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Perry residents reminded to use 911 addresses

| Monday, Feb. 17, 2003

Here it is friends, another week has come and gone and we're still in the freezer. Can you remember when we last had a winter this cold and snowy• Ah well, only 31 days until the first day of Spring! Let me tell you, I can hardly wait. Who would have ever thought that we would be praying for the temperature to hit freezing, or that we would actually consider anything over freezing as a heat wave• No matter, there is a lot of activity taking place in our hometown area over the next few weeks to keep us busy.

Before I get down to the nitty gritty, I have to apologize to Clyde and Grace Herbert of Vanderbilt. I was told that their anniversary was on Feb. 25. Wrong! Mr. and Mrs. Herbert celebrated their 62nd wedding anniversary on Feb. 15! Sorry folks! We still wish you all of the best that life has to offer, and we still want to see you as happy on your 75th anniversary as you are today.

This is a notice to parents of children in the Connellsville Area School District; there will be no school on Friday, Feb. 28. This will be an Act 80 Day, and as such, students will not have class on that day.

Notice to residents of Perryopolis and surrounding areas. The postmaster of Perryopolis has asked that you start using your new 911 city-style address immediately! There have been a number of instances where mail has been delivered to the wrong person recently, and this is due to the fact that the 911 addresses are not being used. Although the majority of area residents have made the change, many have not and this is causing a lot of confusion for mail carriers as well as emergency personnel. There are many families in the Perryopolis area with the same last name or similar names and it would be much easier for the mail carrier to be able to rely on the use of names and addresses, not just names, to deliver the mail. You should also make sure that your correct 911 address is displayed in an area outside of your home where it can be clearly seen from the road. This will make it much easier for emergency personnel to find you if necessary.

You may have heard that a baby had to be delivered by the father, at home, in Perryopolis, because the ambulance could not find the house in time. What if this had been a matter of life and death• A life could have been lost due to a bad address. The Perryopolis Postmaster Michael Reeping has sent every one a notice, dated on Feb. 4. You must begin using your 911 address as soon as possible. The postmaster and mail carriers will continue to provide the same excellent service that they have in the past, but you must do your part. Mail not bearing the correct city-style address will not be forwarded to recipients after six months, so make sure you are using the correct address. If you are having a hard time finding letters and or numbers suitable to display your address, you can purchase green house markers from the Perryopolis Ambulance Service for a nominal charge. Please remember that an inaccurate address can not only cause a delay in mail delivery, it could also cause a loss of life.

Flatwoods Volunteer Fire Department, in conjunction with the Curfew Grange, will hold a "Chicken 'n Biscuit" dinner from 4 until 7 p.m. Feb. 22 Admission is $5 for adults and $3 for youngsters ages 4 to 10. Children age 3 and under will be admitted free. Take out will be available. A bake sale will also be held during the dinner. If you would like to donate baked goods for this event, you can drop them off on the day of the dinner. Any donations will be deeply appreciated. The Curfew Grange is located on Route 201 in Flatwoods.

The Tyrone Presbyterian Church, located just off of Route 819 between Dawson and Scottdale, will hold a "Buckwheat/Buttermilk Pancake and Sausage" dinner from 4 p.m. until 6:30 p.m. Feb. 22. Homemade buckwheat pancakes and delicious sausage plus a number of side dishes will be served. The cost is $5 for adults and $3 for youth ages 5-10. Children age 4 and under will be served free.

The East Liberty United Presbyterian Church of Vanderbilt will hold its monthly food bank from 10 a.m. until noon on Thursday. There will be no early distributions.

The Brownfield Community Center will hold it's monthly Gospel Sing at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 22. This month's performance will be given by "One Way." Admission is free, however a free will offering will be taken.

The Brownfield Community Center, located at 291 Banning Road in Lower Tyrone Township will host one of the area's hottest new country/western groups, "Crazy Cowboys" from 8:30 p.m. until midnight Feb. 22. This concert is for people of all ages. Admission is $5 for adults and $3 for youngsters age 12 and under.

The DL&V Volunteer Fire Department of Vanderbilt will hold a late night bingo game on Feb. 22, beginning at 10:45 p.m. Admission is $11 for the first package and $5 for each additional package. This fire department will be holding a "Bingo Bash" on March 8. The doors will open at 11:30 a.m. Lunch will be served at noon. Early Birds will begin at 2 p.m. There will be 20 games played for $150 each and four specials at $300 each. Admission is $25 and includes two six face cards and specials, and two four face specials. It also includes lunch and free fountain soda and coffee for the day. Additional packages can be purchased for $5 each. All proceeds will benefit the fire department.

Just a reminder that there is still time to register for the "Psanky for Beginners" egg decorating classes to be held at St. Nicholas Byzantine Catholic Church in Perryopolis. Classes will begin on March 3 and will continue each week for a total of six weeks. Classes will be held from 6 until 8 p.m. each meeting. The cost for the classes and supplies is $25. Phone Lois Winslow at 724-726-4039 to register or get more information.

The Brownfield Community Senior Citizens will hold a Senior Round and Square Dance on Feb. 26 from noon until 3 p.m. in the Community Center, featuring the Dave Dahl Trio. Lunch reservations must be made by Feb. 21. To make your reservation, call 724-529-7626.

Do you remember the old play "A Tree Grows In Brooklyn?" Well, a very special tree grows in Dawson. Dawson resident Ken Ridgely has a California Redwood growing in his yard. It was given to him several years ago as a gift, and despite what all of the experts say about growing zones and habitat, the tree has continued to thrive and grow in this crazy climate of ours. It appears that experts don't always know everything, or maybe it's just that our Mr. Ridgely has an exceptional green thumb. Whatever the reason is, I hope that this very special tree continues to thrive.

I'd like to take the time to wish a very special little girl a very happy birthday. My granddaughter, Michaela Jo Hall, will celebrate her fifth birthday on Tuesday. Mick, Grandma loves you very much and I'm so proud of you for all the accomplishments you've made. Happy birthday lovebug!

Last week's trivia question was: Do you know where in our area the Fort Hill Mine and Coke Works was located• Who was the owner• The Fort Hill Mine & Coke Works was located along the B&O Railroad tracks between Dawson and Hull Town. It was owned by a Mr. Rainey. One superintendent of this mine was a Mr. T.J. Mitchell who worked in the mine for a period of a few years in the late 1800s.

This week's trivia question: What resident of Perryopolis served in the U.S. House of Representatives from 1933 through 1946 and died while in office• He is buried in Mount Washington Cemetery in Perryopolis. If you know, give me a call at 724-529-0283.

A thought for the week. "The best way to get even with someone who has done you wrong is to forgive and forget. That will get to them quicker than hurting them in return."

Well, that's about it for this week, friends. If you have something for this column, give me a call at 724-529-0283 or drop me a line at 276 Banning road, Dawson, Pa. 15428. You can also e-mail me at bethannlynn@hotmail.com . Please get your information to me by Wednesday evening in order for it to be in the following Monday's column. Stay warm and have a great week!

Lynn is a Lower Tyrone Township resident.

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