Youngsville Volunteer Fire Department purchases restaurant, assets

The Youngsville Volunteer Fire Department has purchased a Youngsville restaurant and all of its assets.

The following is a letter to the community issued from the Youngsville Volunteer Fire Department dated Nov. 6, 2020.

Dear Community, As you may have heard, the YVFD has purchased Richards Restaurant and all of its assets. This purchase was finalized on Friday, November 6, and we are thrilled to be taking over this business in this great community!

We want to tell you how we funded this purchase. We did not use tax dollars, donations to the fire department or our buildings to purchase the restaurant. We did borrow all that we needed to finance the purchase. We will be renaming the restaurant Station 61 Family Restaurant. The will not be a fireman’s club. This will remain a family restaurant and everyone is welcome.

We want you to know why we decided to pursue this endeavor. In a time when it is difficult to find fundraising avenues and with decreased reimbursements for fire and emergency services from insurance companies we decided we should seek out another funding stream and we believe Station 61 Family Restaurant is just that. The restaurant has been purchased as a non-profit entity. We will be passing on the profits from the Station 61 Family Restaurant non-profit into the Youngsville Fire Department non-profit to help fund projects, purchases, equipment, etc.

We are sincerely pleased to be serving our community in this new adventure and look forward to your continued support of the Youngsville Community, Station 61 Family Restaurant, and the Youngsville Fire Department.

Sincerely, Mel Edmisten, Secretary Youngsville Fire Department


“Light up the Night” luminaries for the Dec 5 Hometown Christmas event are now available for purchase at the Youngsville Borough, Youngsville Hardware and Youngsville Public Library.

All proceeds from the luminaries will benefit next year’s Hometown Christmas celebration. The cost is a $5 donation for each kit, and each luminary kit makes 10 luminaries. There are a limited supply of kits available, but anyone interested can pre-order or make a reservation by emailing YoungsvilleChristmas@gmail.com or calling or texting Judy at 814-688-8514.

Pick-up date for pre-ordered luminaries will be Tuesday, Dec. 1, from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Youngsville Borough building.


The Youngsville Public Library has many fundraisers going on right now to help raise money to counter the 58% budget cuts in state funding and the loss of revenue sources due to COVID restrictions. The Youngsville Library relies heavily on local donations in order to be able to continue its services to the community.

Through Wednesday, Dec. 23, donors can become a Library-Angel and make a general donation or a donation towards offsetting specific daily operating items such as toner, inter-library loan postage costs, youth programming, etc. Donors can also make donations In Memory of or In Honor of loved ones.

To become a Library Angel visit the Youngsville Library during business hours or visit the library’s homepage at YoungsvilleLibrary.org and click on the Library Angel Tree link. From the website donors can print and complete a downloadable form which can be mailed to the library or placed in the library’s secure drop-box, which is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week. On the library’s website is a listing of library angels specifying if their donations are In Honor Of or In Memory of loved ones. Or, those who prefer can mail a Library Angel donation (without a form) to: Youngsville Public Library c/o Library Angel Program, 100 Broad Street, Youngsville, PA 16371. Please be sure to include the name to be placed on the Angel (and if it is in memoriam or in honor of someone). Regular business hours are Mondays and Wednesdays from noon to 6 p.m. and Fridays from noon to 4 p.m.

A “Library-Angel” is placed on the Library-Angel tree with the name of the donor and if the donation was in honor of or in memory of an individual. The Library Angel Tree is on display, at the library, through Wednesday, Dec. 23. The most recent Library Angels are: Towards General operating needs: In memory of the Dove Girls by Anonymous Donor; Towards Cleaning/COVID supplies: In Honor of Herb and Jo Trask by Wilma and Pete Trask; Office Supplies: In Memory of Paul Shannon by Diane Shannon; Copier paper: In Memory of Susan Dunn by Ellie Dunn; Unabridged Audio CD book: In memory of the Dove Girls by Anonymous donor; Wish-list book: In honor of her favorite niece by Rosann Paul; Towards Postage stamps: In Memory of Martha Shannon by Diane Shannon; In Memory of Jim Dunn by Ellie Dunn; In Honor of Herb and Jo Trask by Wilma and Pete Trask; DVD from wish-list: by Rosann Paul; and Towards Inter-library loan postage costs: Fayth Coughlin.


The final day to sign up kids up to age 12 for the annual Youngsville American Legion Christmas party is Dec. 5. The Christmas Party will be drive-through only on Dec. 13 at the Youngsville Legion and is for members only.


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