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‘Picture the Past’

calendar now available

LEWISTOWN –The Mifflin County Historical Society’s 2017 Picture the Past calendar is now available for sale.

The calendar’s cover features a 1969 photograph by Bob Robb, formerly from Juniata County, during another era of change in Lewistown — downtown redevelopment.

Other calendar images include: New Lancaster Valley CCC Camp, 1934; Fisher Electronics Plant, 1966; Lewistown Steam Laundry, 1906; National Theatre, 1925; Harleys on the Street, 1947 and more.

The cost of calendars is $5, tax included. They may be purchased at: Visitor’s Bureau Gift Shop in the Mifflin County Historic Courthouse, Miller’s Plumbing and Heating, Honey Creek Inn, Friendship Bookstore, Lewistown Pharmacy, Westside Gallery, Deihl’s Flowers, Northwest Consumer Discount Company, The Lake Dealership, 429 S. Main St., Lewistown, and the society office.

For more information, call 242-1022 or e-mail the society office at, or visit the society’s Internet retail outlet at and click on Store.

Christmas in the Park is Saturday in Richfield

RICHFIELD–The 15th annual Christmas in the Park, sponsored by the Richfield Lion Club, is scheduled for 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, at Basom Park.

The event features holiday craft vendors, a display of electric trains , a variety of food concessions,  the arrival of Santa at noon on the Richfield fire truck, horse and carriage rides and strolling characters.

Entertainment includes: musical students from Juniata Mennonite School at 9 a.m.; a Special Musical Christmas Holiday Celebration by husband and wife team, Dan and Galla, at 10 a.m.; East Juniata Junior Chorus will be on stage at 1:30 p.m.; and the senior chorus will feature their Christmas Cantata at 2 p.m., under the direction of Kevin Milliken.

For more information, call 694-3815, or visit

Singers sought for Let Christmas Ring concert

LEWISTOWN –The Lewistown Community Choir is looking for adult singers for the annual Let Christmas Ring Concert, to be held at 3 p.m. on Dec. 4.

Rehearsals are at 6:30 p.m. on all  Sundays in November at St. John’s Lutheran Church, 120 N. Main St., Lewistown.

The group is always looking for new members.

Winter Extravaganza

participants encouraged

BEAVER SPRINGS –Generoo, a local non-profit arts group, invites the public to participate in the 4th annual Winter Extravaganza.

Performances must be winter and/or Christmas-themed and may include songs, dance, skits, instrumental numbers, storytelling or other talents.

To register for a performance slot or for more information, call or text Michelle Bixler at (570) 541-6972.

Deadline to express interest is Friday. Dress rehearsal is at 6 p.m. on Dec. 8 in the West Snyder Elementary auditorium.

The Winter Extravaganza will be held at 7 p.m. on Dec. 9, in the West Snyder Elementary auditorium, 645 Snyder Ave., Beaver Springs.

The Generoo Organization ( is a non-profit group that produces musical presentations, theatre camps, song writing workshops, and other cultural and educational events throughout Snyder County.

Friend Generoo on Facebook at “Friends of Generoo” or visit the Generoo website at:

Festival of Ice is Dec. 1-2 in Lewistown

LEWISTOWN — The 20th annual Festival of Ice, with the theme “Honoring Our Military,” is set for Dec. 1 and 2 in downtown Lewistown.

The event, sponsored by the Juniata River Valley Visitors Bureau, will include traditions like the live nativity, STAR Country hay wagon rides, kids’ activities and petting zoo, The Crazy Parade, The Chillin’ 4K Race/Walk, the Parade of Wreaths, live music in the historic courthouse, St. John’s Lutheran and St. Mark’s Episcopal churches, Mifflin County Model Railroad Club display, Santa’s House at West Side Gallery, and more.

New events include:

≤ Display of entries in the Big Brothers Big Sisters Gingerbread House Competition at St. John’s Lutheran Church on Dec. 1 and 2 (more details available at;

≤ Book signing by Larry Schardt, whose essays have appears in two “Chicken Soup for the Soul” books, from 2 to 5 p.m. on Dec. 1 at Snowflake’s on the Square, Lewistown.

The patriotic theme will meld with the vintage theme that started two years ago, but this year’s focus will include every era of American military, including possible Revolutionary and Civil War re-enactors, and a performance by an Army band. Last year’s Sock Hop will be turned into a USO Club.

Even the main attraction — the ice sculpture gallery that will line Market Street, will include the military theme.

Anyone interested in sponsoring an ice sculpture, or being a vendor, should contact Jenny Landis at the Visitors Bureau, 248-6713, or at

MC Railroad Club open houses are scheduled

LEWISTOWN — The Mifflin County Model Railroad Club will hold free open houses in the lower level of the former Montgomery Ward Building on the square in downtown Lewistown:

¯ Dec. 1 — 5-9 p.m.;

¯ Dec. 2 — 5-9 p.m.;

¯ Dec. 3 — 10 a.m.-3 p.m.;

¯ Dec. 4 — 1-4 p.m.;

¯ Dec. 10 — 1-4 p.m.;

¯ Dec. 11 — 1-4 p.m.;

¯ Jan. 14 , 2017– 1-4 p.m.;

¯ Jan. 15, 2017 — 1-4 p.m..

There will be numerous trains running during the open house. For more information, call Ed Forsythe at 248-4862.

McCoy House museum open for Festival of Ice

LEWISTOWN — The McCoy House Museum will have special hours during the Festival of Ice. This year’s theme is “Honoring Our Military.”

The museum will be open from 3 to 9 p.m. Dec. 1 and 2; 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Dec. 3; and 1:30 to 4 p.m. Dec. 4.

