Dawson firemen hosting cash bash

| Saturday, Aug. 31, 2013, 12:01 a.m.

The Dawson Volunteer Fire Co. is selling tickets for a Cash Bash to be held from 1 to 5 p.m. Saturday. Tickets are $20 each, and each ticket has three numbers. The fire company is selling tickets for a Gun Bash to be held from 1 to 5 p.m. Oct. 12. These tickets are $20. Tickets can be purchased from Dawson VFC firefighters at the Dairy Store in Dawson, at Tri-Town Market or Sweet Peas, both in Vanderbilt, or at any of Dawson Volunteer Fire Company's Tuesday night bingo games. For more information, call 724-415-6102.

Flatwoods Community Picnic will be held on Sunday at Franklin Township Park. Sign-in begins at noon, and dinner will be served 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 Saturday. Stop on down to Connellsville to enjoy all of the great food, visit various craft vendors and of course, purchase beautiful fall mums. If you or your organization would like to set up a craft, vending or food booth, visit www.downtownconnellsville.org.

The Connellsville Community Center Flea Market returns Friday, Saturday and Sunday; call 724-626-0300 for more information. Fees for sellers are $10 per day or $25 for the weekend.

Area food bank distribution dates for September are:

• East Liberty Presbyterian Church from 10 a.m. until noon Sept. 12.

• Produce for the People, Fayette County Fairgrounds from 10 a.m. until noon Sept. 12; registration begins at 8:30 a.m.

• Leisenring Presbyterian Church from 8:30 until 10:30 p.m. Sept. 18.

Please remember that donations and volunteers are always welcome and deeply appreciated.

The Tri-Town Community Crime Watch group will meet at 7 p.m. Sept. 16 at the Vanderbilt Borough Building.

Registration is now open for The Running Dead! event. 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, visit www.downtownconnellsville.org/Zombie-Run.html.

I would like to take this opportunity to say “Thank You” to several area residents who are always taking the time to volunteer for various groups in our community. Thank you, Nonnie Colbert, for your hard work and dedication to the Dawson Volunteer Fire Co. Those of you who know Nonnie know that the only thing that means more to her than our small town fire company is her family. Whenever the fire company needs her, she is there. She handles its fundraising events like a professional. She takes care of planning, scheduling and seeing to fruition every fundraising event the fire company holds. She also handles banquets, dinners, etc. with a smile on her face. Many of you bring your children and grandchildren to the events that the fire company sponsors at Halloween, Christmas and Easter. Nonnie, following in the footsteps of her late father, Ted Herbert, handles them all. Her dedication and love for the Dawson Volunteer Fire Company is unsurpassed. When you see Nonnie out and about, give her a pat on the back or a hug and thank her for all that she does to help keep our fire company rolling along.

Duane King is another resident and volunteer who will go above the limit for any group he volunteers for. Many of you know him as the guy who has the used furniture store in Vanderbilt, but Duane goes so much deeper. He volunteers constantly for the East Liberty Presbyterian Church monthly food pantry. He also does volunteer work for the Dawson-Perryopolis Branch of the Salvation Army. He handles a number of projects for the service unit with a smile on his face and in his heart. Can you imagine just how dull our hometown would be without folks like these? When you see them, please, stop and say Thank you. Let them know that their hard work and dedication is appreciated. If you know of someone who needs to be recognized, let me know. We need to celebrate our residents who volunteer many hours of work in our area.

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

Keep smiling, and have a great Labor Day holiday.

Beth Lynn is a Lower Tyrone Township resident.

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