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Stahlstown's Flax Scutching Festival to kick off

| Thursday, Sept. 12, 2013, 8:47 p.m.

The 106th annual Stahlstown Flax Scutching Festival will be held Saturday and Sunday at the Flax Scutching grounds, 1703 Route 711, Stahlstown. Following is the schedule of events.


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

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

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

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

• 5:30 p.m., dramatic Indian raid Saturday only.


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

• 11 a.m. to noon Allegheny Drifters performs 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.

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 Kevin Krepps, a Life Boy Scout working toward becoming an Eagle Scout by completing 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.”

The Breakneck Church of God's ladies' organization, CGWM, will sponsor a ham dinner from 4 p.m. until 7 p.m. Sept. 21 at the Fellowship Hall, 816 Breakneck Road, Connellsville. For $8 per adult and $4 per child ages 4 to 10, you will enjoy a meal of ham, potatoes, green beans, carrots, apple sauce, dinner rolls, cake for desert and beverage. As always, the ladies are looking forward to serving you as you help them serve the Lord.

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., cost is $20; purchase tickets from any fireman. For more information, call 724-455-3411, 724-455-6510, 724-455-3902 or 724-455-3509. The bash benefits both fire departments.

God's Tots, the preschool ministry at Indian Creek Baptist Church, 311 Baptist Church Road, Mill Run, is starting their new year on Sept. 24. Every Tuesday during the school year, from 9:30 to 11 a.m., preschoolers and their parents are invited to join them as they play together, share together, and learn together. There is no charge to join. Every child must be accompanied by an adult. For more information, call 724-455-2927.

Mountain Watershed Association is hosting a free Children's Fishing Derby and a Rubber Ducky Race fundraiser Sept. 28 at C.W. Resh Park in Indian Head. The fun begins at 10 a.m. with the start of the Children's Fishing Derby. Kids age 12 and younger can participate with adult supervision. This event is free of charge. There will be a break in the fishing action for lunch, which is provided, around 11:45 a.m. By 12:30 p.m., the fishing lines are again flying until the close of the derby at 2 p.m. Participants must bring their own rod and tackle, bait will be provided. All participants will be entered into the door prize drawing. Pre-registration is not required, but would be appreciated.

At 1:30 p.m. MWA's annual Rubber Ducky Fundraiser Race will begin. A 1,000 rubber ducks will race down Indian Creek. For a donation of $5, you can have two chances to win. The winning ducks are the first four sold ducks to enter the trough at the finish line and the very last duck to cross the finish line. Prizes include: first duck, $500; second duck, $250; third duck, $150; fourth duck, $100; and last duck, $50. Ticket holders need not be present to win. Tickets are being sold at MWA's office, G & D Market, Donegal Pharmacy, Brady's Restaurant, Sarnelli's Market, Saltlick Township Office, Shari Bukovac's Bookkeeping, or Ritenour's Sporting. For more information or to register,call Carla at the Mountain Watershed Association at 724-455-4200, ext. 3 or email

You are cordially invited to the Christian Family & Children's Center's 25th annual Golf Benefit for the Center to be held Oct. 5 at Donegal Highlands Golf Course. Registration forms are available at The day begins 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 at

A group of area residents would like to invite you to go to Miami and Key West, Fla., Nov. 30 to Dec. 8. The cost of the trip is $799 per person for nine days and eight nights. This also includes: 13 meals, a cruise, visit to Key West, a guided tour of Miami and more. They need at least 30 people to sign up to get this rate. The deadline is Sept. 24. If you are interested, call Joe Sarnelli at 724-593-2001.

Last week's trivia question was: What late 1960s comic book band turned into a real band with a hit song? Bill Shepler, Kathy Kacala, Dink Critchfield and Betty Bando all called or emailed to answer The Archies. This week's question is asked by Peggy Magyor: What was the first major self-service grocery store (you picked your own groceries) in the United States?

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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