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The Connoquenessing Country Club: 95 Years of Golf and Recreation Excellence The Connoquenessing Country Club has been serving the Ellwood City area for 95 years as a premier location for golf, dining and socializing for Ellwood City and the surrounding communities. The first time you see the Connoquenessing Country Club, you’re immediately struck by the beauty of the clubhouse, a mellow, two-story stone structure trimmed in crisp green and white. The golf course was originally founded in 1915 in Ellport, but was moved to the current location at 1512 Mercer Road in 1919, near the winding Connoquenessing Creek. Over the years, the Country Club has hosted nu- merous golf outings, weddings, receptions and private events. A Beautiful Setting The Connoquenessing Country Club’s membership enjoys a private, upscale golf course and fine dining experience. The golf course is staffed by an experienced PGA professional and is well maintained by the grounds crew for exceptional playing conditions. The Club also has a ballroom overlooking the golf course that is available for private functions such as weddings, reunions and birthday celebrations. You do not need to be a member to take advantage of the ballroom, which has an over-sized stone fireplace at one end and room for a dance floor. Arched, Palla- dian windows along the back side of the ball- room allow for a sweeping view of the pond with a water feature and the rolling greens of the golf course. White linen service and either seated or buffet dining are offered. There are numerous settings on the course and around the club house that provide idyllic backgrounds for wedding and special event portraits. Civic Minded Management Over the years, the Connoquenessing Country Club has participated in a variety of events and been supportive of the region in a number of ways. One of the most unusual services offered by the Club took place in 2004, when back to back hurri- canes hit the region and flooded the Connoquenessing Creek area. The golf course was under water, but the doors of the showers and locker rooms were thrown open so that residents who were flooded out could take advantage of the Club’s amenities. The Connoquenessing also provided food and beverages to those affected by the flooding. Continued on page 2 IN THIS ISSUE: The Connoquenessing Country Club: 95 Years of Excellence Survey Says….The Popularity of Private Golf Clubs. The Rise & Fall of Apprentice- ships Rectenwald’s Music School Showcases Family’s Love of Music 11 Facts About Music Educa- tion Meetings & Happenings EC Chamber’s 26th Annual Golf Open Registration Volume 2, Issue 5 May 2014 _____________________________________________________________________________________________________________

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  • The Connoquenessing Country Club:

    95 Years of Golf and Recreation Excellence

    The Connoquenessing Country Club has been serving the Ellwood City area for 95 years as a premier location for golf,

    dining and socializing for Ellwood City and the surrounding communities. The first time you see the Connoquenessing

    Country Club, youre immediately struck by the beauty of the clubhouse, a mellow, two-story stone structure trimmed in

    crisp green and white. The golf course was originally founded in 1915 in Ellport, but was moved to the current location at

    1512 Mercer Road in 1919, near the winding Connoquenessing Creek. Over the years, the Country Club has hosted nu-

    merous golf outings, weddings, receptions and private events.

    A Beautiful Setting

    The Connoquenessing Country Clubs membership enjoys a

    private, upscale golf course and fine dining experience. The

    golf course is staffed by an experienced PGA professional and

    is well maintained by the grounds crew for exceptional playing

    conditions.

    The Club also has a ballroom overlooking the golf course that

    is available for private functions such as weddings, reunions

    and birthday celebrations. You do not need to be a member to

    take advantage of the ballroom, which has an over-sized stone

    fireplace at one end and room for a dance floor. Arched, Palla-

    dian windows along the

    back side of the ball-

    room allow for a sweeping view of the pond with a water feature and the rolling

    greens of the golf course. White linen service and either seated or buffet dining are

    offered. There are numerous settings on the course and around the club house

    that provide idyllic backgrounds for wedding and special event portraits.

    Civic Minded Management

    Over the years, the Connoquenessing Country Club has participated in a variety of

    events and been supportive of the region in a number of ways. One of the most

    unusual services offered by the Club took place in 2004, when back to back hurri-

    canes hit the region and flooded the Connoquenessing Creek area. The golf

    course was under water, but the doors of the showers and locker rooms were

    thrown open so that residents who were flooded out could take advantage of the

    Clubs amenities. The Connoquenessing also provided food and beverages to

    those affected by the flooding.

