Despite the weather conditions, I’ve heard a lot of folks talking about the arrival of spring.

As folks spot signs of the new season, I can imagine the column will be full of springlike thoughts in the coming month.

One group is eagerly awaiting spring as they plan an annual event — the Salvation Army Civic Dinner — held each May.

Mark your calendars now for the dinner Thursday, May 9, at the Smithfield Fire Hall. The gospel group, the Calvary Boys, will return with entertainment during the meal time. Salvation Army Major Raphael Jackson, divisional commander, and Major Sandra Jackson, director of women’s ministeries and retired officers representative, have agreed to be the main speakers.

Of course, a highlight of the evening will be the presentation of the Outstanding Citizens Award.

Of course another Salvation Army sign of spring is the Women’s Auxiliary’s annual fudge sale.

The ladies will once again sell their famous fudge for $9 a pound. Flavors available include chocolate, peanut butter, chocolate peanut butter and chocolate walnut.

If anyone is interested in ordering, they can call the Salvation Army office at 643-1430. Members are taking orders from now until March 6.

You’ll also want to mark your calendars for the annual Southside Elementary Vendor Fair Saturday, March 23, in the school cafeteria on Station Road in Walker Township. Vendors and additional information will be announced in the coming weeks, so stay tuned. This is a always a great opportunity to help support local vendors and small businesses, all while supporting the Southside Elementary Parent Teacher Group that does great things to support the students.

Do you have something to chatter about? Email Becky at, call her at 643-4040, ext. 159, or find her on Facebook.


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