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Dinner to benefit injured Normalville volunteer firefighter

| Thursday, May 1, 2014, 8:55 p.m.

Normalville Area Volunteer Fire Department will hold a creamed chicken and biscuit dinner from 4 to 8 p.m. Friday at its fire hall, 3387 Springfield Pike in Normalville. Cost is $9 for adults and $4.50 for children. The dinner will benefit injured firefighter Billy Fulton. For more information, call 724-455-6510 or 724-455-3509.

• Breakneck Church of God will hold its annual Strawberry Festival from 4 to 7 p.m. Saturday in the church Fellowship Hall, 816 Breakneck Road. Come enjoy homemade cake topped with fresh strawberries and vanilla ice cream for $5 per adult or $3.50 for children ages 4 to 10. Hot or cold beverages are included, and unsweetened berries will be available. Barbecued ham, kielbasa and hotdogs (with or without homemade kraut) will be available for sale. Bring the family to dine in or order takeout. Tickets will be available at the door. For more information, call 724-628-3327 or 724-628-9738.

• A drive-through rabies clinic will be held from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday at Indian Head Church of God, 691 Indian Creek Valley Road. Cost is $9 per pet. Dr. Mary Bowser will be the vaccinating veterinarian. Any questions, call 724-455-2626.

• Normalville Area Volunteer Fire Department will sell hoagies on Saturday at the intersection in Normalville and at the Saltlick Township Volunteer Fire Department's fire hall in Indian Head.

• The Bullskin Opry will be held from 6 to 10 p.m. Saturday at the Bullskin Grange, 938 Pleasant Valley Road. Doors will open at 5:30 p.m. Bluegrass bands will appear on stage. Jamming will be downstairs. Beginner musicians are welcome. Food and drink will be for sale, and there will be a 50/50 drawing. No drugs or alcohol, please. Admission is free; donations are accepted. Upcoming events will include Bullskin Opry Bluegrass Festival at the end of June. Details to come soon. Bullskin Opry will resume monthly in the fall and winter. For information or band sign-up, call Bill Springer at 724-455-3919.

• Normalville Area Volunteer Fire Department will hold these events in May at its fire hall, 3387 Springfield Pike:

— Pizza and Wings from 4 to 9 p.m. May 10. Pizza is $8.25 for cheese or pepperoni with $1 extra for each additional topping. Wings are $8 a dozen and $4 a half dozen; eat-in or takeout. This event benefits the fire department. For more information, call 724-455-6510 and leave a message.

— Mother's Day Buffet from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. May 12. Please note that cost is $12 for adults and $6 for children. Buffet will benefit the ladies auxiliary. For more information, call 724-455-6510 and leave a message.

• There will be a meeting for the Eutsey Cemetery at 7 p.m. Thursday at Buchanan Church of God, 836 Buchanan Road, White. Lot holders or anyone interested in purchasing a lot is encouraged to attend.

• The Mountain Watershed Association will hold its annual Wildflower Walk in the Indian Creek Gorge at 9 a.m. May 10. The free event will take place, rain or shine. The Wildflower Walk covers about a mile and a half at a very gentle pace; the terrain is relatively flat. The walk normally lasts until about noon. Parking will be at the entrance to the Indian Creek Gorge, off Route 381 near Mill Run. From Route 381, look for the Camp Christian sign and turn down the road toward the camp. At the Y, turn right and you'll see a small parking area on the right. The Wildflower Walk is led by local naturalist and longtime MWA supporter Lisa Smith. Bring sturdy walking shoes, water and an umbrella if necessary. Come enjoy the beautiful Indian Creek Gorge with them. Call MWA at 724-455-4200, ext. 5, or email with questions.

• The Breakneck and Clinton Churches of God Bible Quiz teams would like to invite you to a spaghetti and meatball dinner and a Chinese basket auction on May 10 at the Bullskin Township Volunteer Fire Department, 260 Keefer Road. Doors will open at 2:30 p.m. Chinese auction tickets will be sold from 3:15 to 4:45 p.m. Dinner will begin at 5 p.m. The auction is set for 6 p.m. Join them for an afternoon of fun, food and fellowship as they raise money to send their children to the National Bible Quiz competition in Findlay, Ohio. There is a limited number of tickets. To purchase a ticket, call 724-366-6866 or buy one at the door for $10.

• Chestnut Ridge Historical Society will hold its monthly meeting at 7 p.m. May 20 in the Cook Township Community Center. This month's speaker will be Duaine Fuoss. He will speak about Native American artifacts, which include thousands of arrowheads and spearheads, as well as the history of Native American ancestors. Fuoss was raised in Owensdale and is a resident of Mt. Pleasant. At 6 years old he was hoeing the soil to plant corn when his hoe struck a solid object. This object was later determined to be a side-notched spear point used by Native Americans. From this point on, he became a true collector. By 1960, he had conducted enough research to begin uncovering area sites where tribes, including the Iroquois, Shawnee and Monongahelas, had lived and hunted. He has collected between 5,000 and 6,000 spearheads and arrowheads along with beads, stones and pendants. He has found 50 sites from Kecksburg to Bradford in Fayette and Westmoreland counties and beyond. Fuoss discovered a 3-foot fossilized stem from a fern in Bear Rocks, which he shared with the Carnegie Museum of Natural History in Pittsburgh.

Last summer he was invited to speak at the Mammoth Park Youth Day, an annual event held in Mt. Pleasant Township by the game commission. Fuoss attracted the attention of a family from the Lakota Sioux tribe. After the talk, the father was so impressed that he named Fuoss Meadow Walker. The meetings are always open to the public. Everyone is welcome.

• Local band Dirt Road Sunset will release a CD to help the Wounded Warrior Project. The band has several CDs available that support the charity, which benefits wounded service people. To find out more about the CDs, call 724-455-3369. All proceeds from the CDs are donated. Other donations can be made to the Wounded Warrior Project by going directly online to

Last week's trivia question: This is the season to start picking morel mushrooms. What other edible mushroom comes out at the same time? Hint: They grow on trees. Peggy Magyor, Henry Nicholson, Jim Shawley, Betty Bando and Bill Shepler called to answer. Pheasant tail or shiitake mushrooms are the mushrooms we were thinking of.

This week's question is asked by Peggy Magyor: If you are wearing coprolite jewelry, what are you wearing?

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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