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Free luncheon planned at St. John's

| Wednesday, April 17, 2013, 9:01 p.m.

A free luncheon will be held from 11:15 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. Sunday in St. John the Baptist's social hall, South Broadway, Scottdale. Those planning to attend should call 724-887-9550.

Everson Volunteer Fire Department will sell hoagies on Pittsburgh Street in Scottdale this weekend. Please support our local firefighters.

Spring is ready to show its warm weather face and that will mean parades. Have you thought about being a member of the great group, the Scottdale Victorian Ladies. You see them marching proudly in their lovely outfits and great hats. This group donates to various charities. For more information about the group, call Jayne Canose at 724-887-8682. Scottdale is very proud of this group and the work Jayne puts forth for its success. New members are always welcome.

The Southmoreland fifth- and sixth-grade chorus will sing the national anthem on Saturday when the Pittsburgh Pirates play the Braves at 7:05 p.m. at Heinz Field. There will be Andrew McCutchen Bobbleheads presented by Trib Total Media for the first 25,000 fans.

The Westmoreland-Fayette Council, Boy Scouts of America invites all to become its partner in the fight against hunger in Westmoreland and Fayette counties with its annual Scouting for Food drive to benefit the Westmoreland County Food Bank and the Fayette County Community Action Food Bank. Scouting for Food is a true community effort with the Boy Scouts of America teaming up with UPS, United Way of Westmoreland County, United Way of South Fayette, the two local food banks in each of those counties, churches, service clubs, businesses and schools to collect food for the needy. The annual food drive Collection Day will be April 27 in both Westmoreland and Fayette counties. Thousands of Scouts will be placing door hangars starting Saturday. The Scouts will collect bags of nonperishable food items from residents starting at 9 a.m. April 27. Residents should put bags out for pickup at 8:30 a.m. For more information on how you can help end hunger in your community, in Westmoreland County, call Louise Wilhelm at 724-468-8660, ext. 13, or visit; and in Fayette County, call Jamie Brink at 724-437-6050, ext. 1264, or visit For additional information, call the Scout Service Center in Greensburg at 724-837-1630.

“The Curious Savage” will be presented April 25 to 28 at the Geyer Performing Arts Center, 111 Pittsburgh St. Make it a dinner and show with a dinner reservation at Miss Martha's Tea Room, 165 Pittsburgh St., Scottdale, by calling 724-887-0887. You can enjoy dinner then walk a block to the theater afterwards.

The Medical Student Loan Program offered by the Westmoreland County Medical Society is accepting applications from juniors or seniors at accredited medical schools. Deadline to apply is May 15. For forms, contact the society at 231 S. Main St., Suite 207, Greensburg, PA 15601.

The Salvation Army Board of Directors meets on the fourth Tuesday of the month. The Connellsville-Scottdale Salvation Army is located on West Crawford Avenue, Connellsville. Its director is Mary McKnight. The office phone number is 724-628-2010. If you have a need for services, call above number; they are there to help you.

Mark your calendar so you do not miss Tanya Tucker perform at 8 p.m. May 3 at the Palace Theater, Greensburg. For more information or tickets, call 724-836-8000.

The Westmoreland County Property Tax / Rent Rebate applications are being accepted until June 30. You can get forms from the state Department of Revenue's district office, local Area Agencies on Aging, senior centers and state legislators offices. This rebate if for senior citizens age 65 and older or those age 50 and older who are widows and widowers.

Oh, I wish you could have been with me on St. Patrick's Day. I attended my church, Beulah Baptist Church in Smithfield, annual missionary and fellowship tea. The devotion period was conducted by Charlotte Tracy, Karen Tracy and Anita Vivio. The program was a “Singspiration of God's Pastors Singing.” Participating pastors were James Cherry Sr., Diane Hobson, Carl Jackson, Brian McLee and Marvin Wright. The music was inspirational and I just wanted to hear them sing all afternoon.

The missionary motto is “Wake Up, Sing Up, Preach Up, Pay Up, Pray Up, Stay Up and Never Give Up or Back Up, Let Up or Shut Up until the Kingdom of God in this Church and in the World is Built Up.”

The afternoon service was concluded with a repast and fellowship in the church dining room.

Readers, next time I will have to give you a heads up so you can join me.

Have a wonderful week of spring weather — I hope.

Patricia Walker is a Scottdale resident.

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