April 15-17 | Derry Diary


I wanted to start with a huge shout out and thank you to the Dertown School Federal Credit Union for inviting me as musical entertainment at their recent banquet on Saturday April 9th ​​at the Cooperstown Events Center.

This event is always a pleasure for me because I get to see many of my former teachers, coaches and administrators from the Derry area school district.

This year’s theme was a “Luau”.

I must have laughed because if you remember, that day we had all four seasons in one day.

It started to snow and sleet, then it turned sunny, then it started to rain. This process repeated itself throughout the day.

Anyway, it was a great time as always. The food was provided by Long’s Catering, and it was excellent.

Finally, thank you to the Cooperstown Event Center for your hospitality.

Looking forward to seeing you again next year.


A Remembrance Day will be held on April 27 at 7 p.m. in the high school auditorium. We will remember our retired and deceased colleagues since last Remembrance Day.

The ones we will remember are:

Russ Edwards, Larry Burd, Charles Cignetto, Shari Santella, Pam Crocker, Michael Christoff, Kenneth Rhodes, James Prengaman, Jane Prengaman, Phyllis Humphreys, Michael Urdzik, William Livingston, Ralph Feather and Frances Lynch.

You are invited to attend and share in remembrance of our friends.


Derry First United Methodist Church will hold its monthly Boro Boys Breakfast at 9 a.m. on Tuesday, April 19. The cost of breakfast is $7. Please contact Rich at 724-694-9528 to reserve your spot.


The New Alexandria Activities Committee is looking for craftspeople for its next Spring Craft Show to be held from 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. on Saturday, April 23 at the New Alexandria Firemen’s Club, 8370 Route 22 West, New Alexandria.


The Friends of Caldwell Library used book sale is back. Plans are underway for their annual used book sale in June which had been canceled during the pandemic. More information will come with collection and sale dates. Please start registering your hardcover and paperback fiction books and children’s books for donation.


The Easter sunrise service to be held at Old Salem Church is scheduled for 6:30 a.m. on Sunday, April 17. Reverend Ron Durika will lead the service and Reverend Rose Werner will provide music for the service. Old Salem Church is located north of New Derry on Route 982.


The East Westmoreland Career and Technology Center (EWCTC) will host a car show from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, May 14.

Registration opens at 11 a.m. Judging will take place from 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. and prizes will be awarded at 3:30 p.m.

There will be rewards for 10 “Students’ Choice” classes. A $10 auto show entry benefits Automotive Technology and Collision Repair Technology programs.

There will be basket draws, 50/50 and more.

Food, drinks and refreshments will be provided. Spectators are admitted free and donations are appreciated.


This next ad is from Marian Spangler:

Come support our April fundraiser from 4-6 p.m. on Wednesday, April 27 at the Latrobe Center for Active Adults. The meal offered is a chicken and cookies dinner with gravy, mashed potatoes, dessert and a drink for $10. Take-out meals will be available. Please call ahead at 724-539-0237 so we have a count for dinners. Visits without an appointment will also be accepted. We are truly grateful for all the support given to the center for all of our fundraising events.


Barbara Phillips, Deputy Chair of Derry Borough Council, would like to remind residents of Derry Borough of the permit requirement. As these spring and summer projects approach, remember that permits are required for fences, pools, decks and sheds. The Derry Borough Zoning/Building Permits website has an application that can be printed out for use by residents.

Additionally, the Great Derry Garage Days will take place on August 5 and 6 this year. While you do your spring cleaning, be sure to keep items that you can sell. Go ahead and rate them now to reduce your setup time on sale days.


Derry Borough Council member Chad Fabian asks anyone interested in learning more about a new Neighborhood Watch program he is running to email [email protected] to find out more about the program.


The National Day of Prayer (NDP) will be observed on Thursday May 5 at Mossback Park (The Gazebo) in Derry. The NDP is an annual event for Americans of all faiths to unite and pray for America and its leaders. The theme for 2022 is “Exalt the Lord who established us”.

Prayers will be offered for the seven points of power of government, military, media, churches, family, education and business, as well as for first responders. Worship music will be led by Servants’ Call.

Please join us in praying for America and our community at 7 p.m. on May 5. All are welcome. Questions can be directed to Thelma Kline at 724-953-5993.


Congratulations to Kenzi Rullo.

Each spring, the Congressional Institute sponsors a National High School Visual Arts Competition to recognize and encourage artistic talent across the country and in each congressional district. This year, Kenzi Rullo was nominated. Winners are recognized both in their district and at an annual awards ceremony in Washington, DC. The winning works are exhibited for one year at the United States Capitol.


Children in the Derry area coming to kindergarten for the 2022-23 school year (must be 5 years old on the first day of school on August 29). Join us virtually at 6 p.m. May 12 on Zoom to kindergarten readiness.dasd.us An RSVP is required to participate in the special event. Please reserve your child’s special resource backpack and RSVP by completing the information form at Resourcebackpack.dasd.us.


The 7th Annual DARCee Car Show will take place rain or shine from noon to 4 p.m. on Sunday August 7 at the Derry Borough Community Park. Doors open at 10 a.m.

All cars, trucks and motorcycles are welcome. Dashboard plates for the first 100 vehicles arriving on the day of the show. Trophies will be awarded to the first three in each class as well as to the best of the show. Additionally, there will be three Kids’ Choice Awards. The cost of the event is $6 if pre-registered before July 25 or $10 at the door. There will be a Chinese auction and a 50/50 draw.


The New Alexandria Center for Active Adults will once again be offering Tai Chi classes! Classes will take place on Wednesdays at 11 a.m. at the center. Classes start on Wednesday April 20. There is no charge to attend the course, it is just one more wonderful opportunity that senior centers provide to the communities they serve.


A $10 spaghetti benefit dinner will be held from noon to 4 p.m. May 12 at Derry Ukes for Angelea and Jaxx Furey.

On April 2, Angelea and her son Jaxx had a freak accident. Angelea was hit by a vehicle while trying to pull Jaxx out of the way. They were both evacuated to hospitals in Pittsburgh.

Angelea suffered multiple facial fractures and was scheduled to undergo surgery on April 14. She has a difficult road ahead; Jaxx continues to heal at home. This benefit is intended to help offset living, medical and travel expenses while away from work. It is hoped that this will alleviate some of the stress for the family.


This announcement is from Susannah Calvo regarding some dates to remember:

April 23 – DASD Foundation Fundraiser – Cooperstown Event Center – Kuniak, The Magician. Tickets are $30 and went on sale March 2. Call 724-309-5178 to reserve. Doors open at 5 p.m., dinner is at 6 p.m. and the show starts at 7 p.m.

June 4 – The family of Phyllis Humphreys will hold a memorial service for her at the Amphitheater at 1 p.m. on June 4. The public is invited to attend. After the service, the DASD Foundation will dedicate a space in the Atlantic #40 One Room School to his memory. She taught in this building when he was at Atlantic.

June 10 – summer concert at the amphitheater – Neil Diamond Tribute at 6:30 p.m.

June 24 – summer concert at the amphitheater – Piano Men Tribute at 6:30 p.m.

July 8 – Summer Concert at the Amphitheater – Blairsville Community Band at 6:30 p.m.

July 22 – summer concert at the amphitheater – Elvis Tribute at 6:30 p.m.

August 12 – Summer concert at the Amphitheater – Scottdale Concert Band – at 6:30 p.m.

(In case of bad weather, the concerts will be cancelled)


Happy Easter.


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