Mt. Pleasant Glass and Ethnic Festival begins on Friday

| Tuesday, Sept. 24, 2013, 9:00 p.m.

It's finally here! The annual Mt. Pleasant Glass and Ethnic Festival starts on Friday and will last all weekend through Sunday evening. As always, the festival committee has a lot planned for the three days, including a big array of entertainment, lots of great food, activities, contests and more. The annual parade will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday. The festival will be open from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Friday and Saturday and from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Sunday. The big fireworks display will then end the festival on Sunday evening. Stop over for a great time to see old friends and make new memories. The festival will again be held around the gazebo area and on parts of Washington and Diamonds streets.

In recognition of Hunger Action Month, Diamond Pharmacy will host a food drive now through Sept. 30 in their store and will be collecting food to be donated to the Westmoreland Food Bank. The drive will also be held in the store during the glass festival, so stop over if you can. Also, the pharmacy will accept monetary donations, which will be given to the food bank.

Considering a gluten-free diet? Would you like to know how to deal with everyday life without wheat and its by-products? Starting at 7 p.m. Oct. 8 at Herbalicious on Main Street in Mt. Pleasant, you can get all this information and more. You'll talk with those who follow a gluten-free diet, get tips from a nutritional consultant, receive a coupon for your next store visit and sample the latest and best in GF food items. Call 724-542-9745 to reserve your seat. This meeting is sponsored by the Herbalicious Gluten-Free Living Support Group, which meets 7 p.m. every second Tuesday of the month at Herbalicious, 612 W. Main St., Mt. Pleasant. Anyone interested in the gluten-free lifestyle is encouraged to attend.

Don't lose your chance to visit the weekly Farmers Market and there is still time to stop over for some great fresh produce, homemade fudge or wonderful homemade bread. The market is held from noon to 6 p.m. every Wednesday in the parking area behind Levin's Furniture.

West Overton Museums extended its new photo contest and will accept photos for entry now through Dec. 31. Photos for the contest must be taken somewhere on the grounds of the West Overton villages and can be interior or exterior shots. All photos must be in color. For information on the contest, call 724-887-7910. Winners of the contest will be announced at a reception, which will be held in early 2014.

A local band titled Dirt Road Sunset has released a new CD titled “Waiting for the Sunrise.” All proceeds from the sales of the CDs will go to the Wounded Warrior Project. The new CDs, priced at $10 each, can be purchased by calling band founder George Estochin at 724-455-3369 or by sending a check or money order to George Estochin, P.O. Box 170, Melcroft, PA 15462.

The DAR House genealogical library is still open. Anyone wishing to stop in to do some research is welcome! The library will now be open from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesdays and from 10:30 to 2:30 p.m. Wednesdays now through October.

If you are thinking of participating in the Mt. Pleasant Farmers Market, there is still time to register. For more information, visit The market will operate now through Oct. 23.

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 you have but please mark it as recyclable.

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. Now you can recycle the lids of your pizza boxes. If you have more items than you have recycling containers, feel free to use any container; simply mark on the container that it is a recycle container. Next recycling days will be Monday and Tuesday.

Happy autumn to everyone — enjoy.

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Marilyn Forbes is a Mt. Pleasant resident.

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