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Harrisville Community Band will mark its 45th anniversary with a special concert, 7 p.m. April 16 in Harrisville Fire Hall, East Mercer Street.

The Harrisville Community Band will celebrate its 45th year with a special concert at 7 p.m. April 16 in the Harrisville Fire Hall on East Mercer Street.

The band was founded in 1965 by the late Rev. David Kennedy who was formerly pastor of Harmony Presbyterian Church. Two of the original members, Karen Buchanan McKnight and Judy Meyers Critchlow, still play with the band. Over the years, the band has played at many different venues - concerts, parades, festivals, opening ceremonies for a drum and bugle corps competition, a national BB gun association and birthday parties among others.

The band is currently 35 members strong, with ages ranging from teen to senior citizen - all of whom just enjoy getting together and making music. You might observe a teenager sitting beside and being mentored by an adult. This makes the teenagers realize that you can continue to make music after school days are over.

At this concert, selections that have been played by the band over the past 45 years will be revisited. They include, “The Great Gate of Kiev,” “Symphonic Variations on Amazing Grace,” “Under Escort March,” Great Themes from Great Italian Movies,” Symphony of Sitcoms” and the “Helena Polka.”

The band is under the direction of Becky Sopher of Harrisville. The Master of Ceremonies for the concert will be John Snyder of Slippery Rock.

To celebrate the band’s 45th anniversary, light refreshments will be provided. Any donations received at the concert will be given to the Harrisville Volunteer Fire Department. Additional entertainment will be provided by the Olde Town Harmony Barbershop Chorus.

Come out and enjoy this special evening of family entertainment as the band celebrates 45 years and looks forward to many more years of making music together. Admission and parking are free.

Getting Moore out of life

West Unity Community Church women have arranged a program, featuring a live simulcast with author Beth Moore. This is a spring event for women, featuring three R’s “ Repaired, Restored and Ready “ based on Moore’s book “So Long, Insecurity, You’ve been a Bad Friend To Us.” Date is April 24 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

West Unity women have invited women from Harmony Presbyterian Church, Rocky Springs Presbyterian Church in America and others to join them for the simulcast. A $20 donation is suggested, which will include lunch. Tickets can be purchased in advance at Gospel Book and Music in Grove City.

Beth Moore is a best-selling writer, Bible teacher and speaker. With her down-to-earth, humorous style, she has touched the lives of millions of women. Her advice - Kiss your insecurities goodbye and discover the joy of living with confidence.

Community Day planning

The Community Day committee will next meet at 6 p.m. April 15 at the Borough Building. Officers for 2010 will be elected.

Please note that Community Day will be held on July 3 since July 4 is a Sunday. There will be varied entertainment and activities, ending with fireworks at 9:30 p.m.

Everyone is welcome to come to the meeting. Bring along your suggestions and ideas; volunteers are needed to help in many ways. If you have any questions, please call Brenda Bole at 724-967-4440.

Community yard sale

The 16th Annual Community Yard Sale is approaching rapidly. Don’t forget - the booths will be located in the area next to the bank parking lot. If you are selling merchandise at the yard sale, please call Dan at 724-234-4302 or Connie at 724-735-2912.

Do not block streets or inconvenience local businesses or other yard sellers. Individual or group families are encouraged to hold their own sales. Remember also that it is illegal to park on Route 8 and Route 58.

Come to Harrisville on the 24th, have fun browsing and enjoy a great small-town event.

Upcoming events

April 16: Spring Concert, Harrisville Community Band. 45th year celebration.

April 18: Gospel Concert at Harrisville United Methodist Church. Wilma and Don Robinson will be presenting your favorite gospel music. 7 p.m.

April 18: After-church fellowship at West Unity Community Church.

April 24: 16th Annual Community Yard Sale, 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.; Beth Moore Simulcast at West Unity Community Church 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

May 1: Christian Motorcyclists Association Run for the Son fund raiser. Part of revenue raised will be used for Open Doors, which gets Bibles to persecuted Christians; part for Missionary ventures; part for the Jesus Film and part to the Home Missions which stays in the states to work with motorcyclists here. Donations should be received by April 25 prior to the May 1 ride date. Please make checks payable to Christian Motorcyclists Association. See Connie or Ken Knoblespease for more information.

May 15: Clean-up Day. Start spring sorting now for deciding what unwanted items can be placed out for pickup.

May 21: Spring concert at Har-Mer Elementary School, 2 p.m.

This week in history

April 8: Baseball’s Hank Aaron hit his 715th home run against Los Angeles Dodgers, breaking Babe Ruth’s Record, 1974.

April 9: The American Civil War ended at Appomattox Courthouse, Virginia, 1865.

April 10: The first patent law was passed, 1790.

April 11: Congress proclaimed the end of the Revolutionary War, 1783.

April 12: The bombing of Fort Sumter began, starting the Civil War, 1861.

April 13: Pennsylvania Railroad received its charter, 1847.

A lighter moment

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Thought for the week

Spring is really here!

“And God said, ‘Let the earth sprout vegetation, plants yielding seed, and fruit trees bearing fruit in which is their seed, each according to its kind, on the earth.’ And it was so.” - Genesis 1:11 ESV

Call Emmy Lou Holtz with Harrisville area news at 724-735-2600.

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