Autumn has arrived and I’m not even close to ready for it. I did buy a few mums and we got a start on putting away some outdoor summer things and air conditioners, but I really don’t want to think about frost and falling leaves. Of course, I know that I will just have to get with it and accept the change of season along with everyone else.
We had a nice picnic over the weekend with members of the West Branch Chorale, with great food and conversation. It turned out to be during the best weather on Sunday afternoon, after a light rain shower and well before the strong thunderstorm rolled through. Watch for notices of their December concerts and mark your calendars so you won’t miss this local musical treat.
Have you taken a stroll through Hughesville’s Main Street shopping district lately? Several changes have occurred, with businesses moving from one location to another and some new ones opening. The latest change I have seen is the move of Susquehanna Sportswear, now located in the former Ace Hardware location. Take time on Saturday or Sunday between 12 and 3 and then visit the East Lycoming Historical Society Museum where you can see how Main Street has changed, and some of the things that have stayed the same.
Among the enduring entities is Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church at the corner of Main and Academy Streets. The church was originally founded in a log structure which was replaced by the brick building which now houses the ELHS museum. In 1884 the current church was dedicated. Over the past 130 years the congregation has enjoyed the astounding stained glass windows, reputedly some of the most remarkable examples of stained glass in the country. Trinity is currently having some repair and restoration work done on these local treasures. Stop by and take a look, or join the congregation for a Sunday worship service to see the windows from their best vantage point.
The churches in Hughesville are not the only places you will find stained glass. Many homes which were built in the latter part of the 19th century and early 20th century have accent windows that feature 4 inch colored panes as borders or in patterns. I understand that these glass accents were created in the Lewis Glass Works in Eagles Mere. See how many of these local delights you can see on your next trip through town.
Don’t forget that there is still plenty of opportunity to see HHS student-athletes and musicians in regular season competition. Check your schedule and cheer for the Spartans!
Sat. Oct. 18 2nd annual Harnessing Hope 5k Run and Walk at Hughesville High School football stadium. Registration begins at 7:30 a.m. and race begins promptly at 9 a.m. Prizes awarded to top male and female finishers in four age categories. Proceeds support the Kathleen Paternostro Morgan Memorial Scholarship.
Sat. Oct 18 at Hughesville Fire Hall, Whitetails Unlimited will feature an auction and buffet dinner with prizes available and outfitter packages and outdoor related equipment. Go online for more info at www.whitetailsunlimited.com to get more info about the organization. Tickets need to be ordered in advance. Call 570-482-4364. Social hour at 4, dinner at 6. Proceeds from this event will support shooting sports at local high schools.