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Kecksburg Volunteer Fire Department to hold UFO Festival

| Thursday, July 25, 2013, 8:35 p.m.

The Kecksburg Volunteer Fire Department's Old-Fashioned and UFO Festival is being held from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. and 10 a.m. until 5 p.m. Saturday.

The 6th Annual Gospel Sing will be held from noon to 7 p.m. Saturday at the Calvary United Methodist Church, 328 Calvary Church Road, Champion. The following groups will be there to entertain you: Crimson Stream, The Gaithers, Lordsman, Songsters and The Richters. Bring your own lawn chair. Food will be provided. For more information, call 724-593-7875.

The Pritts family reunion will be held on Saturday at the Indian Creek Valley Community Center lower picnic area. Bring a covered dish for a 1 p.m. meal. Family and friends are invited.

The 50th James and Emma Wiltrout family reunion will be held at Mammoth Park, Pavilion #1 on Sunday. Lunch will be served at 12:30 p.m. A family picture is scheduled immediately after lunch. Next will be a short business meeting, then games, prizes, raffle table drawings, and the winner of the 50/50 will be announced. Ice cream for the children at 3:15 p.m. and cake for adults will conclude the day's activities. They hope to have a really good turnout for their 50th reunion.

The Breakneck Church of God, 816 Breakneck Road, will hold its annual indoor flea market from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Thursday and Friday at the fellowship hall located just up the road from the church. There will be many gently used items to browse through as well as home-baked goodies. Breakfast food will be available for sale from 7 until 10:30 a.m. Lunch will be available for sale from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m. Tables are set to eat in or they have takeout containers so you can take time to shop and then take something good home to eat.

The Levi and Amanda Stillwagon family reunion will be held at 3 p.m. Aug. 3 at the ICV Community Center lower picnic pavilion. Bring a basket and a covered dish.

The Ben Porterfield family reunion will be held Aug. 4 at the ICV Community Center lower picnic pavilion. Lunch will be at noon. Bring place settings and a covered dish.

On Aug. 4 Connellsville Chapter #247 of the Order of the Eastern Star will hold its annual farmers market at the Pleasant Valley Masonic Hall, 530 Pleasant Valley Road. Local growers will show off their fruit, vegetables, crafts, home-baked goods, and much more. There will be an open house from 1 to 5 p.m. inside the hall so you can learn more about becoming part of the Masonic Brotherhood. The event will be held rain or shine.

Kecksburg Volunteer Fire Department will hold an all-you-can-eat breakfast buffet from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Aug. 4. Cost is: adults $6.50, children $3, and children under 4 are free. It is sponsored by the Kecksburg firemen and held in the social hall, 5128 Water Street, Mt. Pleasant. Please note the price increase. Any questions or for more information, call 724-423-9540.

Indian Head Church of God will hold vacation Bible school from 6 to 8:30 p.m. Aug. 4 to 8. The theme this year is “SonRise National Park.” For more information and to register, call 724-455-2626. A kickoff picnic will be held at 4:30 p.m. Aug. 4. Everyone is invited. All food will be provided. Monday to Thursday, from 5:30 to 6 p.m., Champion Christian School will provide a free meal to all children under the age of 18. Adults may purchase the meal for $3.

The 40th annual McClain reunion will be held Aug. 10 at C.W. Resh Park in Indian Head. Lunch will be at 1 p.m. Bring a covered dish and a wrapped auction item.

Local band, “Dirt Road Sunset,” will be at the Wounded Warrior Motorcycle Run in Veterans Park in Mt. Pleasant on Saturday, where they will be having a meet-and-greet. Band member George Estochin will be speaking in honor of his daughter who is a wounded warrior. Sign-ups for the bike run are at 11 a.m. The run starts at noon. The fee to ride is $20 per person and includes dinner after the event. For more information about the bike run, call 724-322-4268. The dinner will be from 4 to 8 p.m. Admission is $10 for those who do not participate in the bike run. The band, “Life Behind Bars,” will be performing. Soldiers and a DJ will be at Veterans Park. To order “Dirt Road Sunset” CDs, call 724-455-3369. Proceeds from CDs go to the Wounded Warrior and Disabled Veterans projects.

Happy birthday to Dale Barnhart, who was 17 on July 19.

A birthday remembrance of Jim Burkholder, whose birthday was July 26.

Last week's trivia question was: Who was the French government appointee who served as the Minister of Finances of France from 1665 to 1683, whose famous quote was: “The art of taxation consists in so plucking the goose as to obtain the largest amount of feathers with the least possible amount of hissing?” Bill Shepler, Don Chearney, and Dink Critchfield called or emailed to answer Jean Baptiste Colbert.

This week's question is: What is the origin of the barber's pole?

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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