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Millertown church to hold Word of Life program kickoff

| Thursday, Aug. 28, 2014, 8:55 p.m.

Millertown Community Church will hold its Word of Life children's program kickoff night from 6:30-8:30 p.m. Wednesday. Theme this year is “Hop, Skip and Jump.” There will be lots of fun, food and games. The program is open to children age 3 to seniors in high school. There is also a Bible study for parents during this time. The church is located at 224 Millertown Road.

• Normalville Area Volunteer Fire Department will be selling hoagies on Sept. 6 at the intersection in Normalville and at the fire hall in Indian Head.

• Normalville Rod & Gun Club's seventh annual Golf Scramble will be held Sept. 6 at the Glengarry Golf Course, 168 Lentz Road, Latrobe. Registration is at 7 a.m. with an 8 a.m. shotgun start. Cost is $70 per person or $280 a team for 18 holes of golf with a cart, lunch, prizes and a skill competition. Proceeds benefit their youth fishing rodeo and stocking pheasants on public land. For more information, call 724-455-3881, 724-593-7714 or 412-596-9860.

• Normalville Area Volunteer Fire Department will have pizza and wings from 4-9 p.m. Sept. 13 at the fire hall, 3387 Springfield Pike. Pizza is $8.25 for cheese or pepperoni with $1 extra for each additional topping. Wings are $8 a dozen; $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.

• Breakneck Church of God, 798 Breakneck Road, will hold a ham dinner from 4-7 p.m. Sept. 13 at its fellowship hall. The dinner is sponsored by the Church of God Women's Ministries. On the menu will be baked ham, potatoes, green beans, cole slaw, carrots, homemade cake and beverages. Tickets are sold at the door. Cost is $8 for adults, $4 for children ages 5 to 12; children ages 4 and younger eat free. There also will be a basket giveaway and 50/50 drawing. Proceeds of the dinner will go to support several missionary ministries, missions boarding children, and numerous local charities. For more information, call 724-628-9738 or 724-628-8314.

• Chestnut Ridge Historical Society will hold its monthly meeting 7 p.m. Sept. 16 in the Cook Township Community Center in Stahlstown. This month's speaker will be Glenn Smeltzer. He will share his presentation of early automobiles, trucks and combustion engine vehicles while focusing on the Greensburg area in the early part of the 20th century. One segment of the program features scenes along the Lincoln Highway. He is a member of the historical society and had previously served on the board of directors of the Westmoreland County and Baltzer Myers Historical societies. Smeltzer's current volunteer focus is publishing and programming at the Baltzer Myers Historical Society. He holds a bachelor of science degree from Juniata College and a master's degree in education from Indiana University of Pennsylvania. Although now retired from his first teaching career, he is teaching physics and math at the Derry and Hempfield Area Senior High schools and Westmoreland County Community College. He has written a variety of articles on local history. In 2007, the Westmoreland County Historical Society presented him with the Arthur St. Clair Preservation Award for History Education. The CRHS meetings are always open to the public.

• Normalville Area Volunteer Fire Department will hold a cash bash from 6 to 10 p.m. Sept. 20 at the Normalville fire hall, 3387 Springfield Pike. Doors open at 5 p.m. Tickets are $20. The bash benefits the Normalville and Saltlick volunteer fire departments. For more information, call 724-455-6510, 724-455-3509, 724-455-3411 or 724-455-3902. See any fireman for tickets.

• Normalville United Methodist Church, Normalville, will hold revival services at 7 nightly Sept. 21-24 at the church. Evangelist will be the Rev. Dan Blank of Lancaster County. He is the son of the Rev. Bob Blank, who served this area for many years. Rev. Dan Blank is coming home once again with his wife Kim to lead worship services with Pastor Mark Sholtis. There will be special choral music each evening. The congregation, Blank, his wife and Sholtis invite all to join them in these revival services. For more information, call Sholtis at 724-628-7953.

• The annual Firemen's Poker Run will be held Sept. 27. Registration is 9 a.m. at the Normalville fire hall, 3387 Springfield Pike, with a 10 a.m. start. Cost is $20 per bike; $10 per rider. Motorcycles and cars are welcome. The ride benefits the Normalville Area Volunteer Fire Department. For more information, call 724-455-3509 or 724-455-6510 and leave a message.

• Bullskin Township Heritage Days will be held Oct. 18-19. Artists and crafters are needed for demonstrations. Also artists for an art show. For applications or more information, call 724-887-4689, 724-887-4322 or visit The event will be held at the nationally registered historical site, Mt. Vernon Furnace in Wooddale.

• Free Soup Thursdays are held in the Connellsville Community Center every Thursday from 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. in Room 312. It is hosted by Morning Glow Ministries. For more information, call 724-219-7368.

Last week's trivia question was: What was the first U.S. coast to coast highway? Bill Shepler, Peggy Magyor and Betty Bando all correctly answered the Lincoln Highway.

This week's question is asked by Peggy Magyor: What country is planning a vote for independence on Sept. 18 of this year?

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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