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Wild game dinner to be held in February

| Thursday, Jan. 24, 2013, 9:01 p.m.

Clinton Church of God's annual wild game dinner will be held 5 p.m. Feb. 2 in the fellowship building, 640 Buchanan Road, Clinton. Wild game dishes, door prizes, raffles and Chinese auctions will be featured. Tame dishes will be available for those who prefer them. Tickets are $15; pre-sold only, none will be sold at the door. The dinner will be held rain, snow or shine. For tickets, call Charlie Hall at 724-455-1073 or Keith Richter at 724-455-3485.

Ohiopyle State Park will celebrate Winterfest from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Feb. 2 at the park. Come enjoy Ohiopyle at its frozen best. Try snow shoeing, cross country skiing or go on a horse-drawn sleigh ride. The Friends of Ohiopyle partner with the park to put on this event. For more information, call Barbara Wallace at 724-329-0986.

There will be a bluegrass open stage and jam session from 7 to 10 p.m. Feb. 2 at the Wooddale Grange in Bullskin Township, 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. Bands may call Bill Springer at 724-455-3919 to schedule stage time. Springtime Hill Barn Band will host this event and provide the sound. Friends and volunteers will be helping. For more information, call Bill at 724-455-3919.

Are you, or someone you know, interested in finding out about the exciting things that are happening at Champion Christian School? Everyone in the community is invited to come to a Community Visit Day on Feb. 5 and see the preschool through 12th grade programs. The event is designed to be casual; just stop in anytime from 4 to 7 p.m., look around and talk to the faculty and staff. The South Campus in Indian Head houses preschool through fourth grade; the North Campus in Donegal has preschool as well as fifth through 12th grades. At 6:30 p.m., there will be a Kindergarten Readiness Seminar. This is for any parent regardless of where they want to send their child to school. The seminar will be at the North Campus. If those dates don't work for you, call Barb Skinner in the development office at 724-455-2122, ext. 104 or email at to set up another time.

A Night at the Races event will be held on Feb. 8 at St. Raymonds of the Mountains Catholic Church, 170 School House Lane, Donegal. Races start at 7 p.m. in the Parish Social Hall. Doors open at 6 p.m. Tickets are $5 each and include food and refreshments. Horses are $10 each; for tickets, call 724-593-7479.

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. Feb. 9 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.

A Youth Movie Night will be held at the Indian Creek Baptist Church gym in Mill Run from 6 to 9 p.m. Feb. 16. All youth in seventh through 12th grades are welcome. Bring a friend and enjoy pizza, snacks and fellowship. Admission is free; for more information, call 724-455-7265.

Chestnut Ridge Historical Society will hold its monthly meeting 7 p.m. Feb. 19 at the Cook Township Community Center in Stahlstown. This month's speaker will be Russell Love from Verona who will teach about the Southern Pennsylvania Railroad. He has been doing research on this railroad for 15 years and has discovered many items that reveal where the route was to be built as well as where it was worked on. The right of way of the Southern Pennsylvania Railroad was a section that ran between Harrisburg and Pittsburgh on today's Pennsylvania Turnpike. Russell Love is a published author. His book published in 2003 was about the right of way of the railroad surveyed 1881-1883 and constructed in 1884-1885, 50 years before the Pennsylvania Turnpike was built. The Bedford Springs Hotel was built in the late 1700s and the Southern Pennsylvania Railroad was planning a secret line from the main line to pass by this resort. Many presidents and dignitaries spent vacation and business time at this hotel. He also holds walking and biking tours. He has traced culverts, cuts, stone quarries and more. Come along as Russell Love tells where we can find remnants of this historical railroad.

The Christian Family & Children's Center will hold an Ice Mine Community Youth / Family Night from 6 to 9 p.m. Feb. 19. Bring your friends, family and your youth group for a night of fun, roller skating, ice skating and fellowship. Admission is $5; skate rentals are $2. The Ice Mine is located at 5001 W. Crawford Ave., Connellsville.

The Christian Family & Children's Center will take a bus to see Chris Tomlin and Kari Jobe on Feb. 23 at the Consol Energy Center. The cost and departure time will be announced soon. If you are interested, please call 724-455-2122, ext. 100.

Very happy birthday greetings to Elsie Adams, who celebrates her birthday today.

Last week's trivia question was: What is the most poisonous snake in North America? Henry and Sharon Nicholson, Doris Randall, Bill Shepler, Jim Shawley, Betty Bando and Dink Critchfield all called or emailed to answer. The coral snake is technically the right answer because its venom is the most toxic. However, the eastern diamondback rattlesnake has the most venom.

This week's question is: Who was the only United States president from Pennsylvania?

If you have news for this column, give me a call at 724-455-7746 or email 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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