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Dawson firemen plan fishing tournament

| Monday, April 28, 2008

The Dawson Volunteer Fire Co.'s third annual fishing tournament will be held from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday on the lake at Linden Hall Resort in Dawson. Admission is $20 for adults, $15 for kids age 10 and younger. First prize for this event is $500; second prize, $100; and third prize, a fishing combo. There will also be drawings every hour throughout the day for an assortment of prizes. Food and refreshments will be available for purchase.

Tickets are on sale now for this company's annual spring special. Tickets are $5 each. The prize package is a 19 1/2-inch horsepower Poulan Lawn tractor with a 46-inch deck, a Charbroil gas grill and a grill cover and grilling tool set. The prize will be awarded on the Pennsylvania Daily Lottery night number May 15. This ticket gives individuals a chance to double their odds -- they get two, three-digit numbers on each ticket.

Tickets are now available for the gun bash to be held in cooperation with the Monarch Fire Department on May 10. The event will be held at the Monarch fire hall from 4 to 9 p.m. Admission is $10 per ticket. They are available from any Dawson or Monarch firefighter. Keep in mind that for this event, individuals must be age 21 or older; no one under 21 will be admitted. During this event, prize numbers will be drawn every 15 minutes, beginning at 4 p.m. The ticket will make individuals eligible to win one of 17 tickets for cash or firearms, beginning with the first drawing, which will be for a Remington 700 SPC Winchester Mag. Many other prizes will be awarded. As an added bonus, if any of the following numbers are drawn on the 7 p.m. Pa. Daily Lottery -- 025, 107, 297, 346, 483, 515, 621, 724, 836 or 952 -- and match the 7 p.m. number, if you are present, you could stand to win $5,000 cash. Food and refreshments are included with the price of your ticket. Doors for this event open at 3 p.m. All NICS/PICS Registration Regulations apply. Out-of-state winners must pay shipping and registration rules as applicable. If you would like more information on this event, call 724-529-7946. If no answer, leave a message. Someone will call you back.

The Dawson Volunteer Fire Co. will continue to host its weekly bingo games at 6:45 p.m. Tuesdays, twice-monthly, late-night bingo games at 10:45 p.m. the first and third Saturday of each month, and twice-monthly auctions at 6 p.m. the second and fourth Monday evening of every month. Watch this column for upcoming events and news.

Dawson Grange No. 419 will host a Longaberger Basket Bingo Extravaganza at 1 p.m. May 4 at the Brownfield Community Center; doors open at noon. In addition to the baskets, there will be bingo prizes and over 20 door prizes valued in the hundreds of dollars, including items by Lenox, Department 56, Miskoff and other top names. For more information or to purchase a ticket, call Carol Reed at 724-529-2213.

Call Lori Lamanna at 724-529-7157, Patty Lint at 724-529-2368, or Mary Jane Winterhalter at 724-529-2724 for more information on any of the following: The Historical Society is sponsoring a "Grocery Bingo" at 2 p.m. May 4 at the DL&V Volunteer Fire Hall in Vanderbilt. Admission is $3 per package. Extra cards will be available. This group is also looking for area residents age 90 or older to be honored at this year's annual homecoming event to be held the weekend of June 7. If you know any current or former Tri-Town area residents 90 or over, call Lint or Lamanna at the above number. The historical society will host an auction May 30. More information will be available soon. The society is also seeking donations for the auction and chinese auction to be held every year. Volunteers to help with this event are always needed. New members for the historical society are always welcome. Watch this column for more weekly updates on the plans for this year's event.

The Tri-Town Area Historical Society is currently seeking vendors to set up during this year's annual homecoming event. The cost is $20 a space and the ideal opportunity to make a little extra cash to help see you through the summer. The historical society is also looking for participants for this year's homecoming parade. If you or your organization would like to participate, call John Pyda at 724-529-2427. There will also be a community cleanup contest the weekend before the homecoming. For more information on this one, contact any one of the above.

The Dawson Volunteer Fire Co. will hold its regular monthly meeting at 7 p.m. May 5 in the fire station. All members are urged to attend.

Keep in mind that Mother's Day is fast approaching. This year, it will be celebrated on May 11.

There is a little bit of a difference in May's Food Pantry schedule. Usually it's run one right after the other, but not this time. The East Liberty United Presbyterian Church of Vanderbilt will host its monthly food distribution from 10 a.m. until noon May 15. The Leisenring Presbyterian Church will host its food distribution from 8:30 to 10:30 a.m. May 21.

The Brownfield Community Center would like to remind everyone that there are classrooms, a banquet room and a pavilion for rent for summertime celebrations. For more information on rentals, call the center at 724-529-2930.

The Tri-Town area is mourning the loss of several of its citizens who recently passed away. Theodore Gary Mellinger Sr. passed away April 15, leaving a number of friends to mourn his loss. He was a friend to all who knew him and could always be counted on to greet you with a smile and a joke. He was one of the founders of the Brownfield Senior Citizens. We extend our deepest sympathies to his wife Trellis, his daughters, Jan and Pam, and their families. He will be sorely missed.

John "Bobby" McBurney passed April 17. He was always available to lend a helping hand when needed. He was always Mr. Happy-go-lucky, even when times were rough for him. We extend our sympathies to his wife, Connie, his stepchildren, stepgrandchildren, sister, sister-in-law and nieces and nephews. He will be missed by all who knew him.

We would also like to extend our sympathy to the family of Betty Baird, who passed away April 18. No matter where you saw her, Betty always had a kind word to say and a smile on her face. Our sympathy goes out to her husband, Jack, her sons, Mark and Dale, and her entire family.

Volunteers being honored this week are Cathy Basinger, Sandy Murray, Ray Torrance and Maureen Gollihue for their dedication to the East Liberty United Presbyterian Church Food Bank. If you know someone you would like to see mentioned here, just let me know.

Keep in mind, if there is something you or your organization would like placed in this column, get it to me by Tuesday evening of each week. Your cooperation would be most appreciated. You can reach me at 724-398-3050 or by e-mailing: bethannlynn@hotmail.com. You can also send a card or note to 276 Banning Road, Dawson, PA 15428-1175.

Until next week, friends, keep smiling and have a great week.

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