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Friends of Scottdale Public Library to meet March 7

| Wednesday, Feb. 27, 2013, 6:18 p.m.

The Friends of the Library will meet at 6 p.m. March 7 at the Scottdale Public Library, Spring Street. New members are always welcome. For more information, call 724-887-6140.

The Scottdale Senior Citizens organization will meet at noon Tuesday at the Scottdale Firemen's social hall, Porter Avenue. For more information, call Pat Etling at 724-628-8319. You can receive a nice lunch, and usually there is a speaker.

Hoagies can be purchased this weekend from the Scottdale Volunteer Fire Department firefighters. Just look for the familiar fire truck.

Veterans, you can travel to the Donegal area for a ride to medial appointments at the VA's University Drive and H.J. Heinz campuses in Pittsburgh. The Somerset County Veterans Affairs office can tell you about scheduling, call 814-445-1551.

Congratulations to Rotarians Ralph Geary and Frank Stoner for being members of that organization for 50 years. It is a great community organization that meets at the Woodcrest Senior Living Community at noon every Tuesday. For more information about this organization, call Geary at 724-887-9768.

The In Lincoln's Footsteps contest is open to any high school student who will be in 10th-12th grade during the 2013-14 academic school year and is enrolled in a public, parochial, private, charter or home school within the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. Students have until April 1 to submit a 270-word speech reflecting a contemporary perspective and personal commentary on one or more of the themes articulated by Lincoln in his Gettysburg Address. Themes may include freedom, bravery, sacrifice, dedication and national purpose. For rules of the contest, visit The winner of the contest will receive a $5,000 scholarship, professional speech presentation training, and an all-expenses paid trip to Gettysburg, Pennsylvania for Dedication Day 2013.

A belated congratulations to Krista Gonofsky for winning the big prize of a television sponsored by the Scottdale Area Chamber of Commerce “12 Days of Giveaways” during the last holiday season.

Readers, don't toss the manufacturer coupons that you are not using. Trinity United Methodist Church, Mulberry Street, Scottdale, takes these coupons and sends them to service personnel. For more information, call 724-887-4660.

The Everson Boy Scout Troop No. 160 will hold a pancake breakfast from 7 a.m. to noon March 9 at the Everson Volunteer Fire Department's social hall. Tickets are $5 for adults, $3 for children ages 6 to 12 and children age 5 and younger eat free. Tickets are available from any troop member or at the door.

We have had interesting weather throughout January and into February. As I tell you every week — think spring, big time.

Glenn and Carole Johnson of Greensburg have been very good friends of the Scottdale Public Library. They have given a fundraising challenge. The library's “Love Your Library” campaign drive is going on. The library is selling hearts for $5 a piece that will be put in its windows along with other fundraisers. The fundraising goal is $15,000. If this goal is met, the Johnsons will donate $4,600 to the library. This is in honor of their late daughter, Beth Ann Johnson, who lost her life in the terrorist bombing of Pan Am Flight 103 over Lockerbie, Scotland, nearly 25 years ago. Her birthday is March 24. This will be the day a celebration will be held where the public can come in to the library and have a piece of cake and refreshments as a way for library officials to express thanks to everyone who has donated to the library.

Frank Kapr Funeral Home, 417 W. Pittsburgh St., Scottdale, will host a Free Elder Law and Estate Planning seminar at its location from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. March 19. The session is open to everyone in the Scottdale and Everson areas. During this informative seminar, Attorney Colleen Bratkovich of the law firm Zacharia & Brown, P.C. of McKeesport will provide crucial information about the basics of elder law, estate planning, Medicare and Medicaid benefits and veterans benefits. Attorney Tyler Jones of Irwin will also be in attendance to answer questions about Medicare, Medicaid and veterans benefits. To reserve your spot, call the funeral home at 724-887-6110.

Have a wonderful week.

Patricia Walker is a Scottdale resident.

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