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From The Director – Sept/Oct 2015

Click here to read The GrapevineSummer is coming to a close soon. It has been a wonderful, (but hot) time. Speaking of that, I hope you take a moment to think about all of those affected by the wildfires and to thank all the people that have worked to put them out. Sometimes we just don’t realize how good we have it. Of course, with the ending of summer we all know what season follows. No, it is not autumn; it is football season! Go Hawks and whatever other college or high school teams you support. In my case, it is Penn State University. The fall brings rain (hopefully) and slick roads. Please remember to drive carefully.

The leaves will not be the only thing changing this autumn. Our Annual Auction usually held in October will be April 9th this year. We changed the date for many reasons and hope that the springtime affair will work well. The auction is our largest fundraiser of the year and is important for providing funding to keep all of our great programs and activities going. Please start thinking about how you can help by providing donations , volunteering or attending-or all three! Sue McKay and Stacy Morse will be co-chairs this year.

Probably one of the oldest, most historical activities we have here is our third Saturday of the month Pancake Breakfast. We regularly get about 125 community members coming to the Center for pancakes, eggs and all the rest. We encourage you to try it out and think about volunteering.

This is the time of year we decided to renew our gas raffle. The prize is $500 worth of gas. We are changing it for the better this time around. Instead of purchasing a $500 card at a specific station, we will instead pick the winning ticket, contact the holder and ask them where they prefer to buy gas. We will then buy 5-$100 gift certificates for them. It only costs $3 (2 for $5) to take a chance on this. Tickets are available at the front desk. If any of you feel so inclined, pick up a book or two from me and sell them to your friends and family. Just think how popular you will be if one of them wins.

–Marc Avni

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