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Relay for Life is this weekend

| Thursday, July 25, 2002

The third annual American Cancer Society Relay for Life organized by Williamhouse employees will begin at 7:30 p.m. Friday at the Hurst playground in Norvelt and continue until 10 a.m. Saturday.

Area businesses, churches, organizations, families and groups of friends were invited to form teams to walk during the relay, with each lap around the track representing more funding for cancer education, advocacy, and service programs.

Event chairwoman Donna Trillow says although teams are established and ready to walk and camp out at the park, everyone from the community is welcome to participate in the event.

After the opening ceremony Friday night, participants and visitors can enjoy selections from the Scottdale Community Band, who are not only performing, but are also sponsored to play a concert until 9 p.m. to raise money for the event.

The survivor ceremony will begin at 7:45 p.m., during which cancer survivors can take a victory lap around the track.

At dusk, the luminaria ceremony will be held, with family and friends who have lost a loved one to cancer lighting a candle in memory of that person. To participate, names for the luminarias must be registered by 8:45 p.m. for a donation of $5 each.

Williamhouse general manager Jerry Fiano and Mount Pleasant Mayor Gerald Lucia will speak at the luminaria ceremony.

Although the event will be solemn at times, it will also be fun.

At midnight, participants will begin "lap poker" for prizes, and musical entertainment is sure to keep a spring in their step.

Trillow says this year's event includes "Kidzone," an area designed just with youngsters in mind.

Visitors to Kidzone can have their photos taken with a clown and "Wendy" from the Wendy's Restaurant team, play games conducted by the relay teams, and jump in the "Moonwalk" inflatable attraction.

On Saturday, fun events gear up beginning at 6 a.m. and walkers will continue their relays until the closing ceremony and balloon release at 10 a.m.

For more information on the American Cancer Society and Relays for Life, call 1-888-227-5445 or visit the Web site at www.cancer.org.

Some additional Mount Pleasant area news follows:

  • Self Help for Hard of Hearing (SHHH) meets at 7 p.m. tonight at the Frick Hospital. The group meets the fourth Thursday of each month. Please call 724-547-1668 to register.

  • The Regional Family YMCA of Laurel Highlands' Family Night Out is planned from 6 to 11 p.m. on Friday at the Scottdale Children's Center. The event held the second and fourth Friday of each month provides a fun-filled night for kids ages 6 to 12 under the supervision of the YMCA's childcare program staff. The cost is $10 per child and reservations must be made at least 24 hours in advance. Call 724-887-3145.

  • The Mount Pleasant Food Pantry distribution will be held from 9 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. on Tuesday at Central Fire Station. For more information call 724-423-7044 (Norvelt EMS).

  • Summer recreation programs are under way in the borough and the township. Kids can meet at Frick Park for activities and crafts from 9:30 a.m. until 1:30 p.m. weekdays until Aug. 5. A parent or adult must accompany children under 8 years of age. Kids from the township are welcome at Hurst playground in Norvelt for an arts and crafts program on weekdays until Aug. 15.

  • The farmer's market, sponsored by the Mount Pleasant Business District Authority, will be held from 3 to 7 p.m. each Wednesday through October on the Diamond at the intersection of Routes 31 and 819. Shoppers will find a variety of items for sale including fresh produce, baked goods, handcrafted furniture and other items, and beverages. New vendors are always welcome. Call 724-547-7521.

  • The Mount Pleasant library is sponsoring "Spotlight on Reading - be a star at your library" events this summer. The program features story times, songs, games and craft activities that will be held Wednesdays from June 12 through July 31. Preschool and kindergarten students are invited to participate from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. and first- through sixth-graders are invited to attend from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. All activities are free. Call 724-547-3850 to register.

  • Nominations for Mount Pleasant's Volunteer of the month may be submitted in writing to the borough secretary. Council selects a new volunteer to be honored with the title each month.

    Myers is a Mount Pleasant resident.

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