Honor roll project nearing completion

| Saturday, March 16, 2013, 12:01 a.m.

After a campaign of several years, the Dawson/Lower Tyrone Honor Roll project is rolling into its final phase of finalizing and approving all of the veterans' names from the Korean, Vietnam and Cold War era and submitting them for casting in the bronze plaque. Although all costs are not met, the committee feels that upcoming fundraisers may cover the final costs. Since the project began several years ago, material costs have increased drastically.

The Honor Roll Committee is currently selling a ticket to help raise funds. The tickets are $2 each and have both a winning amount and a bonus. Tickets are available at the following retail outlets; Sweet Peas and Tri-Town Market, both in Vanderbilt; Bucks Dairy Store, Dawson; John Prah's Barber shop in South Connellsville; or from any committee member. The committee is also planning a program booklet that will accompany the dedication celebration of the new honor roll. Commercial or personal ads are available in the booklet, from 18-page to full page ads. Ad space is now available from any committee member. You may also honor or remember a loved one with a personal line or block space. Information is available from any committee member or by calling 724-529-7298.

The Connellsville Community Center will hold its next craft, vendor and flea market on April 20. Set-up time is at 7 a.m. Start time is 8 a.m. and will run until 1 p.m. Spaces are $10 per space, $3 per table if you need a table and $3 if you require electricity. To reserve your space, call 724-626-0300 and ask for Lori.

The next meeting of the Tri-Town Community Crime watch will be held on at 7 p.m. Monday in the Vanderbilt Borough Building.

Leisenring Presbyterian Church will host its monthly food distribution from 8:30 to 10:30 a.m. Wednesday. Please remember to bring a box, basket or other container with you to carry your items home in. Remember, donations and volunteers are always welcome.

The Dawson Volunteer Fire Co. is currently selling tickets to a gun bash to be held from 1 to 4 p.m. May 18. Tickets are just $15 each. Contact any firefighter for tickets or stop by Tuesday night bingo.

The Morrell Volunteer Fire Department is currently selling tickets for a gun bash to be held on June 8. Tickets are $20. See any Morrell firefighter for tickets.

Monarch Volunteer Fire Department is now selling tickets for a gun bash to be held on May 4. Tickets are $10 and each ticket has two numbers. Please see any Monarch firefighter for tickets. Also, the department will hold a public meeting at 7 p.m. Friday to hold an open discussion with service area residents about the purchase of a fire truck.

Plans are currently under way for the annual Tri-Town Historical Society's annual Homecoming event to be held the first weekend in June. Please watch this column for updates.

A belated birthday wish goes out to Joshua Brady of Vanderbilt, who turned 11 on March 11.

Fun Facts: Did you know that the first ever Fayette County Firemen's Convention was held the weekend of July 14 and 15, 1939, in the fair borough of Dawson? The first annual Firemen's Convention parade was held on July 15 that year with 35 companies and two auxiliaries represented.

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

Until next time friends, have a fantastic week.

Beth Lynn is a Lower Tyrone Township resident.

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