Let’s all have a cozy and pleasant 2021-2022 weekend.
National Weather Service forecast for Latrobe / KLBE area Friday night New Years Eve: Showers, mainly after 2 am Scattered fog after 5 am Low around 48. Chance of precipitation is 90%.
Saturday, New Year’s Day: showers. High near 59. Chance of precipitation is 100%.
Ein glückliches neues Jahr (in honor of the German heritage of my father’s parents).
Felix sit annus novus (in memory of my Latin teacher and Junior / Senior Classical League advisor, Miss Adeline Reeping).
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As previously announced on my Lifestyles page: The American Legion Thomas B. Anderson Post 515 will be hosting a New Years Eve Super Bingo on Friday, December 31; tickets are on sale for $ 25 at the Latrobe Post House or by calling American Legion Auxiliary Unit 515 President Janet Penrose at 724-433-5809.
The next Unit 515 meeting will be at 2:00 p.m. on Monday January 10 at the post office. A grocery store bingo will follow the business session. All members are asked to “bring two non-perishable items”.
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American Legion Auxiliary Unit 407 officers Marge Patz and Rita Zimmerman recently accepted four car magnets donated by David Chaek of David Chaek Photography and Signs in Blairsville. (See photo below.)
Marge explained, “He made four of us so we could have two vehicles decked out with them. Every time we travel or take part in a parade, people will know who we represent. HUGE thanks to Dave Chaek Photography, 230 E. Market St., Blairsville.
“And a very Merry Christmas to all of our Veterans, wherever they are. Be careful and get home quickly!
“If anyone would like to donate to The Auxiliary to help us continue to remember our veterans or perhaps would like to become a member, the address is ALA Unit 407, in the care of Marge Patz, 300 S. Brady St., Blairsville, PA 15717.
“Please only send donations by check and specify in the notes section what the donation is for.
“Thank you in advance and all auxiliary members wish everyone who reads a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.”
Call 724-459-5679 for information on members of ALA Unit 407.
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St. Paul’s Evangelical Lutheran Church offers a free pork and sauerkraut dinner to everyone in the community from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. On Saturday, January 1, at church, 108 Dutch Hill Road, Latrobe (Trauger, Mount Pleasant Township).
(The poster I received in time for last week’s BB incorrectly said Monday January 1 and I didn’t get it.)
Traditional pork and sauerkraut, mashed potatoes, green beans, fresh rolls, hot dogs, homemade desserts and drinks will be served.
The organizers invite all members of the community to “please join your neighbors for a wonderful time of fellowship as we begin the new year”.
Call 724-423-2590 with any questions or visit www.splchurch.com.
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Among my emails this week:
“I wish you good times, good humor and a memorable New Year.
“All of us at Bottle Works Ethnic Arts Center would like to thank you for your business, loyalty and support over the past year.
“During the holidays, the Shoppe Gallery and the Tulip and Art Works galleries will close at 2 p.m. on Friday, December 31 and reopen on Tuesday, January 4 at 10 a.m.
“From the Board of Directors and staff of BW we wish you a fun and safe New Year!
“We hope to see you again in the New Year!”
Bottle Works Ethnic Arts Center is located at 411-413 Third Ave., Johnstown. www.bottleworks.org
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Westmoreland Cleanways and Recycling is reminding everyone to recycle their real Christmas trees by taking them to one of Westmoreland County’s many drop-off sites.
Landing sites in the region include:
Unity Township Municipal Building, 154 Beatty County Road, Jan. 2 to 31, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday to Friday, closed weekends.
Township of Derry Municipal Building, 5321 Route 982, Dec. 26-Jan. 31, drop-off open.
Ligonier Country Market Field, hosted by the Loyalhanna Watershed Association at its Lower Farm, corner of West Main Street and Springer Road, Dec 26 – Jan 31, dawn to dusk.
All locations require trees to be completely stripped of all decorations and lights when dropped. This includes any tree bags or wrappers used to transport the tree to the landing site.
Sponsors for this year’s Christmas tree recycling program include Westmoreland Cleanways and Recycling, James A. Rutter Co. in Murrysville, Penn Township and the Borough of Youngwood.
“Christmas trees are a great tradition as well as a nice addition to your holiday decor. Don’t let their beauty end up in a landfill, ”said Mike Skapura, executive director of Westmoreland Cleanways and Recycling. “At the end of the season, please take your Christmas tree to one of the bicycle tree drop spots in the county and let the beauty of your tree come full circle, returning it to the ground.”
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It’s almost that time of year:
Senior tax assistance is available at the West Newton Center for Active Adults.
Center Director Paul A. Kurzdorfer III explained: “The AARP Tax Counseling for Elderly (TCE) program offers free tax preparation assistance, by appointment only, to seniors who cannot. afford professional help.
“Due to the shortage of RSVP volunteers at Westmoreland County Community College, appointments will be reduced in 2022 and bookings will be quick.”
• Simple tax assistance (short form) only.
• By appointment only. No appointment will be accepted.
• Participants “must bring all required documents, including income, interest and dividend declarations, identification and copies of federal and state tax returns from last year.”
The director added, “The West Newton Center for Active Adults is just a welcome site for this tax program. As a courtesy, the centre’s volunteers (help) RSVP with making tax appointments. WNCAA staff cannot offer tax advice and cannot respond to program concerns or complaints. When calling to inquire about appointment availability, please note that the center has only one phone line and only one volunteer to assist with appointments. Delays are to be expected. Please do not leave any voicemail messages regarding this tax program. Due to limited resources, voicemail messages regarding this program will not be returned. We appreciate your patience and courtesy when speaking with the staff.
Call 724-872-4976 for assistance. The center is located at 103 E. Main St., West Newton. Visit https://wncaa.square.site
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The American Legion Auxiliary Unit 982 will be holding its monthly meeting at 6 p.m. on Monday, January 3 at American Legion Station 982, located at 158 American Legion Road, off Charles Houck Road, Unity Township.
Unit 982 President Mary Stauffer said, “All auxiliary members are invited and encouraged to attend. The itinerary includes, but is not limited to, Christmas events, hosted family, treats, veterans breakfast, upcoming events, fish fry, and more.
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Della L. Murphy said the Church of God, 4017 First Ave., Youngstown, will be having their next roast beef dinner at the church on Sunday, January 9, “from 11 am until we’re full. This will be take out only using drive-thru service. There will be no indoor seating. We will not take any orders over the phone!
Roast beef, mashed potatoes, gravy, corn, green beans, coleslaw, and vanilla or chocolate cake are included in the popular meal, available as an adult portion for $ 9 or as a child portion for $ 6.
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According to the Greater Latrobe School District calendar on www.glsd.us, the Christmas holidays continue until Friday, December 31. Classes will resume on Monday January 3.
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