While many area residents may be wondering when the early spring predicted by Punxsutawney Phil is going to arrive, almost 200 area women were able to beat the winter blues on Sunday afternoon as they gathered in the cafeteria at Elk County Catholic High School for the ninth annual Women's Winterfest.
Women's Winterfest Chairperson Chrissie Schneider indicated that approximately 180 women were at this year's event, which also featured nine differently themed tables hosted by an individual or group.
Event organizer Sue Shick and others are preparing for the Third Annual Preparedness Fair, scheduled for Saturday, March 19 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, 1159 Shelvey Summit Rd.
The opening speaker this year is Oak Norton, who served in the U.S. Army and Air Force for 24 years as an intelligence officer.
As an extension of the Christmas in Kentucky program, Laura Kuntz of St. Marys is requesting any donations of prom gowns, wedding dresses and accessories to distribute to needy girls in poverty-stricken Beatyville, KY.
"I used to hear of high school girls that wanted to attend the prom but couldn't afford a dress to go, so I would make purchases here and send them down," said Kuntz, a kindergarten teacher at St. Marys Catholic Elementary School. "The need became so overwhelming that I began the gown collection."