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Fire department to have Fall Fest

| Thursday, Oct. 18, 2001

The Etna Volunteer Fire Department Fall Fest will be at 7 p.m. today, Friday and Saturday at Fugh Memorial Hall, Etna ballfield.

The fest will feature bingo, food, drinks and beer, games of chance and hayrides. Kid's Day will be from 2 to 6 p.m. Saturday and will feature a pumpkin patch, hayrides and kids' games. Saturday's events will end with a bonfire.

For details, call (412) 782-1333 or (412) 782-6128.

Richland

St. Thomas Church in-the-Fields will sponsor a Clothing and Book Exchange from 1 to 4 p.m. Sunday at the church, Route 8 and Dickey Road.

Women of all ages are invited to bring clothing and books to exchange. Clothing should be in good condition. Attendees can also bring a snack to share. Leftover clothing will be sent to Bethlehem Haven Home and leftover books will go to North Hills Youth Ministry for their sale.

Kathleen Ganster and Eliza Ganster-Soudi will be hosts for the event. For details, call Kathleen Ganster at (724) 443-1664.

Harmar

State Rep. Frank Dermody will sponsor a bus trip Tuesday to the state Capitol and to historic Bird-in-Hand, Pa.

The bus will depart at 7 a.m. from the Giant Eagle on Freeport Road in Harmar. Prior to the Capitol tour and lunch, the group will have a guided tour of Harrisburg. The bus then will take travelers to the village of Bird-in-Hand, Lancaster County, for a shopping excursion. Participants will be responsible for their own dinner plans.

Payment of $40 is required before the trip. For details and reservations, call Charlene Jezik at Dermody's district office at (724) 274-4770.

Dermody, an Oakmont Democrat, represents a district that includes Indiana and West Deer townships.

Emsworth

The Ben Avon Historical Association will have its fall meeting at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 25 at Emsworth Presbyterian Church, 73 Hiland Ave.

Art Parker will give a presentation based on his book 'The Monongahela - River of Dreams, River of Sweat.' The book discusses how the river has been important to the development of Pittsburgh, the state and the country.

A question-and-answer session will follow the presentation. Refreshments will be served.

For details, call (412) 734-3906.

Seneca Valley schools

Order forms will be available Nov. 1 for the Seneca Valley High School choral students' Renaissance Madrigal Dinner, which will be held Dec. 7 and 8 at the high school cafeteria, 128 Seneca School Road, Harmony.

Students will be dressed in Renaissance costumes and will provide entertainment before and during the meal, beginning with a Renaissance Faire at 6 p.m.

The dinner will be a full-course meal with wassail, fresh fruit, cheddar cheese soup, Cornish hen with rice, carved beef and other foods from the period. The cafeteria will be decorated as a castle banquet hall.

Order forms will be available at all elementary, middle school and high school offices beginning Nov. 1. Tickets will be sold only on a reserved mail order basis. Reservations will be accepted through Nov. 15. No tickets will be sold at the door.

Tickets are $15 each, and tables of six can be reserved.

Butler County

Victim Outreach Intervention Center (VOICe) has announced the 2001 Butler County Hestia Award nominees.

They are Joyce Appel of East Brady, Sandra Beahm of Cranberry, Anne Dunmire of Portersville, Angela Lamberto of Butler, Carol Landis of Butler, Lisa McGary of Butler, Barbara Myers of Butler, Mary Hulton Phillips of Butler and Cathy Rape of Harmony.

The Hestia Award recognizes a woman working or living in Butler County who has made an impact on the Butler County community through her courage, strength, ingenuity and determination. The award is named for Hestia, the Greek goddess of the hearth, who guarded the fires of the city so they would never be extinguished.

The nominees will be honored at a banquet from 6 to 9 p.m. Oct. 24 at the Butler Country Club. The winner will be announced at the banquet. Tickets are $40, $15 of which is tax deductible.

To reserve seats, call (724) 776-5910.

  • The Butler Health System Foundation received a $50,000 grant from the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation Pittsburgh Race for the Cure organization to help purchase a digital ultrasound machine for the Women's Imaging Center at Butler Memorial Hospital.

    The purchase also will require $69,000 raised by the Butler Health System Foundation Golf Outing and proceeds from the Crystal Ball black tie event Nov. 10.

    The digital ultrasound machine is the newest technology available in ultrasound diagnostics. The machine provides more imaging detail, which makes detection of abnormalities easier.

    The grant is part of the proceeds raised this year by the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation through its Race for the Cure.

  • The Butler County Chamber of Commerce & Tourism is collecting information for the 2002 Butler County Calendar of Events, an annual publication that promotes local events.

    Organizations interested in submitting event information should contact the Butler County Chamber of Commerce & Tourism at (724) 283-2222 for an official application form. Publishing an event in the calendar is free.

    Only one form should be submitted per event, and specific dates are required for entry into the publication.

    Forms also will be available online at the Chamber's Web site, www.butlercountychamber.com .

    Region

    Applications for the Agricultural Education Loan Forgiveness Program are available.

    The program, which began in 1992, repays a maximum of $2,000 annually to borrowers of Pennsylvania Higher Education Assistance Agency guaranteed loans for each year the borrower is employed full time in an agricultural field. Borrowers are allowed a maximum of $10,000 in loan forgiveness payments.

    The program applies only to PHEAA-funded loans, rather than personal loans.

    Applications are due by Nov. 16. For an application, call PHEAA at 1-800-692-7392.

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