WHERE Your Hometown!
Due to the increased number of children in our local child welfare system, there is a great need for additional foster families in the Mifflin, Juniata, Snyder, Huntingdon, and Centre County areas. If you can find it in your heart to provide a home for one of these unfortunate souls please call Families United Network, Inc. at their new Mifflin County office at 717-363-8687 or visit them on line by clicking here.
WHERE The Juniata College Museum of Art
Visitors to the Juniata College Museum of Art will be given an opportunity to take a look images of the early Twentieth Century through “Pure Photography: Pictorial and Modern Photographs from the Syracuse University Art Collection.” The collection features photographs that range from 1901 to 1956. The exhibit will open on Thursday, September 22 and will run through October 29.
Museum hours are Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 10:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m., Tuesday and Thursday from 2:00 until 10:00 p.m., and Saturday from noon until 4:00 p.m.
For more information, please call the museum at (814) 641-3505, or visit the Juniata College website by clicking here.
WHERE The Centre Furnace Mansion
Happy Fiftieth Anniversary to the Central Pennsylvania Festival of the Arts! To commemorate this milestone, the Historical Society is hosting an interactive exhibition at the Centre Furnace Mansion in collaboration with the Central Pennsylvania Festival of the Arts and the Art Alliance of Central PA featuring a fifty year retrospective of the Arts Festival in photographs and stories.
Programming to complement the Arts Festival Exhibition will include:
Sunday, June 12, 2:00 – 5:00 p.m. Opening Exhibition Reception to kick of the exhibition and the 50th Anniversary Arts Festival celebration starting with a brief history of the Arts Festival by the Central PA Festival of the Arts executive director, Rick Bryant. Early Festival organizers and goers are encouraged to attend for this event to kick of the 50th anniversary of the Arts Festival. There will be much reminiscing, many photos and stories and good snacks to enjoy.
Sunday, September 18, 2:00 p.m. Arts Festival, Remembering and Making Memories
This family friendly event will encourage attendees to bring favorite stories as well as objects that they purchased from early or later Arts Festivals. Children ages 4-12 will be treated to a children’s scrapbook making activity using a surplus of Arts Festival posters as the basis for the scrapbooks. Parents must accompany children. Punch and cookies will be available.
If you have an interesting story, memory or early Arts Festival purchase that you would be willing to share, please visit CentreFurnace.org and submit your story online, or simply call Mary Sorensen at the Centre County Historical Society at 814-234-4779.
Admission is free to the exhibition and programming. Donations to the Historical Society are welcome and help us to continue to provide most of our educational programming about the rich history of our county free to the public.
WHERE The Mifflin Fire Department
The Mifflin Fire Department is pleased to invite you to join them for bingo every Friday night with a progressive jackpot that starts at $1000.00! Payouts start from $20.00 for regular games and $30.00 for special games. The doors open at 4:30, and bingo starts at 6:15. Come hungry and early; the kitchen will be open with lots of goodies!
The jackpot for Friday, February 19 is $1100.00 within fifty numbers.
WHERE Your Hometown!
With winter just around the corner, the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) District 9 is getting help from schools in Bedford, Blair, Cambria, Huntingdon and Somerset Counties in the creative outreach project to promote winter safety called “Paint the Plow.”
The project was piloted last year in Cambria County, after County Manager Jeff Mitchell saw the idea on the Ohio Department of Transportation’s Facebook page and thought it would be a great outreach program to try. The program was a great success last year, and this year the department has expanded it not only in our local region but in Clearfield, Lawrence and Beaver counties as well.
Schools have been asked to paint the plows with a winter safety theme, weather motif or even school mascots. This year, the program in District 9 has incorporated the theme “Don’t Crowd the Plow.” Once the painting is completed, the plow blades will run in the areas of the respective school districts.
PennDOT has sent applications of interest to high schools and career-technical school across the region. This year, an elementary school in Huntingdon County will be piloting the program as well. Plow blades have been delivered over the last few weeks as students began classes, and the department will pick up the painted blades no later than October 7.
Once the blades are collected they will be judged by a panel and a “fan favorite” contest will take place on the PennDOT Facebook page. For more information on the program please contact Tara Callahan-Henry at firstname.lastname@example.org or 814-696-7101 or visit www.penndot.gov.
WHERE Walker Grange In Mexico
The Juniata County Historical Society will be holding their fall dinner program at 6:30 on the evening of Wednesday, October 19 at Walker Grange in Mexico. The program will feature author Linda Martin Gilmore who will speak on the 260th anniversary of the Indian attack on Bigham’s Fort. She will give a glimpse into the lives and hardships of the settlers who were involved and survived the attack and copies of her book: Peril and Perseverance in the Pennsylvania Backcountry 1755-1765: Shearman’s Valley, Tuscarora Valley, and the Mouth of the Juniata will be offered for sale. The cost of this educational evening has been set at $15.00 for the program and a family-style roast beef dinner.
Reservations and payment are due by October 12. Call the Archives Room on Tuesdays between 9:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. and on Wednesdays between 9:00 a.m. and noon. Their mailing address is 498 Jefferson Street, Suite B, Mifflintown, PA 17059; checks should be made to Juniata County Historical Society.
WHERE The Mount Union Historical Society Offices
The Mount Union Area Historical Society will be observing Sharrar House Canal Era Day on Saturday, October 1 from 9:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. Come out and enjoy live entertainment by performing artists, antiques, crafts, demonstrations, and ethnic foods.
This event will be funded in part by the Pennsylvania Council On The Arts.