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Smicksburg United Methodist Women  :: The Smicksburg United Methodist Women met at 7 p.m. March 12. There were nine members and two youths present. The date was changed due to Lenten Bible Study.

The devotions were about Maundy Thursday. The program focused on St. Patrick, and several poems were also shared.

The minutes from the previous meeting and the treasurer’s report were approved as read.

The president shared upcoming events from “The Vine,” the UMW district newsletter. It will be posted for review as well.

A report was given from the recent UMW Day Apart.

The St. Patrick’s breakfast was held at 8 a.m. March 17.

The annual egg coloring will be on Friday. The families participating will share a meal afterward.

The Easter egg hunt will be at 1 p.m. Saturday at the church. Children up to the age of 12 are invited to participate.

A reminder was given that the April meeting will include the white elephant sale. The meeting was closed with the reading of the Litany. After the prayer, the club had a meal and door prizes were awarded.


Todd Bird Club

“Birding the Mahoning Shadow Trail” was the title of Tom Glover’s presentation at the March 5 Todd Bird Club meeting at the Blue Spruce Park Lodge. Glover detailed his adventures of the past three years while birding the Mahoning Shadow Trail. Because of its varied habitats, MST boasts a great diversity of bird life, including resident nesting bald eagles.

At the next meeting on Tuesday, Wildlife Conservation Officer Patrick Snickles will present “The Life History of the Eastern Whip-poor-will.” Participants will learn about this declining, secretive, nocturnal bird that is more often heard than seen.

The club will be celebrating its 30th anniversary on April 13 at Yellow Creek State Park, meeting at the environmental education center at 8 a.m. for coffee and refreshments. Participants in the bird walk will leave from the building at 8:30 a.m., returning to the EEC around noon for a luncheon and program. Everyone interested in birds and birding is invited for the full day or part of the day. There is a $5 nominal registration fee that includes all food and activities. For more information, call (724) 349-2787 or mail to Todd Bird Club, 515 Laurel Run Road, Penn Run, PA 15765. The registration deadline is Tuesday.

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Kiwanis Club of Indiana

Wayne Obitz, president called the Kiwanis Club of Indiana weekly breakfast meeting to order.

IHS teacher and Key Club adviser Scott Laydon and Key Club members Austin Jasper and Alexis Tshudy were guests of the club and discussed recent Key Club projects. Laydon said there are 250 members in the Key Club and 45 members of the executive board. The students discussed recent projects such as the Battle of the Faculties which has raised more than $9,000 for Hopeful Hearts. They recently held a faculty versus Pittsburgh Steelers basketball game and the IHS THON raised $5,000 for the 4 Diamond Fund.

The IHS Key Club also helped the elementary schools with their Mini-Thon, which raised $1,000. In the planning is a casual dance called a MORP. Since convention time last March, the IHS Key Club has raised more than $20,000.

Fred Yun, secretary of Kiwanis, thanked all the members who participated in the farewell dinner for him and Barb at Rustic Lodge. The food was great, the speakers entertaining and very funny, and the gifts very much appreciated. Yun also reminded members of the April 4 board meeting, the April 5 leadership workshop at Indiana University of Pennsylvania’s Crimson Hawk Center, the April 6 Johnstown Kiwanis Club’s pancake day and the Kiwanis Club of Indiana’s Trivia Night on April 26 at Rustic Lodge.

Bonni Dunlap reminded members of the computer and electronic devices recycling day at United Presbyterian Church in Blairsville. Obitz briefly discussed the proposed miracle baseball field and announced that Nancy Sherry-Helsel will be at breakfast on Tuesday to provide more information.

Obitz called a brief meeting of the Kiwanis board of directors. Joyce Scibek moved to spend $238 on an ad for the Civic Leader program. Mel O’Keefe seconded. O’Keefe also moved that Kiwanis continue the students of the month program at Blairsville High School this year and next and continue the two scholarships. Dunlap and Bob Bell will make necessary arrangements to form a Key Club at Blairsville High School for next year. Joyce Scibek seconded the motion.

For more information on the Kiwanis Club of Indiana, contact Yun at (724) 465-7509.

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