SEPRL October News
Summer Bling Event
Ladies and girls from the church and community were welcomed to Ascension Hall for a “Summer” Bling event on Sunday, August 25. Yvonne Opalenik was the guest speaker and entertained everyone with a very interesting history of the locket traced back to the Civil War. Guests thoroughly enjoyed the stories and the humor in her presentation that included hats from different eras, a mustache and an oversized locket she created for modeling by Trish Roberts. A buffet lunch included a dessert bar with a variety of delicious sweets, tea and punch. The children had an opportunity to create a bracelet, choosing different designs of beads. Later in the program, Yvonne demonstrated lockets of different styles with Origami Owl and invited everyone to design their own unique locket or other jewelry pieces. Attendees also enjoyed bingo, games and prizes. The program closed with door prize baskets and fresh flowers being given away.
Ascension Church Parish Picnic
Ascension Church’s annual picnic was held on Sunday, September 22 at Ascension Hall. Father Ivan Mina gave the blessing and guests headed to an amazing food buffet! Two extra tables were added to accommodate the large variety of homemade covered dishes. Volunteers grilled hot dogs, burgers and kolbassi. Halushki, halubki, stuffed hot peppers, chicken, salads and vegetable casseroles along with desserts were among the choices.
A Chinese auction, 50/50 and TV giveaway were held along with bingo games. There were a lot of excited winners! A 50” Flat Screen TV was donated by Dean & Carla Maksin and won by Rich Sovich.
Clairton Police Officer Duane Beere was invited to present a demonstration of police work with canines. He introduced himself and his dog Bear and provided a background on his police work and Bear. One interesting fact was that Bear was born and trained in the Czech Republic and responds only to Dutch commands by his handler. Bear can locate drugs and track human scent when the police need his assistance. “Bear” provided a demonstration of a drug search. Other Clairton police officers participated in a demonstration as Bear was ordered to attack an aggressive criminal (officer in a padded protective suit). After an exciting presentation, “Bear” enjoyed interacting and playing ball with the kids and meeting the audience. The police officers joined the group for lunch and socialized with the crowd.