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Tri-Town Ministries to host Lenten services

| Saturday, Feb. 23, 2013, 12:01 a.m.

Tri-Town Ministries has released the schedule for Lenten services. This year's topic is “Previews of the Cross.” Everyone is invited to attend and participate:

• Wednesday at 7 p.m. at Tyrone Presbyterian Church with Pastor David McElroy as speaker.

• March 6 at 7 p.m. at the Vanderbilt Church of the Nazarene with Pastor Bob Prinkey.

• March 13 at 7 p.m. at the Dawson Baptist Church with Pastor Glenn Wills as speaker.

• March 20 at 7 p.m. at Tyrone Presbyterian Church with Pastor Lonnie Rittenour providing the message.

Community Connections, the parent training series sponsored by all Fayette County schools, will host its next meeting at 6 p.m. Tuesday at the Fayette County Behavioral Health Administration on Jacob Murphy Lane in Uniontown. This month's topic will be “Gifted Education: Definition of Terms and Paperwork, Guidelines of Identification and Gifted Programs; Addressing the Needs of Gifted Students.” Speakers will be Anne Peters, supervisor of special education, and Yolanda Pato, gifted teacher, both of Frazier School District. For more information, call 724-736-1109.

The Dawson-Vanderbilt Lions Club will hold a spaghetti dinner from 11 a.m. until 2 p.m. Sunday at the Brownfield Community Center, located at 291 Banning Road, Dawson in Lower Tyrone Township. Cost is $7 for adults and $3.50 for children ages 6 through 12. Children age 5 and younger are served free.

Mark your calendars and save the date, the next meeting of the Tri-Town Community Crime Watch will be held at 7 p.m. March 18 in the Vanderbilt Borough Building.

The Dawson/Lower Tyrone Honor Roll Committee met recently to review progress and plan for the completion of the project. At this date there are 200 names for the honor roll, spanning the Cold War, Korean and Vietnam eras. The committee named a date for the dedication, Aug. 31, which is Labor Day weekend. The plans were for a spring dedication, but since the veteran search has been expanded, this will allow more time to plan and prepare for a great celebration. Committee members are now taking orders for memorial or honorary ads in a program book that will accompany the dedication ceremony. You can honor or remember a veteran or loved one with a line or block ad in the book. Any committee member can help you with an ad or call 724-529-7298 or 724-529-2368 for prices and assistance. Pictures are also welcome. It is planned for the book to contain about 50 pages with the program for the day as well as history of the project and the area.

The historical society is again planning for a great Tri-Town Homecoming on June 1 and 2 this year. Last year was hugely successful with the first princess contest in years, the largest Sunday Car Show and beautiful weather to compliment the activities. This year the historical society would like to hear your ideas to make the weekend even more spectacular! There will still be a fantastic Yough Duck Race, with great entertainment, Tri-Town Trot and children's rides and slides, but new ideas are welcome. Are we utilizing the river as much as we should? How about a fishing contest? Anything that floats race? The Tri-Town area has a great history and a National Wild River. Lets all pitch in and show the world that we are proud of our three little communities! Telephone your ideas for a great weekend to 724-529-2368.

Dawson Borough has lost a great friend and neighbor with the recent passing of Frank Lamanna. He was the ultimate citizen in this fair little town. He was first and foremost, a family man. Second in his heart was his church and finally, his town. Frank served the borough of Dawson in a number of capacities over the years. He served as a police officer, council member and mayor. He was a 71-year member of the Dawson Volunteer Fire Co. where he served his community faithfully. He was a friend and mentor to all. If you had a problem, you could take it to Frank and he would do what he could to help. He would never steer you in the wrong direction. He had the kindest of hearts, especially when it came to his children, grandchildren and great grandchildren. His family was his everything. He will be missed but fondly remembered by all who knew him. Our sympathy to his son, his daughters and families.

If you have an item for this column, give me a call at 724-529-7927 or email at 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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