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Although the door-to-door portion of the fund drive for the Dawson Volunteer Fire Company has ended, you can still make your annual donation by mailing your check or money order payable to the Dawson Volunteer Fire Co., P.O. Box 342, Dawson, PA 15428. The men and women of this organization would like to thank everyone for their generous support.

The Dawson Volunteer Fire Co. has changed the way it operates its bingo games. The company has returned to using “hard cards” for all regular games and paper cards for specials. Admission is now $6 for two hard cards, with each extra card costing $1; specials are $1 per sheet. The bingo remains the same. Games begin at 7 p.m. Tuesdays and 11 p.m. on the first and third Saturdays of every month.

Are you in the Christmas spirit, if not, this should help. The Connellsville Area Senior High School Chorus will hold its annual Christmas concert at 3 p.m. Dec. 5 in the high school. Admission is free; however, a donation will be accepted at the door.

I’m sure most area residents have seen the renovations done to the Dawson Honor Roll. It is beautiful; however, the Honor Roll Committee is planning further improvements, including lighting and a new monument. These improvements are going to cost a lot of money, and the committee is seeking public support. If you would like to help by making a donation, large or small, send your check or money order to The Dawson Honor Roll Restoration Committee, Tri-Town Historical Society, P.O. Box 1872, Dawson, PA 15428.

Thursday is Thanksgiving. All banks, post offices, liquor stores and government offices and schools will be closed.

Folks, let us remember to count our blessings during the coming week and to remember our friends and neighbors who may not be as fortunate as we are during this holiday season. If each and every one of us make a concerted effort to help, we can make this holiday season a little brighter for area families one dollar or one food item at a time. Now more than at any other time of the year, area food pantries need our support. A donation of a dollar or two or a donation of one or two canned or boxed food items, multiplied by many, can go a long way in providing a great holiday dinner for some family that is having a hard time making ends meet.

Many area churches operate food distribution sites throughout the year as does the Connellsville Community Ministries and Fayette County Community Action. Every little bit of help they receive is greatly appreciated.

Toys for Tots and area Salvation Army Service Units are also currently seeking donations of new toys to help make Christmas a little brighter for area children during these tough economic times. In fact, the Daily Courier at 127 W. Apple St., Connellsville, is now accepting donations through Dec. 14 in its office of new, unwrapped toys for this year’s Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots campaign.

If we all can give just a little, we can make the upcoming Christmas season happier for a great number of area families.

Rifle deer season comes in one week from today. Let’s all be careful as we head for the woods and fields in search of that trophy buck. Be mindful of the area, take note of where other hunters are and practice all of the gun safety rules. Be sure of your target. Every year, you read about someone who was mistakenly shot for a big game animal or where someone’s home or pet has been shot. If you aren’t sure that what you are aiming at is a deer, don’t pull the trigger.

Area drivers should also exercise caution on our roadways during deer season. With hunters afield, the deer will be moving more than usual, and you can bet that they will be crossing area roads with increasing frequency trying to avoid humans. Let’s all do our part to make this hunting season a safe and memorable one for all.

December’s First Friday Coffee House, will be held Dec. 3 at the Philip G. Cochran Memorial United Methodist Church, Dawson, featuring a Christmas spectacular with Sara and Katie Zebley and members of the Girlz in Black Hats band. Admission and snacks are free. Soft drinks and menu items are available. Doors open at 6:30 p.m.; the fun begins at 7. All shows are family friendly, professional entertainment, and a gift from the church’s congregation to the community. For more information, call 724-529-7298.

The Dawson Volunteer Fire Co. will hold its regular monthly meeting at 7 p.m. Dec. 6 in the fire station. All members are urged to attend.

Happy birthday today to our daughter-in-law, Belinda Lynn, we love you, Ed and Beth. Birthday wishes go out this week to Jeff Henry who celebrates on Friday and Delbert Moss who celebrates on Saturday.

Congratulations to George and Hazel Hixon, who will celebrate 75 years of marriage on Thanksgiving Day.

Last week’s trivia question was: Can you name the meats that were served at the very first Thanksgiving gathering. There were several, but I will settle for one or two. So browse your history books, jump on the net, and let’s see what we can come up with. Hint: the main entree was not turkey. Jim Shawley, Mary Ann Dill, Betty Bando, Dink Critchfield, John and Kathy Kacala, Jesse Lynn and Loreen (Haas) Martin of Chattanooga Tenn., all knew that venison was the main meat on the menu followed by squirrel, rabbit, duck, fish and dried bear meat. At that time in our history, the Native Americans considered turkeys to be sacred.

This week’s question: Who was the very first president to proclaim that one day be set aside for the nation to give thanks for its blessings• If you know, give me a call at 724-398-3118 — please note the change in phone number — or e-mail me . You can also drop me a line at 276 Banning Road, Dawson, PA 15428-1175. Please send all information by noon Tuesday for publication in this column the following Monday.

Beth Lynn is a Lower Tyrone Township resident.

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