Cheers to Robert Stein of Uniontown who was recently honored by the state and the Fayette County Fair board as the 2019 Friend of the Fair. The honor is awarded by the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture to recognize individuals for their work and dedication to the local state fairs. Stein, 95, said he has been involved with the Fayette County Fair since the beginning. The fair is celebrating it’s 65th year this year and runs through Aug. 3. Kudos to Stein for his shining example of his inspiring volunteerism and true community spirit.
Cheers to Waynesburg Borough for another successful Rain Day Festival on July 29. Though it didn’t rain, the day still offered showers of fun from live music and food vendors to activities for the kids. The 2019 Miss Rain Day, Katie Swauger, was announced on July 28 and seen throughout Rain Day wearing her crown. The opening music act, Brownsville’s Blended Reality, took the stage at 10:30 a.m. Nashville’s Eskimo Brothers, the headlining act, took the stage at 7 p.m., with other musicians and demonstrations taking place in between. As the music played, attendees had the chance to enjoy a petting zoo, face painting, ample food vendors and informational booths. The night closed with a fireworks show at 9 p.m.
Cheers to the Carmichaels Copperheads of the Fayette County Baseball League for winning their fourth straight FCBL championship and 14th overall. The Dickie Krause-led Copperheads earned a 9-7 victory over Mill Run on Tuesday to sweep the best-of-five series, 3-0. Winning four titles in a row in any league or sport is challenging to say the least, but Krause and company continue to produce winners. The Copperheads’ Chuck Gasti and Joby Lapkowicz were named co-MVPs. Gasti homered twice and had four RBIs in the game-clinching victory, and Lapkowicz hit a solo homer run in Game 2. He was the starting pitcher in Game 1. Both played for Carmichaels in high school and won a WPIAL Championship and were state runners-up. Mill Run should also be commended for its efforts. Manager Ray Orndorff and his staff are some of the best around. They are always considerate of their opponents, fans, media and umpires. The FCBL is always looking for new teams. If anyone is interested, League President Ryan Encapera would be happy to welcome them in the league.
Jeers to whomever in Fayette County Republican party thought it was a good idea to hang a dartboard in their county fair booth with photos of four Democratic U.S. congresswomen taped to it. Shame on Bill Kozlovich, the party’s chairman, for calling it a “fun joke” and “only a game.” And shame on the people who Kozlovich says were disappointed to see the dartboard come down after a Uniontown woman posted about it on Facebook. We wholly support anyone’s right to express their dislike someone’s political leanings. But a dartboard with their faces? Really? What an immature and tasteless display. Kozlovich said the photos on the dartboard weren’t meant to promote violence or racism. We’d certainly hope not, but that display was completely tone deaf. If the county’s Republican party members wanted to engage with voters and express their dislike of the congresswomen’s’ beliefs, words would’ve been a better option.