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Traveling by Jeep, boat and foot, Tribune-Review investigative reporter Carl Prine and photojournalist Justin Merriman covered nearly 2,000 miles over two months along the border with Mexico to report on coyotes — the human traffickers who bring illegal immigrants into the United States. Most are Americans working for money and/or drugs. This series reports how their operations have a major impact on life for residents and the environment along the border — and beyond.

Wednesday, Dec. 26, 2012, 8:57 p.m.

A Three Rivers Classic college hockey tournament will be held for men's Division I at 4 p.m. Friday and Saturday in Consol Energy Center, Pittsburgh. For tickets, visit Ticketmaster at or call 800-745-3000.

Dog licenses are available in the treasurer's office at the Westmoreland County Courthouse in Greensburg. If the dog is older than 3 months, it must be licensed by Jan. 1. Visit for more information or call 800-442-6926 or 724-830-3180.

A “Dolly and Me Tea” will be held at 2 p.m. Jan. 26 in Miss Martha's Tea Room, 165 Pittsburgh St., Scottdale. Bring your favorite doll to the tea party. There will be a game and a craft for all the young ladies. For more information, call 724-887-6574.

Southmoreland High School junior Paige Bowman will journey to Haiti in February with a soccer ball in hand. Thank you, Paige, for sharing your talent with others so far from home.

Remember the Scottdale Public Library in the coming year and give a one-time gift or become a support member or a member of the Founders Club. For more information, call 724-887-6140. The library always can use your help.

Looking for a great cause to give a donation to? The Scottdale police vehicle fundraiser can be the one. The Tottie Kiefer Foundation started the giving, and Mayor Chuck King has donated his 2012 and 2013 salaries to the cause. For more information, call the borough at 724-887-8220. And thank you to all the police officers who protect the residents of Scottdale.

Volunteers are always needed for the Jacobs Creek Area Faith in Action. Its services enable senior citizens to remain in their homes independently. All interested people may call 724-542-4117 or email Melaney Hegyes is the director.

On Dec. 8, I attended two programs. The Women's Ministry at Payne AME Church in Connellsville held its Christmas party. A delicious meal was served. Christmas-themed games were played, a Chinese auction was conducted, and my cousin Karen Tracy sang.

A Christmas dinner theater was held at the YWBA Christian Center in Uniontown. The Rev. Gwendolyn Nichols told the Christmas story. Sunday school students from Antioch Baptist, McCellandtown; Beulah Baptist, Smithfield; First Baptist Church, Ronco; Mt. Calvary Baptist, Fairchance; Mt. Hermon Baptist, Morgantown, W.Va.; Mt. Olivet, Clairton; Mt. Rose Baptist, Uniontown; Mt. Zion Baptist, Leckrone; Rocky Mount Baptist, Connellsville; United Baptist, Connellsville; and Union Baptist, New Salem all participated in the program. Karen Tracy sang a solo. Dinner was served. The Rev. Mary Baker and the Rev. Gwendolyn Nichols conducted a candlelight service. A poinsettia presentation for shut-ins was conducted by Mary Alyce Menefee. All present sang “Silent Night” at the closing. It was a great Saturday of pre-Christmas programs.

Readers, enjoy the remaining days of December. Let's look forward to 2013 as a healthy, happy, wealthy year.

Patricia Walker is a Scottdale resident.

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