    Continued on page 2

    IN THIS ISSUE:

    The Connoquenessing Country Club: 95 Years of Excellence

    Survey Says.The Popularity of Private Golf Clubs.

    The Rise & Fall of Apprentice-ships

    Rectenwalds Music School Showcases Familys Love of Music

    11 Facts About Music Educa-tion

    Meetings & Happenings

    EC Chambers 26th Annual Golf Open Registration

    Volume 2, Issue 5 May 2014

    _____________________________________________________________________________________________________________

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    Connoquenessing Country Club, continued from page 1

    Survival Through Service Excellence

    Ralph See, Club Manager for the Connoquenessing Country Club, notes, Were extremely proud of our staff

    and the high quality of our products and services. Were dedicated to providing every member and visitor with an

    exceptional experience that will keep them coming back. In the last decade, when it seems like many clubs have

    suffered financial difficulties, we have succeeded in a difficult marketplace due to the hard work and dedication

    of our owners, members and staff.

    Hosting The Chamber of Commerces 26th

    Annual Golf

    Open

    This year the Connoquenessing Country Club is hosting the

    Ellwood City Area Chamber of Commerces 26th Annual Golf

    Open. The Open will feature an 18-hole Scramble, lunch, golf

    carts, a dinner buffet and beer, soda or water on the course.

    There will be a Hole-In-One Giveaway sponsored by McElwain

    Motors and an opportunity to win an Aurelius Emperor Driver

    sponsored by DIXONgolf. Proceeds will benefit the Cham-

    ber of Commerce and its member businesses. Contact the

    Chamber of Commerce at 724-758-5501 for more information,

    or use the registration form in this issue of the Chamber news-

    letter to sign up.

    To learn more about membership in the Connoquenessing Country Club or to book an event in the Clubhouse,

    contact Member/Events Coordinator Jacque Wearing at (724) 752-2294 ext. 11 or email her at

    [email protected] You can learn more about the Connoquenessing Country Club at their website: http://

    www.connoclub.com.

    Survey Says.*

    Private Golf Clubs have been around for generations and continue to be one of the most popular kinds

    of private club in the United States. Consider these statistics on their popularity:

    The number of private golf clubs throughout the U.S. is approximately 4,400, or about 30% of all golf facilities.

    There are currently 2.1 million private club golfers in the U.S.

    Private golfers are disproportionately avid players vs. public golfers.

    Private club golfers play three times as much as public course golfers and spend three times as much on golf

    related goods and services.

    The majority of private golf club members joined a country club or golf club before they were 50 years old.

    31% of country club members join their club between the ages of 30 and 39, the largest single age group.

    *Statistics courtesy of the National Club Association, www.natlclub.org

    The Connoquenessing Ballroom

    Decorated for the Holidays

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    The Rise and Fall of Apprenticeships

    A century ago, apprenticeships were highly sought after by young people from all walks of life. They were often

    awarded to the children of members of various guilds, occupational societies and union groups as a way to guaran-

    tee that they would have a way of carrying on the family profession. In more recent years, individuals could apply

    for apprenticeships, work hard for anywhere from two to six years and earn money while learning a trade such as

    stonemason or electrician. Today, apprenticeships have fallen in popularity despite the fact that there are more

    openings than ever in trades that require employees to have in-depth knowledge of specific skill sets.

    Advantages of Apprenticeships

    There are several advantages to an apprenticeship that make them ideal for todays young people who are trying

    to find reliable jobs with good wages in an uncertain economy:

    Hands On Training. Almost anyone will tell you that its easier to learn something by doing it instead of

    hearing about it or reading about it in a book. Apprenticeships are taught by senior workers with years on the

    job who have mastered a variety of skills.

    Technical Instruction. Apprenticeship programs not only give hands-on training, they back it up with exten-

    sive technical instruction so that apprentices will have a solid foundation in the inner workings of all equip-

    ment in their chosen field.

    No Extraneous Education. While some people thrive in the college environment, others are frustrated by

    the need to take multiple classes that arent relevant to their career goals. As an apprentice, every course

    you take and every day spent working is directly related to your job. Youll never have to pay for expensive

    classes you wont use in the real world.

    Certification. Some apprenticeship programs offer certificates of completion through the U.S. Department

    of Labor or their state licensing agency. These are recognized by employers throughout the country, giving

    graduates an edge in the job market. State and DOL certifications are recognized across the country, giving

    graduates added mobility.

