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Friday, January 31, 2014

Rockwell Exhibit at Pitt-Bradford

Several of Norman Rockwell’s iconic covers from The Saturday Evening Post and Look magazine will be on display beginning Friday, Feb. 7, in the KOA Art Gallery in Blaisdell Hall at the University of Pittsburgh at Bradford.

The exhibition, “Norman Rockwell in the 1960s,” will open at noon Feb. 7 with a reception that will be hosted by Dr. Richard Frederick, professor of history. The exhibition will continue through Friday, March 7. The event, which is free and open to the public, is part of Pitt-Bradford’s continuing 50th anniversary celebration.

All of the framed magazine covers that will be displayed are from the Norman Rockwell Museum in Stockbridge, Mass. Pitt-Bradford alumnus Jack Campbell ’67-’69, who has his own collection of Rockwell art, sits on the museum’s board and helped to coordinate the exhibition.

“With Jack’s support and assistance from the museum, we are able to present this very special exhibit, celebrating the university’s 50th anniversary in a way that gives us great insight into the events of the 1960s,” said Patty Colosimo, Pitt-Bradford’s coordinator of arts programming.

The framed covers that will be exhibited capture small-town America in the 1960s and highlight important moments in history along with some of the leaders during that time period. Some of the Post covers that will be displayed include portraits of President John F. Kennedy and Richard M. Nixon, comedian Jack Benny and Egyptian President Gamal Abdel Nasser. Several iconic covers from Look magazine will also be on display, including “The Problem we all Live With” published in 1964, which features a 6-year-old African-American school girl being escorted by four U.S. marshals to her first day at an all-white school in New Orleans; and “The Final Impossibility” published in 1969, which illustrates Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin’s landing on the moon on July 20 of that year.

Rockwell painted his first cover for The Saturday Evening Post in 1916, when he was just 22. During the next 47 years, Rockwell’s work appeared on 321 Post covers. In 1963, he left The Post and went to work for Look magazine, where he spent 10 years painting pictures that illustrated some of the issues of that time period, including civil rights, America’s war on poverty and space exploration.

Rockwell’s work will be on display in the KOA Gallery from 8:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Fridays.

For more information contact Patty Colosimo, coordinator of arts programming at (814)362-5155 or For disability-related needs, contact the Office of Disability Resources and Services at (814)362-7609 or

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Rich LaBrozzi

Richard S. "Rich" LaBrozzi, 60, of Bradford, passed away Thursday, January 30, 2014 at his residence, surrounded by his family.

Born December 29, 1953, in St. Mary's he was a son of the late Richard E. and Emma (Gentile) LaBrozzi.

On January 29, 1977, in Morgantown, WV, he married Debbie (Galford) LaBrozzi who survives.

Rich was a 1971 graduate of Cameron County High School, in Emporium and received his Bachelors of Science in Forestry in 1976 from West Virginia University.

His entire career was spent in forest management, working in West Virginia, North Carolina, Kentucky, Indiana, New York and Pennsylvania.

Rich was very active in Bradford youth baseball. He served as President for the McKean Little League for nine years, and was an assistant varsity baseball coach at Bradford Area High School for eight years. Rich was Vice President of the Italian Festival Committee. He was an avid outdoorsman and enjoyed hunting and fly fishing.

Surviving in addition to his wife Debbie of 37 years are three sons: Justin LaBrozzi, of Pittsburgh, Brandon (Cara) LaBrozzi, of Greensburg, Ryan (Paige) LaBrozzi, of Valencia, one sister, Bonnie K. Faraglia, of Pittsburgh, one brother, David A. (Amie) LaBrozzi, of Glen Rock PA, one niece, Harper LaBrozzi and one nephew, Elijah LaBrozzi.

Friends will be received on Sunday, February 2, 2014, from noon to 3:00pm and 5:00 to 7:00pm in the Hollenbeck-Cahill Funeral Homes, Inc., 372 East Main St., Bradford.

