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February 20. 2013 1:03AM
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DALLAS: The Dallas Lions Club, with assistance of Frontier Communications, has started solicitations for the 2013 Hometown Hero Project. The project is a tribute to men and women from the Back Mountain area that have served, or are presently serving, our country in any branch of the military.

The Hometown Hero Project is a street pole banner program. The banners are 30 inches wide and 60 inches high. Each banner is unique and honors a specific honoree. The banner includes a picture of the veteran in uniform, branch of service, era of service and name of sponsor.

Banners for the 2011 and 2012 heroes and the new 2013 heroes will be displayed in Dallas Center from Memorial Day through Veterans Day. At the conclusion of the program, the banners will be given to their family members.

Banner sponsorship is $200. Any proceeds will be donated to the 1st Lieutenant Michael J. Cleary Foundation which helps returning veterans. Family members and loved ones of service men and women can purchase a banner or obtain sponsorship from a local business.

Sponsorship forms are available at the following Back Mountain locations, Dallas Borough Office, Frontier Communications Office, Dallas American Legion Post 672, Back Mountain Memorial Library and NAPA Auto Parts, Dallas.

For any more information, contact Don Berlew, project chairman, at 675-4360 or 760-6147 or or any member of the Dallas Lions. Deadline for sponsor's forms is March 31.

WEST PITTSTON: Valley Lodge 499, Free and Accepted Masons, is presenting a $500 scholarship in memory of Brother Casimir J. Dylo. Kaz was a past master of Valley Lodge who was well known and respected throughout the area for his leadership abilities, instruction in Masonic education, service to country and his role as a loving father and husband.

The scholarship is available to either a senior student at Wyoming Area High School or the child or grandchild of a member of Valley Lodge. The Wyoming Area student must have a family member with Masonic affiliation. Students who qualify and are interested in applying for this award should contact the guidance office at Wyoming Area. Lodge members should contact the lodge secretary.

Deadline to return applications is March 1.

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