MAHAFFEY — Mahaffey Camp and Conference Center is celebrating a monumental occasion during its annual Family Camp that opens Friday and concludes Sunday, July 28.
It is the 125th edition of the camp founded in 1894. No camp meeting was held in 1943 because of World War II and many would-be campers were defending the country in the war.
What would eventually become the 10-day Mahaffey Family Camp had its start as a gathering, known as the Susquehanna Park Holiness Camp Meeting Association. It was held in a grove of pine trees at the outskirts of the town of Mahaffey. The founder was the Rev. William Bryenton, a Methodist minister.
According to a history of the camp, its earliest meetings drew families from up to 50 miles away. Families would come to camp, pitch their canvas tents, and listen to the Bible speakers preach their messages on an open-air platform. With each passing year, the camp’s number of attendees rose. Baptismal services began to be held for believers in the West Branch of the Susquehanna River.
Since that time, Family Camp has grown. Annually, hundreds of faithful are called for spiritual retreat and refreshing at the beautiful grounds located along the river.
Camp Director/Developer Ed Depp said, “Since the original days of the camp’s ministries, these hallowed grounds have been a place of spiritual refuge. The earliest records indicate the sole purpose of the establishment was to be a place to refocus on spiritual life, enhance Biblical knowledge and apply it in order to live a life surrendered to Christ.
“Mahaffey Camp and Conference Center has been a place of spiritual renewal throughout the past six generations. The ministries here have evolved from 10 days of Family Camp to a year-round facility, providing retreat options and five weeks of active youth camps along with many outreach events. It is the camp’s privilege to offer Applefest, Ladies Spring Tea, prayer retreats, Men’s Link Retreat and several crafting retreats each year. Many of the outreach events provide an opportunity to reach the nearby communities as a place of warmth and hospitality where the love of Jesus can shine through.”
Depp said none of the camps would be possible with out the dedicated staff and volunteers who give of their time to ensure visitors have a pleasant experience.
“As camp has grown, we have become even more aware of the importance of all our staff. They have gone above and beyond, work well together and each is vital to the impact of the camp’s ministry. Combining staff with the many volunteers has allowed the camp to continue to grow.”
In honor of its anniversary, the camp is hosting a service to celebrate the camp’s rich heritage and look ahead to its future. It will be held Sunday, July 21, at 2:30 p.m. at the main tabernacle. The keynote speaker will be Dr. John Stumbo, president of the U.S. Christian and Missionary Alliance. Also speaking will be the Western Pennsylvania District Superintendent, the Rev. David Nagel; Depp; and a representative of the camp’s board of directors. There will also be a portrayal of Albert Benjamin Simpson, founder of the Christian and Missionary Alliance. Later that evening, at 7 p.m., there will be a concert by Herald Brass.
There will also be a Mahaffey Camp history exhibit in the back of the building where the camp’s bookstore is located near the main tabernacle. The display will be open during the hours the bookstore is open featuring displays including many photographs, artifacts, including news articles, postcards and letters, and memorabilia from the camp’s 125 years.
A collaborative book of the camp’s history will be available for purchase during Family Camp. The book includes camp history, feature stories, personal narratives. Proceeds from the sale will benefit the camp’s ministries.
A schedule of services in the main tabernacle will be 8:45 a.m., prayer meeting and healing service; 10:15 a.m., morning service and missions; and 7 p.m., evening service and missions.
Services in the youth tabernacle will be 9 a.m., prayer meeting; 9:30 a.m., morning service; 7 p.m., evening service; and 9:15 p.m., Late Night Live event, as announced.
There are also many activities for children throughout the day. For a complete schedule of events visit the camp’s website, www.mahaffeycamp.com.
STATE COLLEGE — According to AccuWeather, the northeastern United States will sizzle this week as summer heat builds to near-record levels in some places, with many metropolitan areas experiencing the hottest air temperatures of the summer so far as a heat wave envelopes a wide swath of the United States.
In the nation’s capital AccuWeather RealFeel Temperatures on Saturday are forecast to reach 113 F, just 3 degrees shy of the AccuWeather RealFeel Temperature forecast for Death Valley, California, on the same day.
Washington, D.C., will also swelter with a forecast high of 102; however, the nation’s capital likely won’t break its daily and all-time high of 106 hit on July 20, 1930, about 12 years after the mercury hit 106 in 1918. However, this is forecast to be the first triple-digit heat to grip the nation’s capital since the summer of 2016.
