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Tuesday, Nov. 26, 2013, 7:20 p.m.

The Salvation Army red kettles will soon be appearing at our local stores and outlets. Please think of those less fortunate and remember, every little bit helps.

The 24th annual Festival of Lights will begin Saturday and will feature more than 40 decorated trees on display, with most of them available for sale. The event will be held at the Braddock Trail Chapter house located at the corner of Church and Walnut streets. The event will be held from 1:30 to 9 p.m. Dec. 1, 6 and 7 and from 7 to 9 p.m. Dec. 5 and again from noon to 4 p.m. Dec. 8. Cost to tour the house will be $5 for adults and those under 12 will be admitted for free. Proceeds from the event will benefit the maintenance and restoration of the house.

The annual Mt. Pleasant Light the Night event will be held starting at 6 p.m. Sunday when the Nativity scene will be blessed and lit. Santa will also be making a visit with treats for all the kids.

Everyone can now vote for their favorite gingerbread house. There are 19 entries to vote on and all are located in the In-Town Shops or Levin Furniture. Votes for the people's choice will be accepted now through Dec. 7.

The new Mt. Pleasant Glass Museums is officially open and is located in the old Lenox Crystal building. Hours of operation are 11 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Monday through Saturday.

There is a big bingo coming up sponsored by the St. Pius X Christian Mothers and Holy Name Society. It will be held Dec. 1 at the St. Pius Social Hall. Doors open at noon with early bird games to begin at 1:45 p.m. Tickets for the bingo will be $25. Tickets can be purchased by calling 724-547-5269. Only 250 tickets will be sold.

You can now get your engraved bricks that will be placed at the new Viking Honor Court. Bricks can be ordered and placed in honor of or in memory of any former Viking and the proceeds will then go to the sports, fine arts or music area that you choose. The bricks are a great way to pay tribute to all Vikings and also act as a cool way to raise funding for the district. Order forms can be obtained at any school building office in the district or my visiting the school website.

The Mt. Pleasant Volunteer Fire Department is selling tickets for a 2013 Ford F-150 4X4 truck with supreme cab. The winning number will be based on the evening number that will be drawn on Dec. 25 on the Pennsylvania Lottery. Each ticket contains three four-digit numbers. The winner will receive a $500 gift card. Also, $100 will be awarded to the ticket holder whose ticket has the number that is one above and one below the winning number. Tickets are $20 and are going fast. Tickets can be purchased by calling 724-493-4576 or 724-953-5183. Tickets can also be purchased at the weekly Tuesday bingo that starts at 6:15 p.m. that is held at the Fireman's Club on Smithfield Street.

The West Overton Museums extended its new photo contest and will accept photos for entry now through the end of the year. 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 the museums at 724-887-7910. Winners of the contest will be announced at a reception that will be held in early 2014.

If you are a resident of the 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.

We are doing a great job recycling here 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 and not taped. You can recycle the lids of your pizza boxes too. If you have more items then 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 Dec. 9 and 10.

Marilyn Forbes is a resident of Mt. Pleasant.

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