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Picnic, talent search set for Labor Day in Tyrone

Marking the end of summer, a longstanding tradition, Tyrone’s Labor Day Picnic is planned for Monday, September 2 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Reservoir Park. In addition to the picnic, the Tyrone Chamber of Commerce is seeking local talent to compete and perform the same day at the Tyrone Talent Search.

In the past, the talent search was held each year at Tyrone Community Day at Delgrosso’s Park. Now, it is included in the Labor Day festivities.

In addition to the talent show, picnic-goers can look forward to other traditional events, including door prizes, food, children’s games (organized by Amanda Kurtz of the Tyrone Area Elementary School), adult BINGO for prizes (by Charlie Mills of the Navy Club), prizes donated by area businesses, and food by the Womens Club, Boy Scout troops, Rotary Club and more.

It is also is the last day to enjoy a splash in the community pool. Everyone is invited, with no admittance fee.

The picnic promises to be a day filled with family friendly entertainment and fun.

Details regarding the talent search are below:

Participants will compete in divisions as follows: Preschool-grade 4, grades 5-8, grade 9-12, adults up to 39, adults 40 plus, and groups of three or more. Grade levels are based on the grades completed in the spring of 2018. Cash prizes are $100 for first place, $75 for second place, and $50 for third place in each division.

Entry is free and all divisions are still open for participants. Each act is limited to three minutes and 30 seconds. Each person may only compete in one division, whether individually or as part of a group, and all members of groups must qualify for the division.

Presentations must be in good taste and suitable for audiences of all ages (each song choice must be approved). Microphones will be provided, but all other props or musical instruments must be provided by the participants.

Music should be emailed in a digital format to Rose Black at: rose@tyronechamber.com. If it cannot be e-mailed, music selections can be provided on a USB flash drive. Music on phones cannot be used as accompaniment the day of the contest. As always, the decision of the judges is final.

Those with questions or who are interested in participating should contact Rose Black at the Tyrone Chamber of Commerce, by phone (814) 684-0736 or by e-mail at rose@tyronechamber.com.

7th annual Tyrone Carnival to offer free fun, prizes

Cotton candy, games, and prizes are only a few of the perks of the 7th annual Tyrone Carnival to be held next Saturday, August 31.

Hosted by Community Worship Center, the carnival will be held from noon to 6 p.m. at 1300 Bald Eagle Avenue, Tyrone. The event is open to the public and will offer free hot dogs, popcorn, snow cones, cotton candy, and drinks.

The day will include free music and three 30-minute BMX stunt bike shows throughout the afternoon.

“We will have tons of free entertainment, including an inflatable obstacle course, a rock climbing wall, a four-way extreme air jumper, two bounce houses, a giant slide, and much more,” said Julie Deal, one event organizer.

Kids can enjoy free face painting, balloon art, caricature drawings, and several games.

“The vision of the carnival is to create a day filled with family fun that is completely free, where people don’t have to worry about money or anything else,” said Keith Deal, lead pastor at Community Worship Center. “Our goal is to tell people and to show people through our actions how much Jesus loves them.”

As in years past, there will be free prizes awarded throughout the day for several randomly-drawn winners. Carnival-goers only need to be present at 5 p.m. to be eligible to win grand prizes. Grand prizes this year include a 50-inch television with sound bar, Nintendo Switch, Beats by Dre headphones, Chromebook, and many themed baskets including a Penn State basket with two tickets to a game at Beaver Stadium.

“Because of our sponsors, we are able to once again make the carnival completely free of charge to all who attend,” said Julie.

A special thank you is extended to Platinum sponsors including: Albemarle, G&R Excavating and Demolition, Lauder Tree Care, Lunchtime Software, Obie’s Buckwheat, Peniel Praise Community Church, Platinum Wealth Strategies, Quest Haven Lodge, Sam’s Club, Verilla Real Estate, and Walmart. Thank you also goes out to several Gold and Silver sponsors for the event.

Organizers are excited for Community Worship Center’s largest outreach of the year as a way to help bring hope and unity to the community. Anyone interested in volunteering can sign up at http://bit.ly/2019TyroneCarnival.

Familiar name returns to Herald

The Daily Herald this week welcomed back a familiar name to serve as assistant editor of the publication.

Former staff person Adeena Harbst of Tyrone has rejoined The Daily Herald staff full-time and looks forward to becoming reacquainted with the everyday happenings of the local communities.

Harbst previously served as a correspondent, staff writer, and editor of the The Daily Herald.

Managing editor Julie White said, “I am thrilled to be working again with Adeena and to have her back at The Daily Herald. She is a talented writer and an excellent reporter. Together, we will continue the mission to provide unbiased, accurate reporting and focus on positive local news in the local communities.”

Harbst is a 2007 graduate of Penn State University’s College of Communications with a bachelor of arts degree in journalism and minor in English.

A 2004 graduate of Tyrone Area High School, Harbst served as editor-in-chief of the school’s newspaper, Eagle Eye, throughout her high school career.

“Since elementary school, I have enjoyed writing and in high school I grew to have a passion for editing, grammar, and all aspects of journalism,” said Harbst. “I have long been intrigued by learning other people’s stories, doing something a little different each day, being out and about, and talking with people. I love learning about so many new topics.”

In 2003, Harbst joined the volunteer staff of the Saint Matthew Catholic Church newsletter as a writer and editor. During her college career, she contributed to Centre Daily Times and Blue Magazine, and wrote for Voices of Central Pennsylvania.

Harbst gained knowledge and experience in the field during her internship in summer 2007 at Penn State Outreach Marketing and Communications in the News Bureau, and through its related publications and web sites including Outreach Magazine.

For several years since 2013, Harbst also contributed to UR IT Magazine, an area publication focused towards women.

“I am excited to be back in the newsroom again, working alongside managing editor Julie White, and I look forward to seeing many familiar faces around Tyrone, Bellwood, Warriors Mark and the surrounding area,” said Harbst. “I invite former contacts to reach out and continue to share your stories with the Herald and the community. I really hope to see continued and growing support for the local paper.”

Harbst looks forward to attending regular events and meetings and getting to know more people in the area where she has lived for nearly 30 years.

Besides writing and attending area events, Harbst enjoys hunting, hiking, exploring and many other outdoor activities, photography, cooking and baking. She resides in Tyrone with her sons, Bryce, 5, and Anson, almost 2, and two cats named Blue and Delta.

Julie White / (The Daily Herald/Julie White)  

Last night kicked off the football season in both local school districts with the annual Backyard Brawl, this year in Bellwood. See inside today’s edition for photos and details from the big game. Best wishes to both local teams for a great season!