In the Clearfield region, today will be mostly cloudy and humid with a high of 85 degrees and a low of 67. The Real Feel temperature will be 92 degrees.
Intervals of clouds and sun will make Friday hot and humid. High temperatures will be 91 degrees with a low of 72. The Real Feel will be 100 degrees. There will be a thunderstorm in the area in the evening.
Saturday will be mostly sunny, hot and humid with a high of 93 degrees and a low of 70. The Real Feel will be 103 degrees.
Sunday will be partly sunny and humid with an afternoon shower or thunderstorm, high of 88 and low of 69. The Real Feel will be 97 degrees.
While actual temperatures will be higher in Death Valley, humidity levels will make it feel as hot or hotter than the Southwest in parts of the Central and Eastern states.
“The combination of sunshine, temperature, humidity levels and other factors will push AccuWeather RealFeel Temperatures well into the danger level past 105 degrees during the late morning and afternoon hours,” AccuWeather Senior Meteorologist Brett Anderson cautioned.
On Wednesday, Philadelphia and New York City declared emergencies due to the heat. According to a press release from the office of New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio, approximately 500 cooling centers have been activated around the city.
“Extreme heat is dangerous, period,” de Blasio said in a statement. “I urge all New Yorkers to exercise caution this weekend as temperatures near 100. Look out for your neighbors, friends and family and call 311 to find a cooling center. We are deploying all resources at our disposal to ensure New Yorkers remain safe and cool during extreme heat.”
While temperatures may be briefly held back in areas that receive a thorough drenching as Barry moves through into Thursday, intense July sunshine combined with a northward retreat of the jet stream will allow an impressive heat wave to build even for midsummer standards for many locations across the Northeast.
“Actual temperatures in some of the major cities, such as Washington, D.C., Baltimore, Philadelphia and New York City are likely to peak within a few degrees of the century mark at the peak of the heat wave this weekend,” Anderson said.
At this level, temperatures will be 10-15 degrees above average even for the middle of the summer.
“Cooling demands will surge with the intense heat wave,” according to AccuWeather Lead Long-Range Meteorologist Paul Pastelok.
Among the cities that could break or challenge records on Saturday is Manchester, New Hampshire, which is forecast to hit the century mark. The daily record high in Manchester for July 20 is 94 F set in 1949. Manchester’s all-time record is 103, set on July 22, 2011.
Farther south, Newark, New Jersey, will challenge its daily record of 100 degrees. The mercury is forecast to soar to 101 on Saturday. Newark hasn’t experienced a 100-degree temperature since 2013.
As hot as it will be this weekend in the New York City area, the Big Apple’s all-time high temperature record of 106, set on July 9, 1936, is not in danger of falling.
With a forecast high of 101, Philadelphia could shatter its daily high of 97 on Saturday. The AccuWeather RealFeel temperature will be sweltering as it climbs above 110. The City of Brotherly Love hasn’t recorded triple-digit heat since July 2012.
Other spots on the East Coast that will feel the heat and challenge records on Saturday include Atlantic City, New Jersey, which is forecast to hit 100, a temperature that would break its record of 98 for the day, and Richmond, Virginia, which is forecast to hit 101. Its record high for the day is 103. Most places won’t set all-time or monthly heat records.
Anthony James Terrizzi, 56, of Frenchville, who is accused of molesting a 10-year-old-girl, waived his right to a preliminary hearing before District Judge James Glass yesterday at Centralized Court held at the Clearfield County Jail.
Terrizzi is charged with aggravated indecent assault-victim less than 13-years-old, photograph, film or depict on computer sex act, both of which are 2nd degree felonies and indecent assault, victim less than 13-years-old, a 1st degree misdemeanor.
According to the affidavit of probable cause, between Dec. 29, 2017 and Dec. 20, 2018, Terrizzi molested a 10-year-old girl he was babysitting and recorded the assaults using his cell phone.
When interviewed by state police, Terrizzi admitted to the crimes.
He is incarcerated in the Clearfield County Jail in lieu of $50,000 monetary bail
Terrizzi is also facing charges in another similar case. Terrizzi and his roommate Dennis Hudgens of Frenchville were arrested by state police after it was discovered they were sharing child pornography on their computer.
In that case, Terrizzi is facing 50 counts of photograph/film/depict on computer sex act — knowingly or permitting child — a felony of the second degree; and 50 counts of child pornography — a felony of the third degree.
He is incarcerated in lieu of $200,000 monetary bail in that case.