Curwensville Days kicks off|
Monday, July 16, 2012
By Dianne Byers Staff Writer
CURWENSVILLE - The Curwensville Community Center's board of directors were added to a long of list of people, organizations and businesses whose works and projects have benefited the Curwensville community.
The CCC's board was named last night at the close of the 2012 Curwensville Days vesper service as the 37th recipient of the Curwensville Rotary Club's Service Above Self award. Bill Williams, CRC member and chairman of the Service Above Self award committee, noted during the presentation, the board was established in 1968. It oversees the Curwensville Community Center located at 11 Stadium Drive, Curwensville - a structure built in 1969 with the mission of serving as a hub for the local community.
Williams noted the award has been sponsored by CRC since 1976, although it was presented by other organizations in 1971 and 1974. It is given annually to an individual, organization or business "that are not necessarily the most notable in the community but who have given of their time and talents, working for the common good of everyone in both Curwensville and the surrounding communities." The title of the award was changed several years ago to reflect Rotary's motto, "Service Above Self."
"(Those honored) did what they did because it is the right thing to do and because they wanted to see their community grow and thrive and because they realize Curwensville is a great place to live and raise a family," Williams said.
"This group is in the midst of a fund-raising project that will continue much-needed repairs to the Curwensville Community Center," Williams said, adding the center is utilized on a regular basis by numerous Curwensville-based groups and organizations as well as those from outside of the area.
Joe Wills, board president, said during an interview following the presentation, "As president of the Curwensville Community Center Board it is a great a privilege to accept the Rotary's 2012 Service Above Self Award to the Curwensville Community Center Board The award is in honor of all the board member who have served the community since the center was first established in 1948 as the Curwensville Civic Center."
For several years, the board has been conducting a capital campaign to upgrade the facility. Some of the work that has been completed includes replacing the flooring, windows, exterior doors, kitchen and lighting as well as painting and repairs made to the building's exterior.
The center is in the final phase of work and is currently accepting donations to add a geothermal heating and cooling system and update the small snack area in the main meeting room. Joan Domico, board member and Wills said the community's generous support has allowed many improvements to be made to date but more funds are needed to complete the final portion of the project.
Donations may be mailed to the Curwensville Community Center, P.O. Box 129, Curwensville, PA 16833.
The Curwensville Community Center has a Web site, www. Curwensvillecommunitycenter.com, and a Facebook page, Curwensville Community Center.
In addition to Wills and Domico, the board includes J. Duane Test, vice president; Joe Bakaysa, treasurer, and Shelia Williams, secretary. John Wright and Test are the capital campaign co-chairmen. Gino Trifelli is also a board member. Dave and Michelle Clark are caretakers of the center. Wills said last night, additional board members are needed.
Those interested may contact any current board member or are invited to attend the board's next meeting Sept. 12 at 7 p.m. at the Curwensville Community Center.
Prior to last night's presentation the 2012 edition of Curwensville Days officially opened with a vespers service conducted by pastors representing member churches of the Curwensville Ministerium.
The Rev. Chuck Taber, pastor of the Curwensville Presbyterian Church was the speaker. His message about going home was based on the book of Revelation, chapter 21.
The Curwensville Town Choir presented two numbers, "God Bless America" and a medley of "Swing Low, Sweet Chariot" and "When the Saints Go Marching In." Music was provided before the vesper service by Heavenbound and The Baughman Family Musical Ministry and following the service and award presentation by Day Awaits.
Tonight at Curwensville Days will be the start of the Miss Curwensville Days pageant at 6 p.m. followed by local band, Harmonious Funk, at 8 p.m. Entries will be accepted tonight through Thursday for the beautiful baby and pet contest.
Tomorrow, entries for the baking contest may be submitting beginning at 5 p.m. until 6:15 p.m.
The Clearfield Community Band will perform on the bandshell stage at 6 p.m. Judging for the baking contest begins at 6:30 p.m. with the winners announced prior to the 8 p.m. musical entertainment, Still Moore.
Baked goods from the contest will be sold at the Curwensville Days committee booth beginning at 8 p.m. with proceeds to defray festival expenses.
Admission and parking at the festival are free.
There is a nightly carnival, food, games, displays and other activities many of them sponsored by local groups and organizations to benefit projects in the Curwensville Area.