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New monument honoring vets to be dedicated Aug. 31

| Sunday, Aug. 18, 2013, 9:00 p.m.

The Dawson/Lower Tyrone Honor Roll Committee has been waiting almost three years to make this announcement: The new monument honoring veterans of the Korean, Vietnam and Cold war eras is in place and will be dedicated at 11 a.m. Aug. 31. The monument is covered and will be unveiled at a ceremony to include the Fayette Vietnam Veteran's Honor Guard, Rolling Thunder, a community chorus and guest speakers.

The keynote address will be given by Maj. Gen. Robert French, a career serviceman, a veteran on the Honor Roll and a Dawson, R.D. 1 native, who has had a long and distinguished career beginning with the Vietnam conflict and remains active in military affairs today.

The Honor Roll Committee is still raising funds to complete the monument project. A ticket is currently being sold which has a jackpot and a bonus winner. The winner will be from the 7 p.m. drawing on Aug. 31. The tickets are available for $2 each and are available from any committee member. Dedication program booklets are also being printed and will be available at the dedication. The books will sell for approximately $8 and contain the agenda, pictures, history of the project, memorials, listing of contributors and ads from many local businesses.

The committee wishes to thank the many folks who have assisted in bringing this project to fruition. This has been and is, a totally community based project. But the heroes of the effort have names that are emblazoned in bronze on a beautiful monument that will be uncovered on Aug. 31. This is your community's way of saying in some small way, “Thank you for your service and sacrifice! May God bless!” The public is invited to join in the festivities.

Connellsville Community Center Flea Market returns Sept. 6 to 8; call 724-626-0300 for more information. Fees are $10 per day or $25 for the weekend

The Health and Fitness fair will be held from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. and from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Sunday at East Park. Due to lack of interest the basketball and kickball tournaments have been cancelled. The kids events will take place throughout the day and include running, throwing, jumping, push-ups, pull-ups, sack races and many more events. There are still vendors spaces available. Some of the already registered vendors include Paparazzi, It Works, Health First Medical Center and Next Evolution MMA & Fitness. Local country artist Tim Litvin will perform at 4:30 p.m. Saturday and at 4 p.m. Sunday local band Land Mynd will perform. Confirmation is still needed on local band Good Enuff and Pittsburgh ‘80s band Glitz. There will also be a speaker on cyber-bullying at 1 p.m. Saturday and Fight Like A Girl will hold a seminar or two on Women's Self Defense. If anyone would like to help, speak, play or anything else, visit for contact information.

The annual Spring Grove Homecoming will held at 2:30 p.m. Sunday. There will be special music and a special message delivered by former resident, Ron Enos. If you have ever attended Spring Grove Chapel in the past, from time to time, or if you are a member, you are urged to attend and join the growing number of people who attend each year. All are welcome.

Aug. 26 is the first day of school for students in the Connellsville Area and Frazier school districts. The first holiday of the school year will be celebrated with a day off on Labor Day, Sept. 2.

The Dawson Volunteer Fire Co. will hold a cash bash from 1 to 5 p.m. Sept. 7. Only 333 tickets will be sold. A gun bash will be held from 1 to 5 p.m. Oct. 12. Anyone interested in purchasing tickets for either event, please see any firefighter for tickets.

The Lower Tyrone Men will hold its second meeting of the year at 9 a.m. Aug. 31 at Miedel's restaurant. There are a number of new pictures and the plans are to produce a second DVD with photos of Lower Tyrone Township, Raineytown and Jackson Hill. There are other pictures donated by Bill Colbert that will feature Dawson, Liberty and Dickerson Run. Pictures will include the YMCA in Dickerson Run and a Union Supply store in Raineytown. Colbert had a number of pictures in Galleytown, the area of the P&LE Railroad's Dickerson Run rail yard. Did you know that Black's store was once located in Galleytown? Black's store along with many homes were moved to Dickerson Run and Liberty. The new DVD will have up to 300 photos of the area. If you have pictures lying around in your attic that would depict the area and assist in the project, please call me at 877-443-1910 or e-mail me at Pictures will be copied and returned to you. All money received from the project will go to a charity in the area.

Flatwoods Community Picnic will be held Sept. 8 at Franklin Township Park. Sign-in begins at noon. Dinner is at 1 p.m. Please bring a covered dish and join in the fun. Meat and beverages will be provided. Musical entertainment will be provided by the Stewarts.

Connellsville's annual Mum Festival is scheduled for Sept. 7. Stop on down to Connellsville to enjoy all of the great food, visit various craft vendors and of course, purchase your beautiful fall Mums. If you or your organization would like to set up a craft, vending or food booth, visit

Registration is now open for The Running Dead! The fee is $25 for both runners and zombies who register before Oct. 13. Registration on the day of the event is $35. Prizes can be won by both runners and zombies. For more information and registration form, visit

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.

Until next time friends, take time to enjoy the summer weather and have a great week.

Beth Lynn is a Lower Tyrone Township resident.

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