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Employees of First Federal Savings and Loan Association of Greene County donated their prize winnings from the Waynesburg Light-Up Night Window Decorating Contest to Corner Cupboard Food Bank. The window, featuring a rustic country Christmas scene, placed second in the judging competition and first in the Community Choice competition on Facebook. The Window Decorating Contest is organized by Waynesburg Prosperous & Beautiful as part of the annual Light-Up Night and Holiday Open House…

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For the 10th consecutive year, Fayette County Cattlemen’s Association donated $500 to the Fayette County Toys for Tots program. President Harry Dice stated, “We are happy to make this contribution to help those in need during this holiday season. The money we raise is thanks to our community who frequent our food booth at the annual Fayette County Fair.” Pictured are (from left) front: Ed Regula, treasurer, presenting check to Dan Martin, Toys for Tots director; standing are directors Da…

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Daycare Echo Child Development Center owned by Carol Dzavan in Connellsville collected and donated nonperishable food to Connellsville Area Community Ministries. Pictured are (from left) back: Zoey Heitger, Nolan Brooks, Parker Baird, Brooklynn Dean, Braid Stout; middle: Beau Blackstone, Myles Brooks, Moxie Lynn, Weston Wolfe; front: Isabella Burncheck, Nevaeh Cavalier, Brooke Bossart, Kourtney Huffine; absolute front: Allyson Renzi.

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Dunbar Township Tax Office provided over 300 cookies to all three food banks located in Dunbar Township. Over $90 was donated throughout the year from taxpayers to help with the Christmas Cookie Drive. Volunteers this year are (from left) Greyson Gida, 2, of Connellsville; Marigrace Butela, tax collector; Marie Hagner, of Dunbar Loving Hands; Wade Strickler, of Vanderbilt; Dwayne King, councilman for Vanderbilt Borough; and Damian Luti, former owner of Luti Advertising of the Mon Valley.

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St. Sebastian Regional Catholic School in North Belle Vernon again teamed up with Southwestern Pennsylvania Human Services Connect to collect Christmas gifts for more than 150 children in need throughout Washington, Greene and Westmoreland counties. The Bus to Bethlehem list contained the names of children from SPHS Connect housing programs and the Washington Family Center. SPHS Connect provides a full range of services for the homeless, near-homeless and low-income individuals, children…

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Cali Leichliter, a fifth grade student at Conn-Area Catholic School in Connellsville, is shown with New Haven Hose Co. Fire Chief Jeff Layton (right) and Sparky the Fire Dog (Michelle Layton) as Leichliter was a second place fifth grade winner in the Fayette County Firemen’s Association Fire Essay Contest during a December ceremony at Point Marion Volunteer Fire Department. This year’s theme was titled “Not Every Hero Wears a Cape; Plan, Practice Your Escape.” There were 737 entries from…

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The Admissions department of Penn State Fayette, The Eberly Campus in Lemont Furnace introduced a new event for college-prepared students to explore academic programs and careers in the field of health sciences. Health Science Days featured sessions on nursing, physical therapy assistant, biology and pre-medicine. Over 400 students and chaperones participated from 13 schools, including Mount Pleasant, Myersdale, Carmichaels, Turkeyfoot, Connellsville, Brownsville, Waynesburg Central, Sou…

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In recognition and appreciation of his generous and continued support in helping establish the Pennsylvania State Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 8543 Band in North Union Township, the band recently presented Allen Q. Jones with a plaque. Jones, a World War II veteran and member of VFW Post 21 in Connellsville, served as past state and District 23 commander and District 23 Parliamentarian as well as Pennslvania VFW Chief of Staff and trustee for the VFW Home for Veterans. When the band for…