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'Christmas in the Mountains' gets under way

| Thursday, Nov. 29, 2012, 8:58 p.m.

The 13th annual “Christmas in the Mountains” will be held today through Sunday. Look for a yellow and green sign at participating businesses in the Donegal business corridor. Participating businesses will have entertainment and specials to kick off the Christmas season.

The Normalville Area Volunteer Fire Department will be selling hoagies at the intersection in Normalville on Saturday.

There will be a bluegrass open stage and jam session from 7 to 10 p.m. Saturday at the Wooddale Grange in Bullskin Township, Route 982, between Laurelville and Connellsville, 938 Pleasant Valley Road. Doors open at 6 p.m. Food and drink will be for sale. Jam session will be downstairs and the stage upstairs. Bands can call Bill Springer at 724-455-3919 to schedule stage time. Springtime Hill Barn Band will be hosting this event and providing the sound. Friends and volunteers will be helping out. For more information, call Bill 724-455-3919.

The Chestnut Ridge Historical Society and the Donegal Area Community Center proudly present The Wonder Of Christmas Gala from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday at the Donegal Area Community Center, 113 Community Center Lane. The gala will feature Anna Marie Stevenson's live Nativity, horse-drawn rides, Caddie Shack Gopher, Santa and his elves, face painting, Yogi, Cindy, and Boo Boo Bear, Parade of Trees, Frosty the Snowman, live music, clowns, Ice Cream Joe, the Subway character, and much more. There will be good food, a 50-50 drawing, chinese auction, crafts, and treats for the kids. Admission is free. The gala is endorsed by the Mountain Laurel Chamber of Commerce.

Springfield Township will be holding its annual light-up night 7 p.m. Sunday at the Springfield Township Volunteer Fire Hall. Come out and enjoy caroling, refreshments and other Christmas activities. Hope to see you there.

Santa will be visiting the Saltlick Township fire hall in Indian Head from 1 to 3 p.m. Sunday. All children from Saltlick Township are welcome.

Santa will be stopping in the Mill Run area Dec. 3 to 5, beginning at 6 each night. Santa will be around town to see all the children and give them a treat. Please have your porch light on and be ready for Santa to stop. The schedule follows: Dec. 3, Mill Run Road, Hampton Road, Hampton Loop, Willow Lane, Bottom Road, May Road, Dull's Store Road; Dec. 4, Stewarton Road, Baptist Church Road, O'Donnell Road, Mason Road, Skinner Road; Dec. 5, Kooser Road, Lower Tabey Road, Turkeyfoot Road, Fairmont Road, Upper Mountain Road, Clay Run Road.

Santa is being sponsored by the Springfield Township Volunteer Hose Company,

The ICV Food Pantry, 3330 Springfield Pike, Normalville, is open the first and second Wednesdays of the month from 9 to 11:30 a.m. and noon to 2 p.m. Bring proof of income, Social Security numbers, and an electric bill for your household. The Clothing Pantry is open from 9 to 11:30 a.m. and noon to 1 p.m. those same days. There are no income guidelines for clothing. Anyone in need can come. The pantries are open to Saltlick and Springfield Township residents. For more information, call 724-455-2830. Donations are appreciated. Please call before bringing donations.

The Christian Children & Family Center is hosting the following bus tours:

• Gaither Homecoming Christmas Spectacular — Join them for a trip to Consol Energy Center to see the Gaithers in concert on Dec. 8. The cost is $38.50; departure time is TBA. If you are interested in going, call 724-455-2122 ext. 100.

• Toby Mac Hits Deep Tour — See Toby Mac at the Consol Energy Center Dec. 15. The cost is $35. The concert starts at 7 p.m. Departure time is TBA. For more information or to purchase a ticket, call 724-455-2122 ext. 100.

Come have some old-fashioned buckwheat cakes or pancakes, sausage, homefries, eggs, cold drink, and coffee from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Dec. 8 at the Mill Run firehouse, 755 Mill Run Road. All the cakes you care to eat. The cost is $8 per person. Event benefits the Springfield Township Volunteer Hose Company.

There will be a Toy Bash on Dec. 9 at the ICV Community Center. Doors open at noon. The cost is $5. There will be a cash ticket individuals may purchase after purchasing toy tickets. The bash benefits the Normalville Area Volunteer Fire Department and the Saltlick Township Volunteer Fire Department. For more information, call 724-455-6510, 724-455-3509, 724-455-3411 or 724-455-3902.

The Mountain Watershed Association's 2013 Lottery Calendars are now available for purchase. The calendars feature full-color photos of the Indian Creek Watershed by professional photographer Stephen Simpson of the Highlands Art Gallery. They are only $30 and feature 365 chances to win your money back. The calendars make excellent gifts. Stop by their office at 1414 Indian Creek Valley Road, visit their online store at or call Charlotte Shetler at 724-455-4200, ext. 0#, to purchase yours today.

Teen Quest, a Christian organization ministering to children for over 36 years, is again offering a Snow Camp this season. Where else can you enjoy a one horse open sleigh ride, take a horse out on a trail, leisurely coast down a tube hill one minute and then cling for life to the Tube of Doom at 70 mph the next? Come have a weekend of fun and an encounter with Jesus Christ that will impact the rest of your life. Call 814-444-9500 or go to for more information.

Last week's trivia question was: What popular game show turned 40 years old this fall? Dink Critchfield, Henry Nicholson, Peggy Magyor, Betty Bando and Bill Shepler all called or emailed to answer, The Price Is Right.

This week's question is: On the average, one inch of rain is equivalent to how many inches of snow?

If you have news for this column, give me a call at 724-455-7746 or e-mail me at by 6 p.m. Monday to have your news appear that Friday.

Pam Porterfield is a resident of Normalville.

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