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St. Raymond's to hold Night at the Races

| Thursday, Feb. 7, 2013, 8:55 p.m.

A Night at the Races will be held at St. Raymond's of the Mountains Catholic Church, 170 School House Lane, Donegal on Friday. Races begin 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. Saturday 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 Clinton Church of God, 640 Buchanan Road, will hold its annual fish frys from 4 to 7 p.m. Feb. 15 and March 1 and 15. The dinner includes a delicious fish sandwich and choice of two sides. The sides are cole slaw, macaroni and cheese, cabbage and noodles and green beans. Tickets are $8 each. Extra sides will be available for $1. Buy an extra fish sandwich for $4.50. You can eat in or take-out will be available. For tickets, call Charlie Hall at 724-455-1073, Ken Layman at 724-455-3280 or Keith Richter at 724-455-3485. All are welcome.

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.

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 of 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. Love is a published author. His book, published in 2003, was about the right-of-way of the railroad surveyed 1881-1883, 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 Love tells where we can find remnants of this historical railroad.

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.

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.

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

Saltlick Township Volunteer Fire Department will hold a Hunter's Banquet from noon to 5 p.m. March 3 at the Donegal Community Center, 113 Community Center Lane. Doors open at 11:30 a.m. Twenty-five guns will be given away. Tickets are $20 and can be purchased from a fireman or local business.

Mountain Laurel Chamber of Commerce is happy to announce Melissa Troutman as this year's lucky winner of their Stocking Stuffer Ticket. She received over 30 gift certificates. The MLCC wishes to thank their members for donating to the ticket and to all who sold and purchased tickets. It was a great success.

Happy birthday to Cole Harrison Leonard, who was 2 years old on Feb. 6. He is the son of Tim and Leanne (Ulery) Leonard of Greensburg and grandson of Ann McClain Ulery, formerly of Donegal.

Last week's trivia question was: How many counties are there in Pennsylvania? Jim Shawley, Betty Bando, Doris Randall, Bill Shepler, John Steindl, Elsie Adams, Peggy Magyor, Dorothy Beck, Shirley Ritenour, Debbie Wiltrout, Ron Anderson and Dink Critchfield all called or emailed to answer. The correct answer is 67.

This week's question is asked by Peggy Magyor: Which president wrote out 110 rules of Civility and Decent Behavior when he was only 16 years old?

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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