Penn-Trafford area happenings: Chicken barbecue, reading program and more

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May 27—Manor Lions to hold chicken barbecue to raise money for pediatric cancer

The Manor Lions Club will hold its "Jerry Nedley Memorial Chicken BBQ for Pediatric Cancer" at 11 a.m. June 12 in the Roberts Roofing parking lot, Route 993, Manor.

The meals will be $8 for a half-chicken, roll, applesauce, cookies and a drink. Meals will be available until they sell out.

Nedley was active in the Manor Lions for more than 24 years. He helped with many projects, including barbecues, mowing the park, serving meals, organizing food drives and making popcorn for Movies in the Park. Nedley died in October 2015 at age 80.

All proceeds from the barbecue will go toward welcome bags for patients and parents at the UPMC Children's Hospital oncology ward. Donations of Uno and playing cards, packs of Play-Doh, plain lip balm, socks, reusable water bottles, children's toothpaste, wrapped hard candy, and gift cards for Spotify, Starbucks, Uber and gasoline are being accepted.

For more information, text or call 724-787-3954.

New bereavement support group to meet in Harrison City

After an Irwin area bereavement support group stopped meeting during the pandemic, Harrison City resident Nancy Lohr and members of the New Life Presbyterian Church sought to create their own.

The new bereavement support group will have its first gathering from 7 to 8:30 p.m. June 8 at New Life Presbyterian Church, 326 Raymaley Road, Harrison City. Subsequent meetings will take place on the second Tuesday of each month at the same time and place.

Lohr, the group's leader, said she plans to invite guest speakers and run the meetings as open discussions for participants.

"I'm hoping that it helps people in their grief journey because everyone's ... is different," Lohr said.

Lohr added she wants to provide a bereavement group for the public because of the help she has received from similar organizations in the past.

"When you're grieving, it changes your whole world," Lohr said. "By getting together and sharing, we can help each other."

Manor library holds summer reading program

Manor Public Library will hold registration June 7 for its Summer Quest 2021, "Tails and Tales," six weeks of themed programming for children 3 to 12.

There will be a reading/activity log to complete to earn prizes and a mix of take-home and in-person programming as covid restrictions allow.

Another program, Tuesday Tales, will resume in person at 11 a.m. June 15 and will last for six weeks.

There also will be two Bright Builders events:

—"Arctic Animal STEAM" at 6:30 p.m. June 17. Students will learn why penguins do not get wet and why polar bears aren't always cold.

—"Extreme Homes: Australian Animal Edition" at 6:30 p.m. July 22. Children will learn about the habitats of Australian animals and have the opportunity to design and build a home for one out of LEGO bricks and other materials.

Registration is required to attend each of the Tuesday Tales and Bright Builder events. Registration is available on the library's website.

For more information, contact Manor Public Library at 724-864-6850 or

Students raise $1,635 for South Sudan foundation

Fifth grade students in Amanda Hawk's class at Sunrise Estates Elementary School in Penn Township recently completed a reading and a life lesson by raising $1,635 to provide clean drinking water in South Sudan.

The students learned about Salva Sut, a boy living in South Sudan, while reading the book, "A Long Walk to Water," which chronicles his story of survival. He is known as one of the Lost Boys, who walked thousands of miles to a refugee camp. The class decided to hold a fundraiser to support Salva's organization, Water for South Sudan Foundation.

The students set a goal of raising $1,000 and held a schoolwide pajama and movie day. They used the school's Twitter account to reach the outside community and composed emails to ask their families to donate to the cause.

Joe Napsha is a Tribune-Review staff writer. You can contact Joe at 724-836-5252, or via Twitter .

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