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Names still needed for veterans' memorial

| Sunday, Dec. 30, 2012, 8:40 p.m.

The deadline for the names of veterans for inclusion on the Korea/Vietnam era memorial for Dawson and Lower Tyrone Township is approaching rapidly. The committee recently met to select the bronze plaque style and the granite is currently being cut. The committee would like to have the names of all veterans of any service branch that lived in Dawson or Lower Tyrone Township when they entered the service. The committee is currently evaluating the possibility of including veterans of Cold War service — between War World II and 1991. The committee, due to the federal privacy act does not have access to a centralized listing of all veterans. The committee must depend on veterans, families, and columns like this for information. There is no charge for names on the original plaque. That is the object of the fundraising initiative; however any names added after the monument is placed will be very expensive. The honor roll committee is still in need of funds to finish this project. The original estimate for construction was $25,000 — three years ago. It is believed the finished cost will now be closer to $26,500. If you would like to donate to this project, checks can be sent to Tri-Town Area Historical Society, c/o Memorial Fund, P.O. Box 1872, Dawson, PA 15428. If you would like to submit names or request information, call 724-529-7298 or email at

Food bank dates for the month of January are as follows: Leisenring Presbyterian Church of Vanderbilt will hold its monthly food pantry from 10 a.m. until noon Jan. 10. Produce to the People held at the Fayette County Fairgrounds will distribute food from 10 a.m. until noon, also on Jan. 10. Leisenring Presbyterian Church will host its monthly food distribution from 8:30 to 10 a.m. Jan. 16. Please remember to bring a box, basket or tote to carry your items home in. Remember, volunteers and donations are always welcome.

The Dawson/Lower Tyrone honor roll committee is planning for dedication of the Korean/Vietnam era monument in May or June 2013. No exact date has been set, as weather and materials can alter the completion date. The committee is planning a dedication booklet to commemorate the installation and dedication. Commercial ads will be welcomed as well as private ads and sponsorship lines in the booklet. Ad space will be available by eighth page, quarter page, half or full page Hopefully, the program will feature a color photograph of the three monuments, as well as a history of the original honor rolls and a chronology of the campaign to have the new monument erected. To inquire about the program booklet, call 724-529-7298. The committee wishes to thank everyone who has helped in any way in this community effort. We are not there yet, but the goal appears to be closer, thank you!

A big thank you is the order of the day for each and every person who took the time and made the effort to help make this holiday season a brighter one for area families. If you donated a toy, cash or food to an area church or charity, thank you. If you visited a shut-in or a nursing home, thank you. If you volunteered for any area agency to help out during the holidays, you are appreciated. Kudos to all of our local organizations that helped to furnish a Merry Christmas for area families. I am sure that your kindness will be remembered long after the holidays end.

Students in the Connellsville Area School District return to classes from Christmas break on Wednesday. Students in the Frazier School District return to class on Thursday.

Monday (tonight) is New Year's Eve and many people will be visiting parties at homes and establishments through out the area, If you will be out and about celebrating the coming New Year, please us caution when traveling to and fro. Alcohol plays a huge part in ringing in the New Year, and is the cause of many highway tragedies. If you will be drinking and driving, please limit your use of alcohol. If you think you have had a little too much holiday cheer, please do not drive. Have someone drive you home or stay put until you feel that you are sufficiently sober to get behind the wheel of a vehicle. If you are hosting a party, please use care when serving alcoholic beverages. Don't let anyone drive away from your party if they are drunk. Drive them home yourself, call them a cab, keep them at you residence until they are sober, anything, just please don't let an impaired driver behind the wheel of a car. None of us wants to suffer the tragedy of losing a friend or loved due to an accident, especially during the holidays. Please remember to keep a close eye on children and teenagers that may find alcohol in an accessible area. The penalties are stiff for allowing anyone under the age of 21 to drink alcoholic beverages.

I want to take this opportunity to say “thank you” to all who take the time to read my weekly column and to those of you who supply me with information for this column. Thank you for the compliments and the criticisms. Thank you for helping me to keep our area residents updated on activities in the latest news and activities. I appreciate the cards, letters, phone calls and emails I receive on a weekly basis. This is not my column, it is our column. It is written for our hometown area. Thank you for your continued support.

If you have something that you want to see here, give me a call at 724-529-7927 or send an email at or drop me a line at 276 Banning Road, Dawson, PA 15428,

Happy New Year everyone, I pray that all of your goals for the coming year are met and your blessings will be abundant.

Beth Lynn is a Lower Tyrone Township resident.

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