Making life better for others every day

Today is “Make A Difference Day”, a national day of giving and caring for others. In a quote in last Sunday’s USA Weekend it is “one day that changes the world”. As I began to write my column for this week it gave me time to think about these past months since I began this stint for the Times Leader and all the ways that so many people in the YTR area “make a difference” every day. Some people choose to find the wrong things that go on or the things that “someone” should do, but the people that I write about in this column are the ones out there everyday making life better in YTR. My hat goes off to all of them.

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As we exercise our right to vote on Tuesday, Nov. 8, the Tiltonsville Methodist Church will hold their Annual Willing Workers’ Election Day Soup & Sandwich Sale at the church from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

The menu includes chicken noodle, vegetable and bean soups, sloppy joes, hot dogs, chili dogs and desserts. Prices vary according to items purchased. Beverages are free. Eat in or take out. Call 859-4264. Proceeds benefit church projects.

Everyone is welcome to join us for a warm, delicious meal.

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The JB Green Team has been busy adding recycling containers throughout our villages. These additions help keep our communities clean, give us an opportunity to engage in recycling and aid our villages in reducing the amount of waste going to the landfills.

A special thank you goes to Diane Julio and the entire JB Green Team for partnering with us as we continue to find ways to improve and preserve our environment. New containers have been placed at the existing site at the north end of Rayland and at St. Joseph’s Church in Tiltonsville. New additions are at South Elementary in Tiltonsville as well as one at the east end of the RG Steel parking lot and the VFW parking lot in Yorkville.

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St. Joseph’s and St. Lucy’s Churches will hold their 6th Annual Reverse Raffle on November 5th at St. Joseph’s Parish Hall. Doors open at 6:00 pm. Cost is $50 which includes one ticket and two dinners. Grand prize is $1,500. Total guaranteed giveaway is $3,335. A 50/50 raffle will also be held. In past years over $600 has been awarded in the 50/50. Tickets for theme baskets will also be available. In the past 6 years, this combined parish project has generated over $30,000 to benefit both parishes. Call 859-4018 for additional information.

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Many people in the YTR area know Joe Horvath, as a friend, family member, firefighter or police officer. Joe gives to the community in spirit of service at every opportunity.

The Yorkville Volunteer Fire Department is providing all of us a chance to give back to Joe by holding a Pancake Breakfast on Sunday, Oct. 23 to aid him as he recovers from brain surgery.

The benefit will be held at the Yorkville Fire Hall from 9:00 am to 1:00 pm. Stop in and enjoy a delicious breakfast. Take out orders will also be available. Cost for adult meal is $6.00. Call 859-2585 to order ahead.

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Buckeye Local Girls Basketball will hold their 22nd annual Card Party/Spaghetti Dinner this Sunday, October 23, 2011 at the high school. Doors open at 2 p.m. Cash Raffle, Grocery Basket Raffle, Door Prizes donated by area sponsors!!! Tickets are $5.00 and can be purchased at the door.

The Buckeye Local School District and our communities once again have reason to celebrate. The district has been awarded the Carol M. White Physical Education Program (PEP) Grant, which will enable the District to upgrade physical education equipment, align curriculum with the state physical education standards, offer extended educational opportunities, and educate students and faculty on healthy living choices.

Congratulations to all staff involved in securing this wonderful opportunity for our students.

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The Annual Boy Scout Food Drive will be held in November this year. Door handles will be placed at homes on Nov. 5. Residents are asked to place non-perishable items on the their porch steps by 9 a.m. on Nov. 12 when Scouts will begin picking up the items.

All items will be donated to food pantries in the YTR area for distribution to those in need. Please contact Scout Leader Jim Herman at 859-4536 for further information.

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Whether you choose to participate in a group project today or attend one of the above fundraisers in the next few weeks, take a moment every day to make a difference in someone’s life. Open the door at the grocery store for someone carrying a child or a heavy grocery bag. Rake the leaves of a neighbor unable to do so himself. Tip your waitress a little extra for all the hours she stands on her feet serving others. Whatever it is, you may be surprised to find that the difference you make is within yourself.