Scotties to meet Steelers on volleyball court
The Scotties vs. Steelers volleyball match-up will be March 25 at Southmoreland High School's gymnasium. Tickets are $7 and can be purchased at the high school's front office or from a volleyball player. Tickets will be available at the event.
• Mark your calendar for April 11 for the 13th annual Healthy Kids Day at the Regional Family YMCA, Mt. Pleasant. Booths are available for individuals or groups representing health, safety, the environment, fitness and related topics. The event is for preschoolers, parents and teachers. Call Bea Jarbeck-Burk for more information at 724-547-9622.
• Westmoreland County Community College, Youngwood campus, seeks to offer new classes to the community. If you would like to share a skill with others, complete a course proposal. Visit www.wccc.edu/ceproposal to receive a form and for more information. Also, the college will hold summer sports camps in June and July. Register by calling 729-925-4204 or 800-262-2103, ext. 4204.
• Kid Stitch classes will be offered from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. Saturday at Scottdale Public Library on Spring Street. For more information, call Carolyn Bailey at 724-887-0952.
• Scottdale Rotary Club will offer its annual health-awareness screening from 7 to 10 a.m. Saturday at Trinity United Methodist Church at Mulberry and Hickory streets. The multi-phase program is $42 and includes a chemistry and lipid panel and a complete blood count (39 separate tests). Optional tests are available. Participants must fast for 10 hours and rrefrain from alcohol for 24 hours. For more information, call 800-524-3414.
• For the first time, the Scottdale parks commission will hold a snowman-building contest at 11 a.m. Saturday in Loucks Park as a family/group competition. There is no registration or fee. Certificates will awarded to people whose snowmen are voted as favorites.
• The Connellsville-Scottdale Salvation Army Board of Directors will meet at noon Tuesday at Bud Murphy's Sports Bar and Restaurant, Connellsville. If you have an interest in becoming a member, call Director Mary McKnight at 724-628-2010.
• Scottdale Kiwanis Club will hold a Dining to Donate event at Applebee's, 110 Countryside Plaza, East Huntingdon, from 11 a.m. until midnight Sunday. Fifteen percent of a customer's bill during that time will be donated to the Eliminate Project — a joint venture of Kiwanis International and UNICEF to eliminate maternal and neonatal tetanus. Customers will need a flier, which can be obtained from a Kiwanis member, to participate in the Dining to Donate event.
• The Pennsylvania Medical Society Alliance, in conjunction with The Foundation of the Pennsylvania Medical Society, will offer multiple $2,500 scholarships to Pennsylvania residents attending an accredited Pennsylvania medical school full-time as a second- or third-year student. Applications must be postmarked by Feb. 28. Candidates also must submit two reference letters; verification of medical school enrollment on school letterhead; and an essay describing the applicant's vision for the future of Pennsylvania medicine. For an application, call the foundation at 717-558-7852 or visit www.foundationpamedsoc.org.
• The Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission is recruiting 4,000 customers to serve as volunteers for the Turnpike Traveler Advisory Panel. The new program aims for turnpike users to provide direct feedback on issues, from road quality to overall satisfaction and future initiatives.
The panel research community will be made up of commercial and passenger customers reflecting the Commission's customer base across the 550-plus-mile system. Participants will contribute to research studies throughout and earn rewards for their time and effort. To learn more about joining, visit www.paturnpike.com.
• Deepest sympathy to the family of Garnet E. Welty. Her sunny personality will be missed. She was a frequent rider on the Westmoreland Transit bus despite her using a wheelchair. She never complained about her disability.
• Students, the Daily Courier would love to receive your weather drawings of any season or weather condition. Make sure your name, school and hometown is on the back of the drawing. For more information, call 724-626-3530.
• February is National Pie Month. It really gives you a reason to enjoy more pie and maybe to experiment with a new pie flavor.
• Dial 2-1-1 if you need help in information referrals or resources in the community, utility assistance, help with health insurance enrollment, child care, volunteering, senior care, mortgage or rent assistance or free tax preparation. If 2-1-1 does not work from your phone, call 888-553-5778.
• Mark your calendar for March 29, when the 2014 Jacobs Creek Faith in Action dinner and show will be held at the Scottdale Firemen's Club, 405 Porter Ave. For more information, call 724-542-4117 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. As always, I am asking readers to volunteer their time to this great organization. You will help senior citizens live independently in their homes.
• The story of Black History Month begins in 1915, half a century after the 13th Amendment abolished slavery in the United States. That September, the Harvard-trained historian Carter G. Woodson and prominent Minister Jesse E. Moorland founded the Association for the Study of Negro Life and History — an organization dedicated to researching and promoting achievements by black Americans and other peoples of African descent. Known today as the Association for the Study of African American Life and History, the group sponsored a national Negro History week in 1926, choosing the second week of February to coincide with the birthdays of Abraham Lincoln and Frederick Douglass. The event inspired schools and communities nationwide to organize local celebrations, establish history clubs and host performances and lectures. Did You Know the National Association for the Advancement Colored People was founded on Feb. 12, 1909, the centennial anniversary of the birth of Abraham Lincoln? Information was taken from www.history.com/topics/black-history/black-history-month.
• I have been a resident of Scottdale most of my life. It is a great place to live and to bring up your children. We are the last borough in Westmoreland County. Just journey to a big bridge and you are entering Everson, Fayette County. The beauty about the Scottdale community is the friendliness of the people; their concern about their neighbors, young and old; the desire to help; and the support that parents and grandparents give to their children in everything they do at school. We have local businesses that allow you to shop in town and many churches to choose from for your weekly worship. Also, there is a beautiful new library to visit, a hometown drug store that knows you name and the Geyer Performing Arts Center where you can enjoy performances put on by local talent.
Readers. Appreciate Scottdale because it is wonderful community.
Patricia Walker is a Scottdale resident.