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Warm greetings for a cold winter's day

| Monday, March 3, 2003

Greetings to all of my friends and neighbors in Iceland! Excuse me, that's in the Tri-Town area. Guess I just forgot where I was for a minute. With all of this cold, snowy, freezing weather, who wouldn't• I hope that this column finds you all safe and well.

The Dawson Volunteer Fire Co. will meet tonight at 7 in the fire hall. All members are asked to attend.

The Brownfield Community Center will hold bingo every Monday at 6:45 p.m. Admission is $11 for the first package and $5 for each additional package.

The Dawson Volunteer Fire Co. will hold a weekly bingo game every Monday at 7 p.m. Admission is $11 for the first package and $5 for each additional package. All proceeds benefit the Dawson Volunteer Fire Co.

Graduates of the former Perry Township High School are invited to attend a reunion that will be held for all classes from 1906 to 1951 on July 19 at Sampey Park in Perryopolis. Addresses are needed for alumni from all of the classes from 1920 through 1933. Anyone wishing to submit an address or other information may mail it to Robert Taylor, P.O. Box 142, Star Junction, Pa. 15482. Memos will be sent to all graduates. The steering committee for this reunion is the Perry Township Class of 1942.

The DL&V Fire Department of Vanderbilt will hold a bingo bash on Sunday. The doors open at 11:30 a.m. and lunch will be served at noon. The action begins at 2 p.m. with the early birds and continues on for 20 regular games plus specials. Admission is $25 for the first package and $5 for each additional. Proceeds benefit the DL&V Fire Department.

The churches of the Dawson United Methodist Charge will be celebrating Ash Wednesday with a special worship service at 7 p.m. Wednesday in the Bryan United Methodist Church. The Bryan Church is located at 128 Chaintown Road in Lower Tyrone Township. The Rev. Keith H. Mcllwain will be conducting the service. Everyone is welcome to start the Lenten Season by attending this service.

The Morning Star Grange is currently taking orders for its annual Easter egg sale. The eggs are hand-molded chocolate coated delicacies, each weighing one pound. The eggs are available in you choice of one of eight great flavors. They are solid chocolate nut, solid chocolate, coconut, maple nut, fruit and nut (nut, pineapple, cherry), fudge nut, fudge and peanut butter.

These Easter goodies are priced at just $6 each, and they are well worth the price. The deadline to place an order is April 7. After that date, only eggs in stock will be available. You can place your order by calling Sallie Caree at 724-326-9939, La Wanda Yocum at 724-529-2813 or Ruth Osbone at 724-736-0495.

Frazier School District will hold its annual Talent Show at 6 p.m. March 27 in the high school auditorium.

Congratulations to Jonathan Rabatin, who made the dean's list for the 2002 fall semester at Pitt University, Greensburg Campus. Rabatin is the son of Larry and Betty Lou Rabatin of Star Junction.

The Perryopolis Christian Church will offer a pastor's class for young people interested in preparing for baptism and church membership on Sunday mornings at 9:30 during the Sunday School hour, which began March 2. A sign-up sheet has been placed on the bulletin board. Please let the church's pastor know if you would like to be a part of the class, but are unable to attend the Sunday morning class at 724-736-8311.

The Brownfield Community Center will host a "Round & Square" dance featuring Dave Dahl from 8 until 11 p.m. March 15. Admission is $4 for adults and children under age 12 are admitted free. Refreshments will be available for purchase. The Community Center is planning a bus trip to Wheeling Downs on March 20. Cost is $14 per person. The bus will leave the Community Center at noon and leave Wheeling Downs for the trip home at 6 p.m. To make reservations or for more information, call 724-529-2530 or 724-529-2392.

