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| Thursday, Dec. 18, 2003

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= There are still few tickets available for a chance to win a 36-inch Sony Trinitron TV, being offered by the Mount Pleasant Glass and Ethnic Festival Committee. The tickets are only $2, and each ticket contains one three-digit number. The winning number will be determined by the evening drawing of the Pennsylvania Daily Number on Dec. 19. Proceeds from the ticket will benefit the Glass and Ethnic Festival's yearly scholarship which is a $1,000 award, given every year to a student with a Mount Pleasant address. For ticket purchase, call 724-547-7738

= I would like to extend my heartfelt congratulations to my dear friend, Cindy Underwood, who was awarded the December's Citizen of the Month award at the last Mount Pleasant Borough Council meeting. Underwood is a very dedicated individual who volunteers a great deal of her time to numerous projects around the town. She took over the Christmas Nativity several years ago, and has continued with the wonderful tradition of keeping the Nativity a very special part of Christmas for those of us who grew up here, and is keeping the beauty of the Nativity alive for our children to enjoy as they too build memories growing up here in our special town. Congratulations Cindy!

= And speaking of the Nativity, there is virtually no yearly fund raising held for the upkeep and maintenance of the Nativity. There are donation cans in several different area businesses but that is all the committee does to raise the monies needed for yearly upkeep. However, you can purchase a wooden plaque "Cat's Meow' of the Nativity at Patty's Place, located west of Mount Pleasant on Route 31. Partial proceeds from the sale of the collectable, goes to the committee.

= A great idea for a unique Christmas present is the purchase of an engraved paving stone to be included in the Veteran's park extension. The cost for each stone is only $50. What a wonderful way to immortalize a loved one and add to the beauty of the park. For information or forms, contact the Borough Office.

• Since next Thursday is Christmas Day, and the following Christmas is New Years Day, this will be my last column for the year. I want to take a minute and wish you all a wonderful, safe and happy holiday season. I have had a great year writing this column, and I especially enjoy hearing from those of you who have contacted me with comments, criticisms (yes even those) and ideas. Some of the ideas I have received I have not gathered enough information on as yet, but I am working on them. I hope the new year brings peace and happiness to all.

What happened on this day -- after four long, sad years of fighting a war pitting father against son and brother against brother, the Civil War was over and slavery was abolished on this day in 1865, with the 13th amendment to the U.S. Constitution with abolished slavery. The United States welcomed its first giant panda, Su-Lin, from China on this day in 1936. Su-Lin joined the Brookfield Zoo for a fee of $8,750. And finally, in 1999, referring to herself as a "dirty tree-hugging hippie" environmental activist Julia "Butterfly" Hill finally climbed down from a giant redwood tree, ending her two fight to save the Redwoods. Hill lived atop an ancient, 200-year-old redwood tree called "Luna" in an 6-foot by 8-foot tree house, 180 feet above the ground, in protest against the Pacific Lumber Co., hoping to end the demolition of the forest. The protest was peacefully settled, with the lumber company receiving $50,000 and promising to grant "Luna" another 1,000 years and a 600-foot buffer area.

Have a wonderful holiday season!

For comments or ideas on future columns, I can be reached at mptownnews@aol.com.

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