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Thursday, July 11, 2013, 8:55 p.m.

Poker run set

The 13th annual Five Star Trail Poker Run will be held on July 20, starting at 9 a.m. at Lynch Field in Greensburg.

Registration will begin at 8:15 a.m. for on-site registration at a cost of $20.

The cost is $15 for participants who pre-register before Wednesday.

The poker run is not a race.

Participants choose a 4-mile walk or a 12-mile bike ride.

Each will choose a playing card from a deck of cards every time they reach one of the five checkpoints along the trail.

At the finish, each participant will have assembled a full poker hand.

The top three hands will receive a trophy and a prize package. The event will conclude with a door- prize giveaway. There will be a bike raffle, courtesy of The Bicycle Shop in Youngwood, and a balloon artist from Mike the Balloon Guy and Company.

All proceeds benefit the Westmoreland Heritage Trail Chapter and the Five Star Trail.

For a registration form, call Westmoreland County Parks and Recreation at 724-830-3950 or go to

Auxiliary offers doll house fun

The Kid's Corner tent at the Ligonier Country Market on Saturday will feature information about the annual Doll House Show and Miniature Sale.

Excela Westmoreland Hospital Auxiliary celebrates its 35th year of presenting the Doll House Show and Miniature Sale. It will be held on Sept. 29 at the Ramada Hotel and Conference Center near Greensburg. An auxiliary committee started the show in 1978.

In Ligonier, auxiliary members will show how to transform a cardboard box into a doll house and how to use leftover wallpaper or gift wrap for rugs and decorations.

Tickets to win a large doll house will be sold at the market, with the drawing on Sept. 29.

For information or tickets, call Sally Rager at 724-837-2393 or Nora Kemp at 724-832-1687.

Tire cleanup rolls along

Westmoreland Cleanways said that 134 youths volunteered this spring to collect 3,107 tires illegally dumped along county roadways and waterways and in woods and wetlands.

In 18 years, the Fugitive Tire Roundup program has cleared up more than 60,000 tires.

This year, a total of $1,700 was raised for 13 participating youth groups.

Joining the effort were Boy Scout Pack 464 of Greensburg and Cub Scout Pack 457 of New Stanton.

Sponsors included Spino's Tire Service LLC of Greensburg.

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