Tuesday, September 2, 2003
The Mercer Area Chamber of Commerce Civic Committee will hold a food drive from Tuesday through Sept. 30, with collected items to be donated to the Loaves & amp; Fishes, the Sharing Shed and United Methodist Church Saturday Lunch Program.
Each item donated entitles the donor to fill out a coupon for a drawing for a ham.
Items may be dropped off at the chamber office, Corner Kitchen, Courthouse Square Dry Goods, Free Methodist Church, the Gallery, Jodie Roberts Hair Salon, Mercer Hardware, Mercer Library, Mercer Mercantile & amp; Soda Shoppe, Shannon's Kandy Kitchen, Showtime Video, Tanfastic Tanning Salon, Pizza Joe's and Walt's Golden Dawn.
Farrell native Jerry Sharell will return for a fund-raising concert at the Buhl Park Casino at 8 p.m. Saturday.
Proceeds from "Jerry Sharell Salutes the Best Songs and the Best Singers" will benefit the Buhl Farm Children's Programs. Jerry Joe Sharell and Alexa Magnotto, both of Hermitage, will also perform.
The Michael Petrone Quartet will accompany the singers. All seats are reserved and tickets are available at Shop 'n Save in Hermitage, Reyers Shoe Store in Sharon and the casino.
Music won't be the only fund-raising activity associated with the park in September. The fifth annual Ladies Tee-Off for Buhl golf event will be held Sept. 17 at the Buhl Farm Golf Course.
It's one of the few women-only charitable golf events in the area and raises money to support The First Tee of Sharon program, which teaches golf and provides equipment to youngsters.
The day features two nine-hole scrambles beginning at 9 a.m. and 1 p.m. Lunch is at 11:30 a.m. in Buhl Park Casino. The cost is $45 per player and that includes lunch. Registration forms are available at area golf pro shops and Buhl Farm Golf Course.
Mary Reed, 1928 graduate of Westminster College, got an unusual surprise at her 100th birthday party. After living 15 years at the Redstone Highlands, a senior community in Greensburg, Pa., she found that two 1928 Westminster classmates, Anna Jane (A.J.) Gorton and Kathryn Wylie Hutchinson, were also living there -- for at least seven of the same years. Reed said she did not know the other women while at Westminster. Gorton is also 100.
Hutchinson, the youngest member of the 1928 trio, celebrated her 96th birthday in May. As their birthdays indicate, the three ladies did not all begin college at the same age. Reed worked four years before going to college and Gorton went to college for two years, then worked for two years to earn enough money to finish college. Hutchinson was the only one to start straight out of high school and finish in four years.
The 1928 alumnae were juniors when fire destroyed Old Main in early January 1927.
"After the fire, classes started in some professor's homes, the Presbyterian church across the street, the athletic building and in the basement of the Science Building," said Reed.
After graduation in 1928, all three women went on to become teachers.
XContributors are Harold Gwin, Vindicator Sharon Bureau, and Laure Cioffi, New Castle Bureau.