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Neighbors help Dawson family in time of need

| Monday, Dec. 26, 2011

The Christmas spirit is alive and well, in every sense of the word, in the Tri-Town area. Dawson Mayor Carol Capella was notified that a family in our area was in need of help to get through the Christmas holiday. They had experienced two tragedies in less than three months and had some really high unexpected expenses, as well as two new family members to care for. Christmas was looking to be almost nonexistent for them. The call went out via a popular social networking site for a little help, and the response was overwhelming. A number of area residents answered the call to "pay it forward," and this family was given a Christmas to remember. Thanks to everyone who helped make the Christmas holiday a little brighter for neighbors in need. God bless each and every one of you.

A big thank you to the Brownfield Community Center, which hosted a Christmas party for area children on Dec. 17 and to the Dawson Volunteer Fire Company, which hosted a Christmas party for area children on Dec. 23.

Food bank dates for January 2012 are: East Liberty Presbyterian Church of Vanderbilt from 10 a.m. to noon Jan. 12 and Leisenring Presbyterian Church from 8:30 to 10:30 a.m. Jan. 18.

Thanks to everyone who helped Fayette EMS fill the Boo Boo Bus on Dec. 17 with toys to benefit the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots program which provides toys for area children each year.

As we prepare to celebrate the arrival of the New Year, please keep health and safety in your plans. Many of us will be hosting or attending parties where alcohol will be available in abundance. Please remember to make sure that it is not available to minors, and that anyone who has had too much to drink is not permitted to drive. Please assign people to be designated drivers, arrange for a taxi, or provide lodging for anyone who has had too much to drink until they are sober. The penalties for serving minors are stiff, as are the penalties for someone who drives drunk. We also have to be aware that there is a very real possibility that an impaired person can easily have an accident that can result in injury or death to themselves or others.. Let's all celebrate the New Year, but do it wisely and safely.

We would like to wish our family matriarch, Emma Moline, a very happy birthday. Aunt Emma celebrates her big day on Jan. 9. Love and best wishes, Beth and family, Dorie and family, Cathy and family, Margie and family, Tom and Linda and David and Bishop.

I would like to wish everyone a very happy 2012. If you have something that you would like to see in this column, have your information to me by 6 p.m. Tuesday so I can prepare my column for the following week. You can reach me at 724-398-3118, e-mail at bethannlynn@live.com or drop me a line at 276 Banning Road, Dawson, PA 15428-1175.

Until next time friends, have a blessed week and Happy New Year.

Beth Lynn is a Lower Tyrone Township resident.

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