Monday, Nov. 11, is Veterans Day. My father and three uncles served in World War II, a cousin served in Korea, my husband and two cousins served in Vietnam, two nephews served in Iraq and three other family members served in peacetime. There has never been a time in my life when someone in my family wasn’t serving in our military, so I know firsthand the sacrifices these people have made for our freedom. I want to extend my heartfelt thanks to them and every other American veteran who put our welfare ahead of his or her own.

There are numerous services in the area honoring the local veterans. I hope you will make time to attend one of them. It’s a very moving experience and a good way to say thank you.

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Our first pat on the back goes to the Derry Area football team for securing a berth in the playoffs and the Derry Volunteer Fire Company for escorting them back into town after they did it. The strong support the Derry Area community shows its kids is one of the reasons I love the people in Derry.

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Our second pat on the back goes to Justin Rectenwald, a 2010 graduate of Derry Area High School, a 2014 graduate of Penn State University and a current doctoral student of the University of North Carolina School of Medicine. He recently was awarded the 2019 Diane Harris Leadership Award for exemplary public service in the Department of Biochemistry and Biophysics. Way to go, Justin!

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Our third pat on the back goes to everyone who voted on Tuesday.

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There will be a spaghetti dinner from 4 to 6:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 9, at Congruity Presbyterian Church, 136 Fenneltown Road, New Alexandria. The menu will include salad, spaghetti, meatballs, bread, dessert and a beverage. Eat-in or takeout is available. The cost is $7 for adults, $4 for children 6 to 12 and free for children 5 and under. There will also be a basket auction.

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We received this from Bill Glasser:

“Twin Maples Hunt Club will be performing its annual road cleanup starting at 11 a.m. Sunday, Nov. 10. Those wishing to help should meet at the club house at 10:30 a.m. We will be starting at the Derry Borough line and proceeding to the Fairfield Township line at the top of the beautiful Chestnut Ridge. We are pleased to see that the amount of trash has been declining over the years.

“This is also a reminder that dues are due.”

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The Derry Township Ag Fair is holding its annual Fall Cash Bash Saturday, Nov. 9, at St. Mary’s Dome in Derry Township.

Doors for the Cash Bash will open at 4:30 p.m. Food and drinks will be served at 5 p.m. and includes hotdogs and kielbasa with sauerkraut, chicken parmigiana and pasta, stuffed peppers, haluski, salads and deserts. Cash drawings start at 6 p.m. and will be every 15 minutes. There will also be a Chinese auction, 50/50, strip ticket games and door prizes. There are 333 tickets available with three numbers per ticket. Donation is $25 per ticket and available from any fair member or by calling 724-331-4829 or 724-599-0955.

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Dave McCleary asked the Diary to publish the following:

“Derry Area High School’s next prom fundraiser is coming up very soon. From 4 to 9 p.m. Nov. 11, the high school class officers have arranged a fundraiser at the Valley Dairy on Route 30 in front of Lowe’s. Come and have a great meal at Valley Dairy and they will donate 20% of the cost of your meal back to the prom fund as well as 10% of any gift card purchases. All you have to do is eat and present the Valley Dairy flier when you pay your bill. It’s that simple. Fliers will be distributed to all Derry Area students and will also be available in each building’s main office.

“The class officers and advisors are working very hard to provide our students with a wonderful and affordable prom that they will always remember. We will also do our very best to keep everyone informed with the most up to date information possible. Please do not take stock in anything that you see or read on Facebook or other social media as to cost or other details, as they do not come from those who know the facts about the prom, costs or fundraising. If you have any questions regarding the prom, fundraisers or graduation, please feel free to contact Mr. Clawson, Mrs. Bushey or myself at the high school, at 724-694-1461.

“Thanks in advance for your participation in these and future fundraising activities. We greatly appreciate your support.”

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Trinity Lutheran Church, Fourth Avenue, Derry, will be hosting a free luncheon from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 16. A delicious meal of turkey, stuffing, mashed potatoes, vegetable and dessert will be served. Everyone is welcome to come for a wonderful meal and fellowship as you count your blessings this Thanksgiving season.

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We have news from Action For Animals Humane Society:

  • The next rabies clinic will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 12, at the shelter on Route 217 in Derry Township. Rabies shots will be $9. DHPP, bordetella and FVRCP shots will be $15 each per pet. Feline leukemia shots will be available for $18 per pet;
  • The tickets for the Nov. 16 Cash and Gift Bash are sold out.

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There will be a shop until you drop bus trip to the Pennsylvania Christmas & Gift Show in Harrisburg on Dec. 6. Attendees can visit nearly 500 specialty shops selling a wide variety of gifts including jewelry, clothing, leather goods, Christmas ornaments, toys, household accents, cosmetics, ceramics, furniture, dolls, flowers, paintings, stocking stuffers and much more. The cost is $60 per person and includes coach transportation, admission to the event, snacks and water on the bus and the bus driver’s tip.

The bus will leave Latrobe 30 Shoppes in Unity Township at 6 a.m. and will return between 9 and 9:30 p.m. Registration checks should be mailed to Bev Rusnock, 746 Everview Lane, Derry, PA, 15627. For more information, call Bev at 724-694-9605 or Arlene at 412-480-1726.

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The members of the Mission, Interpretation, and Stewardship Committee of the Derry Presbyterian Church, 108 Presby Way, Derry, wants you to know that it has a Go Fund Me Account. The church is in need of monetary donations to continue its work and mission in Derry. Please use the following link to make a donation to help sustain and support the church: https://www.gofundme.com/m8twq-derry-presbyterian-church. Thank you for your support in this endeavor.

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Last week’s trivia question noted that the election of the first borough officials in Derry was held on Nov. 8 and asked if anyone knew where and what year.

Paul Fedornak knew that it was in 1881 at Schoolhouse No. 28 in Derry Township. He also knew that Henry Neely was the judge of election and the inspectors were Alexander Wynn and Manasses Sweeney.

Rich Thomas added that the election also determined that Derry Borough should be a separate school and election district from Derry Township. Jacob Russell was elected the first burgess and elected council members were Emmett Johns, John Huston, Daniel Kist, J.W. Toner and J.G. Alexander. George Kiner was elected to the office of town clerk.

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This week’s question: On Dec. 11, 1894, the town council of Derry Borough set a speed limit for the bridge over the railroad tracks and its approaches. Do you know what that speed limit was?

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