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Chapel closing causes sadness

It is with deep sadness for area residents to learn of the closing of Sacred Heart Chapel in Dawson. This chapel, formerly Sacred Heart Roman Catholic Church, has been a home to many generations of faithful over the past 120 years. It will be missed. What is going to happen to the chapel• Right now, diocesan authorities have not said what the intentions are for the building and grounds. It is hoped by all that the chapel can remain a part of Tri-Town area history.

Congratulations are the order of the day for five fine young men, students in the Frazier School District, who recently were named champions in the Knights of Columbus youth basketball competition held in the Frazier High School gymnasium. Knights of Columbus Council 4427 from Perryopolis sponsored the local competition. All area youngsters ages 10 to 14 were eligible to participate. Garnering the title of area champion in the 10-year-old boys division was Travis Snyder. John Hernandez was the champ in the 11-year-old class. Tyler Rock took the trophy in the 12-year-old division, while Rock A. Vargo outdid all in the 13-year-old class to claim victory. Rounding out the list of champions was Paul Kudyba, who was victorious in the 14-year-old boys division. Each of these champions will compete in the District Competition at 7 p.m. Feb. 6 at the South Union Recreation Center. If any or all of these young men are victorious at District, they will then have the opportunity to compete in the state and international levels of competition. Many thanks go to the gentlemen who sponsored and assisted with this event: Steve Varto, Leonard Wojcik, Dave Puskar, Roy Giovannelli, Ernest Angelo, Rock Vargo, Mike Rock and Tony Fao. Thanks are also extended to Dr. Dennis Spinella, superintendent of Frazier School District, and his support staff for permitting this local competition to be held in the gym.

Congratulations to Debbie and Robert Glen "Ralph" Hiles for celebrating four successful years in business as owner/operators of Mariner's Pizza in Vanderbilt. We wish you continued success. Love, your son Jacob, Ronnie and Bonnie.

Attention readers! If your last name happens to be Lambie, Stewart, Stuart, Aitken or Beck, would you please consider contacting me• As some of my readers know, I have a soon to be 19-year-old son with a rare genetic disorder, and I am trying to locate possible relatives who may be able to help me solve the mystery of how and why he contracted this disease called tuberous sclerosis complex or TSC. Any help that anyone can give me will be deeply appreciated. Thank you.

The Dawson Volunteer Fire Co. will hold its regular monthly meeting at 7 p.m. Feb. 5 in the fire hall. All members are urged to attend.

The Christmas and New Year's holidays are now a memory for another year, but there are still families out there who need a helping hand. Please consider continuing to donate throughout the year to area service groups such as the Fayette County Community Action Food Bank, Connellsville Community Ministries, the Salvation Army, or a service unit of your choice. Let's remember that there are several people in the area who are down on their luck because of unemployment, disability, etc.. Many of these deserving people have children who need clothing, food, heat, etc. to survive.

Area residents who recently celebrated or will be celebrating their birthdays this month include: Emidio Masciarelli, Jan. 1, Tom Sztroin, Jan. 2; the Keffer twins, Tricia and Toni, Jan. 3; Paul Ugolini, Jan. 5; Ron Dreucci, Leonard Pirilla, Anna Progar, Norma Allison, Bob Rankin, Jan. 8; Cheryl Nicholls, Chase Payton, Jim Shaffer, Monica Progar, Jan. 9; the Rev. Bob Halus, Jan. 10; Sam Guariglia, Ron Yankovich, Jan. 11; Kyle Toth, John Vincent, Clayton Angelo, Jennifer Koontz and my granddaughter, Patricia "Trista" Geary, Jan. 13; Chastity Colbert, daughter of Bill Jr. and Kimberly Colbert, Jan. 15; Tom Usher, Jan. 16; Ernest and Alex Angelo, Jan. 17; Vanderbilt resident Harold "Sam" Hillen, Jan. 18; Jessica Butler, Jan. 19; Jeff Fuller, Harry Johnson III, Jan. 20; Lower Tyrone Township resident Tom Williams, Jan. 21; Frank Novobilsky Jr., Lisa Sharpe, today ; Sam Kish Jr. and Nicole Raygor, will celebrate Tuesday; Vanessa Myers, Julianna Johnson, Nancy Rogers, Wednesday; Tom Emricko, Thursday; the Rev. John Euker, of St. John's Roman Catholic Church in Perryopolis, Ida Hawker, Sara Knight, Mary Traynor, Saturday; and Jessica Vozel, Sunday.

Anniversary celebrants this month include: Bill and Carol Vargo, who celebrated on Jan. 2; Bill and Penny Timcheck, Jan. 8; and Francis and Cheryl Cricco, Jan. 17.

A word of caution to all area residents. Please watch for raccoons and foxes that act strangely. If you see a coon or a fox wandering around in broad daylight, especially near a house or family pets, assume it is sick. A little over a week ago, we had an episode of our own to deal with when a raccoon attacked our 70-pound rottweiler in broad daylight! My son, not thinking, tried to separate the two, and as a result is currently awaiting news from the state laboratory on what caused the raccoon to act so strangely. As of this writing, my dog has received a rabies booster, and my son has received a tetanus booster and is waiting to find out if he will have to take rabies shots. Please, if you see any animal acting strangely, do not approach it, call local law enforcement officers or your local game warden to have the animal dispatched. If you do, however, encounter such an animal and are bitten or scratched, contact your family doctor, local emergency room, or the state health department immediately for advice on treatment. Please be sure to have all family pets vaccinated as well.

Well, that's it for this week folks, If you have something for this column, give me a call at 724-529-2391, e-mail me at bethannlynn@hotmail.com or bethannlynn@yahoo.com or drop me a line to 276 Banning Road, Dawson, PA 15428-1175.

Until next time friends, keep smiling and have a great week.

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