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Leaf pickup is Friday in Scottdale

| Wednesday, Nov. 20, 2013, 6:43 p.m.

Only one more day for leaf pick up, Friday, in Scottdale Borough. Please put the bags in the front of your property.

Attention all mayors, borough managers and council members who reside in Westmoreland County. If you haven't been attending the Westmoreland County Borough Association meetings, you have been missing out on an evening of great information and a delicious dinner. The officers for the 2014-15 term are Scott Sistek, president; Dottie Bacher, first vice president; Gary Bell, second vice president; Mary Ann Roll, treasurer; Mary Lou Johnston-Swallop, secretary; Diane Derco, PSAB representative; and Clarence Bell, chaplain. Call Johnston-Swallop for more information at 724-423-8924. Hope to see you at the next meeting.

The opening day of Overly Country Christmas is Friday at the Westmoreland fairgrounds. For more information, visit

Kid Stitch program is held from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. Saturday at the Scottdale Public Library, Spring Street. For more information on this program, call Caroline Bailey at 724-887-0952.

The Salvation Army Unit of Connellsville-Scottdale asks generous readers to donate children's books for children through age 12. The office is located at 300 W. Crawford Ave., Connellsville. The deadline for giving is Dec. 1. For more information, call 724-628-2010.

Bundle up and visit the decorated homes in Scottdale Dec. 7 sponsored by the Scottdale Historical Society Inc. The Christmas House tour tickets will be on sale Nov. 27 at Collections by Marty, Pittsburgh Street, Scottdale or at the Loucks Homestead, 527 N. Chestnut St., Scottdale. For more information, visit or its Facebook page.

Nov. 30 has been designated as “Small Business Saturday.” Please observe this day by shopping at your hometown businesses.

Dine at Applebee's, 110 Countryside Plaza, Mt. Pleasant, from 11 a.m. to midnight Dec. 1 and 15 percent of your bill will be donated to Jacobs Creek Area Faith in Action (Individuals must bring a flyer for donations to be counted).

Members of St. Joseph Church in Everson are offering hard tack candy to purchase for Christmas. The candy is $5 a bag and flavors available are spice, fruit or mixed. For orders, call Jason Taft at 724-887-3718 or Ray Rozycki at 724-529-2850.

An easy way to do something to benefit the Scottdale Public Library is to donate your old cell phone. There are boxes located in the Scottdale Community Civic and Industrial Association Inc., Pittsburgh Street, and at the library.

If you have a few extra hours, please think about volunteering for Jacobs Creek Area Faith in Action. By volunteering, you can help a senior citizen live independently in their home. For more information, call the office at 724-542-4117 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. or email

A Prayer Shawl Ministry is held at WellSpring Church, 616 Walnut Ave., Scottdale at 10 a.m. Tuesdays for any person interested in knitting or crocheting prayer shawls for local needs. All levels, from beginner to advanced are encouraged to join in. Bring your needles and yarn.

Wellspring Church, 616 Walnut Ave., Scottdale, invites everyone to its free community Thanksgiving dinner from 1 to 4 p.m. Nov. 28. Turkey with all the trimmings will be served. You don't need to spend Thanksgiving alone. Donations will be accepted for the Mexico Mission trip to be held in 2014. For more information, call WellSpring at 724-220-5240.

Clean out your closet of gently worn clothing and shoes and donate them to the clothing bins at St. Joseph Church, Everson and St. John Church, Scottdale. These churches are collecting for the St. Vincent de Paul organization.

When you take a vacation you now have a place to board your pet, the Double Hydrant Bed and Biscuit Kennel. For more information, call 724-757-0855.

A baseball camp is starting Jan. 12, 2014, at the University of Pittsburgh, Greensburg for players in first to 12th grades. To register, call toll free at 866-622-4487 or visit

Latshaw Productions will present The Temptations' Christmas & Hits at 8 p.m. Dec. 5 at the Palace Theatre, Greensburg. Also, Michael McDonald will perform “This Christmas — Holiday & Hits” at 8 p.m. Dec. 6 also at the Palace Theatre. For tickets or more information, call 724-836-8000 or visit

I forgot to mention in my last column that George Parish was lead guitarist at last month's annual concert of the YWBA Mass Choir.

The annual Sunday School program was held at my church, Beulah Baptist Church, Smithfield. The service began after a delicious dinner. Six plus churches had some of their members on the program. Deacon Robert L. Walker Sr. of United Baptist Church, Connellsville, was the master of ceremony. Aaron French sang “Oh How I love Jesus.” He is also a member of the United Baptist Church. Gregory Smith of Mt. Calvary Baptist Church, Fairchance, sang two songs “Victory is Mine” and “Soon and Very Soon We are going to See the King.” There were two of the younger participants.

Men of Friendship Male Chorus of Friendship Baptist Church, Washington, Pa., and Ebenezer Baptist Church Male Chorus of Buena Vista performed. The music was wonderful from both groups.

The Rev. Claude Mitchell, pastor of Mt. Zion Baptist church, Leckrone, was the speaker for the afternoon. Theme was “New Year: Clean State.”

It was a great afternoon of fellowship

So before 2014 comes around, I want to thank Daniel Tracy for being such a great superintendent and also kudos to his wife Karen for designing programs.

It's wonderful when people think about others. This happened in a big way with two families, the Vances and Cantalinas. With the help of some local farmers, Southmoreland High School has won a $10,000 grant to put toward its science program. America's Farmers Grow Rural Education, sponsored by the Monsanto Fund, offered farmers the chance to nominate a local public school district, which can then compete for a grant of up to $25,000 to enhance math and/or science education. The Vance family and the Catalina family both nominated the district for the grant. Kudos to the families for their thoughtfulness.

Readers, enjoy your week as your prepare for the upcoming holiday.

Patricia Walker is a Scottdale resident.

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