On this Veterans Day weekend, my thoughts are of my paternal grandfather, Walter B. Fritz (1892-1987), who drove a team of horses hauling ammunition to the front lines in France as a soldier with the 305th Ammunition Train in the U.S. Army’s 80th Division in World War I, and my father, Raymond F. Fritz Sr. (1921-2014), who was a scout in Company B, First Battalion, 319th Infantry Regiment of the 80th Division during World War II.

Twice wounded in combat, Dad was awarded the Purple Heart, the Bronze Star Medal, the Combat Infantry Badge and other honors for his service in Gen. George Patton’s Third Army in the ETO.

Pappy’s and Dad’s names are included on the memorial markers in Veterans Memorial Plaza.

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See pages 1 and 3 of today’s Bulletin Weekend edition for my annual wrap-up of Veterans Day observances in the area and an update on the memorials in Veterans Memorial Plaza.

My thanks to Kristy Murphy for sending the Latrobe programs. Thanks also to Linda Butler, Amy Johnson, Amanda Mattioli, Art Dira, Vic Nastase and Barry Novosel for their updates, as well as Deborah Brehun, Nick Cammuso and Greg Reinbold for sharing details they received.

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The Very Rev. Tony Joseph, pastor of St. Stephen Orthodox Catholic Church in Lawson Heights, writes:

“Louise, Could you help us again as you have done so well in the past by announcing our Christmas baking project?

“We are selling our huge and delicious nut, poppyseed and apricot rolls, and the price is still $12 per roll. Rolls may be ordered for Thanksgiving or Christmas by calling Brigette @ 724–836–0930, Cathy @ 724–537–7238 or Beverly Jane @ 724–459–8574.

“I thank you so much for all of your help, and I wish all of you at the Bulletin a very happy and healthy Thanksgiving. Father Tony.”

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Happy anniversary!

Ann Geis, treasurer, invites the public to “please join the St. Vincent College Women’s Auxiliary as we celebrate our 80th anniversary on Monday, Dec. 2, at 11:30 a.m. at DeNunzio’s Italian Chophouse, Arnold Palmer Regional Airport. This marks our final event as an organization.”

RSVP to Ann at 724-879-8776 or Joanne DelSordo at 724-537-7343 by Wednesday, Nov. 27.

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Louis Starry reports a Spaghetti Dinner and Basket Bash fundraiser for Pastor Bruce Gorski and his family will be held 1 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 17, at Tree of Life Church, 1005 Cedar St., Latrobe.

Dinner includes spaghetti, salad, dessert and beverage. Tickets ($10) can be purchased in advance by calling 724-244-6291. Tickets also will be on sale at the door. Takeout will be available.

Louis added, “You’ll be given a raffle ticket when you purchase tickets.”

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A (paper) Turkey Bingo will be held 1 to 4 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 17, in St. Mary’s Social Hall at St. Mary Byzantine Catholic Church, 4480 Route 981 in Trauger, Mount Pleasant Township. Doors open at noon.

Admission is $5. Additional sets and specials will be sold. There will be a 50/50, door prizes and one quickie. Frozen turkeys will be given away, not grocery gift certificates, according to Jim Basinger, bingo chairman.

Call 724-787-5631 with any questions.

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The annual LAMAS and Mason Thanksgiving Dinner is slated for 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 20, at the Derry Ukrainian Society club on Dorothy Street.

Guest speaker will be Gabe Monzo, executive director of Westmoreland County Airport Authority.

Reservations and payment ($20 a person) are due to event coordinator Bob Piper (724-423-5605) on or by Nov. 13. He said all members and their guests are encouraged to attend.

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Latrobe Area Chapter 4907 AARP will meet 1 p.m. Monday, Nov. 18, at Thomas B. Anderson American Legion Post 515, 1811 Ligonier St., Latrobe.

Chapter spokeswoman Kathy Maestrole said, “This month in honor of Veterans Day we are pleased to have Bob MacPherson, a retired Navy chief warrant officer (submarine engineering technician) with over 20 years of service, as our speaker. His program will be ‘Death From Below — How America’s World War II Submarines Helped to Stop the Japanese!’”

Kathy also reminds members that it is time to sign up for the Christmas party to be held at the Ramada by Wyndham Greensburg Hotel and Conference Center. Date TBA. Cost is $15 per member and $22 for a guest. Entertainment will follow the luncheon.

Anyone who wishes to donate a toy to the Toy for Tots program should take it to the November meeting.

Dues for the AARP ($7 per person for one year) will be collected at the monthly meeting. Kathy said, “As usual, you must first be a national AARP member.”

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The Dante Alighieri Lodge of ISDA (Italian Sons and Daughters of America) meeting for November has been moved to Sunday, Nov. 10, at 2:30 p.m. in Ferrante’s Lakeview, Route 30 west of Greensburg. It is the annual memorial program for deceased members and is a covered-dish affair, according to Judy Lesnick.

