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Also according to Underwood the company wants to raise insurance rates and cut benefits: "We're not asking for big benefits or wages," Underwood said. "We're just trying to keep what we've got." The changes would not only affect new hires but could affect workers that have been at the plant for five to eight years. A PPG spokesperson declined to detail the negotiations that are taking continued on page 6 PPG employees from United Steelworkers Local 193 demonstrate at an informational picket Monday. (Dan Sutton photo) Lions ClubAwards 2009 Lion Of The Year To Craig Brueggemann Brueggemann's contributions include coming to bingo with a spring in his feet, working Candy Day and being in charge of the scholarship fund. Lions of the Year since 1982 include: Vernon Brueggemann, by Crystal Reed The Lions Club held their 50 a' Lion of the Year and Installation of Officers Banquet last Friday night. The Lion of Year award was presented to Craig Brueggemann, In addition to Lion of the Year honors being given the club installed officers for the 2009-2010 year, h97:  25-year members and honored those---with Craig Brueggemann accepts his award last Friday night for Lion of the Year.(Dan Sutton photo) Woody Gosnell, William Drayton, Glenn' Larimer, Dlmar Heinz, perfect, ,P, Paui.Epting, Wayne Williams, Virgil Cowger, Pete Williams, D.D. Barber, Pete Williams, Dwight Stortzum, Tom Ciambella, Gary Deckard, Wayne Williams, Woody Gosnell, Steve Williams, Alex Prather, Duane Garver, Terry Bobbit, Dave Burge, Roger Chaney, Bud Ashcraft and Bob Yoder. attendance ....... 1;hose recognized for 25 years of membership were Gary Deckard and Craig Brueggemann. Cheryl Smith and Wayne Williams were recognized for having perfect attendance. Carol Ash.craft and Wayne Williams received plaques of appreciation for service. Annual Community Ice Cream Social Helps Those With Catastrophic Medical Expense,s Smile of The Week Jordan Frey enjoys the shade last week and gives a smile for the Almera. (Dan Sutton photo) Macon United Methodist Praise Group entertains the crowd at the Mt. Zion Community Ice Cream Social last Monday night. (Crystal Reed photos) by Crystal Reed The annual Mt. Zion Ice Cream Social was held last Monday night. Community members gathered to eat, listen to music and raise money for a good cause. Rev. Wes Osborne, pastor of Mt. Zion United Methodist Church, started the event 15 years ago. He found out about a member going through a financial crisis after an illness, said Sandy Friesner, chairman of the ice cream social. The event has six churches in the community that act as sponsors: Mt. Zion United Methodist Church, Mt. Zion Presbyterian, Mt. Zion Lutheran, First Baptist, Antioch Christian, and Our Lady of the Holy Spirit. Each year the money raised goes to support catastrophic medical expenses. This year's recipients were Kaiflyn Paslay and Greg Drum. Kaiflyn Paslay was diagnosed with Type B acute lymphatic leukemia earlier this ear. She has been undergoing chemo and other treatments in Springfield. Greg Drum was diagnosed with stage 4 pancreatic cancer and he has already undergone a series of chemo treatments. Entertainment that night included the Mt. Zion United Methodist Celebration Choir, Presbyterian Mixed Quartet, Macon United Methodist Praise Group, Holy Family-Water to Wine, Julie McClarey and Jesse Kirk.' The Mt. Zion United Methodist Sandy Friesner of Mt. Zion UnitedMethodist and Chris Ellis of Antioch Christian Chuch were ready to serve ice cream social attendees last Monday night. Celebration Choir sang the patriotic finale. Jesse Kirk was a last minute addition to the musical program and she sang ' 2 songs that she co-wrote at the event. Kirk is a classmate of Kaitlyn Paslay, who is one of the recipients. The United Methodist Celebration Choir finished off the night with patriotic melodies while Zach Samples, an Eagle Scout with Troop 43 stood at attention holding up the American flag. The audience sang along and stood to show respect for the flag. The event is truly a community effort according to Friesner. "The support of the recipients is important, the ecumenical camaraderie, and the people that volunteer their time and money," Frjesner said. One of the ways that the event brings in revenue is a program booklet for the event that includes advertising from businesses. According to Friesner some of the previous recipients were in attendance at the event last Monday night and One sent a monetary doiaation. "Past recipients feel it is a blessing that the community and churches would go to great lengths to contribute to do this for someone they don't even know and are so grateful," she said. 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