Normalville VFD to hold pizza, wings fundraiser on July 12
Normalville Area Volunteer Fire Department will offer pizza and wings from 4 to 9 p.m. July 12 at the fire hall, 3387 Springfield Pike. Pizzas cost $8.25 for cheese or pepperoni with $1 extra for each additional topping. Wings are $8 a dozen and $4 per 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.
• Millertown Community Church, 224 Millertown Road, will hold vacation Bible school from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. July 13 to 18. The theme this year is “IncrediWorld Amazement Park — A thrill ride through God's Creation!” Classes are available for children age 3 through 12th grade. Please join them nightly for Bible lessons, games, crafts and more. For more information, call Pastor Jimmy Talton at 724-455-2939.
• Chestnut Ridge Historical Society will hold its monthly meeting 7 p.m. July 15 in the Cook Township Community Center. This month's speakers will be Ryan and Chrissy Keller of the Emma Marie Keller Memorial Foundation. They started the foundation in memory of their daughter, Emma, who was born 12 weeks premature due to preeclampsia. Emma passed away when she was 5 months old. The Emma Marie Keller Foundation provides supplies to families of babies in the five Pittsburgh-area neonatal intensive care units (NICU). There is an annual walk to help raise awareness of preeclampsia and to raise funds to support local families who have a child with a long-term illness.
• The seventh annual Emma Marie Keller Walk is scheduled for Aug. 23 at the Cook Township Community Center. There are multiple opportunities available to help support the foundation, ranging from being a sponsor to donating items for the Chinese auction or registering to be a walker. For more information on the walk and on the foundation, you can email the Kellers at email@example.com. The Kellers will tell about their five-month NICU stay and how they are using their experience to help other families. The meetings are always open to the public.
• Champion Christian School's 26th annual golf outing will be held Oct. 4. Captains, register and pay by July 15 and get a dozen golf balls free. Early registration discount for foursomes ends July 31. Visit www.champion.org/development/fundraisers/golf for more information and for registration forms.
• Alloutpraise is quickly approaching, July 17, 18 and 19. There is still an opportunity to sell tickets as a fundraiser for your youth group, church or other ministry. Check out the website and then contact them if this is something you are interested in. Over the course of these three days there will be camping, concessions, free meals, information booths, kid's activities, fireworks and over 20 artists. Head over to www.alloutpraise.com for more details.
• 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. Enjoy lots of great food, fun, games, door prizes and 50/50 tickets. Buckwheat cakes and pancakes, sausage, home fries, eggs, cold drink and coffee, all the cakes you care to eat, from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. for $8 per person. In addition, the fair menu will be available from noon to 8 p.m. On the menu will be hamburgers, cheeseburgers, hot dogs, French fries, pizza, fried dough, nachos and ice cream. There will be music 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 scheduled events.
• The Highlands Hospital Auxiliary is holding a vendor show from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. July 19 at the Connellsville Eagles on South Arch Street, Connellsville. Any interested vendors may call Pam Laymon at 724-455-1758 or e-mail her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
• Christmas in July will be held from 1 to 5 p.m. July 20 at the Normalville Area Volunteer fire hall, 3387 Springfield Pike. Doors open at noon. Tickets are $10 each. The event benefits the Normalville Area and Saltlick Township volunteer fire departments. See any fireman for tickets or call 724-455-6510, 724-455-3509, 724-455-3411 or 724-455-3902.
• Poplar Run Church of God of Prophecy, 439 White Road, Normalville, will hold its vacation Bible school from 6 to 8 p.m. July 21 to 25. All ages are welcome. An adult class will be held this year. Please join them to learn how “God Keeps His Promises.” For more information, call Pam Laymon at 724-455-1758.
• There will be a salad smorgasbord 6 p.m. July 24 at the Saltlick Township fire hall in 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.
Last week's trivia question was: What was Shaggy's (of Scooby Doo) given name? Henry Nicholson, Betty Bando, Bill Shepler, and Jim Shawley all knew it is Norville Rogers.
This week's question is: Which state was the first to make the Fourth of July an official state holiday?
Have a very safe and happy Independence Day.
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Pam Porterfield is a resident of Normalville.