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Tri-Town Community Crime Watch to meet at Dawson VFC

| Sunday, Nov. 17, 2013, 9:00 p.m.

Tri-Town Community Crime Watch will meet at 7 tonight at the Dawson Volunteer Fire Company, Galley Street, Dawson. All area residents are urged to attend. Light refreshments will be served.

Leisenring Presbyterian Church will hold its monthly food distribution from 8:30 to 10:30 a.m. Wednesday. Please remember to bring a box, basket or crate to carry your items home. As always, volunteers and donations are appreciated.

The Morrell Volunteer Fire Department is offering free admission to its Sunday evening bingo game. On Nov. 24, you will be admitted free if you bring a new toy to be donated to a program that helps to make Christmas a little brighter for area children.

On Dec. 7, Morrell VFD will hold a toy bash. Tickets at $5 each are available at various locations in the area. You can also get one at its weekly bingo games or from any Morrell VFD firefighter. Two types of tickets are available: one for boys and one for girls.

Dawson Volunteer Fire Co. is selling tickets for a Christmas bash on Dec. 8. Tickets at $20 each can be purchased at several area businesses or at any of the fire company's Tuesday evening bingo games or late-night games, which are held on the first and third Saturdays of every month. You can also contact any member for tickets.

The Brownfield Community Center is taking reservations for its “Breakfast with Santa” event on Dec. 14. Fee for the event is $5 per person. Reservations must be made by Dec. 7. Call 724-529-2930 or stop by the community center.

Just a “heads up” for area parents: Next week is Thanksgiving, and area schools will take a little break for the holiday. Frazier School District will have a two-hour early dismissal on Nov. 27. All Connellsville Area and Frazier district schools will be closed from Nov. 28 through Dec. 2. Classes will resume on Dec. 3.

With Thanksgiving, it means Christmas is just around the corner. Christmas is supposed to be a happy time of year for families, but that is not always the case. Many families struggle, day to day, just to make ends meet, and when Christmas comes, they are troubled and depressed because they can't do the things they wish they could for their families, especially their children.

You can help. Many organizations are taking donations of toys, clothing, food, etc. to help needy families have a happier Christmas season. Many area businesses, including the Daily Courier, are collecting donations of toys for the Marine Corps' annual Toys for Tots campaign. Most Salvation Army service units and many area churches are accepting donations of food, clothing and toys for area families, and of course, area schools are accepting donations for Operation Shoebox, a program that makes Christmas a little brighter for children in other countries.

Won't you please consider helping the less fortunate this Christmas season? You don't have to make a huge donation. Every little bit helps those in need, and the warm feeling you get from helping others will last well past the holidays.

The Dawson/Lower Tyrone Honor Roll Committee has just a few more souvenir programs from the dedication ceremony. When they are gone, we cannot get more printed. They make a great gift for anyone associated with any of the three monuments. Copies are available from any committee member or at the Dawson post office. They are $10 each and can be mailed anywhere in the United States for no extra charge.

Have you heard the (new) High Ryder Band? If not, you are in for a real treat. The addition of father and son Andy and Andrew Hresko and an updated playlist have brought the band great reviews. You can hear them at the Youngwood Fire Hall, Carmichaels Activity Center on Nov. 29 or the Hopwood AMVETS on Nov. 30. You can also join the band for a great New Year's Eve party at Dawson Fire Hall.

If you have an item for this column, give me a call at 724-529-7927, email 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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