Lauralee Bliss, a.k.a .”Blissful” ,visited the library this morning for a children’s program on hiking the Appalachian Trail. Lauralee has hiked the entire trail twice, so she has lots of tips for children (and adults) that are interested in hiking. She shared slides of one of her hikes that took her from Georgia to Maine.
Lauralee had an activity for the children to do, after which they earned a carabiner. She also had them help pack up her “campsite” and pack her backpack so that they were aware of what is needed on a hike and how much they would be able to carry.
Thank you, Blissful, for visiting the Oswayo Valley today!
We would like to thank David Castano for visiting with us last night and sharing the history of Potter County’s involvement in World War I.
It was a very informative night, especially the story of the alleged zeppelin sighting near Emporium! Attendees also learned about the Sinnemahoning powder plant explosion and the rumors that it was due to sabotage which led to some arrests, but the men were not brought to trial.
He also talked about how men were conscripted from the area to serve in the war. There were quite a few Italians who had moved to the area, but had not become citizens. The Italian government sent men to the area to draft these men into the Italian army.
It was a very interesting night and we look forward to having Mr. Castano back for more programs on other Potter County topics!
The 2017 Pleasant Street Festival will take place on Saturday, September 9th, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Come join us for a day of food, vendors, raffles, music, and baked goods!
There will be a special ragtime presentation at 1:00 p.m. by “Ragtime Jack Radcliffe.” Jack has been performing for more than 45 years. He is a master of traditional country blues and ragtime; stride piano, and a powerful singer/songwriter, as well. He also accompanies himself on the guitar and harmonicas and has lately added the fiddle to his arsenal of musical weapons. Jack also delivers an engaging and humorous running commentary on the cultural context of the music.
Come visit with “Blissful” who has hiked the famous Appalachian Trail twice and in each direction! Lauralee will be visting with us on Thursday, August 10th, at 10:30 a.m.
From bears to snakes, plants, trees, cool views, and funny hiking pictures, we will explore the trail from Georgia to Maine! Find out how Blissful cooked on the trail using a tiny stove and pot. Snuggle in a mummy bag in the woods. Create your own “trail name” through drawing and words to earn a carabiner to hook on your day pack or belt loop!
Stop by the library or call us at 814-697-6691 to register. This program is free to all elementary-age students.
Please join us next Tuesday, August 8th, at 6:00 p.m. for a program commemorating the 100th anniversary of the United State’s involvement in World War I.
A brawl in Galeton, a zeppelin sighting near Emporium, five men blown to smithereens in a Sinnemahoning powder plant explosion rumored to be related to sabotage, fear and suspicion in German-American communities (like Germania!). These newsworthy items and more filled Potter County town talk and newspapers as World War I exploded across the global stage a century ago. Potter County historian David Castano will fill in the details of these events as he share with us how our involvement in World War I directly affected Potter County.
Castano will bring World War I artifacts from the Potter County Historical Society for “Show and Tell”, including a shell fired during the Battle of Verdun, World War I helmets, a gas mask, nursing medals, an American pilot’s uniform, an enlisted men’s tunic and puttees, and lists of Potter County men serving in the war with details of their service.
The Oswayo Valley Memorial Library is participating in Shinglehouse Rocks It! You will be able to identify rocks from the library because they have OVML painted on them. When you find one (or more!) bring it into the library for a prize. You can then re-hide it so that others can hunt for it.
To stay updated on the rock-finding activity around town, check out the Facebook page by searching for Shinglehouse Rocks It. There you will find posts and pictures about the rocks that others have hidden and found.