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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.

Summer Driving Safety Tips

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These next few months will see the streets, roads and highways packed with more vehicles than ever before. The weather is nicer, the kids are out of school, vacations are scheduled, summer road trips are planned. But before you hit the road, it is important that you check your vehicle and review summer driving safety tips.

  • Conduct a basic safety check of your vehicle. Check the levels of your fluids: oil, antifreeze and windshield wiper fluid. Check your tire pressure, wiper blades, lights, and A/C.
  • If you have children, be sure you're aware of heatstroke concerns that arise in warm weather. Never leave a child unattended in a vehicle.
  • Remember to share the road with other motorists, bicyclists and pedestrians. It will be crowded out there, so be aware of people who may not see you.
  • Have an emergency roadside kit stocked with a car charger for your cell phone, a first aid kit, flashlight, flares, jumper cables, gloves and blankets, and tools. 
  • Be sure to have an updated GPS on hand (or a physical map or atlas, if you're so inclined) for your designated navigator to guide you safely to your destinations.
  • Don't forget water and snacks, and even entertainment for the passengers. Build a playlist of road trip songs, tablets with downloaded games, and a pillow to stay comfy.

 For more tips and ideas, check out this great interactive guide courtesy of the NHTSA.


Fun Facts About Leap Day

Facts about leap day.

    Every four years, leap day rolls around, but how much do you actually know about February 29th?

Leap year proposals.

In Ireland, 29 February is called Bachelor's Day, when women are allowed to propose to men. Queen Margaret of Scotland began the tradition in 1288.

Getting married during a leap year is, to some, bad luck.

Those newly-engaged couples may want to wait a year before tying the knot, though. One in five engaged couples in Greece will plan to avoid getting married in a leap year because it's believed to be bad luck.

Leap Year weather patterns.

Furthermore, in Russia, it is believed a leap year is likely to bring more freak weather patterns and a greater risk of death all round.

Texas city holds a huge party on Leap Day.

It's not all bad, though. The city of Anthony, Texas, “the leap capital of the world,” holds a huge party every leap day.

Centuries must be divisible by 400 to count as leap years.

Sometimes, leap years don't happen every four years. Centuries must be divisible by 400 to count as leap years. So, the years 1700, 1800 and 1900 were 365 days long, rather than 366.

Leap Year birthday odds.

The chances of having a birthday on a leap day are about one in 1,461. 

Leap year babies, called leaplings, are said to have unusual talents.

Leap year babies, or "leaplings," are said to have unusual talents and personalities reflecting their special status. 


Automotive Brands Score With On-Point Super Bowl Spots

Watch automotive Super Bowl 50 ads

    Super Bowl 50 ads cost $170,000 per second. Per second.

    That astronomical price doesn't mean that every brand hit it out of the park, though. Looking at you, puppymonkeybaby.

    Automotive-wise, the ads were pretty entertaining, though.

    A standout was the Honda Ridgeline commercial.

    "Talking animals always amount to a well-received Super Bowl spot, and Honda took full advantage of the familiar trope with this Babe-inspired ad for the Ridgeline that featured a bunch of sheep belting out Queen's classic "Somebody to Love." Throw in a talking dog at the end and you have 70 seconds guaranteed to put a smile on even the saddest Panther fan's face." (Rolling Stone)

    Honda's luxury relative Acura also had a good night with their NSX supercar spot.

    Edmunds tweeted that, on their site, searches for the 2017 NSX skyrocketed, up 661%.

    Just behind Acura on Edmunds.com searches was Buick's Cascada convertible.

    "Oh well done, Buick advertisers. There is a lot that is just great about all of this. First off, the fact that Odell Beckham is able to get his own Super Bowl commercial is pretty awesome in itself. The catch of the bouquet was masterfully done as well.

    "Then, of course, we have the crown jewel of it all — the nice old lady dropping the, “She Odell’d it.” I mean, does it really get any better than that?" (FanSided)

    Kia also tapped a celebrity for their ad, which was also considered a top spot.

    "Christopher Walken is the perfect celebrity for a Super Bowl commercial. Add that to the perfectly punny concept of having him hanging out in a walk-in, no, Walken closet and giving inspirational life advice, and you have a winner." (Billboard)

    Which Super Bowl 50 commercial was your favorite?


Quiz: How Much Do You Know About the Super Bowl?

Test your Super Bowl knowledge.
    Super Bowl 50 is Sunday, Feb. 7, 2016. Kickoff will take place at 6:30 p.m. ET. The Carolina Panthers and the Denver Broncos will battle for the title of World Champions.

    But, you probably knew all of this.

    Take this quiz to see how much you know about previous Super Bowls:

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Keep Your Car Safe With These Christmas Tree Transporting Tips

Tips to get your Christmas tree home safely.

    Every year, 25 to 30 million real Christmas trees are sold in the U.S. And, since Pennsylvania is a top Christmas tree-producing state, many local drivers will be hauling home a freshly-cut pine in the coming weeks.

    Check out these tips — straight from the experts at the National Christmas Tree Association — to get your tree home safely:

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The Best Car Movies to Watch This Weekend

List of best car movies
    The holidays are on the horizon and that means, for some, long weekends are, too. If you're shopped-out, sick of the cold or just want to relax, watching a movie is the perfect escape.

    So, what do you watch?

    We rounded up some great car movies; Some are favorites you could watch for the tenth time and still enjoy, and some may not be as familiar. Either way, there's something for everyone.

    Get out the popcorn and take a look at the list below.

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