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Mifflin County Library honors Goose Day

LEWISTOWN — The Mifflin County Library has several Goose Day-related activities going on through the end of September.

A “Celebrate Mother Goose” book display will allow patrons to color a goose to be part of the library’s Gaggle of Geese in the Garden.

The library is hoping for 175 in honor of its 175th anniversary.

Also adults can enter our The Dark Side of Mother Goose Nursery Rhymes Trivia Contest for a chance to win a goose-themed mug.

Call (717) 242-2391 or visit the MCL website for more information.

Month of Music schedule set

LEWISTOWN — United Way of Mifflin-Juniata has announced its annual Month of Music will return this September. Every Thursday evening UWMJ is promoting live music at venues in both Mifflin and Juniata counties as a way to say “thank you” to everyone who contributed to the 2017 United Way campaign.

Last year Mifflin and Juniata counties helped raised over $450,000 to impact education, income and health throughout our communities. The work that is funded by United Way of Mifflin-Juniata is crucial to the success of Mifflin and Juniata counties.

“Our entire community benefits from the programs that support education. Our businesses profit when adults have stable income. Our lives are more fulfilling when we make healthier choices,” Mike McMonigal, executive director of United Way of Mifflin-Juniata said in a press release.

The music is provided at no additional expense to United Way thanks to the venue sponsors. Musicians were scheduled with the help of Sam Price, from Community Partnerships RC&D.

“Promoting environmental and cultural programs is what Community Partnerships is all about, so by supporting and focusing on local artists has been a great collaboration between our two organizations,” McMonigal said.

United Way’s new campaign will kick off with Day of Caring on Sept. 20, but fundraising is not the focus for Month of Music. “We won’t be asking you for money,” McMonigal said. “This event is to say thank you and enjoy what our communities have to offer.”

For more information on Month of Music and United Way of Mifflin-

Juniata, visit

Benefit oldies dance set for Saturday

MIFFLINTOWN — The Third Annual Oldies Dance will be held Friday at the CJEMS Building, 47 CJEMS Lane, Mifflintown. The kitchen will open at 6 p.m. and the dancing will run from 7 to 10 p.m.

This dance will benefit the Juniata County Food Pantry and Primary Health Network of Lewistown with a cost of $10 per person. Listeners will hear music from the ’50s and ’60s but also oldies from the ’70s and ’80s as DJ Charlie Stump will be on hand to provide the music.

Stump served as disk jockey for the Royal Bandstand dances in the early 1960s while he attended college. Upon graduation from Shippensburg University in 1964, Stump moved on from the Royal Bandstand dances to become a professional disc jockey for WKVA radio in Lewistown. Now retired, he does some volunteer radio work for Christian radio WRXV-FM.

He also was the DJ for the Royal Bandstand Reunions in 2011 and 2012 when dancers packed the Port Royal Community Building.

Those who don’t enjoy dancing can come and enjoy a meal — with caterer Diane Cunningham offering an expanded dinner menu featuring a spaghetti and salad meal.

Folk music event runs through Sunday

HUNTINGDON — Want to improve your music skills or learn to play an instrument? Musicians from Pennsylvania, Ohio, Maryland, New York and beyond will gather at Greenwood Furnace State Park today through Sunday for a fun and friendly weekend of playing, learning and listening to a wide variety of folk music — three days of workshops, concerts, jams, dancing and friendship.

The Greenwood Furnace Folk Gathering is a learning event offering 47 workshops on topics such as West African drumming, harmony singing, how to jam, arranging traditional tunes, Pennsylvania tunes and conquering stage fright.

Musicians of all instruments and levels are invited to learn in this friendly, intimate atmosphere. There are also options for singers, dancers and non-musicians. Jam sessions will take place throughout the weekend.

For those who are new to music, there will be “try a” workshops on ukulele, fiddle, banjo and bagpipes with gentle and patient teachers to get you started. There will be a staff concert each evening, followed by staff-led jams, and a contradance with open band on Saturday.

Each year the event honors a Pennsylvania Heritage Musician. This year’s awardee is Ed Hansen, a fiddler from northwest Pennsylvania, who will be recognized in a special program today.

The evening concerts, Heritage Musician presentation, hymn sing and contradance are free and open to the public. All other workshops require registration and a fee.

