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Westmoreland County Historical Society hosts sold-out Colonial Tea

Volunteers and staff worked together to make Saturday’s sold-out Colonial Tea at Historic Hanna’s Tow n a smashing success. The event was hosted by the Westmoreland County Historical Society.

There were sweets and savories to prepare, teas to blend and guests to tend to. Executive director Lisa Hays, education coordinator Joanna Moyar and library coordinator Anita Zanke cleaned up and washed dishes in the basement of the Klingensmith log cabin.

Volunteering throughout were Richard and Helen Auman, Pauline Moyar, Thelma Matthews, Lillian Shea, Sylvia Shea, Louise Tilzey-Bates, Bryony Tilzey, Libby Jones, Hannah Linebaugh and Maggie Linebaugh.

They’re all looking forward to consolidating society activities once the visitors center is built.

With 22,000 square feet, collections would be stored in one place, instead of at various locations. There would be plenty of room for genealogy researchers who travel from all over, plus there are a lot of ideas for new exhibits and programs.

“Ideas are good, but if you don’t have the facilities to do the programs safely and properly, then they have to just stay thoughts,” Hays said.

There would be more security because the property could be used year-round, and more space for donated items. There’s no room to store a recently offered slaw cutter, sausage stuffer and butter churn. Staff and volunteer placement would more efficient because workers would move from one building to the next as needed, and there was speculation that a shiny new center would draw another generation of volunteers.

“We’re making do the best we can,” Hays said. But a central facility “would be wonderful, to say the least.”

Anne Aungier, Suzanne Mahady, Karen Lauer, Barb Popek, Linda Austin, Beth Searfoss, Patti Benton, Albina McClure and Lee Jamison were among those offering support by attending the tea.

— Dawn Law

Building a Bridge

Teenagers and their artwork filled a gallery inside the Westmoreland Museum of American Art on Friday, for the opening reception of the Transatlantic Journal Project. The exhibition includes 38 journal entries from a year-long collaboration between Greensburg Salem High School students and three schools in Oberhausen, Germany, where the art will be on display next year at the LVR-Industriemuseum.

Greensburg Salem High School National Art Honor Society student Megan Wigle acted as chief curator for the project. She is a senior who plans to study graphic design at California University of Pa. Senior Elizabeth Lowry wrote a poem she describes as a message of love. Senior Emily Alwine created a poster with her prom picture in the screen of a digital camera. Their work will be on display until Dec. 26.

Seen at the event: Art teacher Kelley Audia, manager and assistant manager of international programs, Heather Berry and Brooke Leonard from the American Association of Museums, Stephanie Buchholz, project coordinator for the LVR-Industriemuseum, along with teachers Uwe Bugdoll and Shila Zini.

Jennifer Miele

Record Breaking Celebration

There was so much to celebrate Thursday, at the 2010 Walk to Cure Diabetes Awards Celebration at Four Points by Sheraton. The September walk at the University of Pittsburgh at Greensburg set records for participation and funds raised and six families raised more than $10,000 each for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation.

One of them, Scott and Pam Kroh of Latrobe, raised $25,000 in support of their daughter Abby . Kroh’s company, Robindale Energy Services, was presenting sponsor for both the Greensburg and Pittsburgh Walks.

Terry Daughenbaugh welcomed guests, and committee Chair Julie McCutcheon talked about how much the walk means to her, because she’s had Type 1 diabetes since she was a teenager. Corporate Chair Terry Reese, CEO of The Overly Companies, said 110 teams with 1575 walkers helped bring researchers closer to a cure raising $453,000. With the help of youth ambassadors, Sheila Pomarico gave individual awards, and Ellen Krueger thanked the largest family teams. Next year’s walk is scheduled for Saturday, September 17.

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