Countdown: 10 Best Snacks for a Road Trip

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Ok, I'll admit that my instincts for road trip snacks are terrible. I find myself going for pop (that's soda for you non-Pittsburgh people), candy, chips, fast food as my go-to choices because of convenience. But there much better options out there, and they're surprisingly not much more difficult or complicated. It just takes some conscious thought and just a little bit of willpower to make healthy decisions for you and your family.

HowStuffWorks.com has compiled a great list of the 10 Best Snacks for a Road Trip that I think you should really take the time to go through. It's full of some great options that are healthy, delicious and convenient.


5th Annual Feherty's Troops First Foundation Benefit Dinner - Reserve Your Seats Today!

5th Annual Feherty's Troops First Foundation Benefit Dinner - October 19, 2016 - Oakmont Country Club - Smail Auto Blog

Feherty’s Troops First Foundation works to provide programs and specialized events designed for wounded military and their families that address relationship building, mentoring, reintegration and looking forward. On October 19th, David Feherty will join forces with former Chairman, Joint Chiefs of Staff – Admiral Mike Mullen, USN (Ret.) for a unique and entertaining evening to raise money for the many wounded veterans who have risked their lives for our freedom.

We look forward to welcoming Admiral Mike Mullen to the Oakmont Country Club and are sure you will enjoy his remarks.

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Smail Auto Proud Sponsor of 18th Annual Hempfield Community Days

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Smail Auto is proud to be a sponsor of the 18th Annual Hempfield Community Days at Hempfield Park on September 10th & 11th, 2016. Smail will be sponsoring the Main Stage entertainment, including Saturday performances by Lovebettie at 6:00pm and Jeff Jimerson & Airborne at 8pm. Chuck Blasko & The Vogues will be performing at 3:00pm on Sunday. There will also be fireworks on Saturday at 9:30pm.

This family oriented festival celebrates fun, food, and entertainment on a grand scale throughout the beautiful 95-acre park. Over the weekend there will be events and activities such as Horse Patty Bingo, "Hempfield's Next Top Dog," a hot dog eating contest, Legends Car Show, and the Kids Zone with inflatables, games, crafts and more.

There will also be several food vendors, such as Alincic's Country Farms, Big Boys BBQ, Kazour's Gourmet, Kona Ice of Westmoreland, McFeely's Gourmet Chocolate and Udon Food & Drink. Crafts will be available from M and B Designs, Pixie Dust Sewing Shop, Hang R Wreaths, Crochet Novelties, Creative Face and more.

Visit HempfieldCommunityDays.com for complete information, and download a PDF flyer here.


Congratulations on a Great Season to our 2016 Sponsored Teams

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Smail is honored to support our local teams, and we give heartfelt congratulations to all those who participated and helped this season. We hope your summer was filled with fun that will last a lifetime in your memories. 

Thank you to the Mud Hens of the Penn Township Athletic Association and the Lake Monsters of the Maxwell Activities Association for sending plaques, and a big congratulations to Intensity Fastpitch on their 2nd Place finish at the Battle of Lake Erie.


Take Your Best Shot: Hole-in-One Wins 2017 Ford Mustang at Blairsville Library Charitable Foundation Event

Hole in One wins 2017 Ford Mustang at Blairsville Library Charitable Foundation Event

It's been ten years, and nobody has won. That could mean this is the year, the time is right for someone to win this 2017 Ford Mustang with just one swing of a golf club.

The Blairsville Library Charitable Foundation is holding its Annual Gold Outing at the Chestnut Ridge Gold Club on Friday, September 9th 2016 to raise funds for the Blairsville Public Library. As part of the event, Smail Auto Group is once again offering the ultimate prize for an ultimate stroke... of luck. A hole-in-one on the 11th hole will land you this gorgeous 2017 Ford Mustang. Look for more photos after the jump, and find more information here.

The day will also feature other various events, awards and prizes, including 4 Man Scramble, Dinner at Chestnut Ridge After Play, and a total of 8 various skill prizes for both men and women. The mission of the Foundation is to fund the Blairsville Public Library into perpetuity.

For information and reservations, please contact Edward Smith at 724-599-9952 or edwardsmith1@comcast.net.

