Can you play the bagpipe or do a highland dance? If so, Edinboro, Pa., is the place for you to be Thursday through Sunday as the borough and Edinboro University of Pennsylvania have their annual Highland Games and Scottish Festival, celebrating their Scottish heritage.
Events begin at 9 p.m. Thursday with the Los Angeles band Bad Haggis at the Copper Coin Lounge on Waterford Street. There will be a tea, the opening of an art show, Scottish food, bagpipers, highland dancers and musical entertainment throughout the downtown area beginning at 4 p.m. Friday.
The Kilted Mile Run is set for 7 p.m. Friday and will be followed by a parade, bonfire and Celtic music. Saturday's events begin at 8:30 a.m. on campus, featuring competition in highland dance, heavy athletics, piping and drumming and rugby.
There will be a traditional Scottish celebration that evening at Nick's Place on Pa. Route 99. Sunday will see a Patron Tea at 11 a.m. at Campbell Pottery & amp; Gallery. Advance admission to all festival events is $5, and tickets for the traditional celebration at Nick's Place cost $25. To get tickets, call (800) 526-0121.
Calling all music lovers: For New Castle Mayor Timothy Fulkerson, the Pittsburgh Symphony performance at the Scottish Rite Cathedral is something of a competition.
"I want to prove to the city of Pittsburgh that little old New Castle can sell out just as well as they can," he said. He's challenging everyone from the region to attend the June 22 concert featuring Marvin Hamlisch and the Pittsburgh Pops.
Symphony spokeswoman Charlene Osborne said there are about 700 tickets left for that performance.
Fulkerson said they want to attract as many people as possible and will offer free parking in the city parking garage on Mercer Street and the Washington Square parking garage on North Street.
Shuttles will run from 6:30 to 11:30 p.m. from both lots. There will also be extra police patrols in those lots and on the streets near the cathedral that night, he said.
For tickets, call (800) 743-8560.
School district grants: The Wilmington Area School District will get two grants from the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection.
The first grant, a geographical information software grant, will consist of the most recent commercial release of ArcView GIS software, as well as texts on the use of GIS in land-use planning and other environmental applications.
CD-ROMs containing spatial data about the commonwealth and the Wilmington area, as well as a two-day training course conducted by members of the Environmental Resources Research Institute at Penn State, are also included in the grant. The grant totals about $3,000.
The second grant, valued at $3,200, will help the district develop a profile of the Little Neshannock watershed area. It will be used to compile biological, chemical and physical characteristics.
Scholarship winner: Ashley Clingensmith has been selected as the 2001-02 recipient of the annual $1,000 scholarship provided by the Thomas "Bear" Mangino Memorial Foundation. Clingensmith will soon graduate from Shenango High School and will attend Youngstown State University in the fall and major in nursing.
The scholarship is named in memory of the late Thomas "Bear" Mangino, a lifelong resident of Lawrence County. Mangino was executive director of the Beaver County Children and Youth Services, as well as a part-time instructor at Penn State University.
He was active in sports, a commissioner and founder of the New Castle Amateur Baseball Foundation and a founding member of the board of Allied Human Services.