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Vanderbilt centennial kicks off Saturday

| Monday, Aug. 22, 2005

The Vanderbilt centennial celebration and DL&V Fire Department's 75th anniversary celebration will take place Saturday and Sunday and will center around the DL&V fire station. Everything kicks off at 1 p.m. Saturday with the centennial parade, which will include a number of marching bands, including the Mighty Falcon Marching Band from Connellsville Area Senior High School, the Shriners Band, as well as several others. The parade will also include several marching units, floats and many area fire departments. There will be crafts and food vendors, live entertainment, rides for children and fireworks at dust. The fire department will have its kitchen open for your dining pleasure. On Sunday, the day kicks off at 10 a.m. with an ecumenical church service by the Tri-Town Ministerial Association at the DL&V fire station. This service will replace all regularly scheduled church services for the area that day. Following the service, there will be a community dinner. Bring your favorite covered dish and join in the fellowship. After the smorgasbord, there will be closing ceremonies with awards and presentations.

The Perryopolis Area Heritage Society and the Frazier Cross Country Team are sponsoring the third annual Pioneer Community Day two-mile run to take place Oct. 1 at Sampey Park in Perryopolis. Registration begins at 7:30 a.m. and race begins at 8:30 a.m. Walkers and runners alike are welcome to participate. Applications will be available in the near future at various locations or you can contact Dan Coldren at 724-326-8610 or Joe Turek at 724-628-0999.

The annual Homecoming Celebration of the Spring Grove Union Church of Spring Grove Road, Dawson, will be held at 2:30 p.m. Sunday. The church pastor is Richard Patton, of Uniontown. The superintendent is Clyde Newell, of Dawson. There will be special music for this celebration. Guest speaker will be Charles Sullenberger, of Latrobe. Everyone is welcome to attend.

Connellsville, Frazier, Brownsville and Uniontown area school districts all open their doors Aug. 29. Please, be careful when out driving around the area during the early morning and mid-afternoon hours as children are going to and from school.

There are still a number of tickets left for the Dawson Volunteer Fire Co. gun bash to take place from noon to 7 p.m. Sept. 3 at Linden Hall pavilion. Doors open at 11 a.m. Tickets are $10 and include a number of chances to win either firearms or cash. Meal and beverages are included in ticket price.

I'd like to wish a very happy birthday to David Sanner, of Dawson, who celebrates his special day on Thursday. Birthday wishes to you from your family.

A number of people called to answer my question last week. It was "There is a little yellow brick school house on Lake Road near Virgin Run. Can you name it for me?" Mr. Brocco, Ms. Koontz, Jessica Chamber, Kai Carson and Dave Carson all knew it was once the Jackson School House.

This week's trivia question is simple: "In what year did Dawson Borough celebrate its centennial?" If you know, call me at 724-529-0283 or e-mail bethannlynn@hotmail.com or drop me a card at 276 Banning Road, Dawson, PA 15428-1175.

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