Jim Miller was treated to a surprise, two-hour, “90th birthday parade” on Marsh Avenue, Youngsville, last Tuesday. Many former students, friends, fellow Masons and Shriner clowns, fire trucks, a chicken, a violin player, and even Jim’s old school bus, Y-10, was involved in the festivities. It was a wonderful example of small-town USA ingenuity and adaptation as many safely came together to honor Jim’s 90th while still following social distancing precautions. Miller, a former teacher, basketball coach and school bus driver from 1955 to 1992 was both thankful and caught by surprise.
“I’d like to thank my four children: Grace Backstrom, Galye Kerman, Gerrie Lyter, and Glenn Miller for all they’ve done to celebrate my birthday,” Miller said. “I’d also like to thank all my friends, colleagues, and former students for their outpouring of cards and well wishes and participation. I know that my wife, Marilyn Smith Miller who passed in July last year, would have enjoyed seeing this wonderful display of love and recognition.”
Spring Clean-up details: The borough spring clean-up on Saturday, June 27, from 8 a.m. to noon is open to all Youngsville Borough residents. Clean-up will be at the borough building parking lot, 40 Railroad St. Identification is required. Minimum fees are $10 per car and $20 per truck load. No tires, batteries, paint, cans, propane tanks, desktop or laptop computers, computer monitors, computer peripherals (accessories), televisions, or any other electronic device or other hazardous materials. Call the borough at 814-563-4604 with questions.
Borough office hours: The borough office is now open to the public during regular business hours. Members of the public must wear appropriate masks upon entry to the building, in an effort to protect staff and limit human contact as instructed by the CDC and the Pennsylvania Department of Health. The Youngsville Borough office also continues to be open by phone, email and through the drop box to the right of the office’s front doors. To reach the borough office, call 814-563-4604. Kim Hall is at ext. 4, Jolean Ishman is at ext. 3, Mark Theuret is at ext. 1, and Lisa Hagberg is at ext. 2.
Youngsville Cemetery: Thank you to all the volunteers that have worked so hard mowing, string trimming, cleaning up sticks and debris and spending many hours prepping and maintaining the cemetery. The cemetery was in pristine condition for Memorial Weekend and continues to look great. All the volunteers are greatly appreciated. If you are interested in volunteering please contact the borough at 563-4604.
Curbside pickup available: In accordance with the newest OCL “Framework for Reopening Libraries,” Youngsville Library is now able to offer curbside pickup of library materials for patrons who complete “pre-order requests.” Curbside/contactless service is not the same as drive through service. Requests will not be ready the same day they are made due to staffing limitations, strict material quarantining times, item availability and other factors. To make material requests, patrons can download a “YPL materials request form” at YoungsvilleLibrary.org, pick up a hard copy of the form (available 24/7 on the outside of the Youngsville Public Library’s main doors), or can make e-requests through links at YoungsvilleLibrary.org. Patrons can easily view Youngsville Library’s materials catalog online as well. Library officials are asking that patrons limit their requests for materials to five items per form. To speak with library staff about renewals, curbside pickup procedures, and other information, call the Youngsville Library at 563-7670 Monday and Wednesday from noon to 6 p.m. and Friday from noon to 4 p.m. \Curbside pickup hours will be scheduled by appointment on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays. See the library’s FAQ page on its website for more details.
Material quarantine procedures: The Youngsville Public Library is following the very strict — and public library specific — guidelines regarding safety, quarantine period, and disinfection of library materials. Every returned item is taken directory from the library drop box, which is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week, by a staff member wearing a mask and gloves, to a designated quarantine location within the library. After five days, all materials are cleaned with disinfectant and re-shelved. No items may leave the library before its quarantine and cleaning process has been completed, which may cause minor delays in redistribution but safety of staff and patrons is a top concern. Library surfaces are cleaned throughout the day following CDC guidelines.
Summer Programming: The Youngsville Public Library will be offering summer reading programming for pre-school children through adults through e-reading options. Free and contactless summer snack options, and other summer outreach programming, such as “take-home crafting,” beginning in mid-June. Program details and dates will be placed on the library website and in the news within the next week.
E-resources available: Patrons can continue to access a collection of e-books and e-audio books via YoungsvilleLibrary.org. There are also reliable links to connect patrons to free resources such as learning a new language, continuing education courses, entertainment resources and special websites for students to explore. Many resource links can be found at YoungsvilleLibrary.org references/general tab.