Friends are invited to attend a Mass of Christian Burial at 10:00am in St. Bernard Church with the Rev. Raymond Gramata, pastor, as celebrant. Burial will be in St. Mark's Cemetery in Emporium.

It was Rich's request that memorials, if desired, be made to the Italian Festival Committee, 1 Festival Way, Bradford, PA 16701, to help support their local charitable endeavors.

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Casey Weighs in on Deadly Heroin Issue

Washington DC- As deadly heroin tainted with fentanyl has claimed the lives of 22 Pennsylvanians, U.S. Senator Bob Casey (D-PA) has asked the Drug Enforcement Administration to continue and increase its aid to the state. Even though an arrest has been made, there are new fears that drug dealers in possession of the tainted heroin may rebrand it.

“I’m asking the DEA to increase federal coordination on this effort in order to protect Pennsylvanian’s residents from this deadly drug,” Senator Casey said. “Rebranding this fentanyl-laced heroin could endanger more Pennsylvanians. It’s critical that residents remain vigilante and that the DEA work with state and local law enforcement to make every effort to get this drug off the street.”

The full text of Senator Casey’s letter is below:

Dear Administrator Leonhart:

I am writing today with great concern over a recent spread of deadly contaminated heroin in western Pennsylvania. As the Drug Enforcement Administration continues to assist with investigating the heroin mix responsible for twenty-two deaths, I urge you to provide robust federal resources to help identify the source of the tainted heroin, remove it from the streets, and bring to justice those responsible.

Last week, the Allegheny County Medical Examiner first noticed an unusual trend in apparent overdose deaths and performed tests on several samples of heroin, the results of which revealed the presence of fentanyl. This narcotic, which can be one hundred times as strong as heroin, was apparently mixed with heroin and sold in stamp bags labeled “Theraflu,” “Bud Ice,” and “Income Tax.” In a matter of days, the tainted heroin was found in six counties and has led to twenty-two deaths. On January 30, a twenty-nine year old man was charged with possession and intent to sell over 2,000 bags of heroin, some of which are believed to be related to the increase in heroin overdose deaths in the region.

To prevent further casualties, great efforts have been made to inform the public of the dangers presented by the tainted heroin. The Pennsylvania Attorney General recently warned, however, that drug dealers still in possession of the dangerous heroin blend may be rebranding the stamp bags now that their names have been widely reported in the news. This development underscores the need for swift action to find and confiscate the rest of the tainted heroin.

According to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, Pennsylvania has the third highest rate of heroin abuse in the country, and heroin abuse in western Pennsylvania is on the rise. The current spate of overdoses is part of a much broader epidemic of heroin and prescription drug abuse, and I look forward to working with you to identify solutions to the underlying causes of this abuse.

With reports that the fentanyl-mixed heroin likely came from outside of Pennsylvania, the federal nexus to this issue is clear. I respectfully request that the DEA provide significant support to state and local law enforcement in identifying and eliminating the source of the heroin, and bringing charges against the producers and sellers responsible for twenty-two senseless deaths. Thank you for your time and consideration.


Tywon Laniel Newby, 39, 532 N. State St., Clairton, has been charged with one felony count of possession with the intent to deliver heroin and one misdemeanor count of possession of heroin.

During the search, law enforcement discovered 25 stamp bags believed to contain heroin, as well as a shoebox containing approximately 48 bricks of suspected heroin with each brick containing approximately 50 individual stamp bags. The bags were stamped 'Sky High'. The 'Sky High' stamp may be related to other recent heroin stamps containing a mixture of heroin and the narcotic fentanyl that are believed to be response for a rash of overdose-related deaths in Western Pa.

Attorney General Kathleen Kane said, "It is my highest priority to find and hold accountable those involved in the distribution of this deadly drug mixture."