    Networking Opportunities. While working as an apprentice, youll have the opportunity to meet others in

    your industry and introduce yourself to potential employers.

    Yet according to the Department of Labor, formal apprenticeship programs fell 40% in the United States between

    2003 and 2013. With so many obvious advantages, why are apprentices an endangered species?

    Misconceptions About Apprenticeships

    Many people never apply for an apprenticeship program because they simply havent heard about them. Over the

    last decade, many industries have failed to properly promote apprenticeship opportunities, assuming that the chil-

    dren of their current employees will apply or that word of mouth will be sufficient. Unfortunately, that sometimes

    leads to unfilled positions.

    Another obstacle is the misconception that apprenticeships are strictly blue collar opportunities. While there is

    nothing wrong with pursuing blue collar success, many of todays younger generation have been raised by parents

    who repeatedly stressed that their children should pursue a college education at all costs to avoid the blue collar

    trap. Yet some of todays technically oriented professions pay more and have better benefits than similar level

    white collar jobs. Add to that the fact that apprentices often get promoted to management level positions because

    they have the skills and well-rounded knowledge that some college graduates lack and youre left wondering why

    more students dont pursue apprenticeships.

    Continued on page 4

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    Rectenwald Music School Brings Family Talent Full Circle

    The Rectenwald name has been synonymous with musical talent for decades in the Ellwood City

    area, and nothing has changed that opinion. Fortunately for Ellwood City, one of the youngest and

    most talented members of the Rectenwald clan has returned to his roots after travelling the world

    for a few years.

    Noah Rectenwald, a 2006 graduate of Lincoln High School,

    holds a Bachelors Degree in Music Composition from Baldwin

    Wallace University in Berea, Ohio and a Masters Degree from

    the Royal Conservatory of The Hague in the Netherlands. Hes

    proficient on a number of instruments, including piano, organ,

    bassoon, flute, drumset, acoustic guitar, saxophone and clarinet

    as well as more exotic instruments such as the djembe (an Afri-

    can drum) and rain sticks. He is also an experienced singer and

    voice instructor, attributing his expertise in so many forms of mu-

    sical performance to his fascination with sound.

    In November of 2013, Noah opened Rectenwalds Music School

    at 429 Lawrence Avenue, Ellwood City, PA 16117. Since he

    opened the doors, hes had students of all ages register for pri-

    vate instruction. He explains that the age of the student isnt as

    important as their level of enthusiasm and how dedicated they

    are to the learning process.

    Noah notes, Rectenwalds Music School exists to provide local

    communities with quality music instruction in voice and instru-

    mental performance. We focus on creative development and

    having fun: Youre never too old or too young to learn the joys of music-making! Education in the

    arts is an invaluable commodity that enriches one physically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually.

    Continued on Page 5

    Instructor/Owner Noah Rectenwald

    Photography provided by Dani Morabito

    www.treasuredmemoriesonline.com

    Apprenticeships, continued from page 3

    On the hiring side, some industries fear that apprenticeship programs will lead to training workers who will leave

    for other employers once theyve been trained. While this is always a possibility, the Department of Labor notes

    that most apprentices are loyal to the company that takes the time to train them and they will usually stay on for

    at least five more years after their apprenticeship has ended.

    The Future of Apprenticeships

    With the cost of a college education steadily rising at a rate thats faster than the rate of inflation and more po-

    tential workers looking for skilled careers, the promise of apprenticeship programs is once again gaining a foot-

    hold. The Department of Labor provides information on available, registered apprenticeship programs in numer-

    ous industries at http://www.doleta.gov/oa, where you can find detailed contact information about apprenticeship

    sponsors listed by state and county. If your company would like to develop an apprenticeship program, visit the

    Office of Apprenticeship of the Department of Labor for information on establishing standards and more.

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    http://www.treasuredmemoriesonline.comhttp://www.doleta.gov/oahttp://www.doleta.gov/OA/

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    11 Facts About Music Education.*

    1. Children who study music tend to have larger vocabularies and more advanced reading skills than their peers who do not take music lessons.

    2. Studying music primes the brain to comprehend speech in a noisy background.

    3. Research shows that music is to the brain as physical exercise is to the human body.

    4. Children who study a musical instrument are more likely to excel in all of their studies, work better in teams, have enhanced critical thinking skills and more likely to pursue further education.