The Brownfield Community Center, located at 291, Banning Road in Lower Tyrone Township, has several other activities lined up for the month of March. On 7:30 p.m. March 22, there will be held the monthly gospel sing. This month's featured performers are Steel City. Admission is free, however, a free will offering will be taken to help offset expenses. On March 23, local country/western sensations Poverty Neck Hillbillies will take the stage from 6:30 p.m. until 9. Admission is $6 for adults and $3 for children age 12 and under. On March 29, from 8:30 p.m. until midnight, HyRyders will be on stage. Admission is $5 for adults and $3 for kids age 12 and under. The concession will be open for all activities. If you would like more information, call 724-529-2930 or 724-529-7626. Keep in mind that the community center also has a weekly bingo game every Monday and plenty of senior citizen activities on Wednesday and Thursday of each week beginning at 10 a.m. Why not take a drive out into the country and see just how much the Brownfield Community Center has to offer?

The Jefferson Township Youth organization will meet at 7 p.m. March 10 in the Jefferson Township shed.

The Perryopolis United Methodist Church will hold its Ash Wednesday service at 7 p.m. Wednesday. All are invited to attend. The Methodist Church will host an ecumenical soup and sandwich luncheon from noon until 1 p.m. March 12

The East Liberty United Presbyterian Church of Vanderbilt will hold its monthly food distribution on from 10 a.m. until noon March 20. There will be no early distributions.

Congratulations to Susan Stone for winning first place in a regional photography contest. She is the daughter of John and Cathy Stone of Lower Tyrone Township and is a student at Westmoreland County Community College studying photography. Her proud grandparents are Mary Stone and Buck and Anna Miller, all of Lower Tyrone Township, and David Stone of Everson.

I would like to wish a very special happy birthday to my youngest granddaughter, Amanda Marie Chaney, who will celebrate her fifth birthday on March 6. We love you pumpkin, and we're so glad that God saw fit to bless us with a special young lady like you. Love, Grandma and Pappy Lynn, Uncle Jesse, Uncle Earl and Aunt Emma.

Happy belated birthday to all of the following who celebrated their big day on March 1: John Zavatchen, the Rev. John Garred, the Rev. Frank Lesnoiwski, Charles Widmer and Pete Pierotti. We would also like to wish a very happy birthday to those who will celebrate in the coming week. They are Kevin Franks, Shirley Ugolini, Keana Bertocci, and Bob Taylor, all celebrating on Tuesday; Josephine Angelo, Nora Dzurko, and Steve Zayakosky who will all celebrate on Wednesday; Fred Koller on Thursday, Vince Santerel Jr. and Ted Hamilla on Friday; Gino Parenti who celebrates on Saturday, and Bill Domonkos and Billy Compliment, who will both celebrate on Sunday.

I'd like to wish a very special happy birthday to Tony Fao Sr., who will celebrate his big day on Wednesday. Thank you Mr. Fao for keeping me up to date on some area events. I hope that your birthday is a very special one.

Last week's trivia question was• What historical event took place in Star Junction in July 1933• Answer: In July 1933, area coal miners decided to stop work and try to form a union. After a short work stoppage, so called "cold iron cops" were sent out to break the strike. A huge brawl ensued. Several striking miners were seriously injured and one was shot to death. The Pennsylvania National Guard had to be called in to help restore peace and stop the strike. After this terrible incident, the H.C. Frick Coal Co. allowed their workers to become unionized. My thanks to Eldo Divirgilio and Tony Fao Sr. for responding with the correct answer.

Where in our area was the General Refractories Co. located• It was also known by another name. Do you know what it was• I can't tell you, that would give away the location. If you know, give me a call at 724-529-0283 or e-mail me at

My thought for the week comes from Hugh White, "The past cannot be changed, but the future is still in your power."

Well that's it for this week, friends. Try to stay warm and think spring. It's only 17 days away! If you have something for this column, give me a call at 724-529-0283, drop me a line at 276 Banning Road, Dawson, Pa. 15428-1175 or e-mail me at . Please have your information to me by 6 p.m. Wednesday for it to be in the following Monday's column.

God bless one and all and have a great week.

Lynn is a Lower Tyrone Township resident.

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