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The Dawson Volunteer Fire Company will meet at 7 p.m. tonight in its fire hall. All members are urged to attend. Don’t forget the fire company’s annual fund drive will take place Nov. 6 and 13 throughout Dawson and Lower Tyrone Township. On these two days, volunteer firefighters will be going door to door in this community seeking support. You can also mail your check or money order payable to Dawson Volunteer Fire Company to P.O. Box 342, Dawson, PA 15428.

Tuesday is Election Day. Please exercise your right to vote at your local polling place.

The Ladies Auxiliary to the Flatwoods Volunteer Fire Department will be serving soup and sandwiches from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Election Day at the Curfew Grange Hall. Take out will be available.

The Layton Civic Center will hold a flea market and bake sale from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesday. All proceeds will benefit the center.

Area food banks will be distributing food on the following dates: Leisenring Presbyterian Church from 8:30 to 10:30 a.m. Nov. 17 and East Liberty United Presbyterian Church of Vanderbilt from 10 a.m. to noon Nov. 18. Donations and volunteers are always welcome. Remember to bring a box, basket or bag along with you to carry your items home.

Veterans Day is Nov. 11. As such, banks, post offices, state stores, schools and all government offices will be closed. On that special day please remember to say “thank you” to a veteran you know for helping to keep our country “The land of the free and home of the brave.”

I have an answer to the last trivia question: In 1895, a Connellsville City councilman was beaten to death by an angry mob of strikers at the H.C. Frick owned/operated Davidson Mine (Davidson Hill). He was employed by the coal company as chief engineer. Who was he• Wayne Herbert and Richard R. Miller both knew it was Joseph Padock. There is some discrepancy as to when this savage murder took place. Some historians say it took place in 1895, while others said it took place in the spring of 1894.

This week’s question also remembers the struggle early coal miners in the area had to endure to achieve mine safety and a living wage. In the early 1900s on Tony Row in Star Junction, there was a standoff between mine cops and striking miners. It’s been said the mine guards stood on top of the wall along Tony Row to try to break the strike. A now deceased Dawson resident was one of the armed guards. In what year did this event take place. If you know, e-mail me at [email protected] or call me at 724-398-3118. You can also write me at 276 Banning road, Dawson, PA 15428-1175 with news for this column by noon Tuesday.

Keep smiling and have a great week.


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