= Standard Bank announced the kick off of a "Walking for Wishes" campaign to benefit the Make-A-Wish Foundation. The campaign is in honor of John R. Henderson Jr., now retired after 32 years of service to the bank, and living his lifelong dream of walking the entire 2,200 mile Appalachian Trail. Standard Bank is hoping to make a difference in the lives of children with life-threatening medical conditions by asking bank associates and members of the community to make a monetary pledge for each mile that he walks.
= For the past 10 years, Standard Bank Associates have supported the Make-A-Wish Foundation. Since the bank began making donations, it has provided funding in the amount of $207,400 for a grand total of 61 wishes. The Make-A-Wish Foundation fulfills the wishes of children between the ages of 2-1/2 and 18 diagnosed with life-threatening medical conditions. Each child's wish is limited only by their imagination.
= Last year Standard Bank made a donation in the amount of $23,800 to the Make-A-Wish Foundation of Western Pennsylvania and Southern West Virginia. This amount was enough funding to fulfill the wishes of seven wish children. Dana LaVerde, AVP/manager of human resources said, "This is an amazing accomplishment all of us should take pride in. So many people inside and outside of the bank generously supported this year's campaign -- perhaps by lending a hand or two during a fund-raising event or by buying a lottery ticket. A sincere thank you is in order to our devoted board of directors, associates, family and friends, wonderful customers and local businesses by whose donations and efforts were able to make such a big difference in the lives of these wish children and their families."
= If you know of a child who could be referred to the Make-A-Wish Foundation, call 412-471-WISH.
=The Darlynn School of Dance and Gymnastics competed in the Encore Talent Productions regional competition held at Upper St. Clair High School in Pittsburgh with a total of 26 dancers performing 31 different routines. The performers ages ranged from 6 to 23. Together they brought home 12 High Gold trophies, 18 Gold trophies and one Silver trophy.
= An already established, successful restaurant business in Scottdale has branched out into another Scottdale location. Carson's Premier Catering is now operating from the location of the former Crooked Porch/Broadway Bistro at the corner of Pittsburgh Street and Broadway. Carson's Premier Catering will continue to cater the social hall events as well as house dinners for banquets, receptions, bereavement, first communion and wedding rehearsals, office parties, birthdays, graduations, retirement, holidays and more.
At the new location, up to five different events can be accommodated in the facility on the same day, in different rooms and in different seating arrangements. It can even host an event on the outside porch on a nice day! The new facility also holds room for a working kitchen and office space. The catering operation is operated by Tim and Jim Carson. They pride themselves in their different menus, each designed to accommodate your specific party theme.
Carson's Premier Catering recently hosted an open house "mixer" for the Laurel Highlands Chamber of Commerce and its membership. Everyone present was treated to an outstanding assortment of foods, topped off by a visit to the "chocolate fountain." Thanks, Tim and Jim, for treating us to such a great evening!
Information on Carson's Catering can be obtained by calling 724-887-7404 or by visiting the Web site at www.carsonscatering.com.
= Congratulations to Don Scott, a Mount Pleasant Township supervisor, who received an award at the second annual Smart Growth Partnership of Westmoreland County for his leadership with the Visioning Committee, a group of nearly 20 citizens dedicated to local environmental planning for the future.
= Brian R. Moreland of Greensburg has received the degree of doctor of chiropractic from Logan College of chiropractic in Chesterfield, Mo. Dr. Moreland was among 120 graduating students honored at the 142nd commencement of Logan College. He previously received a bachelor of science degree in life science from Logan and a bachelor of science degree in psychology from the University of Pittsburgh and holds an advanced proficiency rating in activator methods, a system of chiropractic adjusting. Moreland has joined the Fay-West Chiropractic Health Center in Mount Pleasant.
= Teams of enthusiastic community members will gather across southwestern Pennsylvania this summer for the American Cancer Society's Relay for Life 2004. During Relay for Life, walkers go around a local track for 24 hours to raise money for the battle against cancer. This celebration of life and survivorship brings numerous groups and individuals concerned about cancer together in a unified effort to fight back. Locally, Relay for Life is schedule for July 17 to 18 at Regional Family YMCA of Laurel Highlands.
= Relay for Life is a unique fund-raising event that allows participants from all walks of life -- including patients, medical support staff, corporations, civic organizations, churches and community volunteers -- to join together as one in the fight against cancer. Relay for Life reminds us that progress has been made in the battle against this disease, and that everyone who participates is making a difference. Relay for Life pays tribute to local cancer survivors (anyone who has ever been diagnosed with cancer) with a Survivors Victory Lap, as well as through the Luminaria ceremony, which is held after dark. During this ceremony, luminarias line the track and are left burning throughout the night to remind participants of the incredible importance of cancer survivors and those who have lost the battle against the disease. Both the Survivors Victory Lap and the Luminaria Ceremony are emotional times that set the stage for the importance of each participant's contribution.
