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Ecumenical service to follow parade



Published: Mon, November 5, 2001 @ 12:00 a.m.



Ecumenical serviceto follow parade

GIRARD -- A Community Service for God and Country will be Nov. 18.

Sister Lucille Conley, H.M., director of Emmanuel Community Care Center, said the event will be both patriotic and religious. Those attending are asked to wear red, white and blue clothing.

The service will begin with a 6:30 p.m. parade from the Girard Justice Center to the high school.

The school band, police, firefighters, medical providers, veterans and Scouts will participate. The program will begin at 7 p.m. in the school gym. There will be an ecumenical choir.

Sister Conley said churches have had their own services, but Rev. Martin Fusko, pastor of St. Rose Church, proposed the idea of a communitywide ecumenical program.

Lark donates to fund

NEW CASTLE, Pa. -- Lark Enterprises Inc. donated $1,032 to the American Red Cross for the Sept. 11 relief fund.

Lark, an agency that caters to those with developmental disabilities, sold T-shirts, hats and buttons with patriotic themes that were created in the organization's screen print department.

Additional orders for the items are being taken at Lark's Ellwood Road location.

Source of letter traced

ELLSWORTH -- Mahoning County deputy sheriffs and postal workers said an envelope containing white powder and a chain letter came from a 79-year-old veteran who is trying to raise money, police reports show.

The letter, postmarked in New York, was sent to the post office box of a 55-year-old retired Ellsworth man. The man reported that he retrieved the letter from his box at about 10 a.m. Friday. When his son opened the letter at their home, powder fell out.

The chain letter referred to the events of Sept. 11 and sought money.

Besides deputies, also responding were the Ellsworth fire department and the Mahoning County Emergency Management Agency. The letter was confiscated and the man was told to disinfect his home. The area of the post office where the letter was handled was also decontaminated.

Dickinson scare

CARLISLE, Pa. (AP) -- A powdery substance found in envelopes left in Dickinson College's student union earlier this week has tested negative for anthrax, a college spokeswoman said Friday.

The Holland Union Building, which was closed after the envelopes were discovered in the mail room Tuesday morning, reopened Saturday, spokeswoman Heidi Hormel said.

Dickinson senior Andrew J. Theodorakis, 21, of Stony Brook, N.Y., faces criminal charges including simple assault, terroristic threats and causing a catastrophe for allegedly leaving the envelopes that contained cards with the words "You now have anthrax. Prepare to die."

He remained in Cumberland County Prison in lieu of $250,000 bail Friday.

White powder probed

NEW CASTLE, Pa. -- Authorities are investigating the origin of white powder that fell out of a letter as it was going through the Cascade Street post office.

New Castle police said this morning that the powder fell out of an envelope that was ripped by a sorting machine Friday night.

Postal authorities shut down that section of the post office and contacted Lawrence County Emergency Management Director Sharyn Critchlow, who authorized sending a hazardous materials group to the post office to take a sample and clean it up.

Police said the envelope was addressed to someone in Imperial, Pa. The return address was fictitious, they said.

Police said the investigation was turned over to the U.S. Postal Service.




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