Bullskin Grange site of bluegrass open stage, jam session

| Thursday, Oct. 31, 2013, 8:55 p.m.

There will be a bluegrass open stage and jam session at the Bullskin Grange, 938 Pleasant Valley Road, from 6 to 10 p.m. Saturday. The doors open at 5 p.m. Food and drink will be for sale. The jam session will be downstairs and the stage upstairs. Bands can call Bill Springer at 724-455-3919 to schedule stage time. This event is based on previous events that were held in the past starting at White and Donegal and moving to Indian Head, then Ohiopyle. Springtime Hill Barn Band will be hosting this event and providing the sound. Friends and volunteers will be helping out. Beginner musicians are welcome. For more information, call Bill Springer at 724-455-3919.

The Normalville Area Volunteer Fire Department will sell hoagies Saturday at the intersection in Normalville.

You are invited to a complete breakfast at Trinity Lutheran Church, 126 E. Fairview Ave., from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday. Breakfast includes pancakes, sausage, scrambled eggs, fruit cup, dessert, juice and coffee. Tickets are $5 for adults and $3 for children age 11 and younger. Take-out will also be available.

There will be a hunters banquet from noon to 5 p.m. Sunday at the Donegal Community Center, 113 Community Center Lane. Doors open at 11:30 a.m. There will be 25 guns given away with the last one being given from the 7 p.m. Pennsylvania Daily Lottery. Tickets are $20 and can be purchased from any fireman or most local businesses. The banquet is sponsored by the Saltlick Township Volunteer Fire Department.

The Bullskin Senior Center will hold its Election Day spaghetti dinner from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday at the Bullskin Senior Center, 52 Medsger Road, Route 982, Connellsville. Advanced tickets are $6.50 for adults; $3 for children. Children age 4 and younger eat free. Tickets at the door are: $7 for adults; $3.50 for children. If you have any questions, call 724-887-0655.

You are invited to a Bluegrass Gospel Concert to benefit the ICV Food Pantry from 7 to 9 p.m. Nov. 9 at the Indian Head Church of God, 691 Indian Creek Valley Road, Indian Head. The band, Gospel Grass, will perform. Admission is free. Please bring a canned good. A freewill offering will be taken to benefit the food pantry. Refreshments will be served immediately following. For more information, call 724-455-2626.

It's time for the old-fashioned buckwheat cake and pancake breakfasts at the Springfield Township Volunteer Hose Co. firehouse, 755 Mill Run Road. Come have buckwheat cakes, pancakes, sausage, home fries, eggs, cold drink and coffee. Have all the cakes you care to eat. The cost is $8 per person. The winter schedule is as follows: 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Nov. 9, Dec. 14, and Jan. 11, 2014, Feb. 8, March 8 and April 5. Proceeds benefit the hose company.

There will be a toy bash on Nov. 10 at the Indian Creek Valley Community Center. Doors open at noon with drawings from 1 to 5 p.m. The bash benefits the Normalville Area and Saltlick Township volunteer fire departments. Tickets are $5 each. For more information, call 724-455-6510 and leave a message or call 724-455-3509, 724-455-3411 or 724-455-3902.

The Mountain Watershed Association will hold its annual General Membership meeting Nov. 13. There will be a potluck dinner, presentation of its recent activities and vote for new Board of Directors members. The meeting will take place 6 p.m. at Highlands Hall in Donegal. Bring your own personal favorite holiday dish to share. Call 724-455-4200, ext. 5 or email stephanie@mtwatershed.com to add your item to the menu.

The ICV Christian Family and Children's Center would like to say thanks again for your support of this year's golf event, which was held Oct. 5. It was a beautiful sunny day and a great time of fun and fellowship. If you missed it this year, perhaps you want to mark the date of next year's event, Oct. 4, on your calendar. Pictures of the teams are on the website at www.champion.org/development/fundraisers/golf.

Thanks to the sponsors for your help in making this event a success. If you want to know more about how to support the center, there is still time to register for the center's annual fund banquet on Nov. 15. It will be an evening of vision casting and sharing practical ways you can help to make a difference in this culture.

The Normalville Area Volunteer Fire Department will hold a pizza and wing night from 4 to 9 p.m. Nov. 16. Pizzas are $8.25 for cheese or pepperoni and $1 for each additional topping. Wings are $8 a dozen and $4 for a half-dozen. Eat in or take out. The event will be held at the fire hall in Normalville, 3387 Springfield Pike. For more information, call 724-812-6469 or 724-455-6510 and leave a message.

It's not too early to think about getting your shoeboxes together for Operation Christmas Child. Once again, the Clinton Church of God will serve as the relay center for our mountain area. OCC directors Charlie and Pam Hall advise that shoebox collections at the Clinton Fellowship Building, 640 Buchanan Road, will begin the week of Nov. 18. Hours are as follows:

• Nov. 18 to 22 — 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. and 4 to 7 p.m.

• Nov. 23 — 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

• Nov. 24 — 1 to 4 p.m.

For instructions about what to buy and how to pack your shoebox, call Charlie or Pam Hall at 724-455-1073.

Local band Dirt Road Sunset will release its third CD at the end of this month called DRS II. The band is dedicated to helping injured veterans through the Wounded Warrior Project and will be at Busy Beaver in Mt. Pleasant with CDs on Saturday, beginning at 7 a.m. All proceeds from the sale of the CDs go to help wounded warriors.

The Mountain Watershed Association's 2014 lottery calendars have arrived. There are 365 chances to win your money back, plus top prizes of $100, $200, $250 and $500. Buy your 2014 lottery calendar online at www.mtwatershed.com or stop at the office to pick one up today. They make great Christmas gifts, featuring full color photographs of the Indian Creek watershed; call 724-455-4200, ext. 0 or email charlotte@mtwatershed.com to purchase.

Last week's trivia question was: What was the name of the little mouse on the Ed Sullivan show? Kathy and John Kacala, Henry Nicholson, Bill Shepler, Carol Porterfield, Betty Bando and Kathy Turek all called or emailed to answer Topo Gigio.

This week's question is asked by Betty Bando: Who was American's favorite redhead?

If you have news for this column, give me a call at 724-455-7746 or email me at briklyn@lhtot.com by 6 p.m. Monday to have your news appear that Friday.

Pam Porterfield is a resident of Normalville.

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