the memory of 33-year staff member, Jayne Loveland, the organization’s mental health coordinator who passed away in January. Loveland would have celebrated her 61st birthday at the award dinner. Germuska thanked the people of St. Peter Parish (where Crosskeys’ main office is located), who have helped the organization over the years, Fayette County Behavioral Health Administration and the group’s frontline staff. “I draw my strength first from God then from my religious community,” she said. (Photo by Mary Seamans, courtesy of Diocese of Greensburg)
Submitted photoFayette Veterans Advocacy Association recently made a donation to AMVETS Post 103 Honor Guard in Hopwood for the purchase of new uniforms. Pictured are (from left) Virginia Grubbs, association secretary; Stanley Angel, AMVETS commander; and Brenda Moats, association president.
Submitted photoMembers of New Salem American Legion Auxiliary, Unit 753, recently sponsored an afternoon party for hospitalized veterans at the H. John Heinz III Community Living Center in Aspinwall. Residents were treated to pie and ice cream, snacks and entertainment with canteen books and ball caps for the winners. These VA hospital parties are funded by the unit’s annual Poppy Day campaign, held in May. Pictured are (from left) Rosemary Reagan, auxiliary unit president; Mary Connell, Pennsylvania Department A.L.A. hospital representative; Cheryl Setlock and Gloria Magerko, auxiliary unit members.
Fayette County Career and Technical Institute’s Information Technology program recently celebrated Computer Science Week by participating in the largest, learning event in history, The Hour of Code, a one-hour introduction to computer science that’s designed to demystify code and show that anybody can learn the basics, organized by the nonprofit Code.org. The Hour of Code attempted to have 100 million students try computer science. Computer science was on homepages of Google, MSN, Yahoo! and Disney. President Obama, Shakira and Ashton Kutcher all kicked off the Hour of Code with videos. At Fayette County Career and Technical Institute, Melanie Dean, information technology instructor, organized the event that included over 50 information technology and graphic arts students. Patty Lenhart, graphic arts program assistant, assisted with the project. Pictured are (from left) standing, James Baur and Austin Hale, information technology, and sitting, Dylan Shultz from graphic arts.
Submitted photoOfficials held a ribbon cutting for the newest and largest Levin Furniture showroom, which recently opened at 292 Curry Hollow Road in Pleasant Hills. This showroom contains a Levin Furniture, Levin Mattress and Levin Clearance Outlet Center within the 96,000-square-foot store. Contributing to the economic redevelopment in this area, Levin’s new location will bring employment opportunities and draw visitors from surrounding communities. Levin’s will continue their commitment of giving back to the communities in which they live and work with several events and programs in 2016, beginning with the presentation of a $20,000 donation to Children’s Hospital’s Free Care Fund at the grand opening event. Pictured are Robert Levin, president (left), and Basil Hawanchak, vice president and CFO. (Photo by Kimberly S. Tuscan)
Submitted photoDiana Napper, left, founder and executive director of A Glimmer of Hope Foundation, is shown presenting a $5,000 donation to Natalie Furgiuele-Iracki, M.D., Monongahela Valley Hospital breast surgeon and Breast Care Center medical director. The donation will be used towards the purchase of Tomosynthesis (Tomo), 3-D breast imaging technology. Napper said, “For the past 20 years, A Glimmer of Hope Foundation has been dedicated to raising funds to further breast cancer research in pre-menopausal women. The incidence of breast cancer in women under 40 is increasing. The foundation’s goal is to focus more attention on this alarming development.” Mon Valley Hospital is in the process of creating a Breast Care Center, tentatively set to open late summer.
Catholic War Veterans Post 1669 in Uniontown recently gave support to Cupid’s Undie Run Team Benji-Butt to benefit the Children’s Tumor Foundation, which funds research for neurofibromatosis. Sponsors and runners include (from left) seated: Joe Taylor, Ben Williams, Jack Flowers; standing: Ted Muzika, Joey Taylor, Jim Mitchell, Susan Williams, Tom Keffer, Larry LaClair and Mike Miskanin. The team raised about $5,000.
Trooper Stefani Lucas, from the Pennsylvania State Police Uniontown Barracks, spoke about safety and identity theft as a guest speaker at a recent meeting of the Carmichaels Women’s Civic Club. Pictured are (from left) Brenna Sadlek, March Girl of the Month; and Lucas.