Investigators believe that drug dealers may be "rebranding" the heroin now that the stamps, including "Theraflu" and "Bud Ice," have been widely reported to be highly dangerous. The trafficking and use of this deadly heroin remains part of a widespread and ongoing investigation with federal, state and local counterparts.

Attorney General Kane encouraged the public to aid law enforcement by relaying any information they may have regarding the heroin trade to her tipline at 1-800-442-8006.

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Emporium Woman Jailed After
Bank Robbery in Erie

An Emporium woman is jail in connection to a bank robbery in Erie on Thursday afternoon.

28-year-old Jessica Grovanz is not charged with the robbery but was with the man who police say did rob the Citizens Bank on Peach Street of more than $1,100.

40-year-old Aaron Carpenter and Grovanz sped away from police after the robbery and took police on a chase for several blocks until their car went through a stop sign and was hit by an SUV. Carpenter and Grovanz ran from the car but were quickly caught by police.

Grovanz is charged with receiving stolen property, giving false identification to law enforcement and a number of drug offenses. She’s jailed on $50,000 bond.

Carpenter is charged with robbery, theft and receiving stolen property and is jailed on $100,000 bond.

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Forest Service Has New Tip-Line

The Allegheny National Forest has opened up a “tip line” to provide people another opportunity to help fight illegal activity on Pennsylvania’s only national forest.

The new number is 814-927-5757 and callers can remain anonymous if they choose. The line is automated, but callers have an option to talk to a receptionist during regular business hours.

Some examples of crimes that can be reported include, but are not limited to: marijuana cultivation, methamphetamine production or dump sites, poaching, illegal motor vehicle use, timber or other forest product theft, pollution, vandalism and dumping.

The information provided through the tip-line will be referred to federal officers for follow-up and investigation.

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Thursday, January 30, 2014

Honoring a Firefighter

City of Bradford Firefighters said goodbye to their fellow firefighter Scott Plowman this morning. Scott lost his battle with cancer on January 22. He had been a Bradford City Firefighter and Local 655 member since March 2008. Firefighters from across the region participated in procession to honor Plowman.

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Former Town Clerk Charged with Theft

A former town clerk in the Allegany County Town of Almond is accused of stealing nearly $4,000.

64-year-old Maureen Hayes of Almond is charged with grand larceny and falsifying business records.

State Police say their investigation started after the state comptroller’s office performed an audit and discovered that $3,785 was missing. The money was missing during the time Hayes was the town clerk.

Hayes was released on her own recognizance and is scheduled to appear in Town of Almond Court on February 10.

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Accused Counterfeiter Waives Hearing

The Bradford woman accused of making counterfeit $20 bills has waived her preliminary hearing.

38-year-old Elizabeth Skok and 30-year-old Shad Gutshall were arrested on forgery and related charges after police found the counterfeiting operation in their South Center Street home while looking for evidence related to the double homicide and suicide in Limestone last week.

They are also facing drug charges.

Gutshall’s hearing has been continued to next Thursday.

Skok is jailed on $30,000 bail. Gutshall’s bail is $50,000. He is also facing charges in Cattaraugus County related to a domestic incident.

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Congressman Reed Coming to Limestone

Congressman Tom Reed will be coming to Limestone next week.

Reed will hold a Town Hall meeting at 1 p.m. on February 8 at the Limestone Fireman’s Community Center on Main Street.

Also that Saturday, he will be at the Charlotte Town Hall in Sinclairville at 8 a.m., the Persia Town Hall in Gowanda at 10 a.m. and the Friendship Town Hall in Friendship at 3:30 p.m.

“The conversations we have at these public town halls are absolutely essential to representing our area and I always welcome the conversation – the topics are up to the residents,” Reed said. “I hope to hear many voices join the discussion and share their thoughts so we can take their input to Washington. The more local voices we can bring down to Washington, the better.”

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One Dead After St. Marys Explosion

One person is dead following an explosion at a St. Marys factory this morning.

The explosion happened at the Mersen USA facility on Trout Run Road at just after 9 a.m.

