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WGH basket contest

The 17th annual Warren General Hospital Christmas Basket Contest will take place December 3 to 7 in the hospital outpatient lobby.

One of the biggest fundraisers for the hospital auxiliary, this contest challenges the hospital departments to create fantastic baskets filled with generous contributions. To date, there are 14 basket entries: Administration/BOD, Auxiliary Board, Lab Nurse Educator, Environmental Services, Window Box Gift Shop, Hospice, Urology, Behavioral Health, Maternal Child Health, Patient Accounts/Warren Medical Group, Dietary Depart, Cancer Care Center, Rehab Works, Imaging, and Daughters of Joan Nosel.

If this season is similar to past years, you may see big screen TVs, sports equipment, money trees, gift certificates, kitchen appliances, toy boxes full of games, and other fabulous over-the-top baskets. The average Christmas Basket contains between $500 and $1,000 of merchandise. The WGH Auxiliary earned $18,000 last year on ticket sales.

The Basket Contest proceeds will assist the Auxiliary in maintaining the WGH Valet Parking Service, funding the scholarship program, and addressing some hospital department needs.

Tickets are $1 each and will be sold only in the WGH outpatient lobby from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Thursday, December 3 to 6, and from 7 a.m. to noon on Friday, Dec. 7. Tickets will be counted to determine the “winning” department, and the drawing for the baskets will take place at 1:30 p.m. Friday.

The first-, second- and third-place “winning” departments will be able to choose a charity to receive a nice Christmas check and, of course, the “winning” ticket holders will be able to take home an amazing basket of goodies and the knowledge that they have helped their local hospital. Winning baskets will need to be picked up by 6 p.m. Friday, Dec. 7. Buy your tickets (bring address labels to save time writing your name and address on multiple tickets) and vote for the best basket, and the basket you would like to take home.

Class breakfast

The men of the Warren High School class of 1951 will meet for breakfast at 9 a.m. Tuesday, Nov. 27, at Perkins.

Warren Players’ auditions

Auditions are set for the upcoming Warren Players’ production of “The Importance of Being Earnest,” a play by Oscar Wilde. Those interested are asked to attend on Sunday, Dec. 2, or Monday, Dec. 3, at 6:30 p.m. each day. Auditions will be held in the fourth-floor rehearsal hall of Struthers Library Theatre, 302 W. Third Ave., Warren.

Show performance dates are 7 p.m. Feb. 21, 22 and 23, and 2 p.m. Feb. 24 in the theatre’s Library Room.

Actors are needed for nine roles, including five men and four women. British accents will be used in the performance; dialect coaching will be a part of the rehearsal process.

For more information, contract Director Adrianne Hunt at (814) 573-4736.

U.S. forest committee

The U.S. Forest Service is seeking volunteer committee members to advise the agency on recreation fee changes at national forest sites throughout the northeastern United States. Vacancies exist for seven members and six “back-up” replacement positions on the Eastern Region Recreation Resource Advisory Committee. Committee members provide recommendations on new or changing recreation site fees for national forests and grasslands in 13 northeastern states. Committee members receive travel and per diem expenses for regularly scheduled meetings, but do not receive pay or other compensation.

Nominated committee members must represent one of the following interests:

Summer Motorized Recreation – Member and replacement;

Winter Non-Motorized Recreation – Member;

Hunting and Fishing – Member and replacement;

Non- Motorized Outfitters and Guides – Member and replacement;

State Tourism – Member and replacement;

Local Government – Member and replacement;

Indian Tribes – Member and replacement.

Members will be appointed for three-year terms based on the following criteria:

Qualifications to represent the desired interest group;

Rationale for committee service and desired contributions;

Experience working successfully as part of a collaborative group.

Nominees’ demonstrated ability to represent minorities, women and persons with disabilities will also be considered in membership selections. U.S. Department of Agriculture policies regarding equal opportunity will be followed.

The committee’s jurisdiction includes national forests in Minnesota, Missouri, Illinois, Wisconsin, Michigan, Indiana, Ohio, West Virginia, Pennsylvania, New York, Vermont, New Hampshire, and Maine.

Recreation use fees have been in place for many years and are charged at many recreation sites such as campgrounds, trailheads, day-use areas and boat ramps. Ninety-five percent of fees collected at these sites are returned to the local national forest or grassland to maintain and enhance the recreation sites.

Interested individuals must complete an application and provide background information supporting their qualifications to represent at least one of the identified interest groups. Applications are available at https://www.ocio.usda.gov/document/ad-755. Completed applications are due by January 18, 2019, and must be mailed to: USFS Region 9- Recreation RAC Nomination Attn: Jennifer Wright, 231 North Main Street, Rutland, VT 05701.

For more information, visit https://www.fs.usda.gov/main/r9/recreation/racs, or contact Joanna Wilson at 801-423-7724, mail to: jwilson08@fs.fed.us.

The U.S. Forest Service is an agency of the U.S. Department of Agriculture, a mission of sustaining the health, diversity and productivity of the nation’s forests and grasslands to meet the needs of present and future generations.

The Forest Service’s Eastern Region includes 20 states in the Midwest and East, stretching from Maine, to Maryland, to Missouri, to Minnesota. There are 17 national forests and one national tallgrass prairie in the Eastern Region. For more information, visit www.fs.usda.gov/R9.

The U.S. Forest Service manages 193 million acres of public land, provides assistance to state and private landowners, and maintains the largest forestry research organization in the world. Public lands the Forest Service manages contribute more than $13 billion to the economy each year through visitor spending alone. Those same lands provide 20 percent of the nation’s clean water supply, a value estimated at $7.2 billion per year. The agency has either a direct or indirect role in stewardship of about 80 percent of the 850 million forested acres within the U.S., of which 100 million acres are urban forests where most Americans live. For more information, visit www.fs.fed.us.

Advent service

The Warren Area Ministerial Association will sponsor an advent service at noon Thursday, Nov. 29, at the First United Methodist Church, Warren.

This specially-themed Blue Christmas service is meant to help, comfort, and share God’s love to those who can find the holiday season to be painful. Everyone is welcome.

Ministers will be Dr. Mark Hecht and Rev. Jeff Ewing. A soup and dessert luncheon will be available following the service.

Polka Sunday

The Slovenian Polka Boosters will meet from 2 to 5 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 2, at Wildwoods, with Larry Lewicki, Olean, N.Y., performing.

There will be music for all types of dancing, and the public is invited.

For information, call John or Pat Moore 837-9218.

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