New Castle News

September 11, 2007

County Clips Sept. 11

A fair deal

One New Castle grandfather has reason to be proud. John Fair of Kenneth Avenue has boasting rights about his granddaughter, Elizabeth Fair who was recognized for outstanding service to her community in the Mobile, Ala. area.

Elizabeth was honored by a group called Volunteer Mobile for her work as a counselor at Camp Smile for people with cerebral palsy and her efforts to raise money to buy a new above-ground pool for the group.

She also volunteers as a candy striper at Providence Hospital.

The high school senior had a role in the Playhouse in the Park’s production of the musical, “Bye Bye Birdie.” In her new role as an Azalea Trail Maid, she traveled to Atlanta to participate in a Fourth of July parade.

Her parents are Gerald and Gail Fair.

Birthday billboard

When you hit the milepost birthday of 90, you deserve to have your name up in lights.

Well, at least on a billboard. And complete with a photograph. That’s what happened to Carl Elder of Wilmington Township.

A sign on Route 956 outside New Wilmington told passersby, “Happy 90th, Carl.”

The salute goes out to the longtime farmer whose pond and unique dinosaur is a landmark in that area.

The Elder farm, operated by sons and grandsons, is used to raise beef cattle, and various varieties of corn, hay, and soybeans.

Best wishes, Carl.

Special project

Lincoln High student Albert Geneviva has gotten his senior project out of the way already.

In the process, he also helped to support Special Olympics of Lawrence County.

Albert is the son of Al and Janice Geneviva, and he’s got a 10-year-old sister, Juliet, who has Down syndrome. She inspired him to organize a par 3 golf scramble to benefit Special Olympics. Proceeds have been earmarked to create a new sport for local athletes: snowshoeing.

Albert is captain of the Lincoln High golf team. His coach, Sam Barry, helped him to organize the scramble, and his parents, aunts and uncles — and even some cousins — cooked up the food for the event.

Various Ellwood City area businesses contributed prizes and donated money to help as well.

The scramble took place July 15 at Del-Mar Golf Course, with 18 teams attending. Griff Clark, who won the 50/50 raffle, donated his $40 in winnings back to the project.

Albert plans to attend the University of Pittsburgh to study business.

Home ec scholarship

Sarah Buntman was recently awarded the 2007 Lawrence County Home Economics Association Scholarship.

The scholarship was presented at the association’s spring banquet at Michael’s Restaurant.

Buntman is enrolled in her third-year of college at Youngstown State University, where she is majoring in family and consumer science education.

Her parents are Mr. and Mrs. Harry Buntman of West Hillcrest Avenue.

Weaving demonstration

Westminster College will host a weaving demonstration by artist Sigrid Piroch at 6 p.m. Thursday.

Piroch will set up a loom in the Art Gallery adjacent to Orr Auditorium for the event, which is free and open to the public. She will answer questions about the basics of weaving and the pieces she is currently exhibiting.

Piroch operates a cooperative weaving studio near Pittsburgh.

“Hand weaving is a vital element in my life, like fire from a furnace. I cannot imagine being anything other than a shuttle weaver producing hand woven art. I love everything about the process of creating opulent cloth. It is the challenge of fabricating illusion in fiber, whether simple or complex in construction,” Piroch said.