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Special Olympics make for special event

| Wednesday, Jan. 18, 2006

The Special Olympics Pennsylvania will hold its annual western winter sectional Jan. 25 and 26 at Hidden Valley Ski Resort. The festivities will begin with opening ceremonies at 7:30 a.m. Jan. 25.There will be more than 70 athletes from the area competing in alpine and cross country skiing. Athletes will be participating from Allegheny, Butler, Cambria, Erie City, Washington and the Westmoreland programs, and volunteers will be helping from area high schools. Everyone is welcome to attend. Volunteers are also needed to help with the event. If you would like to volunteer your time to help with scorekeeping, timing, escorting or providing administrative assistance, call the Special Olympics at 800-233-5161 for more information.

Town news follows:

= The Mt. Pleasant Viking Baseball Parents Club will meet at 7:30 tonight at the high school in room 508. All parents of players are encouraged to attend to plan with the upcoming season.

= The 33rd annual March for Life will be held on Monday in Washington, D.C., and the Mt. Pleasant Church of God is planning a bus trip for anyone interested in attending; fee is $30 per person. Participants are asked to bring their own lunch, snacks and beverages. There will not be any scheduled breakfast or dinner stops. Bus is scheduled to leave the Mt. Pleasant Church of God at 6:30 a.m. Monday. Seating is limited. Call 724-547-7110 for more information.

= The Visitation Finance Committee will hold a big breakfast from 8 a.m. to noon Sunday. Featured in the breakfast will be pancakes, egg and sausage; cost is $4 for adults and $2.50 for toddlers. Buckwheat pancakes are also available. Breakfast will be held in the Visitation Community Center, located next to the church on Walnut Street. Tickets are available at the door.

= Get your basketball arms ready as the Mt. Pleasant Elks will host its annual Hoop Shoot at 9 a.m. Saturday at the gym of Mt. Pleasant Senior High School. Competition is open to kids from the area and is set up in different age brackets. There will be competition held for kids ages 8 to 9, 10 to 11 and 12 to 13. Registration will take place the morning of the event. For more information, call 724-547-3536.

= West Overton will once again offer its annual Parlor Talk series of lectures at the Village throughout the winter months. The first in the series for 2006 will be "Dear Wife," a dramatic performance based on letters written by Gen. Alexander Hayes. Lecture will be held at 1 p.m. Jan. 29. Music for the afternoon will also be provided by the period band, The Home Front. Event is open to everyone. There is not an admission fee. For information, call 724-887-7910.

= The food bank distribution will be held from 9 to 10:30 a.m. Jan. 31 at the Central Fire Station on Church Street. Be sure to bring along your own container.

= Don't forget our friends and neighbors in the south as longterm help and aid is still needed in the hurricane-torn districts. Operation Get Involved is still collecting food and monetary donations for its adopted friend in Mississippi. For information, call 724-423-3232 of simply drop off your items at the Calumet Fire Hall.

Birthday wishes to my mother-in-law Betty Forbes, who will celebrate her birthday this week.

What happened on this day -- the very first polar bear was exhibited in the United States, in 1733, in Boston. In 1896, the very first demonstration of an X-ray machine in the United States occurred in New York City. The voice of the famous Walter Winchell was heard for the first time on the radio waves in 1929, and to the despair of housewives everywhere, pre-sliced bread was banned in 1943, to cut down on the needed metal parts. The Fab Four, or the Beatles, appeared on the Billboard charts for the first time in 1964, appearing at No. 35 with the hit "I Want to Hold Your Hand," and the Pittsburgh Steelers beat the Dallas Cowboys in 1976, in Superbowl X with wide receiver Lynn Swann being named the game's MVP.

Quote for the day -- "I'm not here because I was that good, I'm here because of the people that make me that good." -- Lynn Swann.

Have a great week.

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