St. Marys Mersen USA General Manager Noah Nichelson said in a news release that one employee was killed and two were injured following "an equipment related accident" at the plant. Nichelson said one of the employees was hospitalized with serious injuries and the other was expected to recover. The names of the employees have not been released yet.

The company "will continue to cooperate with the appropriate officials with our immediate focus on the three employees and their families who have been impacted by this accident as well as supporting the rest of our workforce," the new release said.

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Man Charged for Eavesdropping, Spying

A 62-year-old Frewsburg, New York, man is accused of spying on and eavesdropping on people.

State police charged Carl Johnson Sr. with felony counts of unlawful surveillance and eavesdropping following an investigation into a report that he installed an imaging device to view a person without that person’s consent.

Johnson was issued appearance tickets for Town of Carroll Court.

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Wednesday, January 29, 2014

City of Bradford Police Log for 1/29/14

City of Bradford Police on Wednesday investigated a sex offense that was reported on Boylston Street, a motor vehicle accident at Jackson and Seaward avenues and a disturbance on Lincoln Avenue. They were called to a domestic incident on South Avenue and were asked to look into harassment on Kiwanis Court and Pleasant Street.

Officers were also called about a public drunk on Main Street and suspicious activity on Petrolia Street and on Bailey Drive in Limestone.

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Snow Plow Shooter Gets Probation

The man who shot a snow plow driver in the head with a BB gun last winter will spend the next five years on probation.

41-year-old Thomas Barone of Gowanda shot at the village sidewalk plow and hit the window back on February 20, 2013. Besides hitting the driver in the head, the shot broke the window, which covered the driver with glass, causing cuts to his face.

The driver was taken to Lake Shore Hospital for observation. Barone must also pay more than $600 in restitution.

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Not Guilty Plea to Child Porn Charges

A 69-year-old man whose purported child pornography collection was discovered when he took his computer to a shop for repairs has pleaded not guilty to nearly 100 charges.

Larry Westfall of Olean is charged with 49 counts each of promoting sexual performance by a child and possession of a sexual performance by a child.

Last summer, he took his computer to Champion Rent-to-Own, where employees discovered the child porn and contacted police.

His case has been adjourned for motions.

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Patient Accused of Trying to Steal from
BRMC Waives Preliminary Hearing

A woman accused of trying to steal items from the Bradford Regional Medical Center emergency room has waived her preliminary hearing.

21-year-old Ariel Penn was being treated for an alleged assault when hospital staff believed she and 22-year-old Paige Osborne were stealing items and called police. According to court papers, Penn had hidden a plastic oxygen mask with the hose attached in her underwear. Osborne had 30 packets of triple antibiotic ointment.

Both women are free on unsecured bail. Osborne is scheduled to appear in McKean County Central Court next Thursday.

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Domestic Violence Charges Bound to Court

Assault and harassment charges against a Bradford man have been bound to court following a preliminary hearing in front of District Judge Dominic Cercone.

Police say they were called to Mill Street on December 23 and found 26-year-oldTracy Holley Jr, a woman, two young children and a CYS worker in the home. The woman had red marks on her neck and told police Holley grabbed her by the neck.

Holley is jailed on $5,000 bail.

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Couple Charged for Baby's Death

A Geneva, Ohio, man is charged with criminal homicide for killing his girlfriend’s 6-month-old nephew in Clarion County.

22-year-old Chad Chadwick allegedly injured the little boy while he and 23-year-old Kelly Hemminger, also of Geneva, were babysitting him at a camp in Washington Township back in August. Zeke Hamilton was in critical condition at Children’s Hospital in Pittsburgh until being moved to hospice shortly before his death on November 15.

The Medical Examiner’s Report says Zeke sustained “non-accidental blunt force trauma to the head.”

Hemminger is charged with conspiracy.

Chadwick and Hemminger are expected to be extradited within the week.

