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Dawson fire company members urged to attend meeting

| Sunday, Dec. 2, 2012, 8:52 p.m.

Dawson Volunteer Fire Company will hold its regular monthly meeting at 7 tonight in the fire station. All members are urged to attend.

Lower Tyrone Township supervisors will hold their regular monthly meeting at 6:30 p.m. Dec. 12 in the Brownfield Community Center. All area residents are welcome to attend.

Time is of the essence. We really can't emphasize enough how critically important it is that we get all of the names of veterans who should be on the new Veterans Honor Roll for veterans of the Korean and Vietnam wars that is being constructed in Dawson. We need correct spelling, middle initial and dates of service. The parameters that were set up for inclusion on the honor roll are that they lived in Dawson or Lower Tyrone Township at the time they entered any branch of the military during the Korean or Vietnam eras. This is basically the guidelines that were used when the World War I and World War II honor rolls were constructed. These guidelines have been used throughout the project, and they have not changed.

The dates that have been received from the VFW are: Korea, June 1950 until July 27, 1953; Vietnam, March 1965 until Jan. 27, 1973. A listing of names currently received is in the Dawson Post Office. Any information anyone has on those names or names to be added will certainly be appreciated. The bronze plaque is scheduled to be molded in January. The cost of adding names after the original plaque is cast is very prohibitive. If you have or need information on the honor roll project, please contact any member of the committee or call 724-529-7298.

The honor roll committee would like to extend a very special “thank you” to the DL&V Fire Company for the use of its hall for the Veterans Day Gala. The facility and your cooperation helped make the occasion a memorable success. Thanks to Kevin Lape and Matt Stoots for all their help with the planning, lighting and cleanup. Thank you.

The Tri-Town Historical Society is selling “Christmas Cash” tickets to benefit the construction of the new Korean/Vietnam Honor Roll. Tickets are $2 each. Individuals will have a chance to win two prizes on each ticket. The first prize of $10,000 cash will be awarded Dec. 22 on numbers drawn during the 7 p.m. 3-digit Pennsylvania Daily Lottery. The second prize of $10,000 will be awarded based on the 7 p.m. Daily Lottery number on Christmas Day. Tickets can be purchased at the Dairy Store in Dawson, Tri-Town Market in Vanderbilt or from any committee member.

In today's economy, the thought of a child waking up on Christmas morning without a gift or two sends a parent's heart into a tailspin. Now, more than at any other time of the year, help is needed by many area families with young children. Can you help? We all know that Toys for Tots annually distributes toys to needy children, but did you know that other organizations do as well, like Connellsville Community Ministries, the area Salvation Army service units, and many area churches and schools?

I know many of us don't have a lot of money to play with, but if every family that is financially able would donate just one new toy to one of these groups, many area children would wake up to a joyful Christmas morning. If you feel you have a lot to be thankful for this year, won't you please help a family who is not as fortunate get the same feeling? Can you help put a smile on a child's face on Christmas morning? If you can, I promise you, you will feel fantastic knowing that you helped in some small way, and you will have that Christmas feeling long after the holiday season is over.

The Daily Courier in Connellsville is a drop-off point for the annual Toys for Tots campaign in our area. Many stores in the region also have collection boxes for Toys for Tots as well as various other organizations that are working hard to make Christmas a little brighter for area children. Please help if you are able, won't you? Thank you.

The Dawson/Perryopolis Salvation Army Service Unit is requesting donations of new toys to help in its efforts to make Christmas a little brighter for approximately 125 area children. The Tri-Town Market in Vanderbilt has been kind enough to permit this group of volunteers to place a drop-off box in their store to help meet their goal. If you are able, won't you please consider making a donation, no matter how big or how small? Your kindness will be appreciated, I am sure.

Food bank dates for December are: East Liberty Presbyterian Church of Vanderbilt, 10 a.m. to noon Dec. 13. If you are to pick up toys for children, they must be picked up during these hours. Leisenring Presbyterian Church, 8:30 to 10:30 a.m. Dec. 19. Please remember to bring a box, crate or other container to carry your items home. Keep in mind that donations and volunteers are always welcome and appreciated.

Toys for Tots will hold its annual toy distribution from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Dec. 17 and 18 at the Uniontown Mall across from Dunham's. People with last names beginning with the letters A-K will pick up on Dec. 17; those whose last name begins with L-Z will pick up on Dec. 18. Please remember to bring with you the yellow receipt you were given during registration, proof of address, child's birth certificate or other proof of age, proof of residency, children's medical cards, PA Access card for the adult who registered, and a photo ID card.

Santa Claus will make various stops throughout the Tri-Town area during the coming weeks to check up on all of the boys and girls here. Dates and times of his visits to the area will be noted in future columns.

The Brownfield Community Center is planning a BYOB New Year's Eve party to be held from 8 p.m. until after midnight Dec. 31. Tickets are $10 per person or $15 per couple; only 100 tickets will be sold. Music for the event will be provided by the local karaoke team of BoPat Productions. Hot dogs, pork and sauerkraut will be available at midnight. For more information, please call the Brownfield Community Center at 724-529-2930.

A very happy birthday is wished for Linda Keffer of Dawson, who celebrates her big day on Dec. 5. Love, your friends and family.

Belated birthday wishes go out to Harry Leasure, Mark Susick and Mike Timko, who all celebrated on Dec. 1.

That's it for this week, friends. If you have a submission for this column, please email your information to You can also call me at 724-529-7927 or write to 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, enjoy each day that God gives you and have a fantastic week.

Beth Lynn is a Dawson resident.

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