2016 ~~The Way We Were (In Parkesburg)

Parkesburg 28 Dec 2016
2016 ~~The Way We Were (In Parkesburg)

By Jack Mariano

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The year had hardly begun when employees of Quad Graphics (formerly Diversified Printing Corporation) were notified by management of the closing of the Atglen,PA plant after forty six years of doing business on Lower Valley Road.  Over a hundred employees lost their jobs.

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In March, a fire devastated row homes in the 500 block of Fourth Avenue.

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2.27.2014 Kacies Cause logo

                        Hundreds gathered for the annual Kacie’s Cause Mothers Day walk in May.

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alexisPABA held their annual dinner at the Moose Lodge in West Caln Twp. and continued the tradition of honoring the Parkesburg business of the year; person (s) of the year and presented scholarships to an Octorara High School senior and a senior attendee of theParkesburg Point Program. The winner of the $1000 Octorara High School Scholarship was Miss Alexis Lonsinger; the $1000 Parkesburg Point scholarship to Mr. Sanjay Rowe; the Business Leader of the Year award was garnered by Fountain Springs Wellness Spa (Raeleen J. Mills; Meggan Wallace-Pirozzi and Laurel Carnie).  The citizen of the year was Dwayne Walton, Director of Parkesburg Point Youth Center.

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Honor Guard

Hundreds attended the annual Memorial Day Parade – hosted by Parkesburg VFW Post 4480.  It was the largest turnout in recent memory in honor of soldiers who gave their lives in battles for our country.

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comm_doy_2016Despite the intense heat, the 4th annual Community Day event went on as planned on August 13th.

The highlight of the day occurred at the opening of the event when several veterans were recognized for their service to our country.  Despite the low turnout, the Committee was able to provide proceeds to Keystone Valley Fire Department; Parkesburg Free Library; Parkesburg Point;Octorara Area food cupboard; Parkesburg Churches Community Outreach as well as a donation to the Veterans Memorial upgrade in front of the fire house.

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11.7.2013 Fountain Springs main streetSeptember……….                                                                                                                                                          After weeks into months of painful road closures and detours, Pennsylvainia American Water finally completed the sewer line, water line upgrade (including laterals to properties); spot replacement of sidewalks; handicap intersection entries and final paving in the 100-400 block of Main St. just in time for school to begin.

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Parkesburg Area Business Association and Western Chester County Chamber Of Commerce “Made A Difference” as the Parkesburg Point hosted Make A Difference  Day on October 2nd.  The event was held indoors due to rainy weather but that didn’t dampen any spirits as the many attendees enjoyed kids games, food and music by the Ole 44 band.  Proceeds went to The Point and to Parkesburg Chapter of Kacie’s Cause.

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octorara-back-on-trackIn October, the fruits of labor and hard work by many, and with the support of the Octorara Area School Directors the new track at Octorara High School was completed.

                                                             Link To Back On Track Facebook

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Former Philadelphia Eagles place kicker David Akers speaks to a full house at the Parkesburg Point on November 12th.

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                                                      Parkesburg Point

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100_3681The revitalization of the Main Street business district continued as several new businesses sprung up late in the year. Pictured is the owner of Old Town Vintage Antique Shop.

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amtrak-trainTragedy in December as a young man lost his life after being stuck by an Amtrak train on the railroad tracks near the former site old State Street Bridge. An account has been set up to pay for his funeral costs.

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Christmas Parade 10nParkesburg Celebrates the Holidays.

The grand old town was all decked out for the Christmas Parade sponsored by Parkesburg Post 4480 on December 11th.

Christmas On Main Street featured many of the open shops – windows decorated by Octorara art students and plenty of fine food including Santa Claus at Rocco and Anna’s Ristorante Italiano.

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9.27.2014 Church of the AscensionParkesburg’s total land area is approximately 1.5 square miles (according to Wikipedia).  Within the town’s boundaries lie seven churches.  Each one of these worship sites held many Christmas related displays and services during the moth of December.

Happy 2017 from Parkesburg Today.com

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