Photo of Zeke Hamilton from Guerriero Funeral Home, Ashtabula; photo of Hemminger and Chadwick from state police

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Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Medical Cannabis Bill Gets Senate Hearing

(News Release) HARRISBURG – A bill sponsored by Sen. Daylin Leach (D-Montgomery/Delaware) and Sen. Mike Folmer (R-Dauphin/Lebanon/York) that would legalize medical cannabis today received a hearing in the Senate Law and Justice Committee as advocates and families gathered at the Capitol to urge their lawmakers to support the bill.

S.B. 1182, the Compassionate Use of Medical Cannabis Act, would legalize the use of medical cannabis by patients as recommended by attending physicians. The introduction of this bill marks the first time in Senate history that a medical cannabis bill has been drafted with bipartisan support.

“I am thankful that my colleagues decided to consider this bill today, as it is of critical importance,” Leach said. “The longer we wait to pass this legislation, the more children we will put at risk. I hope that we can advance S.B. 1182 expeditiously for the sake of the thousands of Pennsylvanians who need it.”

Christine Brann, the mother of a son with Dravet Syndrome, testified before the committee and urged its members to “put away [their] conceived notions about marijuana and to see this for what it is: medicine.”

Nearly twenty individuals and organizations testified in support of the bill at today’s hearing, including the Pennsylvania Nurses Association, the Dauphin County Coroner, researchers, attorneys, veterans, medical professionals and the families of children who would benefit from the bill’s passage.

During the hearing, S.B. 1182 gained the support of Sen. Anthony Williams (D-Philadelphia), bringing the number of cosponsors to eleven. Senate Law and Justice Committee chairman Sen. Chuck McIlhinney (R-Bucks) noted that the committee will continue to accept testimonies and will consider this bill further in coming weeks.

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Malcolm 'Mack' McMillan

Malcolm W. "Mack" McMillan, 96, formerly of 566 S. Kendall Ave., passed away, Saturday, January 25, 2014 at the Bradford Ecumenical Home.

Born December 2, 1917, in Warsaw NY, he was a son of the late Malcolm H. and Rosetta (Yanke) McMillan.

On October 23, 1939, in Port Allegany, he married Marion (Herrington) McMillan, who died August 7, 2009.

He was a 1937 graduate of Salamanca High School. In January of 1944 he enlisted in the US Army Air Corps. He served in Pacific and was honorably discharged May 7, 1946.

Mr. McMillan was a member of the Rew United Methodist Church and the former Sawyer United Methodist Church.

Mack was employed by Pennzoil as a Pumper, served as president of the union and retired 1982 after 40 years of service. Along with his wife, he also owned and operated McMillan's Store on South Kendall Avenue for 15 years.

He was a member of the IOOF #333 in Rew and was Past Noble Grand Past Patriot of the Encampment of the Odd Fellows. He was also a member and the first fire chief for the Rew Volunteer Fire Department. An avid bowler, he was a lifetime member of the Bradford Bowling Association.

Surviving are two daughters, Lorraine (Doug) Gibson, of Laguna Woods, CA and Elora (Jay) Jones, of Burke, VA, one son, Malcolm W. "Mick" (Lynn) McMillan Jr., of Bradford, four grandchildren, seven great grandchildren and several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by four sisters and two brothers.

Friends are invited to call from 1:00pm to 2:00pm Saturday February 1, 2014 in the Hollenbeck-Cahill Funeral Homes, Inc., 372 East Main Street, where funeral and committal services will be held at 2:00pm with Rev. Matt Blake pastor of the Bradford Area Parish and Rev. Fred Moore retired pastor Co-officiating. Burial will be in McKean Memorial Park.

Memorials, if desired, may be made to a charity of the donor's choice.

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City of Bradford Police Log for 1/27/14

City of Bradford Police on Monday investigated a report of drug possession on East Main Street, a disturbance on King Street, a theft on Chautauqua Place and a motor vehicle accident on Williams Street. Officers also received an animal complaint from Florence Street.

