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Buchanan School Reunion to be held Sunday

| Thursday, July 10, 2014, 8:55 p.m.

The 10th annual Buchanan School Reunion will be held 5 p.m. Sunday at the Ridge Community Center at the intersection in White. Anyone who ever attended the Buchanan School, their spouse and friends are invited to attend. Please bring a covered dish. Plates, napkins, cups, silverware and drinks will be provided.

• The annual White family reunion will be held noon Saturday at Indian Creek Valley Community Center's upper pavilion, 628 Indian Creek Valley Road.

• Millertown Community Church, 224 Millertown Road, will hold vacation Bible school from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. July 13 to 18. 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. Tuesday in the Cook Township Community Center. Speaker will be Ryan and Chrissy Keller of the Emma Marie Keller Memorial Foundation. The foundation provides supplies to families of babies in the five Pittsburgh area neonatal intensive care units. For more information about the foundation, email the Kellers at The Kellers will speak about their five months' 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 Tuesday and get a dozen golf balls free. Early registration discount for foursomes ends July 31. For more information and registration forms, visit

• The Christian music event, Alloutpraise, 1076 King's Way, Donegal, is quickly approaching — July 17, 18 and 19. July 17 will feature nine gospel and bluegrass artists: Gospel Brass Singers, Victory Express (from Indian Head), The Richters, Reverent Heart Music Ministry, Victory Express (from Mt. Joy), Mercy's Vessel, John Wyrick Band, The Glory Guys and The Masters. July 18 will be a mash-up event with drama and performances from a variety of different musical genres. Performers include Red Law, Calvary's Redemption, J McCall Band, Faith Assembly Drama, the children's choir from the Church of God of Prophecy, Seth Bigam, First Evangelical Free Church Mission team, Ryan Scott, Zach Ellsworth, and the headliner Humble Tip. On July 19 there will be 12 bands performing all day long: Roy Aiken, One Destination, Led by Mercy, The Crucified Band, Longing for Eden, PS100, Jericho Rising, Good News Blues, Getting Towards Gone, Zach Ellsworth, Sanctified and the national headliner Luminate. There will also be concessions, kid's activities (including pony rides), information booths, Joe King (chainsaw artist) and fireworks by Glitter Mt. Fireworks to end the evening. Concessions will be available. A free dinner will be offered on July 17 and 18 for anyone age 18 and younger. Those over age 18 can purchase a meal for $3.50. There will be a camping area available all three nights for anyone who would like to stay and not travel home that night. For more information about purchasing tickets, visit or call 724-455-2122.

• Springfield Township Volunteer Hose Company's first annual Buckwheatfest will be held from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. July 19 at the fire house, 755 Mill Run Road, Mill Run. Come 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 for $8 per person. The fair menu also will be available from noon to 8 p.m., such as 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 @stvhc35 to keep up with fire company events.

• The Indian Head Church of God Men's Ministry will hold a free car wash from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. July 19 in the church parking lot. Free hot dogs and drink will be available. For more information, call 724-455-2626.

• Christmas in July will be held 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 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 offered 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.

• The Calvary United Methodist Church's seventh annual gospel sing will be held from noon to 7 p.m. July 26 at the church, 328 Calvary Church Road, Acme. The event will be held outside, weather-permitting, otherwise it will be held inside. There will be five groups performing: Crimson Stream, Lordsman, Choraliers, Heaven's For Sure and Good News. Along with the great music, there will be good food to purchase. If you have any questions, call 724-593-7875.

• The Pritts family reunion will be held July 26 at the ICV Community Center lower picnic area. Bring a covered dish for a 1 p.m. meal. Family and friends are invited.

• The Indian Head Church of God, 691 Indian Creek Valley Road, will hold its annual Vacation Bible school July 27 to 31. The theme is “SonTreasure Island.” This VBS will kick off with a picnic at 4 p.m. July 27 followed by VBS from 6 to 8:30 p.m. July 28 to 31. A meal in the social room will be provided by Champion Christian School at 5:30 p.m., followed by VBS from 6 to 8:30 p.m. For more information, call 724-455-2626.

Last week's trivia question was: Which state was the first to make the Fourth of July an official state holiday? Doris Randall, Betty Bando, Jim Shawley, Henry Nicholson and Bill Shepler all called to answer. Surprisingly it wasn't Pennsylvania. Massachusetts was the first state to make the Fourth of July an official state holiday.

This week's question is: How many old iron ore furnaces are still standing in Fayette County?

Very happy birthday wishes to Betty Bando, who celebrates her birthday on Tuesday, from the gang.

Happy birthday to Andrew Porterfield, who was 5 years old on Wednesday.

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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