The middle school students at St. Sebastian Regional School in Belle Vernon recently had the opportunity to explore careers as they met in small groups with professionals, including engineers, a speech/language pathologist, a faith formation director and an attorney. The students created questions specific to the jobs, researched potential job growth and salaries, and completed a scavenger hunt for tools and technology used by the presenters. Pictured are (from left) Alexis Punteriero, business owner and dance coach; students Alexis Olup and Joshua Kurian and George Horensky, engineer, as they get to know each other before the fair.
The Forty and Eight Voiture 18, a service organization for veterans in Springhill Township, announced Mike Yeager, commander, and Joe Ross Sr., bar steward, recently traveled to Children’s Hospital in Pittsburgh to present a check for $500 to Kyleigh Lincoln and her family. Kyleigh is a 10-year-old girl who was diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia and Lymphoma. Money was raised from pool tournaments and collections taken by the Forty and Eight members. The Forty and Eight noted the family is also doing fundraisers and there are cans located at several local businesses to support Kyleigh’s medical and travel needs. Donations can be made on her Go Fund Me page at https://www.gofundme.com/g7tt8jwc. Pictured are (from left) Ross, Kyleigh and Yeager.
Submitted photoSeventh-grade students at Albert Gallatin North Middle School in McClellandtown recently participated in a Pi Day celebration to commemorate the irrational number that is used to calculate the area and circumference of circles. The students tackled math calculations dealing with circles, read passages on the “History of Pi,” and created a paper link chain that correlated with the first 150 digits of pi. During the last period of the day, all students gathered in the cafeteria where math teacher, Taylor Bella, read the book, “Sir Cumference and the Dragon of Pi (A Math Adventure)” by Cindy Neuschwande. Of course, they also ate pie. Pictured are (from left) front row: Bryce Landman, Angelina Brennsteiner, Shy Hagner, David Friend and Kameron Kern; back row: Jacob Rakas, Brady Shore, Cameron Clark, Jacob Elias, Christopher Layhue, Antwain Oliver, Braeden Buzzelli, Trey Coville, Kolby Dillow, Kohl Felio, Jared Tolbert, Paige Bogozi and Morgan Boyce.
The youths of St. Francis of Assisi Parish came together once again as they recently performed the Passion of the Lord. This production was 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 at the Footedale worship site. Pictured are (from left) row one: Sadie Huhn, Kyleigh Angelo, Bruno Fabrycki, Zoey Thomas, Gabrielle Sloboda; row two: Nicole Matis, Jim Matis Jr., Hunter Fullem, Luke and Emily Smearcheck, Ashley Marva, Jenna Pindrock and Selina Matis. Not pictured is narrator Alice Matis.
This “Old Rugged Cross” stands in front of the South Brownsville United Methodist Church, 412 Second St., Brownsville. It is draped with three different colors during Holy Week: a purple drape from Palm Sunday through Maundy Thursday represents “Jesus, King of the Jews”; a black drape and crown of thorns on Good Friday and Holy Saturday symbolizes 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!” Pictured are (from left) Bill Herrington, Austin Duggan, Jack Lohr, Leslie Parsons, Ray Parsons and the Rev. Jay Polowsky, who is the pastor of the Brownsville United Methodist Charge, consisting of First, South Brownsville and West Bend United Methodist churches.
Boy Scouts recently competed in a pinewood derby held in Monongahela. Winners include WEBLOS I I: 1. Braydon Barbao, first; Haden Clark, second; Louden Stanko, third; WEBLOS I: Gionni Trailer, first; Ty Lowzetter, second; Tyler George, third; Bears: Donato Desalve, first; Login Neidermeyer, second; Joel Richardson, third; Wolves: Andrew Bruce, first; London Amis, second; Gain Benoit, third; Tigers: London Stanko, first; Isaac Bird, second; Justin Steingrade, third; Overall: Gionni Trailer, first;Ty Lowzetter, second; Tyler George; third; Best in Show: Wylleum Britton, first; Dravin Everly, second. Pictured are the overall winners (from left) Trailer, Lowzetter and George.
Total Votes: 574