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Honor Roll Committee plans dedication of monument

| Sunday, Jan. 27, 2013, 9:01 p.m.

The Dawson/Lower Tyrone Honor Roll Committee is planning the dedication of the Korean/Vietnam era monument in May or June. No exact date has been set because 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 18-page, 14-page, 12 page 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 get the new monument erected. For information about the program booklet, call 724-529-7298. The committee wishes to thank everyone who has helped in any way in this community effort. The goal appears to be closer. Thank you!

Food pantry distribution dates for February are: East Liberty Presbyterian Church in Vanderbilt and Produce to the People, held at the Fayette County fairgrounds, both will take place from 10 a.m. to noon Feb. 14. Leisenring Presbyterian Church will hold its monthly food distribution from 8:30 to 10:30 a.m. Feb. 20.

Dawson Volunteer Fire Co. will hold its regular monthly meeting at 7 p.m. Feb. 4. All members are urged to attend. Please remember that dues for the calendar year 2013 are now due and payable.

Dunbar Township supervisors will hold their regular monthly meeting at 7 p.m. Feb. 7 in the township building. All township residents are welcome to attend.

Feb. 13 is Ash Wednesday, the first day of Lent.

Seventeen days and counting until Valentine's Day. Guys and gals, you still have time to make this a special day for your loved one.

We all know that the recent weather has been brutally cold and winter is far from over. When we have these intermittent spells of really frigid weather, please take a few moments each day to check on your elderly family members and neighbors. A five-minute phone call or visit is enough to make sure that they are doing well in this winter weather.

A word about space heaters: If you are using space heaters to supplement the heat that your furnace produces, please use extreme caution. If you must use a kerosene heater, use extreme caution. Use them only in a well-ventilated area, and make sure they are out of reach of small children, the elderly and pets, and on a solid, stable surface. Never store kerosene in the vicinity of the heater or any other heat source. Make sure you have a working smoke/carbon monoxide detector in the area where the heater is located and that a fire extinguisher is readily available in case of an accident.

If using an electric space heater, make sure that they are at least 18 to 36 inches away from flammable surfaces. If using them near children, the elderly or pets, make sure to use the type with a “stay cool” housing, and that they have a “tip-over” safety switch that will automatically shut the device off if it is knocked over. Be sure to check all cords frequently for fraying or possible overheating. Please follow a few safety rules to ensure the safety of you and your family and friends as we all struggle to stay warm this winter.

We haven't seen much snow yet this winter, but be assured it will come. Remember that most municipalities require you to clear snow from sidewalks within 8 to 12 hours of a snowfall. You are not permitted to throw snow into roadways as it is removed. If you are elderly or have a health condition that makes it dangerous to shovel snow, use extra caution. If possible, enlist the help of a younger, more able family member or friend to help with the job. If you decide to tackle the job yourself, do it in spurts. Work a little; rest a little. If you feel ill while working at this task, stop and rest. If the feeling does not go away, seek medical assistance.

If you must drive in inclement weather, be prepared for an emergency. Have a survival kit in your car. Always carry a blanket, extra clothes, high-energy snack foods, a flashlight, sand or kitty litter, a small shovel for digging, and of course a fully charged cellphone in case you have to call for help. Make sure you also have a noticeable piece of white or orange material to attach to a window or door handle to let passers-by know that you are having trouble. If available, place fluorescent orange triangles or sticks to the front and the rear of your vehicle to alert other travelers.

If we all take a few precautions and follow some safety rules, we should be able to make it through the winter and early spring with very few problems.

Feb. 2 is Groundhog Day. Hopefully, Phil won't see his shadow, and we will have an early spring.

If you have an item for this column, give me a call at 724-529-7927, email or drop me a line at 276 Banning Road, Dawson, PA 15428 by 7 p.m. Tuesday so I may prepare my column for the following week.

Keep smiling and have a great week.

Beth Lynn is a Lower Tyrone Township resident.

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