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Drive to benefit Westmoreland, Fayette food banks to kick off

| Wednesday, April 24, 2013, 9:01 p.m.

Hey readers, it's only eight months until Christmas. Isn't that exciting news (smile).

The Westmoreland-Fayette Council, Boy Scouts of America invites all to become their 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. The annual food drive Collection Day will be held Saturday in both Westmoreland and Fayette counties. The scouts will collect bags of nonperishable food items from residents starting at 9 a.m. Saturday. 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.

An organ concert with Michael Raishart Sr. will being at 7 p.m. Saturday at the Center Bethel Church of God, Alverton. For more information, call the church at 724-887-8259.

On Monday, the Laurel Art Club will meet at 7 p.m. at the Scottdale Public Library, 106 Spring St. If you are interested in becoming a member, call Ed Guest at 724-887-6212.

Calvin United Presbyterian Church, 311 Mulberry St., Scottdale, will hold a rummage sale from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. May 2 and 9 a.m. to noon May 3. A light lunch will be available.

On May 3, the Regional Family YMCA of Laurel Highlands will celebrate its 23rd annual Celebrity Golf Classic at Pleasant Valley Country Club. If you want to participate, get in touch with Bea Jarbeck-Burk at 724-547-9622.

The Connellsville-Scottdale Salvation Army Center will have a table at the Connellsville Yard Sale May 4. If you have items to donate, they can be left at the office at 300 W. Crawford Ave., Connellsville. For more information, call 724-628-2010.

The Regional Family YMCA has an outside walking trail and many other things that may surprise. Call 724-547-9622 for details on activities offered for all ages.

“A Mommy and Me Tea” will be held at 11 a.m. May 4 at Miss Martha's Tea Room, 165 Pittsburgh St., Scottdale. It will be great to enjoy a tea party with children or perhaps grandchildren. A keepsake will be made by all who attend.

The dog wardens will be checking to see if your dog is licensed now until June 1 through Westmoreland County. If your dog is 3 months old or older, it must have a license; call 724-830-3180 for more information. Licenses can be obtained at the Westmoreland County Treasurer's office, 2 N. Main St., Suite 110, Greensburg.

A thank you goes out to Leo Gismondi for being the Everson Borough representative to the Westmoreland/Fayette Municipal Sewage Authority for the volunteer hours you put in before you resigned. Rick Osniak was appointed to the vacated position. Good luck in your new job.

Pat Etling would like to hear from you if you have an interest in the Scottdale Senior Citizens Club which meets on Tuesday at the Scottdale Firemen's Social Club, Porter Ave.

For those who would need to get in touch with Everson Mayor Ruth Shannon, her new telephone number is 724-963-1175.

The Riverhounds have a home game at 7 p.m. May 9 and playing Phoenix FC Wolves at the Highmark Stadium. For tickets, visit or call 412-224-4900.

April 30 is the deadline to enter the contest to win a trip for four to Orlando, Fla., to see the Pittsburgh Power take on the Orlando Predators on June 22. Enter by visiting and click on the Power Contest of Pittsburgh to find the official entry form.

If you are 55 years old or older and interested in being a resident on South Broadway via Homes Build Hope, call 724-838-0752 to request an application to be sent to you.

A thank you to Alesia Chiarmonte for the time served on Scottdale Borough Council. Your resignation was taken with regret.

Readers, have a great spring week.

Patricia Walker is a Scottdale resident.

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