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Mt. Pleasant students to stage classic comedy

| Wednesday, Feb. 21, 2007

Everyone remembers the zany antics on the show M*A*S*H, and some of the dry humor and fun characters will be brought to life this weekend as Mt. Pleasant Area High School Student Drama Club presents the play M*A*S*H at the school, Thursday through Saturday. The play is based on the book and the movie of this same name, and will feature almost 40 high school students in the production. Show has a running time of two hours with a short intermission. Tickets for the show are $5 for adults, $2 for students and children under age 6 will be admitted for free. Show times are 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Friday and Saturday, with a special matinee at 2 p.m. Saturday.

= The Coal and Coke Trail still needs volunteers to help with clearing, construction, maintenance and monitoring. For information or to volunteer, call 724-433-6592.

= An all-you-can-eat pancake and sausage breakfast and bake sale will be held from 8 a.m. to noon Sunday at Forty Martyrs Church's social hall in Trauger. Price for the meal is $4 for adults and $2 for children under 12.

= The Mt. Pleasant Church of the Brethren currently is taking orders for homemade Easter long rolls. The 12-inch rolls come in filling flavors of nut, apricot, poppyseed, prune and cream cheese fillings mixed with apricot, pineapple or strawberry. Rolls are $7 each and can be ordered now. Orders must be picked up from March 21 to 24. For information or to order, call 724-547-6033.

= St. Stanislaus Church in Calumet will hold its annual Lenten fish fry starting today. The Lenten event will then be held 10:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. every Friday through Easter, with the exception of April 6, Good Friday. For information, call 724-423-4052

= The Visitation Church Finance committee will hold a Longaberger Basket bingo on March 18. Anyone who enjoys the lovely handmade treasures or anyone just looking for a break from the cold, will enjoy this afternoon event to be held from 1 to 4 p.m. in the St. Pius social hall on Summit Street. In addition to bingo, there will also be a chinese raffle and a 50/50 drawing. Donation for the bingo is $20 a person. For information or tickets, call 724-547-2432 or 724-547-3903.

= The Regional YMCA is now accepting fall registration for Y-Tots preschool fall classes. There are two- and three-day classes available in Scottdale, Mt. Pleasant, Youngwood and Smithton. For information, call 724-542-9622.

= The Mt. Pleasant Library is presently in search of a few yearbooks for the following years and would like anyone possessing these volumes to consider donating them to the library: Colophon years 1930, 1932, 1933, 1934, 1941, 1943, 1944 and 1955; the Mounty years, 1944, 1945 and 1948; and the Log from years 1965, 1966, 1994, 1995, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2002 and 2005. All donations will be greatly appreciated. For information, call the library at 724-547-3850.

= St. Florian's will hold its annual kolache sale now through March 5. The 15-inch freshly baked rolls are available in nut, apricot, prune and poppyseed and cost $8.50 each. Ordered roll can then be picked up at the church social hall (the former school) from 4 to 8 p.m. March 16, 3 to 6:30 p.m. March 17 and 10 a.m. to noon March 18. For information or orders, call 724-423-6390 or 724-423-2455.

= Ethnic cooking classes are back at St. Florian's and there is still time to register for the spring session. The four-part school will feature Slovish foods and several Lenten food items. Covered in this spring session will be pirohy (perogies), haluski, palacianky, cheesecake squares and cirak and paska (traditional Blessed Easter basket items). Classes will be held from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. consecutive Wednesday evenings starting March 7. Cost for the classes are $35 for the entire sessions. Classes are very limited in size so call now. All registrations must be prepaid. For information, call 724-423-4431.

= If you're in the mood for a little skating, head to Divito Skate Park this Sunday for the second annual "Skate for a Cure," a fundraising event to be held by the Southmoreland faculty team for the summer's Relay for Life. Event will be held from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. and the cost is $5 per person, with all proceeds going to the team to benefit the American Cancer Society.

What happened on this day : In 1804, the very first locomotive, built by Richard Trevithicks, ran for the first time in Wales, and in 1842, the first sewing machine was patented by John Greenough in Washington, D.C. In 1853, the U.S. Mint began to make $3 gold pieces, and in 1858, Edwin T. Hughes installed the first electric burglar system. In 1878, the first telephone book was distributed in New Harbour, Conn., going to a total of 50 subscribers, and in 1902, Dr. Harvey Cushing, the very first brain surgeon, performed the first brain surgery. In 1915, the World Fair opened in San Franciso, and in 1925, the first issue of the New Yorker hit the stands. In 1968, the Baseball Association set the sum of $10,000 as a minimum to be paid to players and finally, in 1997, "The Empire Strikes Back, Special Edition" premiered.

Quote for the day : "You simply have to put one foot in front of the other and keep going. Put on blinders and plow right ahead." -- George Lucas, director of "The Empire Strikes Back" and other movies in the Star Wars series.

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