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Skate night at ICV Community Center set

| Thursday, Feb. 27, 2014, 6:57 p.m.

There will be a community skate night at the ICV Community Center, 628 Indian Creek Valley Road, for all the kids in the area on Friday. There is a $3 fee to skate. Games, music and concessions will be available. Grades up to sixth will skate from 6 to 7:30 p.m. and grades seventh to 12th will skate from 7:30 to 9 p.m.

• The Normalville Area Volunteer Fire Department will sell hoagies Saturday at the Saltlick Township fire hall, 2009 Indian Head Road, Indian Head, and at the intersection in Normalville.

• 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. Springtime Hill Barn Band will host this event and provide the sound. Friends and volunteers will be helping out. Beginner musicians are welcome. For more information, call Bill Springer at 724-455-3919.

• The Saltlick Township Volunteer Fire Department will hold a Hunter's Banquet Gun Bash from noon to 5 p.m. Sunday at the Donegal Community Center, 113 Community Center Lane. The doors open at 11:30 a.m. There will be 25 guns given away. Tickets are available from most local businesses and firemen and are $20 each.

• Christian Family & Children's Center's community concert series will continue on March 7 with a performance from Zach Ellsworth at the ICV Community Center. The series will be continuing the drug-free lifestyle focus. Tickets will be $5 in advance and $7.50 at the door. Doors will open at 6 p.m. and the show will start at 7 p.m. Concessions will be available. If you have any questions or would like to purchase tickets, call 724-455-2122, ext. 101. A generous donor has provided some tickets for youth groups and others who may be unable to afford the event, but would love to attend. If this is you, call to reserve some of those. Be sure to pass the word to all of your friends.

• The Normalville Area Volunteer Fire Department will hold a Pizza and Wing Night from 4 to 9 p.m. March 8. Pizzas are $8.25 for cheese or pepperoni and $1 for each additional topping. Wings are $8 a dozen and $4 for half a dozen. Eat in or take out. The event will be held at the fire hall in Normalville, 3387 Springfield Pike and it benefits the fire department. For more information, call 724-455-6510 and leave a message.

• 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 and enjoy 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. There are two more Saturdays for this season 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. March 8 and April 5. Proceeds benefit the hose company.

• The Normalville United Methodist Church, 3270 Springfield Pike, is hosting the District 11 Sunday School Rally at 7 p.m. March 9. Dr. Don Bartlette will be the speaker. He is a lecturer, writer, preacher, man of faith and father of eight. Dr. James Dobson calls him one of the greatest inspirational speakers of the last 40 years. His message is inspired, powerful and full of hope. Everyone is welcome.

• The Normalville Area Volunteer Fire Department will hold a basket bingo 2 p.m. March 16 at the fire hall in Normalville, 3387 Springfield Pike. The doors open at 1 p.m. Admission is $5 and extra cards are $1 each. A light lunch will be served. For more information, call 724-455-6510 and leave a message or call 724-455-2477. The event benefits the ladies auxiliary.

• The Chestnut Ridge Historical Society will hold its monthly meeting at 7 p.m. March 18 in the Cook Township Community Center, 1698 Route 711, Stahlstown. This month's speaker will be Roger Pritts, co-president of the Mountain Watershed Association and who has been a life-long resident of the Indian Creek Valley. He will present a slide presentation on the goals of the Mountain Watershed Association and what has been accomplished since its beginning in 1994. In 1994, there was a deep mine proposal in the Indian Creek Watershed. This proposal was defeated due to the danger to the watershed including pollution to the streams and discharges throughout the watershed. After the victory, citizens decided to build an organization dedicated to protecting the watershed and cleaning up 125 years of poor mining practices. Since then, MWA has constructed five mine drainage treatment systems and completed many other projects which have improved water quality. It is a nonprofit organization with 1,200 members. The goal of the association is to protect, to preserve and to restore Indian Creek and greater Youghiogheny River watersheds. Everyone is invited to come and hear more about the restoration of Indian Creek and the other projects of the Mountain Watershed Association. Chestnut Ridge Historical Society meetings are always open to the public. This speaker had been rescheduled because of inclement weather.

• On March 20, the Christian Family & Children's Center will be taking its coach bus to the Johnstown War Memorial for the Third Day and Skillet Tour. Other featured artists on this tour are Brandon Heath, Peter Furler, Mandisa, Jamie Grace and We As Human. With seven artists for the price of one, this is a concert you don't want to miss. Call 724-455-2122, ext. 100 for more information or to purchase tickets.

• Come enjoy a fish lunch at the Normalville Area Volunteer Fire Department from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. March 28 and April 4 at the fire hall, 3387 Springfield Pike. A fish lunch is $6.25 or a chicken lunch cost $6.25. Or if you just want a fish sandwich, $3.25, chicken strips, $3.25, macaroni and cheese, $2, or coleslaw, $1. Eat in or take out will be available. For more information, call 724-455-6510 and leave a message or call 724-455-2477. The event benefits the ladies auxiliary.

Last week's trivia question was: Where did the idiom “brand spanking new” come from? Peggy Magyor, Jim Shawley and Bill Shepler called to answer. The correct answer is it comes from when doctors used to spank a newborn baby to get them to cry.

This week's question is: Where did we get the phrase “mind your P's and Q's”?

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

Pam Porterfield is a resident of Normalville.

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