Clinton Church of God plans breakfast buffet
Clinton Church of God will hold a breakfast buffet from 7 to 10:30 a.m. Saturday. Tickets are $6. The menu will be: pancakes, scrambled eggs, bacon, sausage, home fries, sausage gravy biscuits, toast, fruit cocktail and beverage. All are invited and welcome.
• The Normalville Area Volunteer Fire Department will hold its fifth annual Poker Run Saturday. Registration begins at 9 a.m. with a 10 a.m. start at the fire hall, 3387 Springfield Pike. The cost is $20 per bike and $10 for an additional rider. Bikes and cars are welcome. The run benefits the fire department. For more information, call 724-455-3509 or 724-455-6510.
• Critchfield Christian & Missionary Alliance Church, 471 Jim Mountain Road, will hold vacation Bible school from 9 to 11:30 a.m. June 23 to 27. A program and picnic will be held June 27. The theme this year is “Cross Canyon Trail, Ridin' with Jesus.” For more information, call 724-455-2376.
• Vacation Bible school will be held June 23 to 27 at the Mt. Zion Community Church, 159 Kreinbrook Hill Road, Acme. Boys and girls ages 4 to 12 are warmly invited. Evangelist Thomas Engle will lead the program. The fun begins at 6:30 and ends at 8:15 p.m. each night. For directions, visit www.mtzionacme.org or call 724-547-3028 during business hours.
• There will be a pie social bingo held at 7 p.m. June 26 at the Saltlick Township Fire Department's fire hall in Indian Head. The cost is $4 with 20 regular games; extra cards are $1. There will be four specials at 25 cents each card, and 50/50 tickets can be purchased. The bingo is sponsored by the ladies auxiliary.
• The second annual Bullskin Opry Bluegrass Festival will take place on June 27, 28 and 29 at the Bullskin Fairgrounds, 938 Pleasant Valley Road, Mt. Pleasant. This is on Route 982, between Connellsville and Laurelville. Local and regional bands will be performing on stage all three days. Food and drink will be available for sale. Crafters will be displaying and selling their wares. Free rough camping. Free admission and donations will be accepted to cover cost of festival. Bring a lawn chair. Come spend the day in the beautiful Laurel Highlands listening to some of the finest Bluegrass music around. Tap your toe or slap your knee to the beat of the music while you enjoy the good food, mountain air and sunshine. Festival will be held rain or shine. This is a family event. Call DeAnna Horak at 724-220-5008 for more information regarding crafters or Bill Springer at 724-455-3919 for questions regarding the Bullskin Opry.
• The Normalville Area Volunteer Fire Department will have pizza and wings available from 4 to 9 p.m. July 12 at the fire hall, 3387 Springfield Pike. Pizza cost $8.25 for cheese or pepperoni with $1 extra for each additional topping. Wings will cost $8 a dozen and $4 a half dozen. Eat in or take out. This event benefits the fire department. For more information, call 724-455-6510 and leave a message.
• The 70th annual Tinkey family reunion will be held July 13 at the old Tinkey homestead near Seven Springs (follow signs). The meal begins at 1 p.m. Please bring a covered dish and table setting. Come and have fun with family and friends. For more information, call Nancy Green at 724-423-3411 or Linda Kalp at 724-238-9462.
• Springfield Township Volunteer Hose Company's first annual Buckwheatfest will be held July 19 at the fire house in Mill Run, 755 Mill Run Road. Come enjoy lots of great food, fun, games, door prizes, and 50/50 drawing tickets. Buckwheat cakes and pancakes, sausage, home fries, eggs, cold drink, and coffee, all the cakes you care to eat, will be served from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Cost is $8 per person. The fair menu will also be available from noon to 8 p.m. — hamburgers, cheeseburgers, hot dogs, French fries, pizza, fried dough, nachos and ice cream. There will be musical entertainment from 4 to 8 p.m. by Oldies by Smokey featuring music of the 1940s through 1980s. You can follow the fire department on twitter at @stvhc35 to keep up with the events.
• The Highlands Hospital Auxiliary is hosting a vendor show from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. July 19. The show will be held at the Connellsville Eagles on South Arch Street Connellsville. Any interested vendors should call Pam Laymon at 724-455-1758 or e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
• Christmas in July will be held 1 to 5 p.m. July 20 at the Normalville Area Volunteer fire hall, 3387 Springfield Pike. The doors open at noon. Tickets are $10 each. The event benefits both the Normalville Area and Saltlick Township Volunteer Fire departments. See any fireman for tickets or call 724-455-6510 or 724-455-3509, 724-455-3411 or 724-455-3902.
• There will be a Salad Smorgasbord held at 6 p.m. July 24 at the Saltlick Township fire hall at Indian Head. For $7 you get good food and 15 regular games. There will be three specials at 25 cents each card and 50/50 tickets for sale. Extra cards are $1. The event is sponsored by the Ladies Auxiliary.
• The Mountain Laurel Chamber of Commerce wishes to congratulate McKenzie Jones, a sixth-grade student from Springfield Township Elementary School, as recipient of the March 2014 Student of the Month Award sponsored by First National Bank of Indian Head. And Joshua Marker, a sixth-grade student from Champion Christian School, as recipient of the April 2014 Student of the Month Award sponsored by Donegal Area Community Center.
• Now through Aug. 15, free lunch will be served at Champion Christian School's North Campus in Donegal from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. (closed July 4). Children age 18 and younger will eat for free and anyone over age 18 can purchase a meal for $3.50. Lunch menus can be viewed online. Along with offering free lunches at the North Campus, the summer lunch program is able to bring lunch or dinner to your church's Bible school or other organization's summer program. If this is something that may be of interest to you and your church, call 724-455-2122, ext. 100.
Last week's trivia question was: What method of vigilantism borrowed from Europe and used early in our area made public humiliation its goal? Ron Miner, Beth Sheehan, John Kacala, Jim Shawley, Betty Bando, Nancy Fuller, Henry Nicholson, and Bill Shepler all knew that it was tarred and feathered.
This week's question is: Who was the original voice of the cartoon character Shaggy on Scooby Doo?
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Pam Porterfield is a resident of Normalville.