At the monthly Revitalization Of Youngsville January general meeting, Denis Anson, MS, OTR the Director of Research and Development of Misericordia's Assistive Technology Research Institute from Misericordia University in Dallas, PA explained the cost benefits of constructing sidewalks in the initial planning stage correctly for people with mobility and vision disabilities. Anson developed procedures and techniques to be used by contractors that virtually eliminate the problems that happen during construction associated with interpreting ADA compliance guidelines such as incorrect curb cuts, blocked curb ramps to the street or sidewalks that are too narrow for a wheelchair to use. Also, attending this month's meeting were two representatives from Pennsylvania Department of Transportation. PennDot County Manager Wesley Hess said, "It's a good idea for PennDot and Youngsville to be working together in the planning stages"
The ROY group says 2010 is the year for the community to pull together to really make a difference downtown. The ROY discussed the virtues of several projects that ranged from the capital improvement project downtown, events, plans to gain community input at the fourth public meeting, which is planned in February, to the committee 2010 work plans.
Photo by Nancy Holmberg
Using the library
Youngsville Library patrons are seen reading at the library.
PennDOT County Manager Wesley Hess, ROY Disability Accessibility Chairman Ken Quinn, ROY President Nancy Holmberg, Denis Hanson, and PennDot District Traffic Engineer Randy Brink, PE., are shown during the Jan. 12 ROY meeting.
Mission to Mexico
In 2009, members of the Free Methodist congregation went to Mexico to help build an orphanage Shown are the missionary team in front row - Whitney Poindexter, Megan McIntyre; Next row, Hunter Uplinger, Penny Uplinger, Karrie Baker, Nerissa McIntyre, Autumn Camp, Mike Hamrick, Addison Bidwell; far back, Pam Baker, Carly Younger, Pastor Rick Hamrick.
At the next general ROY meeting in February E.G.& G. planner Rich Cleveland will give an update on the Capital Improvement Streetscape Project.
Library appeals to community readers
You are probably aware that state and local funding reductions have impacted libraries across the State. But you probably didn't know just how drastically the budget cuts has impacted the amount of reading material that your local library will be able to purchase in 2010.
"Each month Youngsville Library would budget for the purchase of 10-12 of the New York Times best-seller books on the adult list, both fiction and nonfiction," stated Youngsville Library Director Kristy Wallace. "However, this year we can only afford to purchase 4-5 best-seller books per month at most. Unfortunately this means a tremendous reduction in what we can offer our patrons in regard to reading material and variety. Although the number of book purchases per month is just one of the many reductions the Board has had to make, it is one that we hope to get help with from our community readers."
"The library will keep a monthly 'Book Wish-list' at the Circulation Desk and list Wish-list titles in the newspaper of books that we would like to have placed on our shelves, but can no longer afford to do so," said Wallace. "What we are hoping for are one of three possible options: (1) if you have purchased any of these titles for your own enjoyment and would like to then donate the book for library use or (2) you would just like to purchase a wish-list book on the Library's behalf- either at your convenience or by making a book purchase donation at the Library, or (3) you would prefer to designate a wish-list book purchase as a 'Memorial' or 'In Honor Of' donation. The important thing to remember is that not just the library will benefit from your generosity, but our community members will directly benefit as well."
To avoid duplications of book titles, please contact the library during regular business hours prior to buying a specific item from the book wish-list (as another community member may already have pledged or purchased the item on our behalf). Due to limited shelf space, we can only keep one copy of any given title. Business hours are Monday and Tuesday from noon-7:30 p.m., Wednesday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., and Friday, noon-4 p.m .
YPL January Wish-list Books: Andrew, V.C.-Heavenstone Secrets #1; Beaton, M.C.- Death of a Valentine; Cornwell, Bernard- The Burning Land,; Deaver, Jeffrey-Watchlist; Dekker, Ted-Burn; Delinsky, Barb-Not My Daughter; Deveraux, Jude-Days of Gold; Garwood, Julie-Sizzle; Higgins, Jack-Wolf at the Door; Lescroart, John-Treasure Hunt; Lowell, Elizabeth-Dark Fire; Oates, Joyce-A Fair Maiden; Oke, Janette-the Hidden flame; Parker, Barbara- The Reckoning; and Woods, Stuart-Kisser.
Raise funds for mission trip
The Youngsville Free Methodist Church's (YFMC) reach goes well beyond Warren County's borders. Mission trips have become a regular event for church members who construct projects, and offer religious teachings.
In 2009, the Free Methodist congregation went to Mexico to help build an orphanage.
In 2010, a contingent of many of the same church members will be going back to complete that orphanage. They say their mission is to spread the gospel and love of Jesus Christ. So, on Thursday, Jan. 21, from 5-8 p.m. the team is holding a fundraiser at the Pizza Hut, 25 Pennsylvania Avenue East, Warren. The church gets all tips and 15% of the sales on the buffet.
The YFMC has been a part of this building project since 2006, when the first cement blocks were laid on the project. Church member Brenda Huling said, "It takes time because of limited resources but eventually with God's blessings the projects get completed." The "team" is anyone who would like to go on a mission trip with the YFMC or anyone taking a mission trip that needs financial assistance. For information call the church office at 814-563-9009.
YHS Alumni Scholarship Fund
The Youngsville High School Alumni Scholarship Fund has received donations in 2009 from: the YHS Class of 2009; the Class of 1957 in honor of Beatrice Johnson Swanson, Bruce Meabon, and the class of 1958 at the annual over 50 years' graduation luncheon; Linda (Wiler) Lindstrom, Carolyn (Lefik) Musante, Steve Meleen, and Andrea (Gantz) Furrow at the Class of 1964 reunion; and from the Class of 1954. Donations were received in memory of the following: Helen Phillips, Betty Hastings, Ina Walters, Bud McAllister, Richard Britton, Fred Phanco, Mary Grolemund, Wanda McNitt, Idabelle Swanson, Charlotte Holcomb, Mourer Family members, Felix Matthews, Jeanne McKinney, Anna Mae Wolbert, Evelyn Baker Brown, Linda Engstrom and Waide Ingols.
The Youngsville High School Alumni Scholarship fund awards scholarships each year to several YHS graduating seniors. In June 2009, six scholarships were awarded.
Donations to the Youngsville High School Alumni Scholarship Fund may be mailed to P.O. Box 73, Youngsville, PA 16371.
Wrestling Boosters hold sub sale
The Youngsville Wrestling Boosters are having a sub sale. A 12-inch turkey sub or 12-inch combo sub can be purchased for $4 each. Orders will be taken through Thursday, Jan. 21. If interested in placing an order, please call 563-1606 for more information. Proceeds benefit Youngsville Wrestlers.
Girl Scout cookies
Youngsville Girl Scouts are currently selling Girl Scout Cookies. If a Girl Scout has not contacted you to buy cookies and you would like to place an order please call 563-1606 for more information. Cookies will be delivered on Feb. 20.
Christmas tree pickup
Youngsville Borough reminds residents that Jan. 15 is the last day to leave your discarded Christmas trees at the curb for pickup.
Clear snow from fire hydrants
Youngsville Volunteer Fire Department asks residents to clear snow from around fire hydrants near their homes.