By ANITA COHAN
Left to right are Warren County Grant Writer Lorri Dunlap, ROY Design VP volunteer, Joanne Oviatt, DCED Deputy Secretary for Community Affairs & Development, Champ Holman from Harrisburg looking up at a building; standing in the street looking at building is DCED Northwest Regional Office Director John Onorato. In the second row are Governor’s Northwest Regional Office Director David Mitchell, and the Chairman of the Warren County Redevelopment Authority John Zavinski. Others on the tour were DCED Government Policy Manager, Governor’s Center Peter Zug, Regional Local Government Policy Specialist Governor’s Center for Local Government Services Ed Fosnaught, DCED Community Development Specialist Northwest Regional Office Alison Schmidt, Youngsville Acting Borough Manager Lisa Hagberg, and several Revitalization Of Youngsville volunteers Kari Degnan, Barb and Harold Luce, Linda Sivak, Helga Laibacher, Nancy Holmberg, Ellie Dunn, Cathy Brown. Also joining them were Warren County Planning and Zoning Director Dan Glotz, Regional Main Street Coordinator Kathy Reitinger, and EOC Director Bob Raible.
Representatives from the state Department of Community and Economic Development (DCED) spent Monday, Sept. 17 touring Youngsville. Deputy Secretary Holman said, "Youngsville is just the type of community we want to help since things will get done because of the commitment of the people." They met at the borough building and walked the length of Railroad Street and E. Main Street from the bridge to Bates Street viewing what is planned, meeting new business owners, learning about Youngsville's business zoning and seeing the seven new facades which were recently completed with funding from the 50-50 match Facade Project with the Regional Main Street program.
As part of its revitalization project, Youngsville volunteers, along with the local government, for the past seven years have regularly been implementing strategies aimed at fixing up a deteriorating downtown and therefore improving and developing the economy.
Church Fall Fest
Irvine Presbyterian Church, National Forge Road, is gearing up for a fall festival scheduled for Friday and Saturday, Sept. 28-29 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. each day. There will be artisans, foods, homemade baked goods, pumpkins as well as a variety of homegrown vegetables, perennials, llamas, and Angels' Attic, a gently used shop of household items. The newly-renovated church will be open to visitors for viewing. This festival is being organized to help raise funds for the recent renovation. The festival is free to the public and will be held rain or shine.
Drug Take Back
Drug Take Back at Youngsville Police Department on Saturday, Sept. 29 from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. Police will take any prescription drugs to be destroyed by the DEA. Whether it's unwanted, unused or expired meds, we will even take liquid medicine. No syringes can be accepted.
Northern Exposure Marching Band Competition, hosted by the Youngsville Marching Eagles will take place Saturday, Sept. 29 at War Memorial Field in Warren. The gates open at 4:30 pm. There will be numerous bands from around the area performing and competing, with a finale by the Edinboro University Spirit of the Scotts Marching Band.
Youngsville Recreation Committee is raffling off a new 9'8'' sit-in, Emotion kayak to help support baseball field improvements in Youngsville. Tickets are on sale now at the Youngsville Borough office and Wiggers Stove and Canoe Sales on Route 6 for $1/ticket. The drawing will be held Sept. 29. Kayak provided courtesy of Wiggers and the Youngsville Borough Recreation Commission.
Fall Rummage Sale
The Altar/Rosary Society is sponsoring a Fall Rummage Sale at St. Luke Catholic Church, 420 N. Main St., on Thursday and Friday, Oct. 4-5 from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Saturday, Oct. 6 ($1 bag day) from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Contact Lois at 563-4219 for more information.
The Youngsville Girls' Basketball Boosters will be hosting pre-game dinners every Friday before the home football games. These dinners will be held at St. Francis Episcopal Church parish hall from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. on the nights of the home football games. The cost is by donation. Come and support the girls basketball boosters.
Those attending the dinners may leave their car at the church during the game if they would like to. The dinner menu is as follows: Oct. 5 is goulash, Oct. 19 is chicken and biscuits, and Nov. 2 is chili. Each dinner will be served with at least one side and a drink.
Rouse Heritage Days
On Saturday, Oct. 6, Rouse will hold a special Heritage Day in celebration of its 150th year. In addition to traditional Heritage Day events, they have incorporated a Craft & Vendor Fair (with over 40 vendors thus far), along with two special performances by "The Victory Belles."
Saron Lutheran Church is holding a rummage sale on Friday, Oct. 5, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. They will also have a bake sale on Friday morning until all baked goods are gone. The sale will continue on Saturday, Oct. 6 starting at 8 a.m. until noon. On Saturday it will be $1 per grocery bag.
Brokenstraw Valley Community Night, Tuesday, Oct. 9, 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. with the presentation at 6:30 p.m. at the Youngsville Fire Hall. Come meet with over 30 local government and non-profit agencies to discuss various programs, events, and opportunities available to you and your family. Substance Abuse Prevention presentations by Chief Mineweaser and Justin Ludwig from Deerfield Behavioral Health. Also, YPD will be installing car seats and accepting old or unused prescription drugs, EMS staff will check blood pressure, and register to vote with the Board of Elections.
Anyone interested in participating in the Youngsville's Hometown Christmas, Thursday, Dec. 6 from 5 to 7 p.m. can get updated information and vendor forms at www.hometownxmasyoungsvillepa.blogspot.com or attend a ROY meeting at 9 a.m. the second Tuesday of each month at the Youngsville Library.
Join the Cub Scouts
Pack 30 Cubs have started their scouting adventures for this year. The weekly Den meetings are on Monday evenings from 6 to 7 p.m. at the Youngsville Free Methodist Church.
New members are welcomed. For information, call Cubmaster Sandy Benedict at 563-3489.
Sunday, Oct. 7 come to the Garland Community Center. Doors open at noon with auction beginning at 1 p.m. Used furniture, housewares by the box full, 20-plus boxes of used books, and a truckload of new merchandise. A portion of the proceeds benefit the Garland Community Center. Have clutter you need to get rid of? If you own it we will sell it, anything but used clothing. Garage sale season is coming to an end, why not try a new way to get rid of that clutter.
Call for details. Consignments will be accepted up until noon on Saturday, Oct. 6. For more information or to consign used items for sale, call Cheryl at 563-4374.
The Garland Community Center will host a raffle party on Sunday, Oct 14 with doors opening at 1 p.m. Free admission with a free 'all you can eat' chicken and biscuit dinner. Party includes Chinese auction, raffles, cash drawings, and special games and prizes for the kids.
This is an alcohol-free event, so bring the whole family for an afternoon of fun. Dinner served at 2 p.m. Proceeds benefit the Garland Community Center.