    5. Secondary school students who participated in a music group in school reported the lowest lifetime use of alco-hol, tobacco & illicit drugs.

    6. Schools with music programs have an estimated graduation rate of 90.2%; schools without a music program have an estimated graduation rate of 72.9%.

    7. Students who participate in high quality music programs score 22% better on English and 20% better on Math standardized exams regardless of their socio-economic background.

    8. Mastery in arts and humanities is closely correlated to high earnings.

    9. A study from Columbia University revealed that students who study arts are more cooperative with their teach-ers and peers, have higher levels of self-confidence and are more equipped to express themselves and their ideas.

    10. Elementary age children who are involved in music lessons show greater brain development and memory im-provement within a year than children who dont receive musical training.

    11. Learning and mastering a musical instrument improves the way the brain understands human language, mak-ing music students more apt to pick up a second language.

    *Information courtesy of DoSomething.org

    Continued from Page 4

    Noah participates heavily in local, community based events in

    order to get the word out about the importance of music. He al-

    ways strives to keep things fun rather than tedious by finding

    innovative ways to introduce children to music. On April 26th of

    this year, he attempted to make the worlds longest sounding

    rain stick at the Earth Day Celebration in Ewing Park. Volunteers

    also helped children make their own rain sticks and use them to

    make music.

    Noah explains, Our company is truly unique because the com-

    munity has few options for extra-curricular artistic education be-

    cause it is a distance from any cultural hubs. The dilapidation of

    arts education, including musical instruction, in the local public

    schools is also a concern. Here at Rectenwalds Music School,

    students can receive instruction and support for their musical

    development in an open and encouraging environment.

    Noah currently has four voice students and over two dozen students in guitar, piano and percussion. For

    more information about Rectenwalds Music School, call Noah at (724) 900-0167 or visit the schools Face-

    book page.

    Rectenwalds Music School

    429 Lawrence Ave.

    Photography provided by Dani Morabito

    www.treasuredmemoriesonline.com

    https://www.dosomething.org/https://www.facebook.com/rectenwaldsmusichttps://www.facebook.com/rectenwaldsmusichttp://www.treasuredmemoriesonline.com

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    Meetings & Happenings

    Friday, May 16:

    The Civil War in Pennsylvania Exhibit from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm at the Ellwood City Area Historical Soci-

    ety, 310 Fifth Street, Ellwood City, PA. This special traveling exhibit is on loan from the Senator Heinz History

    Center and includes additional information regarding the Ellwood City areas part in the Civil War. For more in-

    formation, call the Historical Society at 724-752-2021.

    Womens Hospital Auxiliary Jewelry Sale in the Dining Room of the Ellwood City Hospital, 724 Pershing

    Street, Ellwood City, PA. Jewelry, watches, scarves and more, all at fabulous prices! Stop by and shop for gifts

    and purchase a few things for yourself as well. Nothing over $10!

    Civil War Encampment beginning at 7:00 pm on the front lawn of Lincoln High School, Ellwood City, PA. A

    troop of Civil War re-enactors will set up camp on the lawn and remain there until 4:00 pm on Saturday, May

    16th.

    Saturday, May 17:

    Lincoln High School Football Boosters Sub Sale at various intersections throughout Ellwood City, PA. Pro-

    ceeds benefit the Lincoln High School Football Team.

    Relay for Life at Helling Stadium (Lincoln High School Football Field), Ellwood City, PA. This year's Relay

    for Life is a 24 hour event for runners, walkers and anyone else who would like to participate in this annual fund-

    raiser for the American Cancer Society.

    The Civil War in Pennsylvania Exhibit from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm at the Ellwood City Area Historical Soci-

    ety, 310 Fifth Street, Ellwood City, PA. This special traveling exhibit is on loan from the Senator Heinz History

    Center and includes additional information regarding the Ellwood City areas part in the Civil War. For more in-

    formation, call the Historical Society at 724-752-2021.

    Sunday, May 18:

    Civic Chorale Concert beginning at 4:00 pm at Park Presbyterian Church, 275 Commerce St., Beaver, PA.

    The Ellwood City Area Civic Chorale celebrates 60 years of making music. Admission is free to the public. For

    more information, call Pete Kucan at 724-752-0415.

