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Homestead Days to be held in Ohiopyle

| Friday, Aug. 30, 2013, 12:01 a.m.

Ohiopyle will step back in time and host Homestead Days from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at the Sugarloaf sledding area in Ohiopyle State Park. Come and revisit the early settlement days of Ohiopyle. There will be pressing apples for cider, churning of butter, building with giant Lincoln logs, cooking in Dutch ovens over the fire, playing old time games, tanning leather, building a wigwam, spinning wool, bow drilling and visiting with Johnny Appleseed. The Friends of Ohiopyle will open the kitchen to provide guests with the tastes of both the past and the present. For more information or special accommodations call Ohiopyle State Park at 724-329-8595 or e-mail

The Normalville Rod and Gun Club's annual Golf Scramble will be held Sept. 7 at Glengarry Golf Links, 168 Lentz Road, Latrobe. Registration begins at 7 a.m. with a shotgun start at 8 a.m. The entry fee is $70 per person for 18 holes of golf, refreshments, lunch, prizes and skill competitions. For team registrations or for donations, call 724-455-3881, 724-593-7714 or 724-596-9860. Proceeds of the scramble will go to the Youth Fishing Rodeo and public land pheasant release.

Bullskin Senior Center will celebrate its 25th anniversary at 11 a.m. Sept. 10 at the Senior Center, 52 Medsger Road, Connellsville. Entertainment will be provided by Dave Dahl. The township supervisors, state representatives, FCCAA representatives and local senior center presidents have been invited to attend.

The 106th annual Stahlstown Flax Scutching Festival will be held Sept. 14 and 15 at the Flax Scutching grounds, 1703 Route 711, Stahlstown. The following is a schedule of events:

Sept. 14

• 9 a.m., beginning of festival.

• 10 to 11 a.m., formal opening with the Rev. Anthony Hita (newly appointed minister to the Stahlstown Charge including Pleasant Grove and Zion churches), Boy Scout Troop 375 with the dedication of the new flag pole, the Eagle Scout Project of Tom DiDiano III.

• 11 to noon, Bells Down Bell Choir from St. Paul's Evangelical Church, Trauger.

• 12:30 to 1:30 p.m., High Ryders performs country/bluegrass.

• 2 to 3 p.m., Fiddling Ray — Ray Bruckman.

• 3:30 to 4:30 p.m., High Ryders performs country/bluegrass.

• 5:30 p.m., dramatic Indian raid on this day only.

Sept. 15

• 9 to 10 a.m., worship service with the Rev. Anthony Hita — everyone is welcome.

• 11 a.m. to noon Allegheny Drifters perform bluegrass/variety.

• 12:30 to 2:30 p.m., Steel City Quartet performs gospel.

• 3 to 4 p.m., Cathi Rhodes, who is known for her portrayal of Patsy Cline and her own variety show.

• 4:30 to 5:30 p.m., Allegheny Drifters performs bluegrass/variety.

The Normalville Area and Saltlick Township volunteer fire departments will hold a cash bash from 6 to 10 p.m. Sept. 21 at the fire hall in Normalville, 3387 Springfield Pike. The doors open at 5 p.m. and the cost is $20. You can purchase tickets from any firemen. For more information, call 724-455-3411, 724-455-6510, 724-455-3902 or 724-455-3509. The bash benefits both fire departments.

The Chestnut Ridge Historical Society will hold its monthly meeting at 7 p.m. Sept. 17 in the Cook Township Community Center, 1698 Route 711 North, Stahlstown. This month's speaker will be Kevin Krepps. Remember Kevin, the Life Boy Scout working toward becoming an Eagle Scout by doing his project “Extreme Cemetery Makeover”? The project has been about 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 with each personal commitment of many individuals. Come out and hear if Kevin succeeded in his endeavor to restore the cemetery, and if he attained his goal of becoming an Eagle Scout. Their meetings are always open to the public. Come and enjoy this exceptional young man's explanation of his project, “Extreme Cemetery Makeover.”

You are cordially invited to the Christian Family & Children's Center's 25th annual Golf Benefit for the Center that will be held Oct. 5 at Donegal Highlands Golf Course. Registration forms are available at The day will begin at 10:30 a.m. at Champion Christian School's newly paved North Campus, 1076 King's Way, Donegal, with registration and an early lunch. Please call and let them know if you need additional information at 724-455-2122, ext. 104 or email Barb Skinner at If you are a business and would like to advertise your support of the center at this event, check out the website for additional information or call the center. If you would like to find out what is happening at the Center follow the links on the center's webpage at

There is bingo games played from 7 to 9 p.m. every Friday and Saturday night at Laurel Highlands Campland, 1001 Clubhouse Drive, Donegal. Cards are $5 each. The jackpot changes weekly.

Happy birthday to Charles McClain, who celebrates his birthday today.

Last week's trivia question was: What is the oldest selling periodical in the United States? Jim Shawley, Dink Critchfield, John and Kathy Kacala, Betty Bando and Bill Shepler all called or emailed to answer. The correct answer is The Old Farmer's Almanac.

This week's question is asked by Betty Bando: What was the first state to celebrate Labor Day?

Have a happy and safe Labor Day everyone.

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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