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Portage Historical Society hosts Native American Festival newspapers

Vol. 109 No. 40

USPS 439-000

Portage, Pa.

Thursday, October 24, 2013

Since 1904

Newsstand Price 75¢

By Amanda Petrunak of Mainline Newspapers

Tribal music filled the Portage Historical Society on Sunday, Oct. 20, during the Native American Festival. The event started at 6 p.m. and lasted until 7:30 p.m. Deborah and Beaver Mayo, Native American performers, began the presentation with a question-and-answer session to get people aquatinted with their culture and customs. They opened with a story about their grandparents. Typically in a Native American home, the grandparents were the ones raising the children. If a child did something wrong or was upset, the grandparents would take the child to the back yard under a tree and tell them a story. Usually, the story ended in a moral, which helped the child learn about life. Communication

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was essential in Native American culture. The next segment of the program were the different, unique dances. Beaver began with a “Sneak Up,” which can be considered a hunting dance. He crouched down, low to the ground, and he looked around to see his surroundings. His feet tapped to the beat of the drums, as he danced around in a circle, keeping his eyes opened wide. The second dance was an intertribal dance which featured both Deborah and Beaver. They danced around in their colorful clothing, fringe and all. “Each item of clothing tells a story. Our feathers we wear are often gifted to us by other members of the tribe; we work to earn our feathers,” said Deborah. Also,

Forest Hills Senior promotes saving lives for Senior Project

Deborah Mayo displays her Native American relics for a question and answer session. Photo by Amanda Petrunak.

By Amanda Petrunak of Mainline Newspapers

Saving lives one step at a time

Mitch Leach poses for a quick photo, while hosting the blood drive. Photo by Amanda Petrunak.

Mitch Leach, senior at Forest Hills High School, wanted to give back to the community, and he thought of no better way than to host a blood drive at his school district, which was held on Wednesday, Oct. 16 in the high school gymnasium. The blood drive lasted from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Leach is a member of the student council, and his teachers Mrs. Richardson and Mrs. Baumann had offered the opportunity to host a blood drive to complete the senior project requirement for any interested students. Leach accepted the chal-

It’s time to get creative

lenge, and he sprung into action. He started calling all the local businesses in his area, asking for any type of donation they could give. The community was very interested in helping this charitable cause; nine local vendors decided to participate in this event. The contributors were Valko’s Grocery, Morris’ tavern, Fox’s (Sidman), McDonald’s (Portage), Subway (Sidman), Livingston Bakery, Galliker’s, Rita’s Restaurant, and McAneny’s Wholesale, which graciously provided the snacks and drinks for the blood drive. Leach was able to receive 84 sign-ups prior to the drive. His goal was 57, which he achieved


and surpassed. He also opened the gym doors to the community; walk-ins were welcome to stop and donate, as well. No appointments were needed. “I tried to open the blood drive to as many people as possible; I wanted it to be a successful day,” said Leach. Leach and other classmates arrived before school even started to help set up; they were in the gymnasium at 6:45 setting up tables, chairs, hanging up banners, and posting signs for the event. “Students, who never gave before decided to try and help out the event,” said Leach. He was


Ready, set, paint

Harvestfest brings excitement to Portage Community Children select their pumpkins and get ready to paint at Portage’s Harvestfest. Photo by Amanda Petrunak.

By Amanda Petrunak of Mainline Newspapers

Bright, orange pumpkins surrounded the Bethany United

Methodist Church on Sunday, Oct. 20, for the third annual Harvestfest. This was a free Halloween themed festival, and everyone was welcome to attend. Some of the volunteers said that they saw at least 700 people come through in the first hour of the event. The church’s goal was to reach 1,000 visitors. There was a constant flow of people all day long. The sun was shining, and it was a beautiful

day for the holiday celebration. Children waited anxiously for face painting and games. In the spirit of Halloween, there was pumpkin painting and pumpkin bowling, where a wooden frame was built and bowling pins were set in place, as children anxiously waited their turn to throw a pumpkin down the lane. Some of the other events included a biblical car contest, a duck pond, and a milk jug toss. There was even

Kaylee Roberts uses her artisitic skills to create her pumpkin masterpiece at Portage’s annual Harvestfest. Photo by Amanda Petrunak.

several dance competitions for the children, such as the Macarena. The town of Portage was up and moving from station to station. There was never a dull moment at the Harvestfest; the excitement continued on throughout the afternoon. The Portage Fire Company also took part in the festivities by showing a demonstration of the fire truck, explaining to the children what the purpose was

for each of the different gadgets. A free lunch was provided in the church basement, and there was a basket auction. Many of the local businesses donated baskets to help out in the celebration. The small town of Portage went above and beyond expectations. The excitement on the children’s’ faces was priceless; even the adults were having a SEE HARVEST, PAGE 18A

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