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networking session with area community and business leaders.
MARCH 27 DOWNTOWN CONNELLSVILLE BUSINESS MIXER CONNELLSVILLE ELKS 5:30 P.M.—7:30 P.M.
MAY 25 YOUGH COUNTRY SYMPOSIUM YOUGH RIVER PARK
MAY 26 CONNELLSVILLE GERANIUM FESTIVAL DOWNTOWN CONNELLSVILLE 10 A.M.—5 P.M. See page 2 for a complete list.
The Downtown Connellsville Committees invite you and your associates to attend our spring Downtown Connellsville business mixer. The event will be held on Tuesday, March 27, 5:30-7:30 p.m. at the Connellsville Elks, 140 East Crawford Ave. Come and enjoy this casual
The highlight of the mixer will be the kickoff presentation of the Sustainable Design Workshop. The presentation will explain the workshop objectives and schedule; provide a summary of existing conditions and provide examples of innovative redevelopment ideas and best practices. Attendees will be engaged in visioning, goal setting and a District Branding exercise. The desired outcome of the
three-day workshop is to provide property owners with site specific plans designed for buildings and open spaces utilizing sustainable design guidelines which will promote future investment in the Business District. The plans will include architectural and engineering designs and as well as cost estimates to complete the work. There will also be refreshments and the opportunity to register for some great door prizes. Please RSVP to Nancy Henry at 724-628-6072 by Monday, March 26.
Downtown Business Spotlight: Atkins Music Center
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Downtown Business Spotlight: Atkins Music Center
In 1949, Wade H. Atkins founded Atkins Music Center at 166 West Crawford Ave. in Connellsville. Nearly 45 years later he sold it to Denise Friel who had been his employee since she graduated from Connellsville Area High School.
looking for specific records,” she added.
"I bought the building and the name because it had a wonderful reputation, Mr. Atkins was an upstanding and outstanding businessman and people knew me because I had been here 25 years by then," said Denise.
“That has been the key. I had studios built in the back so that foot traffic still comes through the store. Right now, I have nine instructors. Barb Chess works at Atkins on the retail side and she too, worked for Mr. Atkins,” said Denise.
The business had to change many times to survive. "When Mr. Atkins had the store it was mainly recorded music that he sold and we were pretty well known for that throughout the tri-state area, we got calls from all over, Ohio, West Virginia, people
When Denise bought the business, she still had some vinyl records, but soon she was selling cassettes and CDs. As the years passed, she phased these out and added instructors.
The store has always carried band instruments, for rent or purchase, and they order marching band shoes. They also carry a full line of all musical instrument accessories such as guitar strings and
reeds. They are noted for their large selection of instrumental songbooks. Denise noted that things have changed, since she bought Atkins Music Center in the 1990's. She now uses the internet for Ebay sales and occasionally sells used and vintage instruments online for people. "I'm optimistic that our economy is on its way back. I'm hopeful that Connellsville is too. " The phone number at Atkins Music Center is 724-628-2450. Store hours are 10 a.m. -7 p.m. Monday, Wednesday and Friday , 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. Tuesday, 12 p.m. - 6 p.m. Thursday and 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. Saturday. The website is www.atkinsmusic.com.
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Upcoming Events Golden Oldies Reunion Clara Pascoe, Community Foundation of Fayette County executive director, will discuss endowment fund opportunities.
Fri., May 25 Yough Country Symposium Yough River Park Keynote speaker: Ronald Virag, Executive Director, Laurel Highlands Visitors Bureau . Other guest speakers to include, Ted Kovall, Yough River Trail Council president; Emma Strong, Trail Town Outreach Corps project manager, Rob Ferguson, Coal and Coke Trail representative and Donna Holdorf, Sheepskin Trail representative. The afternoon session will focus on plans for the further development of Connellsville's downtown business district with Mr. Michael Edwards, Fayette County Cultural Trust president discussing design plans for several buildings. Additional discussion will center on hospitality initiatives, including the ongoing conversation for a hotel and educational opportunities for those offering services for visitors to the region. Amanda Freger, Highlands Hospital Center for Autism program director, will offer an update of the work being done at the Connellsville Township center.
At 7 p.m., the Friends of the Arts invites symposium attendees and the general public to a musical concert at the Wesley United Methodist Church, located on South Pittsburgh Street in Connellsville. The featured performer will be Levi Graft. Other performances will also take place. A reception will follow.
Sun., May 27 1-4 p.m. East Park Dunbar, Immaculate Conception and Connellsville graduates of the 1940s, 50s and 60s will come together to reminisce. Shuttle service from city parking lots along Fairview Avenue to East Park is being planned. At 4 p.m. a dedication ceremony will take place for the recently completed stone restoration work. East Park Committee Chairman Larry Buttermore will pay tribute to those that contributed financially to the project, those that completed the work and the Connellsville Garden Club that will care for the flower gardens at the site.
Mon., May 28 Sat., May 26
Memorial Day Parade
10 a.m.â€“ 5 p.m.
Route: West Crawford Avenue to the War Memorial at the intersection of North Pittsburgh Street and Route 119. Veterans to be remembered in a program at the conclusion.
The Connellsville Area Garden Club is proud to sponsor the 8th annual Connellsville Geranium Festival. It will be held on Sat., May 26, 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. The festival will include crafts and food booths, informational booths, a Princess Contest, Pet Contest, childrenâ€™s activities, and of course, beautiful geraniums and flowers. A full day of great entertainment is planned. To reserve a space, call Beverly Oppermann at 724-626-1445. Deadline for reserving a space is May 10, 2012.
June 30 - September 1 Summer Art Camp Artworks Connellsville Weekly classes are $10-$12. For further information and/or to register, visit www.artworksconnellsville.org or call (724)320-6392.