Cheers to three local organizations who understand the importance of teaching independence while providing for those in need. A partnership between the Connellsville Area Garden Club, Penn State Extension’s Master Gardeners and the Carnegie Free Library in Connellsville has resulted in a new demonstration garden. According to officials from those agencies, the garden, which is located along East South Street across from the library, consists of three raised-bed demonstration vegetable gardens that has a twofold purpose.

Produce grown in the garden is donated to the community food bank but the project also includes programming that teaches people in the community how to grow their own food. Our hats are off to the members of these organizations who have found a way to aid their neighbors in the immediate and the long-term.


Cheers to Madison Burns and Emily Cooke, the 2019 Jacktown Fair Princess and Queen, respectively. Burns, 10, is daughter of Andrew and Alissa Burns of Wind Ridge. She takes the place of Brooklyn Burns, 11, daughter of Scarlett and Nyle Burns of Graysville. Madison was named princess on July 14 and rode in the parade on July 16. Cooke, 16, is daughter of Katie Cooke of Sycamore.

She replaces Amber Finch, 17, daughter of Allen and Bonnie Shough of Wind Ridge. Cooke was crowned after the Jacktown Fair Parade. She competed with Rory Black, 17, daughter of Robert and Betty Jo Black of Wind Ridge. The Jacktown Fair will continue in Wind Ridge until July 20.


Cheers to Uniontown attorney Thomas Shaffer for bringing a gym for youths to the city. Shaffer is the son of the late Tommy Shaffer, who trained boys in boxing for 52 years free of charge, but the new club will not only teach boxing, but aerobics, pilates, tae kwon do, boxercize, yoga and weight loss.

Shaffer is should be commended for the time and dedication he has put into this project. Having another place to workout and exercise in an area where obesity is a major problem can only be a good thing.


Jeers to the heatwave that has engulfed our area today making outdoor actives downright miserable. The temperatures will intensify on Saturday with highs in the mid-90s for most of the region and heat index values are predicted to be up to 104 with dew points in the mid-70s.

The National Weather Service has issued a excessive heat watch for our area for Friday and Saturday. While no watches or warning have been issued for Sunday, the temperatures are predicted to remain in the 90s with some possible relief coming Monday when temperatures could fall into the high 70s.

Be careful when working or playing outside this weekend and try to keep as cool and hydrated as possible.

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