The Irvine Haunted Museum will again be in operation this weekend, Saturday, Oct. 23, from 6 to 8:30 p.m. and Sunday, Oct. 24, from 4 to 7 p.m. with "The Witches" (a Muppets Halloween Movie) starting at 6 p.m.
Organizer Todd Garris and his friends donated their time, funds, and expertise to build fence for firefighters. Left to right are Ken Roberts, Garris, Denny Arp and Tom Zaffino.
Ron Spear from Valley Tool & Die machined a plaque designed of the state of Pennsylvania and engraved “9-11-2001 NEVER FORGET.”
A scary bunch were being served in the tent at the Wilder Haunted Museum. Left to right are Naomi Anderson, John Shaughnesy, Cherri Watson, Al Watson, Helga Laibacher and their waitress Hannah Camp.
The Wilder Museum, housed in the old Irvine Elementary School at 51 Erie St. in Irvine, is being haunted by Warren County Historical Society and Revitalization of Youngsville (R.O.Y.). They have called in their scariest ghost and ghoul volunteers to scare the frail and raise funds to support the Wilder Museum and the community of Youngsville.
You can walk (or run) through the spooky decorated rooms for a donation of $3 per person. ROY will be serving drinks and sweets for a nominal fee on Saturday and Sunday and popcorn during the Sunday movie.
Contact Michelle Gray or Emily Sailar at the Historical Society, 723-1795, for more information.
Fire Hall Fence
After several months of postponements, Todd Garris set to work to bring about the construction of a much-needed fence to replace a rundown one at the Youngsville Fire Department.
According to Garris, when he was an active fire fighter/EMT for the Youngsville Fire Department during the 1980s and 90s, he always wanted to redo the fence and gate between the fire hall parking lots, but never found the time. Then, in 2009 when he asked fire department officials if they would burn three big brush piles on his property in exchange for a cash donation, Firefighter Kevin Blakeslee suggested he weld a new fence and gate for the department instead of the donation.
The fence is about 60 feet long and made of four and two-inch well casing pipe. Its located between the parking lots of the fire hall, separating the fire department members' vehicles and the public vehicles. The fire department did not want a drive-through lane between the front and back parking lots because when there is a call, the firefighters don't have time to look for a place to park.
Garris thought about their request knowing he had wanted to build the fence for the last 15-plus years and now was his chance. It seemed like the perfect time, since the fire hall had just added a new addition making it more essential for a better fence and gate.
A goal was set to complete the new fence by 9-11-2010 in remembrance of the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks on the United States. Several of Garris' friends teamed up to help him complete the project by his deadline. Ken Roberts and Doug Peterson donated the pipe; Tom Zaffino of Zaffino Welding made the calls to the gas company and electric company to make sure no pipe or wires were underground where the drilling was going to take place. Zaffino also drilled the holes; Denny Arp of Arp Excavation donated the use of the welder and helped Garris with the fabrication and welding; and Ron Spear of Valley Tool and Die machined a plaque, latch for the gate, into the shape of the commonwealth of Pennsylvania and engraved it with "9-11-2001, NEVER FORGET." Garris picked up cement, caps for the pipe, hinges, stainless steel plate, stainless steel bolts and nuts.
His donation to the fence had doubled by the time it was done, but he said it was worth every penny.
Garris said, "To Ken, Doug, Tom, Denny, Ron, the firefighters, and others who helped, I thank you! For the victims and their families of 9-11, still my deepest sympathy! To the firefighters, police officers, hospital employees, military and to all that helped out on that tragic day and the days that followed, I thank you! We all are here for a reason and what we do while we are here should make a difference in someone's life, may it be a family member or a neighbor or even a complete stranger. It is also nice to leave something behind when we are gone. Not to remember me, but to remember what happened on that day, what could happen again and what is happening in the world every day. This fence I donate to the Youngsville Fire Department and to 9-11, but it is also donated to everyone!"
The ROY Community Golf Scramble was held at Jackson Valley Golf Course on Oct. 2.
The winning team consisted of Bob Yucha, Mike Schillinger, Greg Fitzgerald and Greg Seyno.
There were also prizes for longest putt and closest to the pin. A special drawing was held for a gift basket valued over $100. The basket was presented to Schillinger, who had the winning ticket.
Steve Sowa said, "It was a fantastic event. ROY wishes to congratulate all prize winners and thank all participants. We also would like to thank our sponsors that made the day a great success: EGG Consultants, PNC Investments, NAPA Auto Parts, First Niagra, Northwest Savings Bank, AR Trucking, Warren County Insurance, Nelsons Funeral Home and Cremation, Crone's Drug Store, Wild Wind Sweeps, Youngsville Home and Garden, Pete's Beverage, Steve Sowa New York Life, Viking Cleaning, Dr. John Susz, Valley Bowling, Rte 6 Motor Sales, Suppa Motors, Mugs Cafe, Dick's Service Center, Weller, Olewine and Associates, Youngsville DQ Grill and Chill, Richard's Restaurant."
Youngsville newspaper recycling day will be Wednesday, Oct. 27. The borough requests you have your covered containers to the curb by 7 a.m.
Trick or Treat
Trick or treat hours in Youngsville will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 31, only at homes that have porch lights turned on.
Church Hosts Servic
Youngsville First Methodist Church hosted the Morning Worship Service, followed by a luncheon for their sister churches on Oct. 3. The Youngsville Church is part of YESS God Shared Ministry, the other churches being Covenant United Methodist of Warren and Stoneham United Methodist. At least once a year, the churches share a service and fellowship with a meal.
On Oct. 3, they shared Holy Communion and had the Kane District Superintendent, the Rev. Thomas Strandburg as the speaker. The bell choir, under the direction of Norma Dey, played several inspirational hymns. A luncheon followed in the church Fellowship Hall.
Supplies to Troops
The 2nd Mile Club of Youngsville High School is collecting supplies for our troops, to be sent overseas as well as stateside. A competition is being held among grade levels, with a prize going to the class that brings in the heaviest weight in supplies. Items will be shipped Oct. 29.
The 2nd Mile Club is a service organization new to YHS this year. The advisor is Alice Nichols.
Support the Library
When community members purchase coupon booklets from the library for the Bon Ton Community Day on Saturday, Nov.13 it will support the Youngsville library.
Each coupon booklet costs $5. For details, call the library at 563-7670.
The Rouse Estate Heritage Day was held on Saturday, Oct. 2, and included a Civil War encampment, petting zoo, bouncy house, Rouse Estate history display, well shooting display, wildwood animal park, Celtic Creek, the Bob Uleck band, cash bingo, dice wheel, old-time demonstrations including wool spinning, cider press and woodworking, craft vendors plus food and homemade pies.
It is held annually on the first Saturday in October and is funded through the Rouse Memorial fund and the Friends of the Rouse Estate.