Cheers to Sarah Calvert, 18, of Waynesburg, the 2019 Greene County Fair Queen. Her goal has been to provide at least one community service project a month during her year of reign. For December, she is collecting donations in the form of boxes of food or money to feed needy families on Christmas. On Dec. 4, she posted a list of 24 items to include in the boxes on Facebook and notified local churches of the items she is collecting. She noted the the list costs less than $30 to complete. Those interested in donating a box, should contact her by phone at 724-998-4413 or on her Facebook pages: Sarah Calvert or 2019 Greene County Fair Queen. Box deliveries should be dropped off at the Greene County Chamber of Commerce before Dec. 20, the date she plans to start delivery.
Cheers to all of our local first responders, especially those volunteer firefighters from Fayette and Greene counties who gave of their time recently to come to Brownsville to learn what to do in the event of a bus accident. More than 20 firefighters received the hands-on lesson in a simulated exercise during a rainy day in an effort to be better prepared should the call come for a bus rescue. We have always been so fortunate to have dedicated residents here who volunteer their time and many times risk their lives to help neighbors. Moreso, it’s comforting to know that even in times when their stations are not being activated for calls, they are working and learning to improve upon their skills to keep us all safe.
Cheers to those who chose to donate to charity this holiday season! There are so many organizations out there that are in need of funds to support their missions, and opting to give to a worthwhile organization is an incredible gift. Unfortunately, it’s important to also do the research to ensure your money is going to a legitimate organization. To help, the IRS offers a search to determine if a charity is in good standing. Sites like Charity Navigator and Guidestar offer searches to see how much of your donation goes directly to the chosen cause, and the Better Business Bureau offers a quick search to see if a charity has complaints filed against it. Those quick searches will help anyone who wants to give maximize the impact a financial gift may have.
Cheers to Frazier senior Thayne Lawrence for winning the 100th match of his career on Wednesday against Mount Pleasant High School at Henry DiVirgilio Field House. The Lehigh University recruit won his bout by fall in 1:58. Lawrence is a two-time defending state champion and has won WPIAL gold three times. He will compete this weekend in the Ironman Tournament at Walsh Jesuit High School, which is rated by wrestling publications throughout the country as the toughest high school tournament in the United States. Lawrence was sixth at the Ironman last year.