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Scottdale resident a prolific volunteer

| Wednesday, Oct. 9, 2013, 6:55 p.m.

Someone with 8,000-plus volunteer hours brings real meaning to the word “volunteer.” Mary Lou Stiltenpole, a Scottdale resident, has devoted those hours to Excela Frick Hospital. Kudos to you for your dedication.

A wellness check event will be held from 6:30 to 9:30 a.m. Saturday at Christ United Methodist Church, Scottdale. Event is sponsored by Excela Health and Scottdale Kiwanis. For more information, call 877-771-1234 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. weekdays. You are required to fast.

The Clarks perform a benefit concert for Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Laurel Region at 7 p.m. Saturday at The Palace Theatre, Greensburg. Tickets are $25 and available at or call 724-836-8000.

Scottdale Mennonite Church, 801 Market St., will hold a fundraising meal and auction Saturday. The meal (donations accepted) will begin at 5 p.m., followed by a bid auction at 7 p.m. A silent and Chinese auction will take place from 5 to 7 p.m. Various items will be offered at auction, including beach front house and lake-side condo rentals, meals and various gift baskets. Proceeds benefit the Bhutanese Nepali Christian Church of Pittsburgh, which is a newly forming Christian congregation of Bhutanese. Learn of how these refugees came to be in the Pittsburgh area. For more details about this event, call the church office at 724-887-7470.

A free electronics recycling event will be held from 8:30 a.m. to noon Saturday at the Westmoreland County Community College, 145 Pavilion Lane, Youngwood. Free electronics recycling is offered for all Westmoreland County residents. At the event, you can recycle the following types of covered electronics: desktop computers, laptops and tablets, servers and hard drivers, mobile devices, consumer electronics and computer accessories.

Uncle Charlies Bowling League needs bowlers for the coming season. The group has been in existence since 1950 and would like some new faces. To join, call Cel Rihel at 724-989-0864 or Randy at Yough Bowling Lanes in Connellsville at 724-628-1255.

YMCA Make A Difference Club is for students in sixth to eighth grades. Have fun with friends while making a difference in the community. The club is for youths who want to become involved members of the community. The club meets monthly to choose volunteer projects the group will develop, organize and follow through to completion. Projects are designed to benefit both the participants and the community. For more information, call Vicki Simon at 724-547-9622 or visit

The Laurel Highlands Six Shooter Amateur Radio Group is sponsoring a rabies clinic from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Oct. 19 at Tractor Supply, Crossroads Plaza, Mt. Pleasant. The rabies vaccination (three-year vaccine) cost $10 and distemper vaccination is $15 for cats and dogs. Shots will be administered by Dr. Laure Joseph. Have dogs on a leash.

The Aerobics and Fitness Association of America is offering a personal fitness trainer certification workshop from 1 to 9 p.m. Nov. 1 and 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Nov. 2 and 3 at the Regional Family YMCA. All information, including registration, materials and fees, can be found online at or call 800-923-2346. The YMCA does not register participants.

It's October, so it is leaf pick-up time by the Scottdale Borough street crew. Please bag your leaves and set them near the curb.

For all residents who are not putting their garbage in cans, it will have to be done in the future. It will eliminate “night creatures” which tear open garbage bags. So come on, get a garbage can and stop the mess.

The Connellsville-Scottdale Service Unit of the Salvation Army, 300 W. Crawford Ave., Connellsville, will accept applications for Christmas toys and food, by appointment only, starting Oct. 14. To submit an application, individuals must live in the following zip codes: 15612, 15622, 15425, 15431, 15631, 15446, 15462, 15464, 15469, 15679, 15683, 15688 and 15490. Proof of income, photo identification with current address and Social Security cards or birth certificate of children receiving toys are needed. For more information, call 724-628-2010.

Thank you to all the people who volunteer and an extra special thank you to the Scottdale volunteer firemen who participated in full gear in the first Fallen Heroes 5K run/walk held in memory of the 9-11 first responders 12 years ago.

Every day we congratulate volunteers in different capacities and know how important volunteers make organizations operate.

If you have time on your hands, and I know some of us do, check with the organizations of your choice and say “I'm here to volunteer my time.” It will be appreciated and you feel good for doing so.

Readers, enjoy our autumn season.

Patricia Walker is a Scottdale resident.

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