Hughesville Locals Sept. 30, 2015
Happy Autumn! Another season begins. I am sad to see summer gone, yet glad that we can experience the changing of seasons here in Pennsylvania. While most of the trees are still green, there are hints of color everywhere and I’m sure it will be only a matter of days until the hills surrounding our valley are adorned in their annual splendor.
Last weekend my father-in-law celebrated his 90th birthday, so we travelled across the state to enjoy some time with him and my mother-in-law. There was a lot of eating and visiting with many family members who also came, plus joining in an annual local tour of several local farming operations. The visit in Mercer County, plus the drive back home across the Pennsylvania Wilds, made me once again thankful for this beautiful state we call home.
During the Fall you can visit the East Lycoming Historical Museum at 66 South Main Street in Hughesville each Saturday and Sunday from noon to 3. The hard-working board members and volunteers create new displays regularly, so there is always something different and interesting to admire and more great local history to learn. The ELHS always welcomes new members, so stop by and chat with the staff, sign up as a member, and be a part of this great group. The next monthly meeting will be on Sunday, October 18 at 2 p.m. The society will be looking back at the four-year-long observance of the anniversary of the Civil War and its effect on our local community. This meeting will be held in Stuempfle Hall, the social room at Trinity Lutheran Church, 120 South Main, just south of the museum. Everyone is welcome to attend.
I hope everyone will be able to view and enjoy this week’s lunar eclipse. While eclipses are not rare, this one will be especially memorable since it is occurring when the moon is at its closest approach to Earth, thus termed a “supermoon.” Also, the period of full eclipse will happen between 9 p.m. and midnight, so most of us will be able to view it without loss of sleep. The full moon will be on the 27th. Now we just need clear skies for those few hours, so everyone keep your fingers crossed!
Have a great first week of Fall!
Mon. Sept. 28, 3:30-6:30 p.m. Lycoming County Commissioners Open House session for public information about the Lycoming County Comprehensive Plan, held at the Hughesville Area Public Library, 146 South Fifth Street. Stop by and see what is anticipated for growth, change, and development, and how transportation, resources, and recreation may be affected over the next ten to twenty years. The commissioners are seeking input from county residents and need to hear from you.
Sat. & Sun. Oct. 3 & 4, 10 to 4, 48th Annual Flaming Foliage Festival at the Sullivan County Fairgrounds near Forksville on Route 154.This free event will feature handmade creations by area craftsmen and artisans. There will be demonstrations, live entertainment, and lots of fun for all.
Sat. Oct. 10, 10 to 4, 7th Annual Bi-Planes, Trains, & Automobiles event in Eagles Mere at both the Eagles Mere Air and Car Museum and at the Museum in the Village.
Hughesville Locals Sept. 30, 2015
It is hard to believe that anyone could have much to dislike about our recent weather. The threat of clouds on Sunday did distress me, since I had been looking forward to the “supermoon” eclipse, but September has been a wonderfully mild month. We have had a rather extended summer season, at least based on the length of time that we had our pool set up. Usually we fill it and begin using it after Memorial Day, then take it down on one of the first weekends in September. This year I was still comfortable getting in the last few inches of water on the 27th of the month. Perhaps we can hope that autumn will prove to be mild and that winter will be deferred as long as possible.
Now that October is here we can look forward to the many harvest and foliage festivals that will take place around the area.
Next weekend both Sonestown and Eagles Mere will have annual festivities. As of this writing, it looks like the trees will be spectacular around the 10th and 11th, so your drive up the mountain should be a chance to view an explosion of fall colors.
Next week you have the opportunity to help the American Red Cross achieve their goal for blood donations. The Bloodmobile will be at Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church on Thursday, October 8 from 1-6 p.m. While they welcome walk-ins, you may register ahead of time by contacting the Red Cross representative, Marge Smith, at 570-560-2840.
If you haven’t seen the Hughesville Spartan athletic teams in competition yet, there are many opportunities for cheering and celebrating with the members of the many teams. Whether you prefer football, soccer, tennis, junior high softball, or junior high girls’ basketball, check the schedule and enjoy a few games. Of course, the Spartan Marching Band is also active throughout the varsity football season, performing their show at each game.
Sundays in October, 9:30 a.m. Hughesville United Methodist Charge will hold combined worship services at Bethany U. M. Church, 111 South Second Street. Wednesday prayer services are held at 6 PM at Christ U. M. Church, 148 South Main Street, Hughesville.
Tues. Oct. 6 & 20, 6 p.m. the Greater Hughesville Business Association will hold meetings for all members at Cheri’s House of Flowers. GHBA meets on the first and third Tuesdays of each month and are currently organizing their 5 to Drive Holiday giveaway. Businesses are encouraged to attend and participate in this annual event.
Sat. & Sun. Oct. 3 & 4, 10-4, 48th Annual Flaming Foliage Festival at the Sullivan County Fairgrounds near Forksville on Route 154. This free event will feature handmade creations by area craftsmen and artisans.
Sat. Oct. 10, 10-4, 7th Annual Bi-Planes, Trains, & Automobiles event in Eagles Mere at both the Eagles Mere Air and Car Museum and at the Museum in the Village. For directions or more info visit www.visithistoriceaglesmere.com.
Sat. Oct. 10 & 24, 1 – 3 p.m. “Fiber Fillies” fiber arts guild meets at East Lycoming Historical Society museum, 66 South Main Street, Hughesville. Join the fun with your favorite project on the second and fourth Saturdays of each month. This is a great time to get a head start on those holiday gifts.