Mercer County Federation of Clubs

The March Federation meeting was hosted by VFW Post 519 of Grove City. The meeting was opened by President Lou Dixon with the pledge and a moment of silence. Commander Milon Mijatav welcomed the assembly. There were several guest speakers including VFW State Commander Tom Hanzes, District 28 Commander Don Christy, and State Chief of Staff Jim Lewis, and Col. Larry Scheetz of Mercer County Veterans Affairs.

There were three officers, two auditors and 19 clubs present.

All clubs should be thinking of who they want to nominate for Club Person of the Year, and turn the names in to President Dixon. Convention information was handed out to all interested. The convention will be hosted by Berks County May 31 and June 1. All ads, etc., must be turned in by May 1.

The next meeting will be at 7 p.m. April 29 at the Greenville VFW 3374.

Fredonia American Legion Auxiliary

The Fredonia American Legion Auxiliary held an informal meeting on March 14.

The five members present discussed and voted to:

• Get a half-page ad in District President Jackie Weaver and Department President Melissa Hrinya’s Testimonial ad books.

• Donate to Rhino Wrestling for a student to go to Disney Team Duals in June and will donate to the Fredonia community Easter egg hunt.

Two ladies attended Tri-County Council in Baden.

We are accepting donations for Department President Melissa Hrinya’s President Project of sponsoring service dogs.

If you are eligible to become a member of the American Legion Auxiliary please contact the Fredonia Legion.

Democrat Women of Mercer County

President Judy Hines opened April’s meeting by sharing a quote by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi “Our strength is our diversity, our power is our unity”. Hines said, during these times we must be united looking forward to 2020. She thanked everyone for their overwhelming generosity in support of the veterans project, providing care bags for homeless veterans, as well as donations to AWARE, local food pantries, and children’s books for Farrell’s Juneteenth celebration.

Hines introduced Tom Johnston who is launching a write-in campaign in the May Democratic primary for Mercer County sheriff. Johnston, a native of Sharpsville, has an extensive background in law enforcement. Serving in the Air Force for over 22 years, he was selected for Military Intelligence and Special Operations with advanced counter-terrorism training, was Chief of Security Police at Grand Forks AFB, N.D., and Chief of Missile Site Security for Western Missouri and Eastern Kansas.

After retiring from the Air Force, Johnston spent 20 years as a caseworker for the Mercer County Assistance Office. He said this experience gave him a deep insight into problems facing Mercer County residents. Johnston earned a BA in education from Clarion University and holds two masters degree’s, one in Criminal Justice Administration.

Margaret Lucas, candidate for Court of Common Pleas judge, is available to speak at house party events. Anyone interested in hosting can message her on Facebook at Margaret Lucas for Judge or call 724-662-9660.

State Rep. Mark Longietti announced the City of Sharon garnered a $15,000 Keystone Communities Planning Grant to develop a plan to advance the downtown district. It could lead to Sharon becoming a Keystone Community, which would open the gate to additional grants. He also discussed the Neighborhood Assistance Tax Credit Program, something he is advocating. Currently $18 million in tax credits are available statewide. Local businesses making a donation to an area non-profit addressing a community problem would get a credit on state taxes – a win-win for all.

In conjunction with Earth Week, members Cindy Glass and Chris Hunter-Hall spoke on Recycling, Reusing and Reducing waste. The presentation focused on the latter two, since recycling is becoming more difficult. Only 9% of waste is now recycled.

Next meeting: 10 a.m. Saturday, May 11, Hermitage Municipal Building, 800 N. Hermitage Road.