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Fair in Forest Hills to recognize work of volunteers

| Thursday, May 15, 2008

A Forest Hills group is working to recognize the efforts of community members who dedicate countless unpaid hours to make the borough a better place to live.

The members of We the People have organized the Forest Hills Volunteer Fair and Family and Friends Fun Day, which will showcase the services provided by volunteer groups and hopefully spark others to get involved.

"One of the really good things about Forest Hills -- and I was born here -- is there are really good things that are here because of the volunteers," said Faith Katchmar, one of the organizers of Saturday's event. "We have a lot of community-oriented events, from the hayride to Light Up Night."

Katchmar and her husband, Alan, along with We the People member Ariana Say, have brought together 19 volunteer organizations to showcase their work. They include the civic association, auxiliary police, fire department, bird and wildlife commission, garden club, crime alert, Rotary, Lions Club, library, Woodland Hills EMS, Woodland Hills Academic Foundation and senior citizens center.

"Hopefully, it will give people an opportunity to show their support for them," Alan Katchmar said. "And hopefully, it will show people that maybe they can do their part for the community."

Forest Hills public safety equipment -- including fire engines, EMS vehicles and police cars -- will be on display, as will the Flivver, a bus for Forest Hills senior citizens.

C.C. Mellor Memorial Library will host a children's story time. Woodland Hills Senior Class Leadership Club will provide face painting.

A "Birds of Prey" exhibit will focus on the oldest living eagle in the nation, Joyful Twirlers will perform with batons, the Forest Hills K-9 unit will stage a demonstration, local authors Jody Shapiro and Joel Bloom will sign autographs, and a Chinese auction will be conducted.

Faith Katchmar said volunteers are a critical component of the community.

"How can you put a price on what these people have done?" she asked. "If everybody were to make it a priority to volunteer for something, it could make such a big difference in the world."

Additional Information:

If you go

Forest Hills' volunteer fair will run from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday at Forest Hills/Westinghouse Lodge on Barclay Avenue off Greensburg Pike. Further information about the event is available by calling 412-243-3073.

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