On Centre: Bald Eagle Area | Milesburg Christmas preparations off to early start

crosenbl@centredaily.comOctober 30, 2013 

In the annual race for the earliest outdoor Christmas display, Milesburg may take the prize this year.

The third Hometown Christmas celebration on Nov. 30 will feature a 4-story pine tree festooned with lights — courtesy of American Legion Post 893.

Post members donated $2,000 for the festival to buy the lights, which recently were draped on the branches with the help of an Undine Fire Company bucket truck.

“We’re so excited about it because it’s something new for the town,” said Sandy Dieterle, a festival organizer.

Returning to the festival will be craft shows, open houses, carolers in the streets and Boy Scouts handing out candy and maps — with all the activities and decorations paid for by donations. Of course, Santa is scheduled to pay a visit.

Anyone wishing to participate in the festival or assist the preparations can call Dieterle at 353-8886.

But don’t worry about the tree next to the Milesburg Presbyterian Church: It’s already taken care of, ready to be plugged in just before the town party to usher in the holiday season.

Dieterle can’t wait.

“We’re going to have this big, beautiful tree to welcome people to Milesburg,” she said.

A real ‘treat’

For anyone who enjoys Halloween, this may be a real treat.

The Bald Eagle Valley Community United Methodist Church is seeking volunteers for its Light the Night party Thursday at Bald Eagle Area High School — one of several alternative Halloween events being held locally.

Specifically, the Wingate church needs help setting up at 4 p.m. and then running activities from 6 to 8 p.m. To volunteer, call the church at 353-8870.

Shoot for meat

Every Wednesday, folks meet for meat at the Port Matilda Sportsman’s Club.

At 7 p.m., the club holds shotgun target shoots for prizes that vary each week. But each time, participants have their names entered in a drawing for the grand prize: a $100 meat package to be given after the last shoot on Nov. 27.

Each shoot costs $10 for club members and $12 for the public. The club supplies shells for five rounds. Each shoot also includes a 50/50 raffle and food for sale.

For more information, call 692-7554.

Howard Lions distribute food, give blood

It’s been a good month for the Howard Area Lions Club, 109 members strong and committed to community service.

On Oct. 1, the club reported, it distributed 109 boxes of food at the Howard Area Food Bank in Beech Creek. Eight days later, club members held a successful blood drive that collected 48 donated pints.

In addition, White Cane Days on Oct. 11-12 raised $800 for the Lions’ Centre County Foresight Committee, a consortium of the Lions Clubs in Centre County. Traditionally, the committee uses White Cane Days donations to help send eyeglasses and cases to foreign countries.

The food bank’s distribution center in the former Beech Creek Elementary School building next will be open Nov. 4 and Nov. 18. For more information, call 570-962-2407.

Chris Rosenblum writes a weekly column about news in the Upper and Lower Bald Eagle valleys. If you have news to share, email crosenbl@centredaily.com or call 231-4620.

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