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Bluegrass event planned Saturday in Bullskin

| Thursday, April 4, 2013, 8:55 p.m.

A bluegrass open stage and jam session is slated 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 will 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 hose the event and providing the sound. Friends and volunteers will be helping. For more information, call Springer at 724-455-3919.

Come have some old-fashioned buckwheat cakes or pancakes, sausage, home fries, eggs, cold beverage 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 Company.

The Indian Creek Valley Food Pantry, 3330 Springfield Pike, Normalville, is open on 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. on the same days. There are no income guidelines for clothing. The pantries are open to Saltlick and Springfield Township residents in need. For more information, call 724-455-2830. Donations are appreciated. Please call before bringing donations.

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 at 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 starts 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. New items are added almost every day. More than 100 items of interest are available, including sports items, theme gift baskets, a handmade quilt, flowers and more. Tickets to the event are $10 each and may be purchased at the door.

Come try your luck at a cash bash on April 13 in the fire hall in Normalville, 3387 Springfield Pike. Doors will open at 5 p.m.; the bash will run 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 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. 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. 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 in the Indian Creek Baptist Church gym, 311 Baptist Church Road, Mill Run, from 6 to 9 p.m. April 20. All youths 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 Mountain Watershed Association's eighth annual Clean Water Banquet and Silent Auction will be held April 20 in Brady's Restaurant on Route 31 in Acme. Auction doors will open at 5 p.m.; 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 by emailing Your reservation must be received no later than close of business April 15. Please mention if you are interested in a vegetarian meal when calling to make a reservation. If you would 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. Please plan to join them.

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.

Get-well wishes go to Gayle Kinneer, who is recovering from pneumonia.

Last week's trivia question: Which president served two terms, but the terms were not consecutive? Peggy Magyor, Rauni Francy, Doris Randall, John Steindl, Henry Nicholson, Elsie Adams, Bill Shepler, Jim Shawley, Betty Bando, Dink Critchfield, and Regis Kraisinger all called or emailed to answer Grover Cleveland.

This week's question is asked by Elsie Adams: What major city in the United States enacted an ordinance that no building can be built over 13 stories?

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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