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Happy Thanksgiving to all

I want to wish a big “Happy Thanksgiving” to one and all. This is one of my favorite, if not my No. 1 favorite holiday of all because it truly represents what a holiday should be: A time for family and friends and for sharing and caring.

Enjoy the day!

If you are new in the area, or alone, or just don’t feel like cooking a big holiday meal, there are numerous places in the area that will welcome you to join them to share Thanksgiving dinner.

• The Good Shepherd Lutheran Church will be hosting its annual Thanksgiving dinner from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Thanksgiving Day at the church on West Main Street. The dinner will be eat-in only.

• For those who would like to have a great, fresh meal delivered, the Mt. Pleasant Armory will be cooking up their annual meal and delivering Thanksgiving Day to folks in the Mt. Pleasant, Scottdale and Connellsville areas. For delivery, call 724-542-0306.

The annual Festival of Lights will premiere Saturday at the DAR house. Stop by and see all the lovely trees plus the holiday decor that can be found throughout the wonderful mansion. Times for the event will be 1:30-9 p.m. Saturday, Sunday, and Dec. 3, Dec. 4; 7-9 p.m. Dec. 2; and noon to 4 p.m. Dec. 5. Most trees are also for sale. Tickets for the event will be $4 for ages 12 and older; those younger than 12 will be admitted free.

For those of you who are venturing out on Black Friday to do some shopping, good luck and have fun!

The Salvation Army red kettles will be out in full force beginning Friday, so please toss in your change or a dollar or two if you can. There is such a great need in our area, and this is a critical time for many families who have fallen upon hard times.

If you are in the mountain area, you may wish to purchase a “Doc’s Block,” a little wooden keepsake created in honor of deceased doctor Eleanor Morris. Money raised from the keepsakes will go toward scholarships for area high school students. Check local mountain-area merchants for signs.

The Mt. Pleasant library is holding a huge basket raffle now through Dec. 10 when the winners will be drawn. Several theme baskets are located right inside the door as you enter. Tickets are one for $1 and seven for $5. Please support our library and get some tickets today.

If you love nice crafts and enjoy getting cool things for Christmas, a bus trip to the 2010 Pennsylvania Christmas Craft Show may be just the thing for you. A trip is now being planned for Dec. 1. The bus will leave the Visitation Church parking lot at 7 a.m. Cost for the one-day trip to Harrisburg will be $47, which includes transportation and entry into the show. For information, call 724-547-2010.

From 11 a.m. to midnight Sunday, the Jacobs Creek Faith in Action will host a fundraiser through the Applebee’s Dining to Donate program. Get a Dining to Donate flyer and present it to your server at the Countryside Plaza location and 15 percent of your purchase will go to the organization. To obtain a flyer, call 724-542-4117.

A wonderful handcrafted dollhouse is now being raffled off at Frick hospital. The lovely house is a replica of a three-story Victorian mansion. Tickets for the house are $2 each. The winner will be drawn on Dec. 17.

The Mt. Pleasant Rotary is now selling a 2011 calendar ticket for $25. The tickets benefit local Rotary projects. Tickets are available at Dale Walker’s office, 841 W. Main St., Mt Pleasant.

Please remember to recycle. It has proven to be quite popular in town so keep up the good work. Items that can be recycled include glass, plastics, cans, newspapers, phone books, catalogs, magazines, junk mail, cardboard that has been folded and bundled and tied, not taped. Remember, no pizza boxes, and you must cut up cardboard boxes to be no larger than 3×3, or they won’t take them. The next recycling dates will be Monday and Tuesday.


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