Penn-Trafford area: Seniors meeting, donations to veterans, more

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Dec. 2—Penn Township seniors to meet

The BeLairs will provide entertainment when the Penn Township Senior Citizens meet Dec. 21 at the Community United Methodist Church Church, 3487 Route 130, Harrison City.

Lunch will be at 1 p.m. and costs $6. The meeting will follow at 2 p. m.

Students donate to veterans hospital

Penn-Trafford High School recently donated more than 20 boxes of personal care item, clothes, shoes, puzzle and word search books, eyeglasses, snacks and canned goods to the Veterans Administration Hospital in Pittsburgh.

Anthony Lesene, supervisor of the VA Hospital's voluntary services, collected the items before Thanksgiving and received a $500 check from the students who raised the money through donations. He also received a large stack of homemade greeting cards made by the students

Mike Doherty, voluntary specialist for the hospital, has kept a record of Penn-Trafford's donations since 2013 and is confident that this year the cumulative total will top $100,000.

Final election results certified in Westmoreland County

The Westmoreland County Elections Board closed the book on the Nov. 2 general election.

The board issued its final certifications Nov. 29 in the races for judges of election and election inspectors, two categories of races that took an additional week to tally results.

Commissioners, who serve as the board of elections, also approved the final certification of votes totals for the other races on the ballot that included vacancies on state courts, county row offices, municipal councils and school boards.

More than 88,000 voters cast ballots this fall in Westmoreland County, where 987 separate races were contested.

The final, certified vote totals are posted on the county's website.

Essay contest open to high school students

The 2022 Pennsylvania American Legion Essay Contest is offering scholarships totaling $9,000 for high school students.

Those in grades 9-12 at public, private, parochial and cyber/home schools are eligible.

The essay theme is "What does the 19th Amendment mean to me?" The 19th Amendment established women's right to vote.

First prize in the statewide contest is $3,500, with $3,000 for second place and $2,500 for third place.

Essays must be submitted to the student's local American Legion post by Jan. 8. Each post will determine a winner, which then will be submitted to Westmoreland County District 31 essay chairman by Jan. 22.

More information can be found at, then click on the "student and youth" tab. You can also email District 31 Essay Chairman Jim Drnjevich at

Joe Napsha is a Tribune-Review staff writer. You can contact Joe at 724-836-5252, or via Twitter .

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