For more information on how to form a team or become involved in Relay for Life, call 1-800-ACS-2345 or visit www.cancer.org.
= Sign ups continue for the Mount Pleasant Township sponsored learn-to-swim program at Mount Pleasant Area High School pool. To sign your child up for this program, call 724-423-6812. The program is free and open to area children June 7 through July 16.
= Norvelt Emergency Medical Service is currently conducting its annual subscription drive. For more information or if you did not receive subscription information, call 724-423-7044.
= The Emergency Department at Frick Hospital is organizing a 5K walk-run in order to raise money for a child of an employee who is fighting a battle with leukemia. The Race for Cody will be held on June 12 beginning at 8:30 a.m. Monetary donations are being sought as well as gift certificates for drawings/raffles. Make checks payable to Race for Cody, Frick Emergency Room, 508 S. Church St., Mount Pleasant, PA 15666, Attention: Carey Yoder or Lori King.
= The 2004 Quilt Show will be held at West Overton Museums from June 1 through July 2. The show features professional judging and prizes in five quilt categories: pieced, applique, other techniques, collaborative and the challenge quilt contest. A quilt appraisal day is scheduled for June 12. For information, call 724-887-7910.
= The Laurel Highlands Foundation Inc. will be hosting a golf outing at the Donegal Highlands Golf Course on June 26. The event will be a four-man scramble with an 11 a.m. shotgun start. The cost per person is $60 and includes golf, cart, light lunch at the turn and a buffet dinner. Cash prizes will be awarded for first and second place as well as door, raffle and skill prizes. For more information, call 724-547-2245, ask for John or Bob.
= Congratulations to all of the volunteers who were honored recently by Frick Hospital for their devoted service to the hospital. During the past year, 125 volunteers gave 19,403 hours of service to the hospital.
= The Rotary Club of Mount Pleasant is to be commended for its recent donation of a portable heart defibrillator for the Mount Pleasant Senior Citizens' Center. The rotary met there recently and were treated to lunch and a gift bag of the center's famous homemade noodles. Rep. James E. Shaner provided cake and ice cream for dessert. The purchase was funded through a District 7330 Simplified Grant, a grant offered by District Rotary to help clubs fund projects for their communities or on a wider scale.
= Congratulations to West Overton Museums and Scottdale Area Chamber of Commerce who were each named as recipients of one of the latest Westmoreland County Tourism Grants. The museum's grant of $4,500 will be used for marketing the museums through newspaper, radio and billboard campaigns for specific events such as the Quilt Show and Civil War Living History Weekend. The chamber's grant of $3,500 will be used to produce and distribute a self-guided walking tour brochure for this quaint downtown with a rich history.
= Mount Pleasant Wal-Mart recently presented a $1,000 check to Norvelt Elementary School Principal, Dan Landy. The "Wal-Mart Good Works" award was presented after customer balloting and review by Wal-Mart management. Landy plans to spend the award at the Mount Pleasant Wal-Mart store to purchase items from a wish list for the elementary school in Norvelt.
= Memorial bricks are, and will always be, available for placement in the eternal memorial at Mount Pleasant Volunteer Fire Department's Central Station on South Church Street. These bricks can be a lasting memorial for family members, veterans, friends, groups or organizations. There is a fee of $50 per brick. Application forms are available at Central Fire Station. For information or forms, call 724-547-8501.
The fourth annual Summer Fun Day will be held from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. June 5 at Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, 822 W. Main St., Mount Pleasant. The members of Good Shepherd extend a personal invitation to everyone in the community to enjoy a beautiful day of fun in the sun. There will be activities for all ages, games, prizes, snacks, hot dogs, and drinks, and everything is FREE. Information 724-547-5941.
= Standard Bank employees from the Scottdale office recently presented a program to second- and third-grade students at St. John the Baptist School in recognition of Pennsylvania Community Banking Week.
= Mount Pleasant Borough is still accepting donations for its summer music series. The 2004 series was kicked off on May 16 with a concert sponsored by Medic 10. Donations can be sent to Mount Pleasant Borough, clearly marked as donations to the summer concerts.
= Although the Veterans Wall spaces have all been taken, you may still buy a brick in the sidewalk area of the Veterans Park extension. Forms are available at the Borough Building. Bricks sell for $50 each and may be purchased in honor or in memory of someone or by clubs and organizations. Checks are to be made payable to Mount Pleasant Borough Veteran's Park. Visa and Mastercard are also accepted.
= The Scottdale Area Chamber of Commerce sponsors "Lunch in the Park," one Tuesday each month. You can bring your own bag lunch or buy your lunch from one of several groups participating.