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Honor roll base has been installed in Dawson

| Saturday, July 20, 2013, 12:01 a.m.

If you happen to pass the Dawson Honor Roll site on Main Street, please notice that the base for the new Korean/Vietnam/Cold War monument has been installed. At this time, the bronze plaque bearing veterans names has been approved, and the monument itself is ready to be shipped. While the excitement is building, the Honor Roll Committee is praying that everything stays on schedule and dedication of the monument can take place as scheduled on Aug. 31.

The committee continues to raise funds for the monument by collecting advertisements and memorials for a dedication booklet to accompany the ceremonies. If you would like to place an ad in the booklet or have a memorial or honor printed in the booklet, the deadline for materials is Aug. 1. For information about the booklet, call Claudia Hiles at 724-529-7287, Patty Lint at 529-2368 or Roy Hess at 529-7298. The committee is planning an agenda for the dedication ceremony that promises to be exciting and memorable.

So many things have happened during this campaign to renew one's faith in the community. It really proves that the contributions and sacrifices made by these young men and women to preserve and ensure our way of life reverberates through the years and generations. We should be ever grateful to all of our veterans of any age and any era.

Thanks to everyone who made the 175th anniversary of the East Liberty Presbyterian Church such a success. State Sen. Richard Kasunic presented the church a proclamation from the state Senate, and state Rep. Deberah Kula presented a proclamation from the Pennsylvania House of Representative. The Rev. Bob Lubic was also there to congratulate the congregation. The Rev. Skip Noftzger, executive Presbyter from Redstone Presbytery, presented a plaque from Presbytery in honor of the 175th anniversary. The church also received congratulations from Sen. Pat Toomey, Congressman Bill Shuster, the Fayette County Commissioners and Gov. Tom Corbett.

East Liberty Presbyterian Church is selling “Heaven's Kitchen,” a cookbook containing around 350 recipes submitted by church members, for $10. There is also commemorative New Geneva pencil holders for sale at $10; call 724-529-2425 if you'd like either a cookbook or pencil holder.

The Brownfield Community Public Library will host a musical program featuring Ray Owens at 6:30 p.m. July 31. Please call the library at 724-529-7680 during hours of operation for more information.

Only two weeks to go until the beginning of the annual Dawson Grange Community Fair. This year's fair will run from Aug. 5 to 10. Admission, stage events and arena events are free to those attending.

Dawson Volunteer Fire Co. is currently selling tickets for a bingo bash to be held from 1 to 5 p.m. Aug. 4 at its social hall. Tickets are $30 each for 12 faces. There will be 20 games paying $75 each, three specials paying $100 each, and the jackpot is $1,000. There will also be a total of six drawings worth $50 each. Food and refreshments are included in the price of the ticket. See any firefighter for tickets or call/text 724-415-6102 for more information.

Looking for something to do this summer? A new event is coming to the area this August. The first annual Health/Fitness Fair and Youth Olympics presented by Next Evolution MMA & Fitness will be held Aug. 24 and 25 at East Park in Connellsville. It will feature youth and teen events, vendors, musical guests, guest speakers and many other activities. There will be two featured tournaments: an adult kickball tournament and a teen 3 on 3 basketball tournament. The final event of the weekend will be a giant water balloon fight. Sponsors are being sought, and donations are welcome to try to make this event a great success. It is hoped to make his an annual event and grow to an even bigger event.

Needed are vendors, speakers and anyone else interested in helping out with this great event. All events are free to register for children ages 5-18 and will be broken down into age brackets. The only exceptions are the adult kickball and teen 3 on 3 basketball tournaments. Registration is open for the adult kick ball tournament for ages 18 and older; teams are to be 10 people with at least three females. Registration fee for each team is $200 or $20 a player. This tournament is limited to the first eight teams. Registration is open for the Teen 3 on 3 basketball tournament for ages 13-17 years old. Teams are to be made up of 3 people. Registration fee for each team is $45 or $15 a player. This tournament is limited to the first 16 teams.

Event registration forms are now available for the individual events of frisbee throws, baseball throws, long-distance runs, dashes, long jump, potato sack race, pull-ups, push-ups, four-way soccer game, three-legged race, flag tag and tug-of-war. These events are free to register and compete in.

Vendor fees are $75 for merchant vendors, $50 for nonprofit organizations, $25 for churches and $125 for food vendors. These are 10-foot by 10-foot spaces and are limited. This price includes both Aug. 24 and 25.

For tournament registration forms, event registration forms or vendor contracts, call 724-963-0180 or 724-425-6028 or visit

Congratulations to George Paul Ansell and Brenda Jo Stewart on their recent marriage. The two were married at an outdoor wedding at the Juniata Sportsmen's Club. Former Dawson Mayor Barbara Wilhelm officiated. We wish the newlyweds the very best as they embark on their new life together.

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 6 p.m. Tuesday so I may prepare my column for the following week.

Take time to enjoy the summer weather and have a great week.

Beth Lynn is a Lower Tyrone Township resident.

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