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Wednesday, Aug. 21, 2013, 7:46 p.m.

Kids Stitch classes are geared to anyone ages 8 to 80 who wants to learn to crochet or knit. The group creates blankets, scarves and hats for children in need. The group meets from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. the fourth Saturday of each month at the Scottdale Library. For more information, call Caroline Bailey at 724-887-0952.

Connellsville Wal-Mart, in partnership with the Connellsville-Scottdale Salvation Army, is organizing a “Stuff the Bus” event to collect donations for students who need help stocking up on the notebooks, pens, pencils, markers, glue sticks and binders they need for school. The event will be held from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday. Residents don't have to wait for Saturday to donate, however, school supplies can be dropped off at the service center's office, 300 W. Crawford Ave., today and Friday. Also volunteers are needed on Saturday to hand out fliers encouraging shoppers to donate.

Karaoke Night will be held from 5 to 9 p.m. Sunday at Frank Kapr Family Garden, Pittsburgh Street.

The Salvation Army Board of Directors will meet at noon Tuesday at Bud Murphy's Sports Bar & Restaurant. If you are interested in joining, call director Mary McKnight at 724-628-2010. As you recall, Connellsville and Scottdale Salvation Army units merged as one on Oct. 1, 2012. The office is now located at 300 W. Crawford Ave., Connellsville.

Also, thank you to everyone who donated items to the Salvation Army for the Scottdale Community yard sale held Aug. 3. And thank you to all the volunteers who helped to make it a success.

The Southmoreland High School Marching Band will hold a Schawn sale at the Rite Aid parking lot on Sept. 14.

West Overton Village & Museums will host its second Wednesdays at West Overton from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday.

Also at the museums, a new club for artists will meet the last Tuesday of the month from 6 to 9 p.m. in the bottom end of the distillery room. Speaker will be Dianne Pyda, who has taught at Mt. Pleasant Area High School for 20 years and has over 25 years of experience in the field of pottery. She is a museum board member; call 724-423-5013 for more information.

Farmers Market will be held from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. Thursday until Sept. 26 at the Rite Aid parking lot, Scottdale.

Congratulations to Paul Mongell, chairman of St. Rita Roman Catholic Church's 85th festival, on receiving two citations: the state Senate via Sen. Richard Kasunic and the state House via Rep. Deberah Kula. It takes the cooperation of a lot of people working together to come to a positive outcome for a project of this magnitude to be successful. St. Rita's parish has achieved this.

If you can't take a trip to Europe, you can host an exchange student, a girl or boy, which would be a great learning experience for the both of you. For more information, call 412-720-8702, 800-677-2773 or visit or email

August is National Immunization Awareness Month. Make sure you are up to date with immunizations and make needed appointments with your child's pediatrician or family doctor to get them updated.

Last month there was a delightful musical surprise. Donna Porter, a member of Beulah Baptist Church, Smithfield, and a choir director, taught songs to her great-grandchildren who were visiting her from Harrisburg. They are Lyndell Harris, Kayla King, Jha'Niya King and Kayjelynn King. When young children sing from their hearts and are so sincere, it gives you a good feeling.

Readers, always take time for children in any positive activity they would like to participate and be a part of it.

Enjoy the summer weather, even if it is not jumping into the pool weather.

Patricia Walker is a Scottdale resident.

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