The Greenwood Furnace Folk Gathering is a joint project of the Huntingdon County Arts Council and the musical group Simple Gifts from the State College area.

For more information visit the Greenwood Furnace Folk Gathering website or call the Huntingdon County Arts Council at (814) 643-6220. Details can also be found on Facebook at

‘PawPaw-Looza’ slated for Saturday

PORT ROYAL — “PawPaw-Looza,” a concert to benefit the Mifflin County-Juniata County Pet Pantry, will take place from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday at the fairgrounds in Port Royal.

The Remnants, Elvis tribute artist Denny Heckard and The Sweet Sensations will perform.

There will also be a pet photographer, rabies clinic, dog blessings, craft and gift vendors, raffle prizes, a pit bull kissing booth and more.

Admission is by donation and children 12 and younger are admitted for free. Parking is also free.

Goose Day Fun Fest set for Sept. 23

LEWISTOWN — A Goose Day Fun Fest is scheduled for Sept. 23 at Rec Park in Lewistown.

The free event will feature food, entertainment, including a bounce house sponsored by state Sen. Jake Corman, live bands inlcuding “Steel Horse” and “Ron Stewart and Country Thunder.”

There will also be a car cruise-in.

Apple festival to take place in Reedsville

REEDSVILLE — An apple festival will take place from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sept. 23 at Brown’s Mill Square in Reedsville.

The event is organized by the Reedsville Community Association. The event will feature an apple butter boil, homemade apple dumplings, fresh apple treats and other apple food features, apples and cider sales, fun activities for the kids and more.

The event coincides with the kickoff of Goose Day festivities.

Banned Books Week set for Sept. 24-30

LEWISTOWN — Mifflin County Library plans to honor the freedome to read during Banned Books Week, Sept. 24-30. The Mifflin County Library will be uniting with the American Library Association and the Pennsylvania Library Association.

Banned Books Week is an annual event that celebrates the freedom to read. Librarians, teachers, publishers, booksellers, journalists, authors and readers around the country will come together to focus on the value of free and open access to information.

To see a list of the Top Ten Banned Books Week visit

Fiber ArtsFest offers vendors, classes

HUNTINGDON — Fiber enthusiasts from across the region will flock to the Huntingdon County Fairgrounds for PA Fiber ArtsFest this September.

The event promotes fiber arts and the creative uses of diverse fibers. A free one-day vendor Market Place on Sept. 23 will feature fiber vendors, along with demonstrations, and simple craft projects to do called make and takes.

The vendor fair showcases a wide variety of fiber products and fiber creations. As a significant bonus, the Fair’s Farm Museum will be open. The Market Place is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. in Johnson Hall.

For those seeking to improve or expand their fiber, arts skills classes will be held on both Sept. 22 and 23. A variety of full and half-day workshops offer instruction in different fiber art techniques for all levels of expertise.

Bellefonte-based quilt teacher Barbara Dann will teach a quilt design called Tumbling Triangles.

Bead artist Marie Campbell will instruct participants in the making of an “Out of This World Necklace.” She resides in rural Huntingdon County and teaches the exquisite artistry of beading internationally.

Class registrations will stay open until classes are filled or supplies exhausted. Registration forms and more detail are available online at

The 14 classes include Tumbling Triangles (quilting), Sashiko Sampler (embroidery), Out of This World Necklace (beading), Double Wedding Ring Quilt, Not Your Grandmother’s Embroidery, Quilting with Silk Flowers, Holiday Ornament (needle felting), Mug Rug for Fun (applique), Needle Felting 2-D Fabric Painting, Designing Fabulous Fabric (fabric art), It’s All About the Fit (knitting), Upcycling with Paper (paper making), Yarn 101 (knitting) and Decorative Knot Tying.

For more information visit the Fiber ArtsFest website or call the Huntingdon County Arts Council at (814) 643-6220. Also, you can follow details on Facebook at

‘Game of Thrones’ book discussions set

MIFFLINTOWN — A discussion on “A Song of Ice and Fire” by George R.R. Martin, book one of the “Game of Thrones” series, will take place at Juniata County Library in Mifflintown.

Discussions of Part 1, which is pages 1 to 271, will take place from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. Sept. 25 and 6 to 7 p.m. Sept. 28.

Discussions of Part 2, which is pages 272 to 594, will take place from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. Oct. 23 and 6 to 7 p.m. Oct. 26.

