Youngsville Area News in Brief
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World Freedom Day was Nov. 9, celebrating the fall of the Berlin Wall. In commemoration, students around the country and students tagged up their own Wall at YHS. Teacher Joe McClellan’s Government classes have been celebrating Freedom Week, celebrating the fall of the Berlin Wall on Nov. 9, 1989. They’ve seen documentaries, seen speeches by JFK and Reagan, and spray painted a “Berlin Wall” of their own with graffiti to express freedom and victory over Communism.
On Halloween night, the Sons and the Auxiliary of the American Legion handed out bags of candy and did drawings for DVDs and CD players for the children. The picture of Kennedy Cratty, Madeline Cratty, Evan Masiker, Karissa Cratty, Hayle and Payton Hammerbeck was taken in front of American Legion Post 658.
The holiday spirit is alive and well in downtown Youngsville. On Friday, Dec. 13 from 6 to 9 p.m. the Youngsville Community will host its 34th annual Hometown Christmas.
Residents and visitors will gather to sing Christmas carols, participate in a tree-lighting ceremony and be entertained by activities, have homemade cookies and hot chocolate, ride on horse-drawn wagon, enjoy crafts, music, food, and a visit from Santa Claus. It is a great time to visit with friends.
“This event is truly our gift for our whole community. It is a whole group effort.” said Lisa Hagberg, Borough of Youngsville manager, who is chairing the Hometown Christmas event this year. “It is a community Christmas event open to anyone who is willing to help give our families things to do, and it will have a little bit of everything, such that ages 2 to 92 can all find something they like.”
So far, tentative activities planned for the evening include the Warren County Youth Connection performing their Christmas Show under the direction of Jennifer Koebley; YHS Art Club helping children craft gifts under the direction of their teacher Becky Yeager; the YHS Madrigals performing under the direction of Anna Bielawski, the YHS choral director; and The Conewango Clippers Barbershop Chorus will harmonize in the center of town.
Again this year, the United Methodist Church, at the corner of Main and Church streets, will have its warming station and serve free hot drinks and cookies, along with ornament decorating for the children. Shops in the downtown, such as the Allegheny Artistry, are holding open houses which include Mrs. Claus reading children’s books, and more.
Area restaurants, taverns, and our cafe invite family and friends to stop in for food and drinks. Plus, there is food in the streets with vendors from Love INC, the Masons, Brokenstraw Valley Swimming Pool Friends and others.
At 6 p.m. the Christmas parade starts from Kozy Korner Laundry Mat parking lot, 11 N. Main Street, and goes down E. Main Street towards Church Street. To join in the Christmas Parade, call the borough office, 563-4604, or as the parade is lining up assemble in the parking lot. So far, there are floats, hand-designed puppets manned by Youngsville High School students, holiday costume characters, and festive music. There is a special live appearance of Santa Claus at the parade’s conclusion. As the event gets closer, it will be decided where Santa will be located as he visits with children.
The Hometown Christmas is made up of all volunteers dedicated to promoting activities that inspire people to show their unique holiday spirit while enhancing the friendship and heritage of the community.
For further information and to offer your help, call the borough office at 563-4604. Hometown Christmas will take place whether it rains or snows. The next Christmas Committee meeting will be on Monday, Nov. 11 at 9 a.m. at the borough office, 40 Railroad St. Everyone is welcome.
The winners of the Christmas coloring contest will be announced during the Hometown Christmas. Pick up your coloring entry sheets at the borough Office, 40 Railroad St., Youngsville.
The Youngsville Home Decorating Contest judging will be done on Wednesday, Dec. 11. Contact the borough office by Dec. 6 at 563-4604 to let us know you would like your home to be included in the judging.
The categories are Most Traditional, Most Festive, Most Unique, and Best of Show. There will be prizes for first place in each category.
Turkey Party Benefits
YHS Basketball Boosters will be having a turkey party on Saturday, Nov. 30 at the fire hall. Doors open at 6 p.m., raffle starts at 7 p.m. Free admission and have to be 18 or older to attend. Food and refreshments will be provided.
Featuring local author Reg Darling at the Wilder Museum of Warren County Historical Society, 51 Erie Ave., Irvine, at 1 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 23. Learn how to improve your writing from an experienced, published author. Pre-registration is appreciated. Cost is $10. A copy of Darling’s “A Story of One’s Own: Reading, Writing, and Understanding Memoir” will be provided.
For more information, call (723-1795, visit www.warrenhistory.org, or like the Warren County Historical Society on Facebook.
Free Thanksgiving dinner will be held at the Youngsville Free Methodist Church, 179 Davis St. (new location) on Sunday, Nov. 24 from 4 to 7 p.m. No reservations necessary. Phone 563-9009 with questions.
Youngsville Borough office will be closed Thursday and Friday, Nov. 28-29 for the Thanksgiving holiday.
The public works personnel will be off for their floating holiday on Monday, Dec. 2. Monday’s garbage pickup will be Tuesday, Tuesday’s garbage pickup will be Wednesday. The office will be open.
The Youngsville Public Library will hold its annual meeting on Wednesday, Nov. 20 at 3 pm. The public is welcome to attend.
Santa & Stories
Youngsville Borough co-chairs and representatives are now organizing Youngsville’s Hometown Christmas event. The Friends and board members of the Youngsville Public Library have been asked by the co-chairs to continue the tradition of hosting Santa & Stories at the library.
Santa will be at the library on Friday, Dec. 13 from 6:30 to 8 pm (immediately following the Hometown Christmas parade and tree-lighting ceremony beginning at 6 pm to approximately 6:20 p.m). As in previous years, the Santa shuttle wagon ride will be available to shuttle people to and from the library. The shuttle pickup site will be in front of PNC. Children and parents who visit the library will not only see Santa but will also be able to listen to Christmas stories, receive a candy cane from Santa as well as a treat, small toy, and gently-used book.
pm. Proceeds benefit Youngsville Instrumental Boosters.
Fire Department Event
Winter Wonderland Craft Show, sponsored by Youngsville Fireman’s Auxiliary, will be held on Saturday, Nov. 23, at the Youngsville Fire Hall from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. There will be 107 tables – food available, a Chinese auction, free admission. For information, call 563-4042.
Truck Load Auction
On Nov. 24, a Truck Load Auction with special Christmas gift items and wholesale food and new merchandise, non-perishable food will be held at Garland Community Center, 204 Extension Rd., Garland. Doors will open at noon. Auction begins at 1 p.m.. Auctioneer Vennie Hotchkiss, Apprentice Auctioneer Donald McKuhn. For more information, call Cheryl, 563-4374.
The landscaping was put in place on Railroad Street before the snowfall. The street light will arrive sometime in December . The E. Main Street Project is in process of applying for a grant to continue to ROY project.