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Church's outdoor crucifixion re-enactment canceled

| Thursday, March 28, 2013, 8:37 p.m.

The outdoor live crucifixion re-enactment at County Line Church of the Brethren has been canceled, but you can still see the cross the church has erected there.

A community Easter egg hunt will be held from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday at the Indian Creek Valley Community Center in Indian Head. The egg hunt is open to all children in pre-kindergarten through fifth grade. There will be games, crafts, food and fun. For more information, call 724-455-2626.

Bring your dogs and cats to a rabies clinic to be held from 1:30 to 3 p.m. Saturday at the Normalville Volunteer Fire Department fire hall, 3387 Springfield Pike. The cost is $8 per animal. Parvo shots are available for dogs for $10. For more information, call 724-455-6510 or 724-455-2477.

A bluegrass open stage and jam session will run from 7 to 10 p.m. April 6 in 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 host this event and provide the sound. Friends and volunteers will be helping out. For more information, call Springer.

Are you looking for some great gift items and a way to help a good cause? A charity auction benefiting the Christian Family & Children's Center will be held April 12 in the Champion Christian School North Campus, 1076 King's Way, Donegal, off Route 31. Buffet dinner and preview of the new and slightly used items start at 4 p.m. along with the silent and basket auction. Bidding with auctioneer Mark Dixon III starts at 6 p.m. Not sure if you can come that night? You can still join in the fun by checking out the center's auction website at to see items and make bids. Items are added almost every day. More than 100 items of interest include sports items, theme gift baskets, a handmade quilt, flowers and much more. Tickets to the event are $10 each and may be purchased at the door.

Come try your luck at a cash bash April 13 in the fire hall in Normalville, 3387 Springfield Pike. Doors open at 5 p.m., and the bash will be held from 6 to 10 p.m. Tickets are $20. See any firefighter for tickets or call 724-455-6510 or 724-455-3509. The bash benefits the Normalville and Saltlick Township volunteer fire departments.

The Chestnut Ridge Historical Society will hold its monthly meeting at 7 p.m. April 16 in the Cook Township Community Center, 1698 Route 711 North, Stahlstown. This month's speaker will be James Kunkle, who will speak about his genealogy research along with techniques to access your family roots. Kunkle is a maintenance manager at Latrobe Specialty Metals and an Army veteran of the Vietnam era. He has studied American history and local traditions for many years. He has been researching family genealogy for 10 years and has a database that contains more than 82,000 names, including a very large obituary collection. He has family tree information on just about everyone within a 10-mile radius of Donegal. Kunkle will bring his database to share information with those who would be interested. He will talk about the early pioneer days from the 1700s and what it was like being a frontier ranger around Fort William and Fort Ligonier. The public is always welcome.

A Youth Movie Night will be held at the Indian Creek Baptist Church gym, 311 Baptist Church Road, Mill Run, from 6 to 9 p.m. April 20. All youths in grades 7-12 are welcome. Bring a friend and enjoy pizza, snacks and fellowship. Admission is free. For more information, call 724-455-7265.

The Mountain Watershed Association's eighth annual Clean Water Banquet and Silent Auction will be held April 20 in Brady's Restaurant, Route 31, Acme. Auction doors will open at 5 p.m., and dinner will be served at 6:30 p.m. Please come early if you are bringing items for the auction. Tickets are $25 and can be reserved by calling 724-455-4200, ext. 5, or emailing Reservations must be received no later than the close of business April 15. Please mention if you are interested in a vegetarian meal when you make your reservation. If you'd like to make a donation to the silent auction, please contact them. The banquet is a great time to celebrate environmental successes and volunteers and to raise money to continue protecting and preserving clean water in the Indian Creek watershed.

The Chestnut Ridge Volunteer Fire Company's second annual yard sale will be held from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. April 27. The cost is $10 for your first table and $5 for each additional table. It is just in time for spring cleaning. Earn extra cash while cleaning out your house. This is also junk day for Cook Township. For more information or to reserve your table, call 724-989-0262 or 724-640-7830.

The Mountain Watershed Association has scheduled its annual Wildflower Walk in the Indian Creek Gorge. This free event will take place at 9 a.m. April 27, rain or shine. The walk covers about a mile and a half at a very gentle pace on relatively flat terrain. The walk normally lasts until about noon. Meet at the entrance to the Indian Creek Gorge off Route 381 near Mill Run. From Route 381, look for the Camp Christian sign and turn down the road toward the camp. At the “Y”, turn right and you'll see a small parking area on the right. The Wildflower Walk is led by local naturalist Lisa Smith. Bring sturdy walking shoes, water and if necessary, an umbrella. Come enjoy the beautiful Indian Creek Gorge.

Last week's trivia question: What is the Sunday before Easter or Resurrection Day called and why? Clara M. Miller, Peggy Magyor, Jake and Mary Brinker, John Steindl, George Miller, Francis Russell, Bill Shepler, Sharon and Henry Nicholson, Regis Kraisinger, Betty Bando, Shirley Jane, Dink Critchfield, and Debbie Wiltrout all called or emailed to answer. The Sunday is Palm Sunday (some call it Passover Sunday), which commemorates Jesus' ride into Jerusalem before the crucifixion when palm branches were laid before his path.

This week's question is asked by Debbie Wiltrout: Which president served two terms, but the terms were not consecutive?

Have a very blessed Easter and Resurrection Day.

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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