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Applications being accepted for Salvation Army baskets

| Sunday, Oct. 13, 2013, 9:00 p.m.

On Wednesday and Thursday, Barb Wilhelm and I will be at the Dawson Volunteer Fire Hall, Galley Street, Dawson, taking applications for Salvation Army Christmas baskets and toys. We will be accepting applications from 9 a.m. until noon both days. A list of areas covered by this year's program will be published in the near future, but suffice it to say that if you signed up with us last year, you will sign up at out location again this year. Please remember to bring with you, proof of address (a utility bill, etc.), identification, Social Security card numbers for all family members and proof of income.

Tyrone Presbyterian Church, located on Jim Town Road, just off Route 819 (Dawson-Scottdale Road) will be hold a dinner offering soup, bread, dessert and beverage from 4 until 6 p.m. Saturday. The cost is a donation, whatever your heart tells you to give. All the food is homemade and is available to eat in or takeout.

DL&V Volunteer Fire Department of Vanderbilt is currently selling tickets for a gun bash to be held on Saturday. See any firefighter for tickets or stop by the Tri-Town Market and pick one up.

Lower Tyrone Township has scheduled fall clean-up day for Oct. 24. This is the regular pick-up day for the township. Items that will not be picked up are computers, TVs, paint/paint cans or refrigerators unless the Freon is removed. For more information about items they will not pick up, call the township office at 724-529-2810.

Dawson Volunteer Fire Co. will hold its annual Fund Drive on Oct. 19 and Nov. 2. They will be traveling door to door throughout Dawson and Lower Tyrone Township asking for your help. Please be as generous as you can. If you will not be at home or if you just prefer to mail your donation, you can do so by making a check or money order payable to Dawson Volunteer Co. and mailing it to Dawson VFC, Attention Fund Drive, P.O. Box 342, Dawson, PA 15428.

The Dawson/Lower Tyrone Honor Roll Committee has a limited number of souvenir books of the dedication of the new monument for sale at $10 each. They make a great gift for anyone associated with or on the new honor roll. They can be mailed anywhere in the United States at no extra charge. They are available at the Dawson Post Office or call 724-529-7298.

Waltersburg Church on Route 51 in Waltersburg will hold its monthly Clothes Closet from 10 a.m. until 1 p.m. Saturday and will give away free clothes, shoes and other items. They don't care where you live or what your income is, if you are in need you are welcome, but ID is required.

Hey folks, remember that October is Fire Prevention Month. It is time to check those batteries in that smoke detector hanging on the wall. Make sure that you replace the batteries and test the detector to be sure it is working properly. If you haven't had your furnace checked out yet, now might be a good time to do that. If you use a wood burner or coal furnace, please remember to have your chimney cleaned and checked for cracks. Remember to have an escape plan from your home, in case of emergency and practice it at least once a month with your family. Remember to be cautious when burning candles, cooking and smoking. Make sure that all flames are extinguished before leaving the house or going to bed. One or two ABC Fire extinguishers might be a good investment. I don't mean to preach, but preventing fires is an important safety measure. The weather is mild, right now, but that will soon change and those furnaces will be kicking on. If you use portable heaters of any kind, use extra caution. Keep them at least 18 inches away from walls, furniture and curtains. Be safe, not sorry.

A special thank you goes out to the following volunteers this week: Doug Butler and Steve Swiger of the Dawson Volunteer Fire Co. These two guys are always there when needed. They are dedicated, well trained members and do whatever it takes to help keep the fire company running smoothly. I'd like to thank Maureen Gollihue for her dedication to the East Liberty Presbyterian Church food bank. She has been a dedicated volunteer there for years and does whatever she can to help. A thank you to Lori Lamanna, who is a faithful volunteer with the Tri-Town Historical Society. Volunteers are the backbone of our community and they are the people who help make our hometown a great place to live. Thank you, one and all.

That's it for this week folks. 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.

Keep smiling and have a great week.

Beth Lynn is a Lower Tyrone Township resident.

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