Looking ahead as we begin the new year

| Tuesday, Jan. 8, 2013, 8:56 p.m.

I would like to wish everyone a happy 2013! I hope that everyone had a wonderful and safe New Year's Eve. We can now all look upon the holiday's end as a new start of a fresh new year.

For those of you who have live Christmas trees but do not know what to do with them, fear not, Mt. Pleasant, Scottdale and Youngwood all offer recycling for trees. Trees can be dropped off from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Monday through Friday, now through Jan. 31 at the Mt. Pleasant Street Department building; from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. now through Jan. 31 at the Greenridge Reclamation site; and from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m., now through Jan. 18 at the Youngwood Borough maintenance building.

The new glass exhibit is free and open to visit from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursdays and Saturdays, 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Fridays and noon to 4 p.m. Sundays at the In-Town-Shops along Main Street in Mt. Pleasant. The exhibit features some wonderful glassware from Bryce Brothers, L.E. Smith Glass and Lenox Crystal. Stop in, see the glass and enjoy the wonderful history.

The Mt. Pleasant Glass Museum is officially accepting membership. The money generated from the members will keep the facility open and will hopefully help to transform the exhibit into a permanent museum — one that can be enjoyed by visitors and residents for years to come. Membership forms are available at the exhibit and in other locations in town.

While we are on the subject of the glass exhibit, volunteers are being sought to help with the running of the show. Only a few hours are needed from those who would like to be a part of this new adventure into the highlighting of the town's history.

Interested parties can stop in and inquire about needed dates and times.

If you like to play bingo then head over to the weekly night of bingo held at the Mt. Pleasant Firemen's club every Tuesday night. Doors open at 5 p.m. with the bingo to begin at 6. All proceeds from the bingo go to the fire department, who greatly need the funding, so grab your bingo daubers and head over.

The Visitation Finance Council is sponsoring an All You Can Eat Pancake, Egg, Sausage Breakfast from 8 a.m. to noon on Jan. 20 at the Visitation Community Center on Walnut Street in Mt. Pleasant. Cost is $6 for adults, $3 for children 10 and under; toddlers are free. Buckwheat cakes and takeout will be available.

A great way to start the new year is by donating blood, and a few local blood drives will be held in the upcoming month. There will be a blood drive held from noon to 6 p.m. on Jan. 16 at Christ United Methodist Church located at 203 Market St. in Scottdale. There will be another blood drive from 1 to 7 p.m. Jan. 28 at the Youngwood Fire Hall, located at the corner of Second and Chestnut streets. All types are needed. Your donation will be greatly appreciated.

The annual donation letters from the Mt. Pleasant library were recently mailed to residents in the borough. Please try to contribute to our local facility. Funding has been severely cut over the years and they could greatly use the help of the community.

The monthly food pantry will be held from 9 to 10:30 a.m. on the last Tuesday of every month at the Mt. Pleasant Church of God. There is also a clothes pantry open at that time and all items are free of charge.

If you are a resident of Mt. Pleasant Township, your monthly recycling date will be the first Thursday of a full week of each month. If you do not have a container from your recycling company, use any container that you have, but please mark it as recyclable.

Speaking of recycling, there is now a paper recycle bin located outside of the Shop Demo Depot in the borough. The paper is recycled.

We are doing a great job recycling in the borough, so let's keep it up. Items that can be recycled include glass, plastics, cans, newspapers, phone books, magazines, junk mail, cardboard that has been folded, bundled and tied, not taped. Remember, no pizza boxes. If you have more items than you have recycling containers, you can feel free to use any container that you have for items. Simply mark on the container that it is a recycle container. The next recycling days will be Monday and Tuesday.

Marilyn Forbes is a Mt. Pleasant resident.

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