Authors to sign

historical books

LEWISTOWN — The authors of new books published by the Mifflin County Historical Society will be available to sign books at upcoming events.

Authors will be available from 5 to 7 p.m. on Dec. 1 in the society’s library in the Mifflin County Historic Courthouse.

Forest Fisher will sign copies of  his latest book, “Tombstone Tales from the Cemeteries of Mifflin County,” and Dan McClanahen will sign copies of his new book, “Dear Mary, the Civil War Letters of A.T. Hilands.”

In addition, Fisher and  Nathaniel Thierwechter will be available to sign their books, “Mifflin County Then & Now,” and “More Mifflin County Then & Now.”

They will also appear from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Dec. 17 at Friendship Bookstore  in Mifflin County Commons, Burnham.

Sales of all publications directly benefit the Mifflin County Historical Society.

For more information, contact the society office at 242-1022 or check out announcements on the society’s Facebook page.

Mrs. Claus plans a visit to the library

LEWISTOWN –Cookies and Cocoa with Mrs. Claus is scheduled for 10 a.m. Dec. 3 at the Lewistown branch of the Mifflin County Library.

During the ticketed event, Mrs. Claus will have her picture taken with children and will also read “The Polar Express.”

During the event the children will decorate their own cookie, enjoy hot cocoa, make reindeer food and a fun craft.

Tickets are a $5 donation for the children. Caregivers who wish to enjoy the refreshments may feel free to make a donation on the day of the event. Tickets are available for purchase at both Lewistown and Kish locations.

For more information, call Lewistown at 242-2391 or email Kelly Rodenbaugh at

Kids can make

holiday ornaments

LEWISTOWN –A Holiday Ornament Workshop for Kids will be held from 10 to 11:30 a.m. on Dec. 3 at Gallery 3West in the Montgomery Ward Building.

Instructor Staci VanArt will lead the students in making ornaments with fabric, water-soluble glue, and embellishments. It is a messy project, so children should wear old clothes or bring a smock.

The workshop is for children in grades K through 5, and the cost will be $10 per child. All materials will be provided. Each child may make up to two ornaments, as time allows.

Parents may stay to help or to supervise their children if they want to, but if they leave, children should be picked up at 11:30. The Christmas parade will begin at 1 p.m., so families will have time for lunch before the parade.

Children who are registered for the workshop will not be permitted to leave  the room without an adult because there will be a lot of foot traffic in the building that day, including the  Mifflin County Model Train Club’s display in the basement.

To register, go to the Mifflin Juniata Arts Council’s Facebook page and click “Going,” and then send a message with the names and grades of the children, or call 994-1225, or send an email to

Final open stitching session scheduled

LEWISTOWN — The final open stitches session is scheduled for 2 to 4 p.m.  on  Dec. 4 at Gallery 3West on Monument Square, Lewistown.

All needle crafters, age 12 and older, are welcome. All skill levels are welcome, but this is not a class. This is a time to relax and work on projects in the company of other crafters.

Participants are welcome to bring snacks and non-alcoholic beverages. For more information contact the host, Staci VanArt, at 994-1225, or

PCCA Coffeehouse set for Dec. 7

NEWPORT –Perry County Council of the Arts December Coffeehouse open mic will be held at 6:30 p.m. on Dec. 7 at The Waterfront Bar & Grill, 13 S. Main St., Marysville.

The event is free and open to the public, and area performers, musicians and poets are invited to the stage.

Coffeehouse not only provides a performance venue for local novice and experienced musicians, but it also allows for artistic expression within a supportive environment that fosters creativity and builds confidence. Musical and literary artists, as well as storytellers, of all ages are encouraged to take the stage.

Interested performers should contact PCCA at 567-7023 or by Dec. 5 to secure a place on the program. There are also spots reserved for walk-on performers, as part of the open mic.

‘Messiah’ scheduled in Centre County

STATE COLLEGE –The Pennsylvania Centre Orchestra will present two performances of George Frideric Handel’s “Messiah.” in December.

The first performance will be at 7:30 p.m. on Dec. 11, in Schwab Auditorium on Penn State’s University Park campus.

The second performance will be held at 7:30 p.m. on Dec. 14 in the Faith United Methodist Church, 512 Hughes St., Bellefonte.

Tickets are $25 in advance and are available for purchase online at Tickets are also available at the door for $30. For more information, call the orchestra office at (814) 234-8313, or visit

‘Gingerbread House’ theme for contest

LEWISTOWN — The Mifflin County Garden Club is once again hosting an annual Christmas Door Decorating Contest for Lewistown residents.

This year’s theme is “Gingerbread House.” Judging for best overall design will take place on between 5:30 and 9 p.m. on Dec. 14.

The best overall design will be awarded the Helen Buffington Award, which comes with $100 in prize money. Buffington was a longtime member of the Mifflin County Garden Club, resident of the Lewistown Borough, and a beloved mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother. Her family is presenting the prize in her honor.

The judges ask that participants send a brief e-mail to with the address to be judged and name(s) of those participating.

Any questions about the contest should also be forwarded to that address.

The porch lights must be on at the time of judging.

Christmas show to feature area youth

LEWISTOWN — The inaugural Cafe Madora Christmas Show will be held from 6 to 9 p.m. on Dec. 17.

Area youth from kindergarten through grade 12 are welcome to perform. The performance can be any form of art.

A $3 donation will be collected at the door of the restaurant on Market Street in Lewistown. Proceeds will benefit the United Way of Mifflin-Juniata.

For more information, call Mark Knarr at 437-4483.