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Nicholson's Number to be Retired at Bona's

Already a highly anticipated game on the schedule, the St. Bonaventure men's basketball game against Rhode Island at the Reilly Center on Saturday, Feb. 22, now is a "can't miss."

Prior to the start of the game, St. Bonaventure University will retire the uniform number 44 worn by Andrew Nicholson, class of 2012.

Nicholson's will become the ninth number retired in the program's history.

Now a member of the NBA's Orlando Magic, Nicholson will attend the Bonnies game in between Magic games; Orlando plays at home on Friday and then plays the Toronto Raptors in Nicholson's hometown on Sunday, Feb. 23.

The ceremony to retire Nicholson's number 44 will be held at 3:45 p.m. — 15 minutes prior to the scheduled 4 p.m. tipoff time.

Nicholson, a 6-foot-9 forward, is the second-leading scorer in St. Bonaventure history with 2,103 points. As a senior in 2011-12, he led the Bonnies to their first Atlantic 10 Conference tournament title and a berth in the NCAA Tournament. Nicholson averaged 18.5 points and 8.4 rebounds per game that year and was selected the A-10 Player of the Year as the Bonnies finished 20-12. It was their first 20-win season and first NCAA Tournament appearance since 2000.

In the 2012 NBA Draft, he was chosen by Orlando with the 19th pick in the first round.

Nicholson also stands fourth in the St. Bonaventure record book in rebounds (887), second in blocked shots (244) and second in career field goal percentage (.575). He was named the A-10 Rookie of the Year in 2008-09, and was selected to the second team All-Conference as a sophomore and first team All-Conference in both his junior and senior seasons.

After the Bonnies game, Nicholson will sign autographs for fans for 30 minutes. Copies of the 128-page keepsake book chronicling the NCAA Tournament seasons of both the men and women two years ago will be on sale in the autograph line for $5.

Tickets may be purchased at; by contacting the SBU Ticket Office at 716-375-2500; or in person at the Ticket Office inside the Reilly Center between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. weekdays.

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PSU Coach to be Guest for SOTU Address

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Representative Glenn ‘GT’ Thompson, R-Howard, today announced that Pennsylvania State University Football Coach James Franklin will be his guest for the President’s State of the Union Address Tuesday night.

“With the beginning of a new year, we are filled with a sense of optimism and possibility. The State of the Union offers us the chance to reflect upon the previous year and provides us with a preview of the challenges and opportunities that we face together,” stated Thompson. “Given these sentiments, it’s an honor to have Coach Franklin as my guest for this occasion.”

“I am grateful and very appreciative of Rep. Glenn Thompson's invitation to attend the President’s State of the Union Address,” said Franklin, who was named Penn State’s 16th head football coach on Jan. 11. “I look forward to hearing the President’s vision for 2014 and beyond and what we, as citizens of the greatest union in the world, can do to help move our nation forward.”

“As a proud Penn State alumnus and a life-long Centre County resident, I would like to take this opportunity to offer my congratulations to Coach Franklin on being named as head coach of the Nittany Lions and to welcome him and his family to Happy Valley,” Thompson added.

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Power Outage -- Shelter Option

Message from Foster Township Supervisors: Anyone in the Looker Mountain Trail/South Kendall Avenue area whose power is not back on yet can go to the Foster Township Municipal Building to keep warm.

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Queen of Hearts Party on Saturday

The members of the Zonta Club of Bradford have a few cards up their sleeves for an enjoyable afternoon of fun, food and fellowship.

The fourth annual Queen of Hearts Card Party will be held from 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday at the St. Francis Church Social Hall.

Participants are asked to bring their own cards or board games. For $10 per ticket, the club provides tea sandwiches, desserts and much more. Tickets are available from any Zonta Club member or at Tina's Hallmark.

Proceeds from the day, including the Chinese auction and raffle, benefit the club's local scholarship fund.

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