Discussions of Part 3, which is pages 595 to 807 will take place from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. Nov. 29 and 6 to 7 p.m. Nov. 30.

All discussions will take place in the Virginia Swartz Room on the lower level.

For more information, contact the Juniata County Library at (717) 436-6378.

Fall Fest to be held in Thompsontown

THOMPSONTOWN –Thompsontown Fall Fest will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sept. 23 at Haldeman Park, 14 E. Main St., Thompsontown.

The outdoor event will take place if the weather is nice.

Admission is free.

There will be entertainment throughout the day, as well as craft, direct sales and food vendors, games for kids, a pet parade, scavenger hunt, live music, a Chinese auction and a parade on Main Street.

Lecture to come to military museum

BOALSBURG — “One Death Among Many: The Short Life of Philadelphian Henry Howard Houston, II,” a lecture will come to the Pennsylvania Military Museum in Boalsburg.

The event is scheduled for 7 p.m. Oct. 4.

Hailing from one of the wealthiest Philadelphia families at the turn of the century, Henry Howard Houston volunteered for service as an ambulance driver in France before the U.S. declared war.

He served as an artillery staff officer with the Pennsylvania National Guard “over there” in 1918.

Charles Greifenstein will present a military biography of this doughboy-volunteer.

Historial society to hold fundraiser Oct. 6

BELLEVILLE — The Kishacoquillas Valley Historical Society will hold its annual fundraiser, Harvest Moon from 6 to 9:30 p.m. Oct. 6 at Brookmere Winery.

It includes a catered dinner, a slide show presentation of the Kishacoquillas Valley and a live and silent auction.

There is a fee per ticket.

Reservations are due by Sept. 28. For more information or to order tickets call (717) 242-2666 or (717) 935-2137.

BMU annual banquet scheduled for Oct. 7

BELLEVILLE — The Belleville-Menno Union High School Alumni Association’s annual banquet will begin at 11:30 a.m. Oct. 7 at the Belleville Community Hall.

The meal, catered by Ella Yoder, will be served at 1 p.m. The cost is $16, which, along with dues of $3, and voluntary contributions to the scholarship fund, can be mailed with reservations to: Jane Cullen, 236 Hartzler Dr., Belleville, PA 17004.

Reservation deadline is Sept. 17. A slideshow, “A Ride Through Big Valley,” will be presented by Fred Brown.

For more information, call (717) 935-2559.

Volunteers sought for annual festival

NEWPORT — The Little Buffalo Festival, set for Oct. 7 at Little Buffalo State Park, is created, organized and put on annually by volunteers. So, The Buffaloes need a lot of people to assist! This year the need for volunteer help is greater than ever! Volunteer opportunities include:

Festival Volunteers

Parking and/or directing traffic

Greeting visitors/Hospitality

Children’s activities

Children’s arts & crafts

Children’s music & theater

Games on the Trail of Fun

Specialty Stations

Free-style easel painting

Face Painting

There are a wide variety of opportunities for adults, older teens and groups.

If interested, contact Volunteer Coordinator Lisa Lyter at (717) 567-7680 or

Bus trip heading to town of Jim Thorpe

NEWPORT — The Perry County Council of the Arts will host a fall bus trip to Jim Thorpe on Oct. 14.

Guests can explore the Jim Thorpe Fall Foliage Festival, featuring live music performances and art and craft vendors, Mauch Chunk Opera House, Mauch Chunk Museum, Asa Packer Mansion Museum and the Lehigh Scenic Gorge Railway.

The PCCA’s minibus will depart the Newport Park and Ride on Route 22-322 at 7 a.m. The bus will pick up additional guests at the Karns Quality Food Ltd., 6011 Allentown Boulevard, Harrisburg, at 7:30 a.m. Bring your own coffee or other morning beverage for the ride. The PCCA will supply light morning snacks and bottled water. Riders should expect to return to Karns at 4:30 p.m. and Newport Park and Ride by 5 p.m.

The cost of the trip is $65 per person, which includes transportation, driver gratuity, snacks, non-alcoholic beverages and wine. Lunch and additional activities are at the guest’s expense.

Make reservations by Oct. 1; seats are available on a first-come, first-served basis. To make reservations, contact PCCA at (717) 567-7023 or

For more information and a full itinerary, visit