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Bullskin Opry Bluegrass Festival begins

| Thursday, June 27, 2013, 8:55 p.m.

The first annual Bullskin Opry Bluegrass Festival will be held Friday through Sunday 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, followed by gospel and bluegrass music. For more information, call Bill Springer at 724-455-3919.

The Ambassador Baptist College Men's Quartet will sing, share testimonies and preach, starting 7 p.m. July 2 at the Mt. Zion Community Church, 159 Kreinbrook Hill Road, Acme. There is no cost for this program. The public is warmly invited to attend. For directions, visit or call 724-547-3028 during business hours.

Indian Creek Baptist Church, 311 Baptist Church Road, Mill Run, will hold its annual homecoming picnic on July 4. The day's activities are as follows: 12:30 p.m., parade; 1 p.m., flag ceremony; 2 p.m., games for all ages; 6:30 p.m., music with Scott Ohler and Tommy Selinger; 8 p.m., evening entertainment with Katelyn Rose Ritenour; 8:45 p.m., cake walk; and 10 p.m., fireworks.

A refreshment stand is open all day long, where you can purchase various sandwiches, French fries, baked beans, potato and macaroni salad, fried dough, homemade baked goods, ice cream and various other goodies. Everyone is invited to attend for a great day of fun and fellowship.

Chestnut Ridge Volunteer Fire Department's Firemen's Fair will be held July 8-13 at the Flax Scutching Grounds, 1703 Route 711, Stahlstown.

The ninth annual Buchanan School Picnic will be held 5 p.m. July 14 at the Ridge Community Center, 853 Buchanan Road, White. The picnic is for anyone who ever attended the Buchanan School, their families and friends. Please bring a covered dish. Plates, napkins, cups, silverware and drinks will be provided. For more information, call 724-455-3503.

The 69th annual Tinkey family reunion will be held July 14 at the old Tinkey homestead near Seven Springs (follow signs). The meal begins at 1 p.m. Please bring a covered dish and table setting. Come and have fun with family and friends. For more information, call Nancy Green at 724-423-3411 or Linda Kalp at 724-238-9462.

There will be a Christmas in July event from 1-5 p.m. July 14 at the Indian Creek Valley Community Center, 628 Indian Creek Valley Road. Doors open at noon. Tickets are $5. The event benefits the Normalville Area Volunteer Fire Department and Saltlick Township Volunteer Fire Department. For tickets, see any fireman or call 724-455-6510, 724-455-3509 or 724-455-3411. No children under age 16 permitted.

The Chestnut Ridge Historical Society will hold its monthly meeting 7 p.m. July 16 in the Cook Township Community Center, 1698 Route 711 north, Stahlstown. This month's speaker will be Kevin Krepps, a Life Scout working toward becoming an Eagle Scout by doing his project named “Extreme Cemetery Makeover.” He has been restoring the Ritter Cemetery located in Donegal and Cook Township, which seems to be known only to God and the remaining loved ones of the people buried there. The cemetery has been severely neglected. This has certainly been a project of love and personal commitment of the individuals helping. Come out and hear if he has succeeded in his endeavor to restore the cemetery and attain his goal of becoming an Eagle Scout. The Historical Society meetings are opened to the public. Come and enjoy this exceptional young man's explanation of his project, “Extreme Cemetery Makeover.”

Christian Family & Children's Center will again host Alloutpraise July 20 at the North Campus, 1076 King's Way, Donegal. This year's headliner is Chris August — “Starry Night,” “Center Of It,” “7x70” and his new hit ,“Restore.” Love & The Outcome, a brand new Word Record duo, will open for August. They are currently a featured artist on the K-LOVE website, and their new single, “He Is With Us,” is now being played on both K-LOVE and WORD FM. There will be bands performing all day, concessions, information booths, artist's merchandise, a climbing wall, pony rides, mascot appearances and other kids' activities. Tickets are $25 at the gate. Group and advanced-sale discounts can be found online at The first ticket discount will end on June 30, so don't wait to purchase yours. On July 19, there will be a youth night where others can share their God-given talents. There will be youth groups performing skits and songs, bands and a time of worship to close the evening. There will be camping available, free dinner for ages 18 and under, and a free breakfast Saturday morning for all campers. You can purchase tickets from your favorite band to support them by calling 724-455-2122, ext. 101. Visit the website and “like” their Facebook page for more information and updates.

There will be a salad smorgasbord bingo July 25 at the Saltlick Township Volunteer Fire Department's fire hall, 2009 Indian Head Road, Indian Head. The smorgasbord will begin at 6 p.m. Bingo will follow. The cost is $7 for adults, $5 for children ages 5 to 12; under age 5 eat free. The bingo benefits the Ladies Auxiliary.

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

Last week's trivia question was: What was Redd Foxx's real name? Dink Critchfield, Gene Uhrin, Jim Shawley, Betty Bando, Clara M. Miller, and Bill Shepler called or emailed to answer: John Sanford.

This week's question is asked by Jim Shawley: What was the cartoon character who advertised a popular brand of tuna on TV?

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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