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Mail for soldiers deadline nears

The American Red Cross is offering community members a way to give back to the armed forces this holiday season with its Holiday Mail for Heroes program, which delivers cards to active soldiers, veterans, and family members in time for the holidays.

In participation with this national initiative, the local Red Cross will collect seasonal cards for soldiers during the course of the next month. Between now and Dec. 10, the public is invited to send servicemen and women a “touch of home” through holiday cards that contain greetings and messages of cheer and appreciation.

“Sending a greeting card is a simple gift that goes a long way for our armed service members during the holiday season,” said Karen Fair, executive director of Red Cross in Armstrong County. “The Holiday Mail for Heroes program carries on the American Red Cross’ tradition of service to our armed forces and veterans.”

The Holiday Mail for Heroes initiative makes for a great service project for local organizations, school, groups and companies, and for a fun family activity. Cards are to contain appropriate holiday-themed messages. No materials or inserts should be enclosed with the cards.

Community members can take cards to the Red Cross Chapter, 245 Butler Road, Suite 4, East Franklin, until Dec. 6 or cards can be mailed, postmarked by Dec. 10, to Holiday Mail for Heroes, P.O. Box 5456, Capitol Heights, MD 20791-5456.

Through its service to the Armed Forces (SAF) program, the American Red Cross connects members of the military with their families during times of personal crisis and offers 24-hour support and counseling. Last fiscal year, more than 500 military families turned to the local Red Cross’ SAF volunteers for assistance during emergencies such as family births, deaths and illnesses. To learn more about the service to the Armed Forces program, call 724-545-2733.

Mental health group holds annual hearing

The Armstrong-Indiana Mental Health/Mental Retardation Program will conduct a public hearing on its 2011-2012 Mental Retardation County Plan at 2 p.m. Tuesday in the second floor conference room of the Armsdale Administration Building in Rayburn. The hearing will provide interested citizens an opportunity to ask questions or to make oral or written comments regarding the 2011-2012 Mental Retardation County Plan.

Reminder issued about Ohio trip

The deadline has been extended to Monday for the Apollo Area Historical Society which will host a two-day bus trip to Cambridge, Ohio, where Olde England and history are featured at the Dickens Victorian Village on Dec. 10 and 11.

There will be a guided tour of Main Street where more than 80 handpainted scenes containing 180 life-sized characters depict Victorian Society. Stops will be made at the Welcome Center and Ye Olde Curiosity Shop. There will be a tour of the Mosser Glass Factory to see the artisans at work, followed by a Victorian meal and a tour of the three-story 1878 Colonel Taylor Victorian Mansion, and time at the courthouse holiday light show where more than 20,000 pulsating lights are synchronized to holiday music.

The second day will include a stop at the Kennedy Bakery and gingerbread display and contest, and a holiday lunch buffet at the Point Restaurant in downtown Cambridge. There will be time for some shopping in downtown Byesville after a “A Coal Miner’s Christmas” train ride aboard a vintage train in the Appalachian foothills.

The cost of the trip is $225 per person for double or triple occupancy and $245 per person for single, and includes all touring, admissions, three meals, hotel accommodations, bus transportation, and taxes.

To make reservations call 724-478-3037. All proceeds benefit the Apollo Area Historical Society Museum and the Drake Log Cabin.

Deadline set for senior dinner

The Kittanning Lions Club will hold its 35th annual senior citizens dinner beginning at noon Dec. 12 at St. Mary Parish Hall, 361 N. Jefferson St., Kittanning. The turkey dinner with all the trimmings is free to all area senior citizens. Reservations may be made by mailing information to: Kittanning Lions Club, P.O. Box 1014, Kittanning, Pa. 16201. The deadline for all reservations is Dec. 6. Those attending are asked to include their name, telephone number, number of people dining and number of take out dinners. Take out meals are for shut-ins only.

Workshop, sale accepting donations

A Jesus Christmas workshop and a bake sale of homemade goods will be held from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Dec. 4 at the New Hope Assembly of God, NuMine. Donations of gently used toys, gifts, or clothing will be accepted from 7-9 p.m. Dec. 1, 2, and 3 and before 10 a.m. Dec. 4. This is a toy, gift and clothing sale/exchange. Questions may be directed to the church office at 724-783-7353.

Watershed group meets Wednesday

The monthly meeting of the Cowanshannock Creek Watershed Association will be held at 7 p.m. Wednesday at the Armsdale Administration Building Conference Room 103. Questions may be directed to Pam Meade at 724-783-6692.

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