Close for holiday
Youngsville residents are advised of a number of closures at the borough office over the Christmas and New Year period. Borough office and services will be closed Friday, Dec. 24 for Christmas and then again on Wednesday and Thursday, Dec. 29-30 for moving to the new borough building.
Payments can be dropped in the drop box outside of 37 Railroad St. (current location).
There were 210 entries in the Revitalization Of Youngsville’s Annual Christmas Coloring Contest this year. First-place winners received $5 and all others received ribbons. Left to right are, first row, ages up to three, honorable mention, Daniel Matha Jr.; first place, Tydus Chase; and second, Kinzlea Chase. Row two, ages 4 to 6, first, Andrew Mason; second, Hailey Shirlaw; third, Halee Mineweaser; honorable mention, Kenzie Olewine. Row three, ages 7 to 9, first, Jena Wilson; third, Ellie McCluskey; honorable mention, Laci Miller. Row four, ages 10 to 12, first, Montana McClue; third, Mark Cressley; honorable mention, Jasmin Kays. Missing from the photo are, ages up to 3, third place, Addison Butterfield; ages 7 to 9, second place, Erica Jewell; and ages 10 to 12, second place, Madison Alekson.
Also, the borough building will be closed Friday, Dec. 31 for New Years.
at the Library
The finishing touches to the Angel Tree at Youngsville Public Library were done last week by board members Sue Perrin, Celia Gross and Gail Cowan.
Patrons can select a "wish list" ball ornament from the tree and place a "library angel" on the tree with their name or the name of a Christmas memorial or honoree. The "wish-list" ornaments range from $5 general donations to children's DVDs, magazine subscriptions, books of stamps, copy paper, utility bills, cleaning supplies, new book titles and ink toner.
The library also has $1 ribbon books for sale that make great stocking stuffers and a selection of note cards made from old Youngsville photos from the Charles Engstrom historical collection.
Recent Library Angels
From now through Jan. 5, the Youngsville Library has a special tree on display near its circulation desk filled with ornaments listing basic items (and their costs). Community members who take an ornament from the tree and donate monies to help support the library receive a "Library Angel" to place back on the tree. Donations items range from general donations to copy paper to help with a newspaper subscription.
The Youngsville Library thanks the most recent "Library Angels" for their generosity and for supporting the community library during this financially difficult time: energy-saving light bulbs, June Natale; People magazine subscription, Sue Perrin; stamps, Pete and Wilma Trask; toward yearly Times Observer subscription, Connie Lucia; general operating donations, Bonnie Anderson, Gail and Jim Cowan, Jim, Nicole and Jimmy Cowan.
There are still plenty of ornaments on the tree and "Library Angels" to replace them. Stop by the library during its business hours Monday and Tuesday, noon to 7:30 p.m.; Wednesday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; and Friday, noon to 4 p.m. The library is closed Thursdays and Saturdays and will be closed Christmas Eve Day.
Nostalgia Note Cards
Some of the photos from the Charles Engstrom collection located at the Youngsville Library are being reproduced, antiqued, embellished, placed on quality card stock, and made available to the public for purchase in an effort to raise funds by the Friends of the Youngsville Public Library.
"There is quite an interesting collection of local memorabilia that belonged to hometown historian Charles Engstrom," said Library Director Kristy Wallace. "Nancy (Engstrom) Nelson generously donated his collection to the Youngsville Library for use. Although the material may not be checked out, many patrons have come in just to browse through the material."
Currently there are 13 different "Nostalgia Note Cards" available to choose from and the cards will be available throughout the year at the circulation desk. The current collection of reproduced photos range from the 1911 Youngsville first grade class to high school teams to the Star Manufacturing Building. Photo information is decoratively labeled on the back of each card and each card and envelope is individually sealed. Cards are $2 each or 3 for $5. All proceeds directly benefit the Youngsville Public Library.
"These note cards are not just for Christmas gifts," Wallace said. "The intention is to provide note cards that can be enjoyed by local residents, former residents, and really anyone who is interested in nostalgic photos throughout the year. Already there was a great interest in these note cards at the Winter Craft Show at the Youngsville Fire Hall, which was our debut for these cards. Not only did we sell quite a few there, but many area residents expressed a desire to allow us to scan their old photos and add them to the Nostalgia Note Card collection."
The borough reminds residents that it is the responsibility of the property owners to keep sidewalks cleared of snow and ice. Also, remember to clean out around fire hydrants so they are accessible in an emergency.
Youngsville newspaper recycling day will be not be held in December. Instead, recycling will be picked up on Wednesday, Jan. 19, 2011 for both December and January.
Have your covered containers to the curb by 7 a.m.
Chess Club Correction
The ROY Chess Club, which meets at Mugs Cafe, 112 E. Main St. monthly, will not be meeting in December. Their next meeting will be on the second Saturday in January. Call Tony Marino, 563-7068, for information.
Christmas Raffle Basket
A giant ROY Christmas gift basket is up for grabs in the front window of the Youngsville Pharmacy.
For the third year in a row, the Revitalization Of Youngsville is raffling off a Christmas gift basket containing over $380 worth of items ranging from a bird feeders to jewelry to jumper cables.
Included in the basket are four gift certificates to area restaurants, gift certificates for an oil change and hand-knitted items. There is a one-of-kind painted bowl from local artists at Allegheny Artistry as well as the newest popular game Paradox. All of this and more is included in a large wicker basket.
The raffle draw will be held at the Allegheny Artistry on Sunday, Dec. 19. The winner will be notified.
Anyone can enter this raffle drawing by purchasing a ticket at Youngsville Pharmacy, Allegheny Artistry, Galley Restaurant, or by calling Helga Laibacher, 563-4959. You can buy one ticket for $1 or get three for $2.
Save Our Pool
There is a Recreational Committee meeting tonight, Thursday, Dec. 16 at 6:30 p.m. at the Youngsville Fire Hall to discuss and organize a plan to save the Brokenstraw Valley Swimming Pool.
"It is up to the people who live here to come up with a plan to fund the pool so that we can keep it open. We have until May. So, please come with your positive intentions and recommendations," said community member Chris Myers.
For information, call Steve Morris, 563-7788. The meeting is open to the public.
First United Methodist Church, 225 E. Main St., will be holding Preschool Christmas programs for the four- and five-year-old class on Monday, Dec. 20, at 9:30 a.m. and for the three- and four-year-old class on Tuesday, Dec. 21, at 9:30 a.m.
Showtime is now on Channel 68 on all of the Youngsville Community TV Corporation's television sets until the first of the year at no cost to their customers.
Beginning Jan. 3, HBO will be disconnected and Showtime will be moved to channel 17. After Jan. 1, if Youngsville residents would like to receive Showtime they are asked to call the TV Corporation office at 563-3336. The cost will be $12 per month and the rate will not go up until 2015.