A spring raffle is being held for either (1) a decorative, standing Mr. & Mrs. Peter Rabbit set (height approx. 3 feet each) valued at $75.00 OR (2) a basket filled with lots of spring goodies, and candy plus a fresh flower floral arrangement generously donated by Heaven Scent. Basket items valued at over $100.
Raffle tickets will be available at the Youngsville Pharmacy, Heaven Scent, and the Youngsville Library. Both raffle items are located in the Youngsville Pharmacy window. Raffle ends Tuesday, March 30. All proceeds benefit the library.
Photo by Nancy Holmberg
Drug awareness program
A Drug Awareness Program for the Religious Education Students and adults of St. Luke Catholic Church was held on February 21st. Chief Todd Mineweaser gave the presentation and showed a video of interviews with drug users of all age groups. The common thread in all the interviews was the addictive and destructive power that drugs had on the body and mental health of the person. The video and display table were funded by a grant from the Betts Foundation. In attendance was Corporal Rick Alekson of the Pennsylvania State Police who also provided information and perspective on drug use in Warren County. Following the presentation Father John Neff, Pastor of St. Luke Church, spoke on respect of the person created by God in his image and healthy ways of coping with the various problems people, young and old, face in life.
The Youngsville Library would like to thank local community members and Heaven Scent for donating items for this raffle, as well as Youngsville Pharmacy for displaying raffle items.
The Revitalization Of Youngsville Association (ROY) will have its general monthly, to discuss the numerous committees' present and future activities, on Tuesday, March 9 at 8:00 am, at the Youngsville Public Library. For information call Helga Laibacher at 814-563-4959.
The ROY Chess Club will be meeting at the St. Francis Episcopal Church, 343 East Main Street, Youngsville, on the second Saturday of the month, March 13, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Chess players or watchers are asked to come in from the back of the church at the College St. entrance. All ages are welcome to join in the game. For information, call Tony 563.7068.
St. Francis Church on East Main Street, Youngsville, is hosting its monthly community dinner on Tuesday, March 2 from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. The menu is ravioli and meatballs, salad and dessert. This is a free dinner to everyone in the community. It put on by the St. Francis Outreach Program. Takeouts may be available after 5:45 p.m. if there is food left. Donations are accepted. Church member Barbara Vorse said, "We invite anyone to join us for Sunday services. St. Francis holds its church service Sunday at 9 a.m. and their Adult education is at 10:15 a.m.
Now that Lent has arrived, the Youngsville Area Ministerial Association is offering Community Lenten Worship Services every Wednesday at noon. The weekly ecumenical Lenten services are jointly sponsored by the several area Protestant and Catholic churches. The church that hosts the service also will provide a luncheon and the host pastor will lead the devotional time.
The following services are offered at the listed churches.
March 10 is at the Youngsville Free Methodist Church, 240 East Main Street
March 17 is at the St. Luke Catholic Church. 420 North Main Street
March 24 is at the Saron Lutheran Church, 148 West Main Street
March 31 is at the Pittsfield Otterbein United Methodist Church, 258 Dalrymple Street Pittsfield, PA
April 2 is the Community Good Friday Service that will be held at the Saron Lutheran Church from 1-3 pm.
The entire community is welcome to attend all services.
R.O.Y. meeting Feb. 9
There were 20 in attendance.
Nancy Holmberg stated that the purpose for this meeting was to hear committee reports and talk about the Streetscape work plan. EG&G Planner Rich Cleveland attended to give a Streetscape update.
The Secretary's report for Jan. 12 was read. There was one correction that needed to be made that the carnations were donated by Heaven Scent and the pens were donated by an anonymous citizen who is an artisan. Once these corrections were done the report was approved and placed on file.
The first Corn Festival meeting was held last week. Cathy Brown reported that this is going to be the 5th year and its going to be bigger and better. YABA days are going to be held July 22 to 24. Barb Luce is in charge of the Children's Theater and they will be doing Sleeping Beauty this year. Luce stated that this year's play will be a fun one and having it during YABA days works out well for them. The golf scramble will be held in September.
Joanne reported that they have approval to put the sign up for the churches at the east end of town and the church people will take care of the garden around it. Joanne has a signup sheet for the other garden for work time. The Route 6 Heritage Community meeting was held Tuesday evening. They explained why they do these things and talked about the recommendations that they receive. The Rt. 6 plan focused on the community. EG&G Planner Rich Cleveland gave an update on the streetscape. Rich explained to us that we needed a backup plan in case we did not get the money to start for the area between the bridge and the light. So Sonia Probst made a motion to incorporate Railroad St. for a backup plan. Barb Luce seconded it.
The membership and sponsorship drive is going on and Helga Laibacher reported that as of now they have received 14 individual memberships and 40 businesses. As of this Feb. 9, there was $55,000 left to be raised and the organization committee is looking for some ideas for fundraising.
Sonia Probst gave an update on the zip code survey that was taken August 2009. There were 12 businesses that participated. 85 percent of customers that were served in the Youngsville Area businesses came from a 50- to 60-mile radius. Sonia said, "The compiling of the information for the zip code survey was very time consuming since everything was done manually, but very interesting."
Kathy Reitinger informed us that Tops will be coming in to take over Quality Markets. She has been in contact with them and if it produces profit they will keep it open. If not it will close.
The facade program helps pay for siding, and it will also help pay for entrance ramps. If you are going to paint, the program will also help pay for half the cost of the paint. Kathy wanted to let us know this because a lot of people think it's only for siding, when it can be used for other things too.
The Saron Lutheran Church always participates in the Relay for Life. It is held the first week of June and Barb Luce was wondering if maybe we should do a ROY team. The monies earned would go towards the cancer program. That was an idea to consider and talk about at the next meeting.
Paul Leofsky announced that the 13th Annual Rotary Club St. Patrick's pancake and sausage dinner will be held March 17.
Next ROY meeting will be Tuesday, March 9, 2 at 8 a.m. at the library.