This just in:

The Greater Latrobe Senior High School Class of 2009 is invited to attend a 10-year reunion 7 p.m. Friday, Nov. 29, at Dino’s Sports Lounge, 3883 Route 30, Latrobe (Unity Township).

Tickets are on sale at eventbrite.com for $25/person. To locate the page to purchase tickets, go to eventbrite.com and search “Greater Latrobe Class of 2009 – 10 Year Reunion”.

Paige Blawas Kelly said, “Tickets will not be sold at the door and must be pre-purchased.” Questions can be directed to her or Lou Downey at glshs09@gmail.com. Find them on Facebook at “Greater Latrobe Class of 2009 – 10 Year Reunion”.

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Laura Nalevanko of St. James Parish announced two upcoming events:

• The Rosary Altar Society of St. James Parish, New Alexandria, will hold a Craft Show 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 16, in the Parish Social Hall and Education Center, 306 St. James Lane off routes 119 and 22. More than 40 tables will be featured, plus a chance for children (13 and under) to win toys and a gift card, and there will be a Chinese auction. Homemade soups, food, desserts and beverages will be available for purchase. For other details, call 724-668-2829.

• St. James Parish, New Alexandria, will hold Church Safety seminars 5:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 23, and 10:30 a.m. Sunday, Nov. 24, in the church. Topics will include “active shooter awareness, emergency planning, and how to proactively handle the threat of an aggressive intruder or active shooter.” The seminars are open to the public. Questions? Call 724-668-2829.

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Sally A. Saxton invites the public to join the LVSCC (Laurel Valley Senior Citizens Corp.) for its next trip to Rivers Casino on Monday, Nov. 25. Cost is $30 (cash) with $25 in slot play.

Buses leave New Florence VFW at 10 a.m., Ligonier Borough bus parking lot, Route 30 West, at 10:30 a.m. and New Alexandria Keystone Plaza at 10:45 a.m. The $30 cash payment reserves your seat. Call 724-235-2800, 724-238-7942 or 724-668-7055. Buses leave Pittsburgh at 7 p.m. Sally said participants “must be 21 years old and have photo ID.”

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The Greensburg Garden Center garden clubs will host their annual Christmas Sale this year on Friday, Dec. 6 (3-7 p.m.) and Saturday, Dec. 7 (9 a.m.- 2 p.m.).

The gardeners invite everyone to “come and browse our unique selection of handmade, one of a kind Christmas décor. We offer wreaths, trees, table arrangements, bows and much more. We also have fresh greens: Wreaths, swags, the popular kissing balls and hanging baskets. Stop in early for the best selection! Call 724-837-0245 with any questions or to pre-order.”

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The Unity Township Board of Supervisors invites area seniors to celebrate the holidays with “a special luncheon just for seniors 50 and over” Friday, Dec. 6. The noon luncheon will be held at Giannilli’s II, 4816 Route 30, Unity Township.

Secretary Sharon Sweeney said, “All seniors and their guests are welcome, but space is limited.” Tickets are $10 per person and on sale now at the Unity Township Municipal Building, 154 Beatty County Road.

Questions? Call 724-539-2546.

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This just in:

Latrobe Area Hospital Aid Society is selling a Holiday Special Meat and Money Raffle ticket for $5 each. Nancy McKinnon said the winner will receive a $500 gift certificate for Bardine’s Country Smokehouse and $1,000 in cash. The winning number will be taken from the 7 p.m. PICK-3 PA Lottery drawing on Dec. 16.

Tickets are available at Len’s Jewelry, the Medicine Shoppe, the Latrobe Newsstand on Main Street, all in the city, and Plaza News Stand in Latrobe 30 Shoppes, and Joe’s Store, Monastery Drive, both in Unity Township.

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Remember, Christ United Church of Christ, 1414 Ligonier St., Latrobe, is having a Fall Vendor and Craft Show 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 9, as well as a Silent Auction. Food and beverages will be available for purchase. A stair glide is in place to access the church’s lower level. Call the church office at 724-537-4901 if you have any questions.

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The Church of God in Youngstown’s popular Roast Beef Dinner will be served 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 10, at the 4017 First Ave. church. Della Murphy said the menu will include roast beef, mashed potatoes, gravy, corn, green beans, coleslaw or applesauce, dessert and a drink. Prices are $8 per adult and $5 for a child (4-12). For carry-outs, call 724-537-8076.

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Nov. 9, 1906 — U.S. President Theodore Roosevelt left for Panama to see the progress on the new canal. It was “the first foreign trip by a U.S. president,” says to www.on-this-day.com.

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Nov. 10, 1954 — The U.S. Marine Corps Memorial, depicting the raising of the American flag on Iwo Jima in 1945, was dedicated by President Dwight D. Eisenhower in Arlington, Virginia, according to wtop.com.

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Nov. 11, 1921 — The remains of an unidentified American service member were interred in a Tomb of the Unknown Soldier at Arlington National Cemetery in a ceremony presided over by President Warren G. Harding, wtop.com.

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