Indian artifacts to be shown at academy
ACADEMIA -American Indian Artifacts will be on display from 1:30 to 4 p.m. Sunday at the Tuscarora Academy in Juniata County.
Three local collectors will bring their artifacts to display, and invite visitors to bring their own to be identified.
Andy Paige, of Thompsontown, will display American Indian artifacts he collected from Thompsontown to Mifflintown, Lewistown, Newport, Millerstown, Isle of Que in Selinsgrove and Great Island in Lock Haven.
Dennis Zeiders, of Mifflintown, began his search of artifacts following the 1972 flood and he will be bring some of his rare pieces, such as a plow, complete pieces of pottery and other unique artifacts he found in Juniata County, with a few coming from the Huntingdon area. He has seven pieces of pottery that are complete potters ware, which is something very seldom seen, he said.
Steve Zeiders, another Mifflintown collector, has hunted American Indian artifacts since 1962. He will display unique items such as pipes, a canoe gouge, spearheads, sinker stones and one very rare fire starter rock. Much of his collection is made up from artifacts from Juniata County, while he also hunts in Ohio and elsewhere in Pennsylvania. His collection includes more than 10,000 pieces, and he will bring plenty for visitors to look over and see what was used by the American Indians in the early days.
Juniata Co. Fair seeks contestants
PORT ROYAL -Contestants are being sought to compete in the annual The Juniata County Fair Queen scholarship contest, which will be held at 2 p.m. on Aug. 30 on the free stage at the fair.
Who is qualified to compete? Contestants must be 16 years of age and not older than 21 years of age by June 1, 2014, must be single, never married, be of good moral character, be able to meet commitments, obligations, must write a 300-word essay on "What my fair means to my community,"present a three- to five-minute speech on "Why you should come to my fair," complete the Fair Queen application, and complete an interview with the judges.
The winner will receive a $500 scholarship, will preside over events at the Juniata County Fair, and make public appearances to promote agriculture in Juniata County. The first runner up will receive a $250 scholarship.
Also, the winner may participate in the Pennsylvania State Fair Queen Contest held each January at Hershey Lodge. The costs of the competition is covered by the scholarship contest.
The Fair Queen Contest application form can be obtained from the Fair Book, online at the Juniata County Fair site or by contacting Fair Queen Coordinator Alice J. Arnold at 436-9474.
All applications are due on or before Aug. 20.
Theatre campers to perform for public
BEAVER SPRINGS -The students from the Generoo Organization's Youth Theatre Camp will present the MTI Broadway Junior musical production "Once on this Island JR" at 7 p.m. on Friday and Saturday in the West Snyder Elementary Auditorium in Beaver Springs.
Some 40 students are involved in the production. Admission is free but donations will be accepted.
Living historian to present Victorian Tea
LEWISTOWN -Civil War living historian Myra Reichart, of Gettysburg, will be the featured speaker at the Mifflin County Historical Society's Summer Victorian Tea.
The tea, which will be held on Saturday, is scheduled to begin at 1 p.m. in the Ellen Chapel Church, 11764 Ferguson Valley Road, Lewistown.
For more information, call Dorothy Aurand, event coordinator, at 248-7647.
Eagle Scouts invited to summer camp
SPRING MILLS - The Boy Scouts of America in Centre, Mifflin, Juniata and Huntingdon Counties is hosting an Eagle Scout reunion event open to all Eagle Scouts living in the area.
The reunion will be held on July 14 at Seven Mountain Scout Camp. The event is free of charge. Check in will start at 6:30 p.m., with the reunion beginning at 7 p.m. Parking is available in the main summer camp lot.
For more information or to pre-register, call the Juniata Valley Council, Boy Scouts of America at 667-9236 or email David Blehi at email@example.com.
Special day to be held in Yeagertown
YEAGERTOWN -Yeagertown Community Day will start at 8 a.m. on July 19.
There will be neighborhood yard sales.
Activities at the Yeagertown United Methodist Church on Mann Avenue will include an inside yard sale, free hot dogs and drinks, and the restrooms will be open to the public.
Millerstown Flea Market is Aug. 16
MILLERSTOWN -Millerstown's Annual Outdoor Flea Market and Craft Show will be held Aug. 16 at the Millerstown Community Park, 110 West Juniata Parkway, near the Millerstown swimming pool, just off the ramps of Route 22-322.
Flea market vendors, yard sale individuals, craft vendors, antique vendors, farm market and produce vendors and businesses are all welcome to set up for the day for a fee of $10. More than 100 vendors are expected. No prior registration is required. Set up after 5:30 a.m. on the morning of the show. Rain date is Aug. 23.