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Ligonier Dinner in White: Fund-Raising Event for Community Building Renovation Project UMC

Ligonier Dinner in White

Next Saturday, August 20, 2016 will be the first Ligonier Dinner in White event to raise money for the Heritage United Methodist Church Community Building Renovation Project. 

The "Dinner in White" concept has been done around the world, where people gather in a public place for a meal all dressed in white. 

You can find the unique details of this event, and buy tickets on their website: ligonierdinnerinwhite.eventbrite.com. Or you can call the UMC office at 724-238-2627.


"Are We There Yet?" - Keep Your Kids Entertained and Occupied with these 10 Fun Car Games

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I can still vividly remember road trips with my family when I was a kid. My parents obviously rode up front as my brother, my sister and me were all crammed in the back seat with nothing but hours on the open road ahead. This was decades before cell phones or tablets, there were no DVD video screens on the backs of seats to distract or entertain us. If we wanted anything else besides each other's company, we had the radio, the scenery, or we had to bring it.

"Are we there yet?" became a sing-song exclamation at the top of every hour. The three of us would say it in unison to elicit smiles from our mom and dad. We would also each frequently take turns sitting forward, leaning our heads in between them and quoting the movie "Airplane" to them, "I just want to wish you both good luck. We're all counting on you." They were the pilots, afterall, and we were the passengers. 

Of course my selective memory chooses the fond memories, I'm sure there were plenty of pinches and bickering. "He won't stay on his side!" or "She's looking at me!" were likely whines from the back that my parents had to deal with. And my mom would always pull out a big bag, specially packed for such occasions, to distract us and keep us in line. There'd be light snacks, (The official snack of every road trip was "green leaves" as we called them, mint-flavored, leaf-shaped gummies covered in sugar.) the latest wrestling magazines, and a few homemade car games.

My mom has always had the neatest handwriting, so her homemade Car Bingo boards were impressive. We also had checklists of all the US States that we could check off the license plates we see. Then there were always plenty of "I Spy" inspired games, generally designed to keep us quiet and focused out the window. It was simple, it was fun.

If you're looking for some ways to engage and entertain you children that don't have to do with screen-related devices, check out this list of 10 Fun Car Games from Reader's Digest. The spirit, creativity and simplicity of these brings back a lot of those memories I had from when I was younger.

 

 


Recipients of 2016 Bud Smail Sr Memorial Scholarship Fund Honored

Smail Scholarship Recipients Alexis Campana and Christopher Frowen and family
In 1986, Bud, Jim and Bill Smail established the Bud Smail Sr Memorial Scholarship Fund in memory of their father, Bud Smail Sr, who was the founder of the business. Bud Sr believed in young people and their pursuit of education. It seemed a fitting tribute to establish the scholarship fund and encourage employees and/or their children to follow their educational pathways.

This year the scholarship committee has awarded the $10,000.00 to be divided among four talented and deserving young scholars. They are listed in no particular order:

Christopher Frowen - son of April and Quincy Parsley
April works in the title office and Quincy is on the maintenance crew (Chris works with Quincy on school breaks). Chris is a senior at Kent State in Ohio, with a major in mid-child education. He is also serving in the military. In ten years he pictures himself being a school principal.

Robert E Septak Jr (Bobby) - son of Rebecca Septak
Rebecca is the Marketing Director. Bobby is a graduate of University of Pittsburgh at Greensburg (Management Accounting) and currently attending Katz Graduate School for Business for his MBA. He is employed by Lally & Co, CPAs & Business Advisors in their auditing department.

Alexis Campana - daughter of Bill Campana
Bill works in the GM sales department. Alexis will be a freshman at Indiana University of Pennsylvania starting in the fall and will be studying to be a nurse.

Ashley Ciacco - daughter of Vince Ciacco
Vince is a sales manager at our Smail Pre-Owned Center II. Ashley is currently a senior at The Catholic University of America in Washington DC. She is studying to be a civil engineer.

Best of luck to all four of the recipients in their upcoming terms and to reach their future goals! We're proud of you!

 


Are you an Engine or a Muffler? Get your Automotive Horoscope Here

You already know if you are a solid and dependable person, the life of the party, or wise beyond your years. But what you don't know is which part of a vehicle that makes you. Answer just a few fun and simple questions in this quiz below, and find out! Share your results in the comments and let us know if you agree.

 

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