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Montgomery Locals May 16, 2018

By Staff | May 16, 2018

The Montgomery Area Historical Society is about to hold one of the year’s most anticipated local events an Open House of the Stone Church on Sunday, May 20th from 1-4 p.m.

The Stone Church is located on the grounds of the Allenwood Federal Prison so opportunities to tour the old church only happen twice a year through the efforts of the Historical Society. The Stone Church is the last surviving original structure of the more than 800 acres of White Deer Valley that were taken by government in 1942 to build a TNT plant. It was the site of the meeting where it was announced that the land would be taken, and where Pulitzer-prize winning author Conrad Richter spent part of his teen years when his father served as the minister.

The church can be accessed at the White Deer Golf Course entrance and signs will be set up. The cemeteries will be open and maps will be available. There will be two short history talks presented at 2 and 3 p.m. Paul Metzger will be on hand to share his genealogy expertise. There will be exhibits to show life in the valley before it was taken over. The event is free and open to the public.

THOT “There is nothing new in the world except the history you do not know.” Harry S Truman

Many happy birthday wishes go to Seth Heasley who will be celebrating on May 20th.

The Montgomery Borough Office, The Clinton Township Office, and The Montgomery Area Public Library will be closed on Monday, May 28th in honor of Memorial Day.

As we approach the summer storm season, please remember that you can go to the Montgomery Emergency Management Agency page on Facebook and sign up for alerts. They post timely weather watches and warnings that are helpful to have!

If you are interested in joining the Montgomery Lions Club please call Roger McRae at 570-971-2825.

Order forms for Hometown Hero Banners are available at the Montgomery Borough Office, Clinton Township Office, and Montgomery Weis Market.

Montgomery events

Sat. May 19 The Annual Black Hole Creek Fishin’ Derby will be at the Bower Street Bridge from 9 a.m. to noon.

Sat. May 19 There will be a book fundraiser to benefit the library from 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Sun. May 20 There will be a Tractor Pull, Chicken BBQ, and silent auction at the Oak Grove Community Center in Elimsport. Registration for the tractor pull will be from 8 a.m. -11 a.m., with the pull beginning at 11 a.m. The Chinese auction tickets will be sold from 9-3 with the drawing starting at 3:15. Proceeds from the auction will be used to help pay for a new roof. The kitchen will open at 9 a.m. with the chicken BBQ starting at 11 a.m. Eat in or take out.

Sun. May 20 The Montgomery Area Historical Society will have a program at the Stone Church from 1-4 p.m.

Sun. May 20 The Montgomery Area High School Jazz Band will perform at Knoebel’s Grove.

Tues. May 22 The Montgomery Library will have Teen Movie Night from 4-6 p.m.

Weds. May 23 Toddler Tales will be from 11-noon at the library.

Sat. May 26 The annual Montgomery Lions Club auction will be held at the Montgomery Park Pavilion.

Mon May 28 The Memorial Day Parade will begin at 9 a.m. at the Bower-Decker Legion and the route will be from Broad Street to First Street to the park. The Memorial Service will be held at the Memorial Stone immediately following the parade. This year’s speaker will be Retired U.S. Army Sergeant Glenn Crossley. The Legion is requesting that the American flag be displayed at all homes and businesses.