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Normalville to sell hoagies on Saturday

| Thursday, Jan. 31, 2013, 8:56 p.m.

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

Clinton Church of God's annual wild game dinner will be held 5 p.m. Saturday at the Clinton Church of God Fellowship Building, 640 Buchanan Road. There will be wild game dishes, door prizes, raffles, Chinese auctions. Tame dishes will be available for those who prefer them. Tickets are $15. No tickets 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. Saturday 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. 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.

A Night at The Races will be held at St. Raymonds of the Mountains Catholic Church, 170 School House Lane, Donegal, Feb. 8. 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 Company.

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 to 12th grades are welcome. Bring a friend and enjoy pizza, snacks, and fellowship. Admission is free. For more information, call 724-455-7265.

The 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 in 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 mainline 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 much 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 and skate rentals are $2. The Ice Mine is located at 5001 W. Crawford Ave., Connellsville (Leisenring).

The Mountain Laurel Chamber of Commerce is sponsoring a bus trip to Wheeling Island from 1 to 9 p.m. Feb. 23. The Cost is $27 per person which includes the driver's tip. Each passenger will receive $25 in coins. Bus bingo is optional. The Quest coach bus pickup locations are: 1 p.m., Donegal Area Community Center; and 1:30 p.m., Econo Lodge, 110 N. Main St., New Stanton.

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

Very happy birthday greetings to Kevin Porterfield, who celebrates his birthday on Monday.

Last week's trivia question was: Who was the only U.S. president from Pennyslvania? John Kacala, John Steindl, Ken Wilson, Doris Randall, Bill Shepler, Henry Nicholson, Jim Shawley, Betty Bando, Elsie Adams, Dink Critchfield, Debbie Wiltrout, Ron Anderson, and Katie Quinn all called or emailed to answer James Buchanan.

This week's question is asked by Henry Nicholson: How many counties are there in Pennsylvania?

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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