All roads lead to Dunbar on Saturday
Yes, the second Dunbar Community Fest is going to take place Saturday. Residents and visitors alike will not be disappointed. The committees have worked very hard this year and have come up with a great lineup of activities. An invitation is extended to all our readers to come and visit us.
= Community News
The doctor is in! We are very pleased to welcome Dr. Naresh I. Bhatt, M.D., to Dunbar. Beginning Oct. 7, Dr. Bhatt will be available for office visits and house calls! Yes, you read it correctly, house calls! His office will be located at 74 Connellsville St. and his office hours will be from 1 to 5 p.m. on Tuesdays and Fridays. For those who wish to schedule an office appointment or house call, Bhatt can be reached at 724-430-9090. He is planning to be in town for the Community Fest, so residents and visitors alike are encouraged to welcome him to town. They can meet him at the Dunbar Fire Department where several health screenings will be taking place during the Fest. Thanks to everyone who had a hand in seeking out and bringing a doctor to town.
Mark your calendars for the annual Dunbar Borough Halloween parade to be held Oct. 26. It will start at 3 p.m. at the old Borough School on Connellsville Street. Trick or treat will follow from 4 to 5 p.m. Anyone wishing to participate in the parade is asked to contact the Borough Office at 724-277-4949.
Check your cupboards! The Dunbar Presbyterian Activity Committee is sponsoring a fall Watkin’s party in the church social hall at 7 p.m. Oct. 3. The community is invited to attend.
The Presbyterian Church’s “outdoor group” is planning a bike ride on the bike trail on the afternoon of Oct. 12. Riders will then return to the church social hall for a picnic. If interested in taking part, call 724-277-8448. There is no charge for the ride or picnic, but we need an approximate count for food purposes.
= Community Fest Update
Make sure you pick up a copy of the fest maps which will be available at each activity area to help visitors get around town. Mayor Angie Graziano will also be out and about handing out balloons to the kids. Speaking of kids, the balloon lady will be creating balloon hats for the kids, made while you watch! Look for her near the post office area. There will also be strolling accordion players mingling with the crowd!
The Dunbar Borough School has been busy planning a bake sale for that day. The school also sponsored a Fest Logo Contest this year for the Community Fest. All the students put on their most creative caps and came up with some great logos. They are all to be congratulated. A tough decision it was for the staff to choose the top three winning entries from each class, Kindergarten through grade 6. The following students, listed in first, second and third place order will be presented with an engraved medal during the fest. The winners for kindergarten were Katie DeOre, Shawn Leapline, Rachel Fuller; first grade, Paige Darnell, Joshua Vincent, Carley Lowery; Second grade, Codey Overly, Megan Miller, Bailey Keilbach; third grade, Jessica Woods, Kaylee Rugg, Nick Maloy; fourth grade, Kelsey Ryan, Ashley Stamates, Emma Friel; fifth grade, Angela Grover, Shelby Leonard, Kayle Basinger; and sixth grade, Ashley Johnson, Sabrina Yealey and Sydney McDonough. The fest committees were shown the top seven winning entries and voted on the grand prize winner. And the grand prize winner for 2003 is Ashley Grover, who will receive a $25 Wal-Mart gift certificate in addition to her medal. The fest committees want to thank all the school staff and especially the students for taking part in this community fest activity. All winning entries will be posted in the downtown area and the grand prize winning entry will be placed at all fest activity areas.
Day-long entertainment will take place in the huge tent in the center of town. The debut of the Dunbar Village People is scheduled for 2 p.m. Bring your autograph books!
The Dunbar Historical Society display located in the social hall of the Dunbar Presbyterian Church, next to Dunbar Post Office, will feature a display about Braddock’s Road including a continuous Powerpoint presentation of the Lacock Postcard Series. Mike Bell will once again have two slide show presentations scheduled for 1 pm and 3:30 pm featuring glimpses into Dunbar’s past and present. A special feature this year will be a display of local wedding photos, some dating back to the 1920 era. Of course, there will be some great picture displays and memorabilia again this year. Fest souvenirs, including cups, tiles, 2003 pins, article reprints and more, will be sold at the historical society location. Anyone wanting to loan items for the display can bring them to the church on Friday evening between 6 pm and 8 pm.
Don’t forget to stop by and see Postmaster Darryl Gesso for your 2003 Dunbar Stamp Cancellation. He will be under the canopy next to the post office.
This is the final call for flea market and craft vendors to register for a free space at the fest. Those not registering will be provided space on a first-come, first-serve basis after all registrants have been given a space. So call Carmella Hardy at 724-277-8173 if you plan on setting up. No food vendors.
The Pechin 5K Walk/Run will begin at 8 am with registration at 7 am at the Dunbar Fire Department. Pre-registration will be $13 with the guarantee of a shirt and goodie bag. Registration on race day will be $15. There will be drawings for some great prizes. For more information, call Cindy Moag at 724-626-8882 ext. 102.
The Community Fest’s first volleyball tournament is slated to begin at 10 am. Registration forms and more information are available by calling 724-628-2994.
The car show will be on Connellsville Street from 1 to 5 p.m. There will be oldies music, trophies and prizes. Call Pat Trimbath at 724-277-8086 for more information.
The Little Miss Dunbar and Colonel Dunbar Pageant will begin at 11 a.m. For further information, call Denise Maley at 724-277-4464.
The volleyball tournament is slated to begin at 10 a.m. behind the fire hall. Registration forms and more information are available by calling 724-628-2994.
Plan to stay in town for the 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. show by the Brass Knuckles. There will be plenty of seating available so plan to stay and enjoy the free concert which will be followed by fireworks!
Parents are asked to remind their children bicycles and skateboards are not permitted in the downtown area on Saturday. Please help us keep the Fest safe for both young and not so young visitors. Your cooperation is appreciated.
We wish to thank patron donors Elda and Ernie Dodrill for their donation this week. The race committee would like to thank Pechin Shopping Village, National City Bank and the US Navy/Uniontown Recruiting Office and the volleyball tournament committee would like to thank Romeos for its donation of bottled water.
Hope to see you all in Dunbar on Saturday!
= Birthdays and Anniversaries
Birthday wishes go out this week to Sherry Thorpe, Bill Butler, Thelma Hardy, Kasey Eutsey, Samantha Bunting, Alfred Soberdash, Ike Nedrow, Rob Blystone, Casey Ramage, Freda Piret, Timmy Smitley Jr., Pauline Dynes, Lee Maley, Connie Anderson, Beverly Owens, David Basinger, Thomas Dolan, Emma Crocetti, Dorothy Lizza, Andy Martin, Mary Wolfe, Eric Rankin, Ashley Martin, Ronna Breakiron, Seth Soberdash, Robert Bell, Brittany Roll, Bethany Roll, Doris Rockwell and Taylor Phelan.
Anniversary wishes go out this week to Russell and Ann Gradish, David and Lisa Martin, Derwood and Kathy Dynes, and Chad and Tabitha Gallis.
= Dunbar Trivia Question
Did you know the answer to last week’s question, “In 1883, who was the person from Dunbar that began a successful career as an undertaker and as such became one of the first embalmers in Fayette County?” The answer is: David Christopher Foltz.
Now, let’s see if you know the answer to this week’s question, what building in Dunbar was known as ‘a jewel in Dunbar’s crown’â¢
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