    Monday, May 19:

    6th Grade Annual Ewingparkapalooza, sponsored by the Ellwood City Area Chamber of Commerce.

    Entertaining and educational events throughout Ewing Park for area 6th graders. Rain day is May 29.

    "The Civil War in Pennsylvania" Exhibit from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm at the Ellwood City Area Historical Soci-

    ety, 310 Fifth Street, Ellwood City, PA. This exceptional traveling exhibit, courtesy of the Heinz History Center,

    is touring the state. For more information, call 724-752-2021.

    WABA (Wampum Area Business Association) General Meeting at 1:00 pm at Jatas Diner, 323 Main

    Street, Wampum, PA.

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    Happenings (Continued from Page 6)

    Tuesday, May 20:

    "The Civil War in Pennsylvania" Exhibit from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm at the Ellwood City Area Historical Society, 310

    Fifth Street, Ellwood City, PA. This exceptional traveling exhibit, courtesy of the Heinz History Center, is touring the

    state. For more information, call 724-752-2021.

    "Late Night Catechism" at the Rivers Casino with transportation by Day Dream Tours. Don't miss this unique

    show! This funny nun will bring back memories as she interacts with the audience and keeps you laughing! A slot bo-

    nus is included and time to enjoy lunch during your visit. Cost of $59 includes transportation, show and slots bonus

    cash. Call 724-535-1060 for reservations.

    Wednesday, May 21:

    "The Civil War in Pennsylvania" Exhibit from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm at the Ellwood City Area Historical Society, 310

    Fifth Street, Ellwood City, PA. This exceptional traveling exhibit, courtesy of the Heinz History Center, is touring the

    state. For more information, call 724-752-2021.

    Day Dream Tours: "1970's Comedy Show Revisited" at Station Theater Downtown. This new musical comedy

    show takes a funny look at the variety shows that we all loved. Dean Martin, Hew Haw, Sonny & Cher, Donny & Marie,

    Laugh In, All in the Family, Mary Tyler Moore! Lunch and a matinee show where variety was always the spice of life.

    $89 includes transportation, show & meal. Call 724-535-1060 for reservations.

    Thursday, May 22:

    "The Civil War in Pennsylvania" Exhibit from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm at the Ellwood City Area Historical Society, 310

    Fifth Street, Ellwood City, PA. This exceptional traveling exhibit, courtesy of the Heinz History Center, is touring the

    state. For more information, call 724-752-2021.

    Movie Night at Library: Saving Mr. Banks at 6:00 pm at the Ellwood City Public Library at 415 Lawrence Ave.,

    Ellwood City, PA. See this charming, Oscar winning movie on the big screen with no admission fee. For more infor-

    mation, call 724-758-6458.

    Friday, May 23:

    "The Civil War in Pennsylvania" Exhibit from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm at the Ellwood City Area Historical Society, 310

    Fifth Street, Ellwood City, PA. This exceptional traveling exhibit, courtesy of the Heinz History Center, is touring the

    state. For more information, call 724-752-2021.

    "The Civil War in Pennsylvania" Exhibit with special guest Ken Turner from 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm at the Ellwood

    City Area Historical Society, 310 Fifth Street, Ellwood City, PA. For more information, call 724-752-2021.

    Saturday, May 24:

    "The Civil War in Pennsylvania" Exhibit from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm at the Ellwood City Area Historical Society, 310

    Fifth Street, Ellwood City, PA. This exceptional traveling exhibit, courtesy of the Heinz History Center, is touring the

    state. For more information, call 724-752-2021.

    Civil War Re-Enactors Encampment from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm on the front lawn of Lincoln High School, Ellwood

    City, PA.

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    Monday, June 9, 2014

    12:00 pm Shotgun Start

    Connoquenessing Country Club

    Golf Package Includes: Scramble Format

    18 holes, Golf Cart, Lunch,

    Dinner Buffet,

    Beer, Soda & Water on Course

    $120 per person

    The Ellwood City Area Chamber of Commerce

    26th Annual Golf Open

    Bring some extra cash to take the

    Aurelius Driver Challenge

    for your chance to win an

    Aurelius Emperor Driver !

    Contact / Registration / Info:

    Email: [email protected]

    Phone: 724-758-5501

    Hole-in-One Car Giveaway

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