Youngsville residents' homes are especially festive this year, from elegant, old-fashioned decorations to displays of hundreds of lights. And on the evening of December 16 judges for the Revitalization Of Youngsville Christmas Home Decorating Contest toured the community to select this year's decoration winners.
The winners are for 1st place - Kay and Randy McKinney, 324 E. Main Street who won a Youngsville tee-shirt, mug and a Christmas CD donated by ROY; for 2nd place - Rose and Dave Freeborough, 92 Mill Street who won a Poinsettia donated by the Youngsville Home and Garden/Agway. There are three Honorable Mentions: The Balling Residence, 75 Ford Street, The Hodge Residence, 539 E. Main Street, The Gentile Residence, 21 Ninth Street
Home decorating judged
Shown is 1st place winning home owned and decorated by Kay and Randy McKinney, 324 E. Main Street.
The Youngsville Community businesses who won top honors were Heaven Scent Youngsville who received a tee-shirt, and mug; and Mugs Cafe/Youngsville Pharmacy who won a poinsettia. The judges, who were Joanne Oviatt, Helga Laibacher, and Cherri Watson, said that the decisions were difficult, and the judges urge residents to take a ride through town during the Christmas Season and see your neighbors' decorations.
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.
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 1913 Old Home Week Parade to area Landmarks of yesteryear. Photo information is decoratively labeled on the back of each card and each card & envelope is individually sealed. All proceeds directly benefit the Youngsville Public Library.
"Although these cards do make great Christmas Gifts or stocking stuffers, 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." stated Library Director, Kristy Wallace. "It really is worth the time to stop by the Youngsville Library to see them for yourself, they're very good quality note cards."
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 newspaper subscriptions.
The Youngsville Library would like to thank all of our most recent "Library Angels" for their generosity and for supporting our community library during this financially difficult time:
Stamps: Diane Shannon; Fax/Copy Paper: Maxine Shannon; Energy-saving light bulbs: Peggy Nelson; General Operating Donations: In Honor of Snuffy, made by Doris Dale; Karen & Bruce Kay; In Honor of Malin Harrison & Errol Ozer made by Bonnie Anderson; In Memory of Joseph Natale made by June Natale.
There are still plenty of ornaments on the tree and "Library Angels" to replace them. Please stop by the Library during our business hours. Monday & Tuesday Noon-7:30 pm, Wednesday 10am-5pm, & Friday Noon-4 pm. The Library is closed Thursdays & Saturdays and will be closed Christmas Eve Day.
The Borough Office will be closed Friday Dec. 24 for Christmas; Wednesday, Dec. 29 and Thursday, Dec.30 for moving; and on Friday, Dec. 31 for New Years.
Due to the holiday season, the Outreach Committee of St. Francis Church on 343 East Main Street, Youngsville has cancelled its free monthly dinner for December. They have decided to hold future dinners the second Tuesdays of the month instead of as previously planned.