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Saltlick VFD Street Fair continues 2 more nights

| Thursday, June 13, 2013, 8:55 p.m.

Don't miss the annual Saltlick Township Volunteer Fire Department's Street Fair, which is being held for two more nights. Friday's entertainment will be Traveling Road Show and Saturday, Katelyn Ritenour. There will also be pony rides, games, refreshments and lots of family fun. Rides will be by R & M Amusements. Come support the fire department.

The Bullskin Senior Center, 52 Medsger Road, Connellsville, will hold its annual Strawberry Festival from 4 to 7 p.m. Saturday. Cost is $5 for adults; $2.50 for children and includes all you can eat strawberries, ice cream and beverages. The kitchen is also open, offering potato salad, hot dogs, ham barbecues and french fries. There will also be a bake sale.

The Kecksburg Volunteer Fire Department's Ladies Auxiliary will hold an all-you-can-eat pasta bar from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday. The cost will be: adults, $6, children ages 4 to 12, $3; and children age 3 and younger eat free. You will have your choice of two different pastas and three different sauces. Pasta salad, rolls, salad, dessert and drinks are also on the menu. The event will be held at the Kecksburg firemen's social hall, 5128 Water St., Mt. Pleasant.

There will be a Father's Day Buffet offered from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday at the Normalville Area Volunteer Fire Department fire hall. The cost is $10 for adults and $5 for children. The event benefits the Ladies Auxiliary.

Mt. Zion Community Church, Acme, behind Bear Rocks Community, will hold a week of vacation Bible school for children who are finishing kindergarten through sixth grade. The theme is a western/cowboy theme. This exciting program will be from 7 to 8:45 p.m. each night, June 17 to 21. Children who want to come but could not make it without a ride can call the church and request a ride. For directions, visit or call 724-547-3028 during business hours.

The Critchfield Alliance Church will hold vacation Bible school from 9 to 11:30 a.m. June 17 to 21. This year's theme is “Pandamania, Where God is Wild About You.” There will be wild Bible adventures, snacks, bamboo blast games, crazy crafts, music and Bible memory. VBS is open to children ages 3 through the eighth grade. During VBS week, lunch will be served daily at 11:45 a.m. Champion Christian School is providing a free lunch for VBS participants and families. The meals served are nutritionally complete and are free for children 18 years old and younger. Adults pay only $3. Meals will include an entree, vegetable, fruit, dessert and choice of milk or tea. Champion Christian School is able to offer this through the Summer Hot Lunch Program, provided by the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture.

The Chestnut Ridge Historical Society will hold its monthly meeting 7 p.m. Tuesday in the Cook Township Community Center, 1698 Route 711 north, Stahlstown. This month's speaker will be Joy Faith, owner of Joy Faith Soaps located on Faith Farm Road, Mt. Pleasant. A few years back, Faith had health concerns that made her make some lifestyle changes. She began focusing on the quality of the products she was putting on her skin. She wanted a healthier, more like homemade, soap that her mother made. The public is welcome to come and join them to see how soap is made.

Join the Laurel Highlands Telephone Co. for a Town Hall Meeting 7 p.m. Tuesday at the Cook Township Community Center, 1698 Route 711 north, Stahlstown. Learn how the government is restricting rural America's access to high-speed Internet and how your local rates are increasing due to the FCC's reform. Refreshments will be provided. For more information, call 724-455-2411 or 724-593-2411 or visit

The Breakneck Church of God, 816 Breakneck Road, will be celebrating its 125th anniversary on June 23. The celebration begins with morning worship at 10:30 a.m. At noon, there will be a picnic on the grounds as they dedicate the Nicholson/Richter Pavilion. The day will be filled with remembrances with their former pastors, including Pastor Tim Beatty and Pastor Barry Witt. The new regional director Phil Scott will also be present. You are invited to come join them. It will be a great opportunity to renew old friendships and make some new ones. There will be games for all ages throughout the day for all who wish to participate. The Christian rock band “Stars Burning Down” will be performing from 3 to 5 p.m. After the concert, hotdogs and cookies will be served at the pavilion. They look forward to seeing old friends as well as meeting new friends on this very special occasion. If you would like more information, call 724-628-9738 or 724-626-1067.

The first annual Bullskin Opry Bluegrass Festival will be held June 28, 29 and 30 at the Wooddale Fairgrounds in Bullskin Township, 938 Pleasant Valley Road, Mt. Pleasant. Admission is by donation only. Local and regional bluegrass bands will be performing on stage throughout the weekend. There will be crafters, and food and drink will be for sale by Aumers. Camping is available without hookups. There will be a Christian service on stage Sunday morning, along with gospel and bluegrass music following. For more information, call Bill Springer at 724-455-3919.

The Saltlick Township Fire Department's Ladies Auxiliary is accepting new members. Anyone who is interested in helping the fire department can join. Call 724-455-3503 for more information.

Last week's trivia question was: What famous person was born in 1917 in Brookline, Mass? Jim Shawley, Bill Shepler and Don Chearney knew that it was John Kennedy. This week's question is: A widower who singly raised six children inspired his daughter to lobby for a day to honor fathers. What was her name?

I would like to wish all the dads a very Happy Father's 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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