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Breakneck Church holding chili cookoff Saturday

| Friday, March 18, 2011

The Breakneck Church of God will hold its annual chili cookoff from 4 to 7 p.m. Saturday at the Breakneck Church of God Fellowship Hall. The menu includes all-you-can-eat chili with the fixings, Italian bread and butter, apple pie and ice cream and a hot or cold beverage to wash it all down. For those on a special diet they will offer meatless, beanless and white (chicken) chili. The cost is only $6 for adults and $4 for children ages 4 to 10. Children age 4 and younger eat for free. Tickets may be purchased at the door. For more information or to reserve tickets, call 724-628-8314 or 724-628-9738.

There will be a community meeting held from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Wednesday at the Donegal Community Center, 113 Community Center Lane, Donegal, regarding the Williams Energy natural gas pipeline. If permitted will be constructed through the Indian Creek Valley and impact streams and wetlands approximately 54 times in its 16.5-mile length. The meeting is being held so that community members can learn more about the project and ask questions of a Department of Environmental Protection representative. For more information, call the Mountain Watershed Association at 724-455-4200, ext. 4 or visit:

The Clinton Church of God will hold fish frys from 4 to 7 p.m. March 25. The menu will be deep-fried fish filet sandwich with the choice of two side dishes: cole slaw, macaroni and cheese, parslied potatoes or cabbage and noodles including cake and beverage for $7.50. Extra sides are available for $1 each. Tickets and take-out will be available at the door.

Come enjoy great bluegrass gospel music from 7 to 9 p.m. March 26 at the Indian Head Church of God, 691 Indian Creek Valley Road, Indian Head. The Dunbar Boys and Victory Express will perform. Admission is free. Please bring a canned good and a free-will offering will be taken. Refreshments will be served immediately following. For more information, call 724-455-2626. The concert will benefit the ICV Food Pantry.

The Normalville Volunteer Fire Department Ladies' Auxiliary will host a rabies clinic from 3:30 to 5 p.m. March 26. The cost is $8 for the rabies shot. You can also have your dog immunized against the Parvo virus for an additional $10. There will also be a fish dinner from 4 to 7 p.m. April 15. The cost is $8 for adults and $4 for children. These events will benefit the auxiliary and will be held at the fire hall in Normalville. For more information, call 724-455-6510 or 724-455-2477.

Kecksburg Volunteer Fire Department, 5128 Water St., Kecksburg, will hold fish or shrimp dinners from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Fridays during Lent. The dinners include a breaded cod or a five-piece jumbo shrimp plate with two sides and a sandwich-size bun or dinner roll for $8. A fish sandwich or five jumbo shrimp will be sold for $6. Sides available include macaroni and cheese, cole slaw, pierogies, haluski and french fries. Meals are eat in or take out, call 724-423-7787 to place orders.

Try your luck at a cash bash from 6 to 10 p.m. April 9 at the Normalville Volunteer Fire Department's fire hall. The doors open at 5 p.m. See any fireman or call 724-455-6510 or 724-455-2477 to purchase a $20 ticket. The bash benefits both the Normalville and the Saltlick Township volunteer fire departments.

The annual Indian Creek Valley Christian Family & Children's Center Charity benefit auction will be held April 15 at the Champion Christian School North Campus in Donegal. Admission is $10. Dinner begins at 4 p.m. and bidding on more than 100 items begins at 6 p.m. There is a silent auction and basket auction as well. Check out the website at as they continue to get more and more items each day. You may bid directly on line if you like.

Come enjoy a spaghetti dinner from 3 to 7 p.m. April 2 at the Calvary United Methodist Church, Calvary Church Road, Acme. The cost is $7 for adults, $3.50 for children under age 12. Dinner includes: spaghetti, salad, roll, dessert and beverage. Take out will be available. Stop by the rummage and bake sale too. The dinner and sales benefit the Caleb Stairs Autism Treatment Fund.

Local horse lovers, the first of two work days will be held at Kelly Pines in the Allegheny National Forest, Marienville, beginning at 10 a.m. April 2. The Pennsylvania Equine Council needs your support at the workdays to help keep the trails open. Register as soon as possible if you are coming to the workday by calling Jean Gilmore at 724-593-5098 or e-mail at . Be sure to visit at for current issues and upcoming meeting and training dates. Jean Gilmore and Sandy Smail, PEC directors for Westmoreland and Fayette counties, would like to thank you for your continued support.

The ICV Food Pantry will hold a spaghetti dinner from 4 to 7 p.m. April 9 at the Normalville Christian Service Center. The cost is $6 for adults, $4 for children 4-12 and children under age 4 eat free. You can have dinner there or take out. For tickets or questions, call Eleanor Cunningham 724-455-3567, Ginger Brady 724-455-2568 or Lawrence Richter 724-455-3718.

The Indian Head Church of God will hold its annual homemade candy sale. Milk chocolate, white chocolate and diabetic chocolate will be sold by the pound. The last day to order is April 10. Stop by the social hall and shop, browse or order candy from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Mondays, Wednesdays or Fridays. To order, call 724-455-3632 or 724-455-3215. Customers will be called when their order is ready.

Last week's trivia question : What mineral has been sold since the 1800s to wash laundry• Elsie Adams, Dink Critchfield, Peggy Magyor, Jim Shawley, Betty Bando, William Weiss, Mary and Eugene Ritenour, Don and Betty Chearney all called or e-mailed to answer Borax.

This week's question : What is a mangle?

Very happy birthday wishes to Mark White, whose birthday is Sunday, from his wife Karen.

If you have news for this column, give me a call at 724-455-7746 or e-mail at by 6 p.m. Monday to have your news appear that Friday.

Pam Porterfield is a resident of Normalville.

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