Book sale, band fundraiser on tap this week in Youngsville


The following programs are free and open to the public. Chapman State park is located at 4790 Chapman Dam Road, Clarendon, PA 16313. For more information visit Chapman State Park on Facebook or contact Jen Moore at 814-723-0259 or jennmoore@pa.gov. Participants are asked to occupy designated area to meet social distancing guidelines. Possession of face coverings will be required to attend all programs. Registration is only required for some programs.

Today: Smokey Parade from 7 to 7:45 p.m. No registration needed. Location is at the campground. Smokey Bear will lead a parade through the campground. All area children and campers are invited to view the parade from their campsites or along the road. Due to Covid-19 guidelines, park officials ask that the public not walk or ride in the parade. Smokey bags, with goodies, will be handed out along the parade route. Chapman State Park, Bureau of Forestry, and Clarendon VFD will attend.

Sunday: Chapel Service: a non-denominational service begins at 10 a.m. at the amphitheater (or Pavilion 4 in case of rain). No registration required.

Self-guided GPS Scavenger Hunt: No registration necessary, this is a self-guided activity to complete at one’s own pace. Those participating will need a GPS unit or SmartPhone to participate. Read the clues and enter the coordinates at each location. The final location will be a traditional cache (a container). Log the visit when finished. This is a temporary activity/program so it will not be posted on geochaching.com. Enter the following to get started- Coordinates: N41.45.030 W079.10.353. Contact Jen Moore with questions.

Special programs for Girl Scouts and their families: There are still spaces available for the special, free programming that Chapman State Park is offering during Girl Scouts Love State Parks this year. Programs are for Girl Scouts and their families. Registration is required by Friday, Sept. 11, for both programs and attendance is limited to 25 for all programs. Contact Jen Moore at 814-723-0259 or jennmoore@pa.gov to register. On Saturday, Sept. 12, two programs are being offered: “Drive-in Night Sky Watch” from 7 to 9 p.m. Join park officials for a new way of viewing the night sky. Tom Traub, project director for the Martz Observatory, will teach the essentials of stargazing. The planets Jupiter and Saturn will be visible. Remember to bring binoculars, spotting scope, or telescope, blanket/chair, and flashlight. “Introduction to Geocaching” will be held from 4 to 5 p.m. Join the park naturalist to learn about the high tech scavenger hunt. Bring a handheld GPS unit or have a Geocaching app already downloaded onto a phone. After an introduction, participants will be given coordinates to geocaches in the park.


The Youngsville Eagles Marching Band is having a pulled pork dinner fundraiser on Sunday, Sept. 13, at the Youngsville Free Methodist Church Pavilion, 179 Davis St., starting at 11 a.m. until sold out. For a $10 donation diners will receive a pulled pork barbecue sandwich, baked beans and pasta salad. Take-out orders are available.


Due to strict COVID and Office of Commonwealth Library regulations the Youngsville Public Library will still be holding its annual book sale but for only one day this year, on Saturday, Sept. 12, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. The book sale will be held outside under tents. In addition to the Book Sale items, the Friends of the Youngsville Library will also have a craft table nearby filled with a variety of themed and decorative lighted wine bottles for a $10 donation each as well as functional bird feeders, hummingbird feeders, and tiki torches made from wine bottles for a $20 donation each. The lighted wine bottles do not need to be plugged into a socket as they use a string of lights that are battery operated. The batteries can be easily replaced for extended use. Brochures for the third annual Fall Bulb, Spring Bloom fundraiser will also be available at the craft table, where pre-paid orders can be taken or an order form taken and returned by to the library business hours or via the drop box.

“Having a book sale is a bit tricky this year,” said Kristy Wallace, library director. “Not only do we have to follow the same standard masks and social distancing protocols that regular businesses must follow, libraries also have to follow stricter rules regarding the handling of books which includes very specific book quarantining, cleaning and handling procedures- among other mandates. That is one reason why we have to hold our book sale outside this year and why we are not allowed to have a bake sale this year either.”

“In order to make sure that we are in alignment with OCL protocols, all patrons and library volunteers will be required to wear a mask, wear protective gloves, and to social distance while they browse the book sale items.” Wallace stated.

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“People will enter from one side of the tents, serpentine through the tables of materials, and exit at a specific area on the other side of the tents to further promote social distancing rules. We will also have sanitizing stations as well as an area where patrons can purchase latex gloves, by donation, if they forgot to bring their own. We will have the book sale rain or shine and are hopeful that we will have a great turnout. The public has been very supportive of our annual book sale in the past. We’re very grateful and appreciative of the support, since this is one of major fundraisers that we really on. Fundraisers have always been necessary and important for our library but especially so now that we have recently been informed that the state of PA is planning on cutting library funding to 5/12 in 2021. And losing 58% of the $9,000 we receive in state aid will be tremendously impactful to our library.”

All the materials that are being used for this book sale are from donations that the library received pre-COVID. All the materials have also been properly quarantined and cleaned in accordance with OCL protocols. There will also be a large selection of Christian fiction and large print fiction to choose from this year. At this time the library still cannot accept any donations from the general public as the library currently does not have the space, staff, or cleaning supply resources to properly quarantine donations in the manner in which we are required. The library will also be open for regular services on Saturday, Sept. 12, during book sale hours. Call 563-7670 with questions from noon to 6 p.m. Monday and Wednesday or from noon to 4 p.m. Friday. The library will be closed on Labor Day.


All boys and girls ages kindergarten through fifth grade are invited to attend Cub Scout Sign up Night for Youngsville Pack 30 on Wednesday from 5 to 7 p.m. at the Youngsville Free Methodist Church, 179 Davis St., Youngsville. Come and see what Cub Scouting is all about. Wear face masks and social distance. For more information call Sandy Benedict, cub master, at 563-3489 or 814-706-8975.


The Youngsville Borough Office and Department of Public Works will be closed on Monday in observance of Labor Day. Monday’s regular garbage pick-up will be on Tuesday and Tuesday’s regular garbage pickup will be on Wednesday.

Bike/Hike Trail: Storm debris has been cleared from the Youngsville Bike/Hike trail and is now open again. Special thanks to all the hard work from the Youngsville Public Works Department.


Due to COVID regulations, the Winter Wonderland Craft Show, hosted by the Youngsville Fire Department’s Ladies Auxiliary, has been canceled for 2020. Next year’s event is already scheduled for Nov. 6, 2021. 2020 payment by crafters will be applied to the 2021 show date. Contact Karen Bires with further questions at 563-4042 or Kbires@eaglezip.net.


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