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Holiday House Tours, Special Events on December 10-11 Planned on Brownsville's Historic Northside
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The Ginger Hill Grange Comes Through Again for Another Successful Fundraising Endeavor By Paul Chasko
The Brownsville Northside Beautification Committee will showcase its neighborhood December 10-11 when doors will swing open on seven festively decorated homes to raise funds for community projects in the historic district. This year's self-guided tour will include three properties that are new to the bi-annual event – 300 Front St., 103 Barnett Ave. and 502 Market St. The Front Street home was built in 1855 by Congressman John Littleton Dawson and later served as the residence for Adam Jacobs, a riverboat captain and boat builder, and the Robinson family, local merchants. The Barnett Avenue home is fully constructed of recycled materials from razed structures in the area. Built by "Gypsy Steve" and "Uncle Charlie" for a local businessman in the 1970s, unusual features include marble, slate and wood from torn-down structures in Brownsville, Belle Vernon and Washington, beams from long-gone schools and bathtubs from a nowdemolished early 20th century hotel. The third stop is Market Street Emporium, built in 1902 and currently an eclectic retail shop, which will extend its business hours for the tour. The tour also includes a collection of 19th century homes built by some of Brownsville's wealthiest businessmen, whose lifestyles are reflected in the rich finishes and architectural embellishments on the interior and exterior of
their residences – Tiffany-stained glass windows, marble mantles, beveledglass windows, inlaid hand-made parquet floors, grand and circular staircases, a turret and mid-1800s "painted glass" window. The period homes are 131 Front St., 209 Front St., 212 Front St. and 514 Market St. Each home will be festively decked out for the fundraiser. Tickets are $15 per person for the self-guided tours. The properties will be open from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. December 10 and 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. December 11. Tickets will go on sale 30 minutes prior to the start of the tours at Brownsville Fire Co. 1, 520 Market St. Comfortable walking shoes are recommended. Also that night, the congregation of the 156-year-old Christ Church Anglican, 305 Church St., will be holding a special service, beginning at 7 p.m. It is based on the first American prayer book written in 1789. Brownsville Historical Society also will be conducting candlelight tours at Nemacolin Castle, a National Trust landmark located at 136 Front St. The December calendar for the 22-room house mansion calls for doors to be open Fridays from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m.; Saturdays and Sundays from 2 p.m. to 9 p.m.; December 28 and December 29 from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m.; and closed December 24, 25, December 31 and Jan. 1. Tickets are $10 for adults and $4 for children 12 years old and under.
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Once again, when there’s a need for financial support, the folks at the Ginger Hill Grange roll up their sleeves and crank out another successful spaghetti dinner fundraiser. Nottingham Township resident Peggy Lines has health issues that have created Peggy Lines (third from left) a mounting stack of medical bills with and her support group. more likely to come. On September 25, the Ginger Hill Grange hosted a spaghetti dinner and Chinese auction to help raise funds for Peggy. Mrs. Sally If you missed the Holets of the Grange shared that the dinner was a dinner and would still complete sell-out and very successful financially like to help out for the Peggy Lines Fund. Local stores donated Peggy by donating to food and items for the Chinese auction. The din- the Peggy Lines Fund, ner was so well-attended that at times it was diffidonations can be cult finding a parking spot in the Grange parking mailed to: lot. The Grange membership chooses several worthy projects each year and raises funds to carry Ginger Hill Grange them to conclusion. The list of benefactors of their 3383 SR 136 charitable work is too long to list here and includes Nottingham, PA 19362 food banks, individuals having serious health issues, missions, scholarship programs, emergency response groups – the list goes on and on. Their benefit spaghetti dinners alone have netted over $70,000 and there are few area folks who have not noticed their funnel cake trailer (another fundraising tool) at community events. The Ginger Hill Grange has spent over 100 years helping individuals and organizations in need in our surrounding community. The present membership is carrying on the tradition and promises to carry it into the future. To do this, a new influx of younger members is needed. If interested in becoming a member, call Sally Holets at 724-258-6741. Go to our website at www.messengerpaper.com for more photos of this event.
Venetia School 90th Anniversary Celebration Planned for December 2nd Venetia School will hold a 90th anniversary celebration. All former students, teachers, and support staff are invited to a drop-in reunion during Venetia Light Up Night on Friday, December 2 from 6:30-8:30 p.m. Come through the school see the train display in the restored 1920s classroom. Remember to browse through the authentic Red Bird Appalachian Crafts in support of their school, hospital and shelter in Beverly, Kentucky while you’re here. RSVP by calling 724-348-5718. Come visit with friends and relive memories!