2011-05-26 / Correspondents' Notes


By Kay McGarvey

Our Town

Jodi Davis has been a patient in Conemaugh Hospital in Johnstown for two weeks with numerous complications.

Grant and Evelyn Souders celebrated their 62nd wedding anniversary on

May 17.

Birthday wishes to Makayley Shafer, 3 years old on May 28; Garry Miller, Sue Price, Deb Deshong and Maggie Riggs, May 29; Eli McGarvey Blumenthal, 19 years old on May 29; Jill Doyle, Jeff Glenn and Jeff Doyle, May 30; Ethan and Emily Eader, 9 years old on May 30; Lucas McClain, May 28; Ruth Bain, 92 years old on June 1; Nancy Burke, May 27; Kathy Hedrick and Ralph Deavor, June 2; Jesse Gordon, June 1; and Sylvia Peck, May 22.

Delores Christian has retired after 52 years in the nursing field. Her co-workers treated her to a night out in Harrisburg recently.

A tornado warning kept the folks who went to the choral concert last Tuesday night at McConnellsburg High School inside for a hour longer after the concert for safety reasons.

A surprise birthday lunch for Glenda Shafer was held last Thursday at her flower shop, with her elves attending. It was given by her mother, Marie McQuade Richards.

Elizabeth Bishop of Myers Ave. Apartments held a family meal get-together on Sunday in the social room.

Lisa Hughes is spending two weeks with her daughter, Megan, who is in the United States Air Force and is stationed in Sacramento, Calif.

Donnie Truax and Terry Hopkins were married last Wednesday at the office of District Justice Wendy Mellott and honeymooned in Ocean City, Md.

Kay McGarvey attended the Color Day festivities in Chambersburg High School last Friday. Her granddaughter, Cooper McGarvey, a sophomore, was chosen to be in the court.

Newville Premiere Baseball travelling team competed at Cal Ripken Stadium in Aberdeen, Md., over the weekend. The team finished third out of 16 teams. Local members of the team are Dalton Garlock of Central Fulton and Tristan Gelvin and Kyle Schoen of Forbes Road.

A belated sympathy goes out to the family of Dennis Wood, who passed away recently, and also to the family of Rhoda Woodal, who passed away recently, and also to the family of Hulda Bain.

Public Opinion weekly honor roll student-athletes were Lucas Banks, Mc- Connellsburg; Amy Bard, Southern Fulton track and field; and Kelsey White, Southern Fulton softball.

Cito United Methodist Church celebrated its 100th anniversary of the life of the church on Sunday. The guest speaker was Bishop Jane Allen Middleton.

Have a safe Memorial Day!

Deb Toothman, a Longaberger representative, spent the weekend in Stuarts Draft, Va., where a new team member was added, and a blastoff party was held.

Quotable Quotes: A good friend is hard to find, hard to lose and impossible to forget.

It Happened This Week: Connecticut dentist Washington Sheffield invented the toothpaste tube in 1892 – but the toothpaste was invented centuries before by the ancient Egyptians.

Country Shortcuts: Make frozen veggies delicious, quick and creamy. In microwave bowl, stir enough milk into canned condensed, cream soup to thin slightly, microwave on high in 20-40 seconds, sitr in hot vegetables and serve.


By Kate


After a cloudy and showery weekend, the sun finally appeared Sunday evening, but the summer temperatures have arrived.

I wish to thank everyone again for the gifts and cards or who helped celebrate my birthday. As the years add up, we wonder where they have gone. I’m still receiving lots of cards.

A nice crowd attended the graduation at Allegany College of Maryland at Everett High School on Saturday evening. Several folks from Fulton County attended. Brooke Sheeder of Mc- Connellsburg was one of the graduates.

Hustontown Area Volunteer Fire Co. will sponsor an open stage on Saturday, May 28, at 6 p.m. The kitchen opens at 5 p.m. Admission is free. Everyone is invited to come and share their talent or just come and enjoy the talent of others. We hope to see you on May 28.

Newville Premiere Baseball 16U team competed over the weekend at Cal Ripken Stadium in Aberdeen, Md. They finished third out of 16 teams. Local team members are Tristan Gelvin and Kyle Schoen of Forbes Road and Dalton Garlock of Central Fulton. This weekend the team will be in a tournament at Reading.

Kindred Spirits will hold a benefit auction at the Green Hill Sewing Club on Saturday evening, May 28, at 6 p.m. Everyone is invited to come early and share a covered dish meal beginning at 5 p.m. The fundraiser is being held for the Wayne King family. Wayne passed away, and this auction will help with expenses. Drop off donated items and baked goods day of the auction at the sewing club after 11 a.m.

Hustontown class of 1959 will hold its annual class reunion breakfast at Fort Family Restaurant on June 4 at 9 a.m. All class members are invited to join in the morning of the get-together.

I was sorry to see a low turnout for the primary, which is important to elect candidates for the fall election, especially for local county offices.

Household Hint: Mash over-ripe bananas or push through a sieve, add a little lemon juice to keep them from turning brown nd freeze. Thaw for use in cakes or breads, etc.