Food and beverage sales are reserved by the sponsoring organization, Millerstown Community Success, Inc.
For more information, call 589-3598.
Pot Pie Festival to start on July 17
MCCLURE -The McClure Volunteer Fire Company Pot Pie Festival will be held July 17 to 19 at the McClure Bean Soup Grove on East Ohio Street in McClure.
The event will feature chicken pot pie, served at 4 p.m. daily. Other foods, such as the fire company's famous fish and fries, hot sausage sandwiches, pizza, soft pretzels, ice cream and more, will also be available.
There will be nightly entertainment, with shows at 6 and 7:30 p.m. Michaela Wagner will perform on July 17; Elvis impersonator Randolf Scott will perform on July 18; and Crossfire will play country music on July 19.
There will also be games. A garden tractor pull will be held at 9 a.m. on July 19.
For more information, contact Judy Pheasant at (570) 658-5501 or Marlene Hassinger at (570) 658-3363.
Pond Club meeting to be in McClure
MCCLURE -The Mifflin County Pond Club's summer meeting will be held at 6 p.m. on July 27 at the home/pond of Deborah Werntz, 12 Rush Lane, McClure, just off the Back Maitland Road,
Werntz has received a Garden Club Award for the Wildlife and Bird Sanctuary, an Audubon at Home recognized Backyard Bird Habitat, National Wildlife Federation Certified Wildlife Habitat, and the Penn State Master Gardener Certified Pollinator Friendly Garden.
Her presentation will be "Ponding As Part of a Wildlife Yard," covering gardening for wildlife, birds and pollinators, and using a water source as an item to be put in place for wildlife.
Anyone interested is invited to attend. Bring a lawn chair and a pond plant to talk about and share.
For more information, call Jo Ann Smith at 667-2390 or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org
Crickfest to honor area watershed
COBURN - The Penns Valley Conservation Association Crickfest 2014 will be held from noon to 6 p.m. on Aug. 31, at Coburn Park.
The event honors the Penns Creek Watershed and includes a day of free outdoor family fun. There will be local foods, games and educational activities, a silent auction and a petting zoo.
reunion set for Oct. 3
LEWISTOWN -The next countywide marching band reunion will be held Oct. 3, at the Mifflin County Huskies Homecoming Game.
Reunion members will join the current band to perform on the field during halftime.
The reunion band will also play in the stands.
More information is available on the event Facebook page, under alumni events at www.mcsdk12.org, and by calling Jenny Barron Landis (LAHS '79) at 248-8078.
Burnham plans Community Day
BURNHAM - Burnham Community Day will be held on Aug. 30 on Beech Street in Burnham.
Craft and food vendor applications are available by calling Connie Reigle at 248-2232 or Beverly Nickel at 248-2589.
Photographers may enter new contest
LEWISTOWN - The work of amateur photographers will be featured in a Goose Day Photography Contest sponsored by the Mifflin-Juniata Arts Council and the Juniata River Valley Visitors Bureau.
To be eligible, photographs must have been taken between Jan. 1, 2013, and Aug. 1, 2014. Categories are: Townscapes, Country Views, Water, Woodlands, Flora & Fauna. Faces and recognizable people may be in the photos, but a completed release form allowing JRVVB to publish the photograph must accompany the contest entry. Forms will be made available by the JRVVB. All entries must be received by 5 p.m. Aug. 1.
All entries will be on display at Gallery 3West on The Square in Downtown Lewistown for Goose Day weekend, Sept. 27 and 28.
Photos are to be submitted in digital form only. Entries must conform to an 8-by-10-inch format and must be at least 300 dpi resolution. There is a $5 entry fee for each photo.
For more information, contact email@example.com or call 248-6713.
Historical society plans Maine trip
LEWISTOWN -The Mifflin County Historical Society is sponsoring a fall bus trip to Maine from Sept. 8 to 12.
The tour includes stops at: Old Port (historical district of Portland), the home of Henry Wadsworth-Longfellow, the Portland Head Light (historic lighthouse in Cape Elizabeth), National Historic Landmark Victoria Mansion (also known as the Morse-Libby Mansion), Bar Harbor, Bath Ironworks Shipyard, Maine Maritime Museum, Acadia National Park, L.L. Bean flagship Store and much more.
For more information or to make reservations, call trip coordinators Nancy Kauffman at 994-4663, Karen Galbraith at 250-5152 or the historical society office at 242-1022.