New Castle News

Local News

November 19, 2012

Photo Gallery, Story: A look at Adoption Day in the county

NEW CASTLE — The circus came to town Saturday at Lawrence County Children and Youth Services.

That was the theme of the agency’s third annual Adoption Day festivities at its offices in the former Almira Home on East Washington Street.

Dozens of children and their adoptive families showed up to play carnival-style games, make crafts such as picture frames and necklaces, jump in an indoor bounce-around and enjoy fair food ranging from popcorn and cotton candy to pizza and hot dogs.

Everything was provided to the families at no charge, thanks to a variety of sponsors, according to Megan McConahy, one of the event’s organizers.

Saturday’s celebration was part of National Adoption Day, an effort to raise awareness of the more than 100,000 children in foster care waiting to find permanent, loving families. Overall, National Adoption Day has helped nearly 40,000 children move from foster care to a forever family, and the observance also celebrates those matches.

One such family is the Pilch family from Union Township

Cheryl and Greg Pilch already had two children of their own when they decided they would like to be foster parents. CYS asked them if they would consider taking two siblings instead of a single child.

Cheryl Pilch said that she and her husband had decided that whatever God wanted them to do, they would follow, meaning they would say “yes” to whatever CYS asked of them.

“I asked how old they were,” she said. “They said, ‘well the one is 13 hours old.” Surprised to be receiving one so young, she asked about the other.

“Oh that one’s a little older,” she recalled the CYS worker saying.  “Thirteen hours and six minutes.”

And so, twins Brooklyn and Brayden – now 7 years old -- came into the Pilch family and never left. The adoption was finalized within 10 months, and they have been a part of the family literally since the day they were born.

“They were,” Pilch said, “the best Christmas present I ever got.”

Communities across the county celebrate National Adoption Day on the Saturday before every Thanksgiving. This year, the National Adoption Day Coalition estimated that 4,500 children in foster care would be adopted on that day.


Text Only | Photo Reprints
Local News
  • Veteran.jpg Veterans seminar to view technology

    A veterans benefits seminar has been set for Friday. The program will run from 2 to 4 p.m. in the commissioners room of the Lawrence County courthouse.


    July 30, 2014 1 Photo

  • Part-time guard position created

    The Lawrence County Salary Board created a part-time temporary court guard position Tuesday.


    July 30, 2014

  • JaredGustafson.jpg Mohawk senior Jared Gustafson elected nation FCCLA officer

    A Mohawk High student was elected to national office at a leadership conference in Texas. Senior Jared Gustafson now is the 2014-2015 national vice president of parliamentary law for the Family, Career and Community Leaders of America.


    July 29, 2014 1 Photo

  • PipeDreams.jpg Concert to feature sounds of ’60s

    This week’s Friday Night Live at Riverwalk Amphitheater will feature a 1960s theme. Entertainment will be provided by Pipe Dreams. The group performs a tribute to the British Invasion and American rock ’n roll with music from The Beatles, Stones, Doors, Monkees and hits from Motown and Philly.

    July 29, 2014 1 Photo

  • well.jpg Environmental groups oppose forced pooling

    An effort by local landowners to have forced pooling declared unconstitutional is getting some outside support. Two environmental groups — Delaware Riverkeeper Network and Mountain Watershed Association — have filed a friend of the court brief with Commonwealth Court. They are asking that the court review forced pooling, which is part of a 1961 Oil and Gas Conservation Law, before scheduled hearings take place.

    July 29, 2014 1 Photo

  • CashMob.jpg Cash Mob returns Saturday to downtown

    The New Visions Destination Downtown Action Team will host a cash mob Saturday in downtown New Castle.

    July 28, 2014 1 Photo

  • wampum_gazebo.jpg Wampum Homecoming draws near

    The 22nd annual Wampum Homecoming Weekend is scheduled for this weekend. It is sponsored by the Wampum Area Business Association.


    July 28, 2014 1 Photo

  • money.jpg City imposing new regulations for vendors

    The city of New Castle is tightening regulations and imposing new ones for mobile food and transient vendors.


    July 26, 2014 1 Photo

  • money.jpg New recreation fees adopted

    New Castle City Council has adopted a new fee schedule for Cascade and Darlington parks. The new schedule runs from 2014 through 2016.

    July 26, 2014 1 Photo

  • HolidayInn.jpg Union Township getting another hotel

    Union Township is getting a Holiday Inn Express. John McClure, owner of McClure Realty, said he had closed a transaction Thursday on 3.8 acres on West State Street for the venture, a couple hundred yards west of the Hampton Inn.

    July 25, 2014 1 Photo