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Christmas food baskets, toys sign-up is this week

| Sunday, Oct. 7, 2012, 8:58 p.m.

The Dawson / Perryopolis Salvation Army Service Unit will hold sign-up for Christmas food baskets for area families and toys for children age 12 and younger from 9 a.m. until noon Wednesday and Thursday at the Dawson Volunteer Fire Co. fire hall, Galley Street, Dawson. Residents of the following areas by zip code may register on those days: Dawson (15428), Dickerson Run (15430), West Leisenring (15489), Leisenring (15455), Vanderbilt (15486), Webster (15487), Perryopolis (15473), Layton (15453), Star Junction, Whitsett (15491) and Wick Haven (15492).

When you register you must have proof of identity, proof of address, verification of all income such as pay stubs, unemployment benefits letter, Social Security award letter, benefits letter from the Department of Public Welfare, etc. You also must have the Social Security number for every member of your household. Please note, that due to the current economic situation, toys are not guaranteed.

East Liberty Presbyterian Church of Vanderbilt will hold its monthly food distribution from 10 a.m. to noon Thursday. Leisenring Presbyterian Church will hold its monthly food distribution from 8:30 to 10 a.m. Oct. 17. Please remember to bring a box or basket to carry your items home. Also, please keep in mind that volunteers and donations are always welcome.

Dawson Volunteer Fire Co. is currently selling tickets for a gun bash to be held from 1 to 5 p.m. Saturday. Tickets are $10 each and can be purchased from any firefighter or stop by its fire hall on Galley Street in Dawson during Tuesday evening bingo games.

The honor roll committee of the Tri-Town Historical Society is sponsoring a “gasoline” ticket. They are available from any committee member or at most Tri-Town area businesses, including T. Keffer's Pizza, Buck's Dairy Store and Hall's Market. Tickets are $2 each and go off on the evening drawing of the Pennsylvania Lottery daily number on Veterans Day. The winner will receive a $1,000 gas gift card or $1,000 cash.

October is Fire Prevention Month. Please make sure to check the batteries in your smoke detectors, and make sure that you have at least one on every floor of your home. If you have fire extinguishers in your home, have those checked as well. Make sure to have your furnace checked and the filters changed. Check the cords on all extension cords, lamps and small appliances. If you are going to be using electric space heaters, check those cords as well. If you are going to be using a wood burner, pellet stove or fireplace, make sure that your chimneys are clean and in good repair. Remember to keep all space heaters a safe distance away from furniture, draperies, etc., and be extra cautious when burning candles. Never leave a candle burning where a child or pet can knock it over and never leave a candle burning when leaving your home or going to bed for the night. Above all, have an escape plan in case of fire and make sure that everyone in your home knows it. Take time to practice exiting your home in a safe and timely manner.

Last week, the area said goodbye to Robert and Renee Hall as the owners of Hall's Market. They moved on to bigger and better things; they will be missed. Never fear, Vanderbilt still has a grocery store. On Oct. 1, the former Hall's Market became the new Tri-Town Market under the ownership and management of Rick Adobato and his beautiful fiancee Tiffany Gray. The ownership may have changed, but you can expect to see the same great service, some new friendly faces, delicious lunch specials and a wide selection of items that we all need and use every day. Stop by and say hello and browse around. While you are there, don't forget to fill out a registration slip and drop it in the box. It is a chance to win a free Steelers gas grill, which will be given away on Halloween.

Is your town or group planning Halloween festivities? If so, please let me know so that I can get the word out in this column.

That's it for this week, friends. If you have a submission for this column, email your information to, call 724-529-7927 or drop me a line at 276 Banning Road, Dawson, PA 15428-1175. Please have your information to me before 8 p.m. Tuesday so I can prepare my column for the following week.

Until next time, friends, enjoy each day that God gives you and have a fantastic week.

Beth Lynn is a Lower Tyrone Township resident.

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