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The town lights up Sunday

| Wednesday, Nov. 22, 2006

Thanksgiving is now upon us, and Christmas is literally right around the corner and our annual light-up night is just days away. It will be held a bit later than usual this year, the Mt. Pleasant annual light-up night will kick off at 6:45 p.m. Sunday. The choir of the Visitation and St. Pius X churches will be on hand to entertain, along with the firemen's band. Opening remarks and the nativity blessing will be followed by music, treats and Santa! Hot chocolate and cookies will also be passed out. Take a minute from your busy daily schedules and stop over at the Diamond and Veterans Park and watch the town light up as we all welcome the Christmas season.

Town news:

= Thursday is Thanksgiving Day, and while most of us are fortunate enough to have family and friends to share the special day, there are many who have no one to break bread with and enjoy the closeness and warmth of the day. The Good Shepherd Lutheran Church will again hold a community Thanksgiving Day meal at the church; this dinner is open to everyone. This special meal is not based on income or need, but on the fundamental idea of sharing with your neighbor on this wonderful and thankful holiday. The meal, consisting of turkey and ham and all the fixings, will be served from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Thursday. Transportation can be arranged if needed. Individuals, couples and families of all sizes are welcome. The event is sponsored by Mt. Pleasant businesses, churches and organizations. For information, to donate or to volunteer your time on this special day, call the church at 724-547-5941. The Good Shepherd Lutheran Church is located at 822 W. Main St., Mt. Pleasant.

= Don't forget to visit the annual Festival of Lights, now in its 17th year and held every Christmas holiday in the Warden house, located at 200 S. Church St. in Mt. Pleasant. The event highlights the mansion and the lovely decorated Christmas trees, which can be seen in abundance throughout the home, and will be held from 1:30 to 9 p.m. Friday and Saturday and Dec. 1 and 2, from 7 to 9 p.m. Nov. 30 and from noon to 4 p.m. Dec. 3. Most of the trees to be viewed are for sale. Those purchasing the trees can pick them up from 5 to 6 p.m. Dec. 3. The event will also feature raffles and raffles prizes can also be picked up from 5 to 6 Dec. 3. Admission for the event is $3 for those age 12 and older; under age 12 enter for free.

= The Coal and Coke Trail group is still in need of some able bodies and reliable volunteers to help with bridge construction along the proposed trail site. Sites between Scottdale and Mt. Pleasant will be in need of work. For information or to volunteer, call 724-433-6592.

= St. Florian Church in United will hold its annual kolache sale and will be taking advanced orders now through Sunday. The 15-inch rolls are available in freshly baked nut, apricot, poppy seed and prune flavors and are only $8.50 each. Ordered rolls will be available for pick up from Dec. 1 to 3. For information or to order, call 724-423-6390.

= Speaking of planning for the holidays or if you just want something wonderful to bring to the dinner table, the St. Stanislaus Parish Rosary Society of Calumet in Mt. Pleasant Township will be selling frozen pierogies, made by parish volunteers, from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays, as well as after 8:30 Mass Sundays. For information, call 724-423-4052.

= Santa Claus is coming to town. Starting at 11 a.m. Dec. 2, the annual Christmas parade, sponsored by Medic 10, will be held on Main Street in Mt. Pleasant. Everyone should don some warm clothing and head out for the fun! The parade will feature bands and floats and, of course, good old St. Nick himself.

= It's never too early to plan ahead and get a jump on the holidays, but for many area children, the holiday season may be a bit bleak unless good and kind people like yourselves find it in your hearts to help out with a gift. Mt. Pleasant Area High School Student Council will hold its annual toys-for-children drive through December. New toys and monetary donations will be accepted, with the toy distribution planned for Dec. 18 for area children ages 1 to 12. Registration for those wishing to receive gifts will begin on Dec. 4. Parents must accompany children to the event for the child to receive a gift. For information, call the school at 724-547-4100, ext. 1000.

What happened on this day: In 1718, the English pirate Edward Teach or "Blackbeard" was killed off the North Carolina shore, and in 1880, Lillian Russell made her vaudeville debut in New York City. In 1899, the Marconi Wireless Co. of America was founded in New Jersey, and in 1906, the International Radio Telegraphic Co. of Berlin adopted the SOS distress signal with stands for "Save our Souls." In 1910, Author F. Knight patented a steel rod which would fit in the shaft of a golf club, and in 1917, the National Hockey League was founded in Montreal, Canada. In 1928, the "Bolero" by Maurice Ravel was first performed, and in 1954, the Humane Society was founded. In 1986, at the tender age of 20, Mike Tyson became the youngest man to ever hold the heavyweight boxer title, and finally, also in 1986, Fred Rogers donated one of his famous sweaters to the Smithsonian Institute.

Quote for the day: "You know, you don't have to look like everyone else to be acceptable and to feel acceptable." -- Fred Rogers.

Have a wonderful Thanksgiving!

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