By Karen Grissinger

Birthday wishes to Eric Arabello, Mamie Streightiff, Rowdy Grissinger, Brittany Yoder, Patsy Mellott, Rebecca Watkins, Garrett Stevens,

Nathan Keebaugh, Dylan

Anderson, Terisha Welsh,

Brian Gahagan and Tammy Fraker.

Birthday wishes next week to Zachary Fleck, Dan Reynolds, McKenzie Wilson, Jeff Yoder, June Yoder, Philip Horne, Alayna Gaff, Phil Speck, Benjamin Glunt, Linda Myers, Adam Heaster, Travis Kling, Cortney Mc- Math, George Hann and Aimee Brumback.

Anniversary wishes to Patrick and Jamie Horne, Rob and Danny Dickinson, Glen and Bethany Snyder and Zane and Gale Fraker. .

Get well wishes to Eloise Swope, Heath Hilbert, John Hann, Neva Fleming, Irene Park, Lynn Knepper, Dick Rhoades and Mary Mort.

Speedy recovery wishes to Barb Keebaugh, who is recovering from a fall. Sandy Novak and Norma Ott visited with her last week.

Holden Lupey won the third-grade scholastic challenge last week at Forbes Road Elementary School. Brenden Lupey participated in the elementary band concert. Camden Lupey spent the weekend visiting with his grandparents in Harrisburg.

Heather Locke was a patient in Fulton County Medical Center last week. We wish her a speedy recovery.

Gordon and Donna Locke took Joy (Irene’s Shih-Tzu) to visit with Irene at Meadow View Manor on Sunday afternoon.

The Clear Ridge ladies and gents will be having their annual bean soup festival on Saturday, May 28, beginning at 11 a.m. There will be ham dinners, bean soup and homemade pies and ice cream.

Congratulations to Jody and Tauna Hoover on the birth of their daughter on Saturday. The new arrival will have lots of love from her big sister, Maddison.

Immanuel Bible Church Spring Rally Round- Up Event has been rescheduled for Sunday, June 12, beginning at 5:30 p.m.

Walnut Grove Church senior youth group sponsored a chicken barbecue at the fellowship building on Sunday following the worship service. A food auction was held and the proceeds will be used by the youth group for a trip to the shore. It’s amazing the prices home-baked goods bring these days!

Roger and Pat Ramsey visited Terry and Trudy Fix on Sunday afternoon and enjoyed a delicious peanut butter pie from the Walnut Grove youth food auction.

Buzz and Bea Covert attended the Relay For Life events at Southern Huntingdon County High School on Friday evening.

Despite the persistent rains, Buzz and Bea have been able to plant this year’s crop of potatoes.

Saturday was a beautiful day to be outdoors, and the inside of the house was barely seen as we scrambled to mow, weed-eat, mulch, farm and garden. Sounds like a lot of work but the end result sure was a mood-lifter.

Orbisonia United Methodist Church members, including Beth Creswell, Ruth Grissinger, Dodie Price and Ray and Pat Berrier, had the privilege of serving the evening meal at the Child’s Wish Fish Day at the Aitch Boat Launch at Raystown Lake. Some local businesses were represented with their generous donations. Pat Berrier represented Community State Bank and as the Walgreen representative. If you want a true blessing and humbled day, please try to attend the event in 2012.

Visiting this week with the Steve and Karen Grissinger family were Tim, Tracey and Tanner Fields, Ramon Martin, Tom and Mamie Streightiff, Brent Carlson, and Gordon and Donna Locke.

Tracey and Tanner Fields attended the Huntingdon Area Agriculture in the Classroom event on Thursday at the fairgrounds. Tanner enjoyed seeing all the animals and displays.

Olivia Mills will be sharing her talent during worship on Sunday, June 5, at Immanuel Bible Church. Worship services begin at 10 a.m.

Angel Wings will be sponsoring a benefit ride and pig roast on Saturday, June 11, at Harper’s Memorial Park, with bikes leaving at noon. The cost is $25 per bike. Please contact Dodie Price for registration at 814-386- 0594. All proceeds from the day will benefit Justin and Stephanie Semple. If you wish to donate time, money or raffle items, please contact Ruth, Deb or Dodie of the Angel Wings organization.

A demolition derby will be held on June 4, beginning at 2 p.m. to benefit the Shade Gap Volunteer Fire Co. Racing begins at 6 p.m. and the derby entry fee is $40. If you have any questions, give Travis Kling a call.

Three Springs Volunteer Fire Co., in conjunction with the Lions Club will be hosting the annual fireman’s carnival beginning Thursday, May 26,with a parade at 7 p.m. The carnival will continue through Sunday evening with special events each day.

Making the statement on Sunday evening that I hadn’t heard of anyone seeing any bears yet brought a response from Mamie Streightiff who had seen a bear going to daughter Kristi Watkin’s one morning. Gordon Locke saw a good size one near the county line. On Monday during our evening walk, Patty Ramsey told me someone had seen one not to far from our farm, and Rogerr had one in their backyard earlier this spring. I think I must not be too aware of my surroundings.

Have a safe Memorial Day; hopefully we will have sunshine and can enjoy a picnic outside.

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