School yard sale today and Saturday in Acme
• Mt. Zion Christian Academy, behind Bear Rocks Community, Acme, is once again hosting a school yard sale today and Saturday. The items will be located in the gym. Shopping times are today from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Saturday 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Everyone is invited. All proceeds benefit the school. For directions, visit at www.mtzionacme.org or call 724-547-3028 during business hours.
• There will be a Community Fall Festival at C.W. Resh Memorial Park from noon to 3 p.m. Saturday.
• The Bullskin Opry will be held 7 to 10 p.m. Nov. 3 at the Wooddale Grange in Bullskin Township, on Route 982 between Laurelville and Connellsville. Doors open at 6 p.m. Food and drink will be for sale. Jam session will be downstairs and the stage upstairs. For more information or to schedule bands, call 724-455-3919.
• The Normalville Volunteer Fire Department will be selling hoagies at the intersection in Normalville Nov. 3.
• The Willing Worker's Sunday School Class of the Breakneck Church of God is holding a pancake and sausage breakfast from 7 to 10 a.m. Nov. 3 at the Breakneck Church of God Hall, 816 Breakneck Road. The price is $5 for age 12 and older, $3 for ages 5-12 and children age 4 and younger eat free. The menu consists of pancakes, sausage and home fries, all-you-can-eat pancakes and home fries. Additional sausage links (seconds) will be three for a $1. There will also be a small bake sale. All are welcome.
• There will be a toy bash held Nov. 4 at the ICV Community Center, 628 Indian Creek Valley Road. Doors open at noon and the bash will be held from 1 to 5 p.m. The cost is $5 per ticket. The event benefits the Normalville Area and Saltlick Township Volunteer Fire Departments. For more information or tickets, see any fireman or call 724-455-6510, 724-455-3509, 724-455-3411 or 724-455-3902.
• Delicious homemade soup and baked goods will be available at the Ridge Community Center from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Nov. 6. Proceeds benefit the center.
• There will be a spaghetti dinner fundraiser Election Day from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Nov. 6 at the Bullskin Senior Center, 52 Medsger Road, Connellsville. All the spaghetti you can eat. Advance tickets are: adults, $6.50; children, $3; and at the door; adults, $7; children; and $3.50, children under age 5 eat for free. Call the center for more information at 724-887-0655.
• The Chestnut Ridge Historical Society and the Donegal Community Center will sponsor a spaghetti dinner on Election Day from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Nov. 6 at the Donegal Community Center, 113 Community Center Lane. The cost is $7 for adults, $5 for children ages 5 to 12 and children under age 5 eat free. Take-out will be available.
• There will be a Hunter Education Class from 5 to 10 p.m. Nov. 9 and 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Nov. 10 at the ICV Community Center, 628 Indian Creek Valley Road; 10 hours of class time is required. The instructor will be Ron Hull. Class size is limited to 50 students and children must be 11 years old by Nov. 10 to be certified; call 724-455-7524 to register. The class is sponsored by the Critchfield Alliance Church.
• There will be a Holiday Arts & Crafts Show at the Donegal Community Center, 113 Community Center Lane, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Nov. 10. Vendor space is available. For more information, call 724-423-7348.
• There will be a spaghetti dinner from 4 to 8 p.m. Nov. 10 at the Calvary United Methodist Church, 328 Calvary Church Road, Acme. The cost is $7 for adults, $5 for children ages 5 to 12, children ages 4 and younger eat free. Take-out will be available. There will also be raffle tickets to win prizes available. All proceeds will go to help Niccole Shafer with medical expenses.
• Clear your calendar for 7 p.m. Nov. 10 and come to the ICV Bluegrass Benefit Concert at the Indian Head Church of God, 691 Indian Creek Valley Road, to benefit the ICV Food Pantry. Music will be provided by The Glory Guys. Admission is free. Please bring a canned good or paper product to donate to the food pantry. A free-will offering will be taken for the Pantry. There will be refreshments served afterwards in the social room.
• Come have some old-fashioned buckwheat cakes or pancakes, sausage, home fries, eggs, cold drink and coffee from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Nov. 10 at the Mill Run firehouse, 755 Mill Run Road. All the cakes you care to eat. The cost is $8 per person. Benefits the Springfield Township Volunteer Hose Co.
• The Chestnut Ridge Historical Society will hold its monthly meeting at 7 p.m. Nov. 20 at the Cook Township Community Center in Stahlstown. This month's speaker will be Lori Myers, who will talk about the traditions of Christmas and their origins, such as, decking the halls, Christmas trees, and what is a Yule log. She will discuss the 12 days of Christmas and things about Santa Claus that maybe you never knew. Myers will take you along with her as she tells about the ancient Egyptians, Scandinavians, Dutch, German and English, customs and finally the colonial Americans and their ways of celebrating Christmas. Myers and her husband Rob are members of Chestnut Ridge Historical Society where she serves as secretary. Their interests are local history and genealogy. The public is always welcome to come and join them to hear what Myers has learned about this fast approaching holiday and how we might implement some of her discoveries in celebrating our own Christmas.
• Happy birthday wishes to Kathryn Henry of Normalville, who celebrated her 95th birthday on Oct. 25 from all of her family.
• The Mountain Laurel Chamber of Commerce wishes to congratulate Matthew Achtziger, a sixth-grade student from Donegal Elementary School for being the recipient of the September 2012 Student of the Month Award sponsored by the Stahlstown Flax Scutching Festival.
• Last week's trivia question was: According to mountain folklore, if your nose starts to itch, what does it mean? Henry Nicholson, Jim Shawley, Betty Bando, Peggy Magyor, Bill Shepler, Dorothy Beck, Doris Randall, Mary and Jake Brinker, Kathy Turek and Dink Critchfield all called to answer: company is coming.
This week's question is asked by Jim Shawley: In the Charlie Brown Halloween special, what is he searching for?
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Pam Porterfield is a resident of Normalville.