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Dawson firemen plan fundraiser

| Monday, Sept. 8, 2008

Dawson Volunteer Fire Company is hosting a gun bash on Sept. 20 at the fire station on Galley Street. The doors open at noon and all of the fun begins at 1 p.m. and runs until 7 p.m. Tickets are $10 each. If you bring a guest without a ticket, their admission will also be $10. There will be drawings for either guns or cash every 15 minutes, as well as raffles, drawings, etc. Food and beverages are included in the price of your ticket. To get a ticket, see any Dawson Volunteer firefighter or stop by any of the company's functions. Keep in mind that this company hosts weekly Bingo games every Tuesday at 7 p.m.

Leisenring United Presbyterian Church will hold its monthly food pantry on Sept. 17 from 8:30 to 10:30 a.m. East Liberty United Presbyterian Church of Vanderbilt will hold its monthly food pantry Sept. 18 from 10 a.m. to noon. Please bring a box, basket or carry-all with you to collect your groceries. Remember, donations and volunteers are always welcome.

Belated birthday wishes go out this week to a very special little girl. Our only great-granddaughter, Brooklyn Rose Dewing, who turned 1 year old on Sept. 5. We love you baby, Grandma and Grandpap Lynn.

Belated birthday wishes go out to Delores "Giggles" Darnell of Vanderbilt who celebrated her big day on Friday. Love, a special friend.

Belated birthday wishes go out to our mom, grandma and great-grandma, Delores Darnell, who celebrated her birthday on Sept. 5. Love, Lois, Jesse and Belinda, Mark and Rhonda, Sheila, and all of your great-grandchildren.

Each year since 1913, the Molinaro family of Connellsville has marked the Feast of the "Madonna del Colle" or Our Lady of the Hill with a special Mass and celebration around Labor Day.This year, as in past years, the family gathered for a special liturgy in St. Rita Roman Catholic Church. The Rev. Father Kenneth Molinaro, assisted by Deacon Brian Carpenter, delivered the message. The Molinaro Band and choir director Henry Molinaro, assisted throughout the program. The Fourth Degree Knights of Columbus Color Corps, in full regalia, took part in this annual event. The traditional liturgy included Color Guard commanders James Ferrante and George McDermott. It also included Harold Echard, Samuel Bondi, Regis DeCarlo, Harry Novak, Patrick O'Connor, Ernest Angelo and Tony Fao. Thanks to all who attended and/or participated in this program.

Last week's trivia question was: What native plant, usually considered a weed, is named after an Indian, and is used to treat fever, rheumatism, gallstones, and a plethora of other ills. It grows about 6 to 12 feet tall in partial shade to full sun. It has a tall purple stem and green leaves, that when crushed, smell like apples. In August and September, it blooms with a crown of rose pink to white cluster of flowers. In some countries, it is actually cultivated in tall border gardens. One attribute to this plant is that if you dry the leaves and then burn them, they will repel flies. No one called with the correct answer to this question, so I'll give you a hint. The second part of the name of this plant, though spelled differently, sounds like the name of a favorite dessert. If you know the answer, give me a call at 724-398-3050 or e-mail me at bethannlynn@hotmail.com.

You can also send me your information on upcoming celebrations or events to 276 Banning Road, Dawson, PA 15428-1175. Please remember that if you want your information to appear in my column, I need to hear from you by Tuesday evening or at the very latest the Wednesday morning prior to my column's publication date. Thanks so much. Until next time, friends, keep smiling and have a great week.

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