Day of Caring.
at Centre Furnace Mansion and Boogersburg School
Thursday, October 4, 2012
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THANK YOU! The 2012 United Way Day of Caring was a great success measured in town and gown connections and in all of the wonderful work that was done at both the Centre Furnace Mansion and Boogersburg Schoolhouse.
The Centre County Historical Society extends its most ear-ringing cheers and loudest applause for this year’s Day of Caring accomplishments! The increasingly enhanced beauty of the buildings and grounds of both Mansion and Schoolhouse is due largely to the generosity of individuals and organizations that donate their time, talents, and materials on the Day of Caring, and service days throughout the year. They play a major role in how our historic properties are maintained, and we cannot thank community members enough for all they do.
CCHS’s Steve and Carol Gentry, Deb McManus, Katie O’Toole, and Lynn Royse staffed registration where they and a 70 degree ideal day welcomed nearly 200 volunteers at the Centre Furnace Mansion and Boogersburg Schoolhouse.
Centre County United Way Day of Caring Ambassadors Colonel Gerald F. Russell - Chair, USMC Ret. and Sue Paterno – Honorary Chair, and Executive Director Tammy Gentzel and Lloyd Rhoades, Manager, PSU Central Services visited Centre Furnace Mansion first thing in the morning on their tour of United Way Day of Caring projects throughout Centre County.
Centre Furnace Mansion, Gardens, Grounds
Painting work at the Centre Furnace Mansion was already well underway as people began to arrive. David Horner & Associates, Inc. of State College, in their fourth year of contribution on Day of Caring at Centre Furnace Mansion led painting efforts with painting supplies donated by Sherwin Williams and Lowes. David and crew, Chris Garbrick and Brian Volk bring an appreciation of the historic nature of this work and an attention to detail. With their guidance and help, work was done on many of the Mansion’s shutters by a painting team from Minitab. Other painting projects, led by Mike Husband, included a small storage shed. Our tool sheds were beautifully stained by University Park Plaza Corporation representatives and members of the Penn State Ladies Basketball Team worked on the garden arbor. Fresh paint is always a welcome sight! Our special thanks to Dave for this donation of time and materials.
The beautiful trees and grounds at the Mansion and School require annual work to keep them safe and looking their best. Penn State’s Office of Physical Plant’s Arborists Drew Beben, Kris Edson, and Corby Fetterholf have been monitoring the health of the Historic Sycamore and several other trees at the Centre Furnace Mansion for nearly two decades. Penn State Landscape Crew: Todd Dobson, Wayne Motts, and Jim Snedden. Our special thanks to Lloyd A.P. Rhoades Jr., Manager, Penn State University Central Services and Jeff Dice, PSU Supervisor of Grounds Maintenance for coordinating these amazing efforts. Penn State OPP Landscape Department has been donating staff time, materials and lending tools for 7 years and it is apparent in every corner of the grounds at Centre Furnace Mansion and Boogersburg School.
The Centre Furnace Mansion Gardeners guided volunteer groups at Centre Furnace Mansion throughout the day doing extensive and heavy work including spreading dozens of yards of mulch, planting and clipping back perennial plants for the winter in all gardens. CFM Gardens Coordinator, Katie Frieden and CFM Gardeners Pam Calkins (photography), Joyce Christini, Chris Igo, Judy Heberling, Mike Husband, Lou Mayer, Jo Merrell, Suzann and Vin Tedesco (led Penn State student groups) and Jan Villastrigo and Bonnie Walter led a great effort in the in the CFM gardens and grounds. CCHS Board member Bob Donaldson hosted work around the furnace stack, including the removal by tall Penn State basketball players of unwanted plants growing on the stack.
Gardening and landscape volunteers came from Centre Church, Enterprise Rent-A-Car, Morgan Academic Support Center , Penn State Men’s Baseball Team, Penn State Men’s Basketball Team, Penn State Football Team, Penn State Ladies Basketball Team, Penn State Naval ROTC , Penn State Office of Physical Plant, Landscaping and Arboriculture, Penn State SRVP for Research and Graduate Studies, Reliance Bank, University Park Plaza Corporation, and individual volunteers from Centre County United Way and CCHS.
By lunchtime, we readily welcomed hearty sub sandwiches donated in part by Subway State College. We also enjoyed an amazing array of delicious homemade goodies and snacks made available throughout the day donated by Allen & Katie Baney, Melanie Bernier, Susan Bowser, Connie & Monty Christiansen, Joyce Christini, Elizabeth Dutton, Susan Toby Evans, Diane Farr, Katie Frieden, Marshall Garrett, Carol & Steve Gentry, Lee Gruver, Judy Heberling, Cathy Horner, Chris Igo, Lynn Jaffe, Felicia Lewis, Beverly Lipski, Jo Merrell, Jackie Melander, Ruth Merritt, Lauren Milideo & Joel Greene, Ann Moellenbrock, Megan Orient, Deb Raykovitz, Mary Sorensen, Suzann Tedesco, Jan Villastrigo and Bonnie Walter. Donations were graciously given by Giant, Wegman’s and Weis Market. Dinnerware for lunch was donated by The Village at Penn State.
RSVP members took up mop pails, window cleaner, dust cloths and brooms to clean the interior of the Boogersburg School from top to bottom, while their counterparts were loading and spreading trail mulch, stacking fire wood, resurfacing picnic tables, weeding and raking, and mulching newer plants while removing invasives. The group of twenty, some of whom are also CCHS members, included Bob Kidder, Kathy Karchner, Carolyn Kresen, Lois Love, Ben and Sylvia Malone, Joan Pect, Andrea Puzycki, Brian Querry, Florence Reese, Brenda Reeve, Donna and Rick Schutz, Colina Seeley and Dolores Simpson. And, we do not want to overlook the contributions of Eric Childs, Dave Hart, and Erik Orient – the wood gatherers; and electrician Frank Riglan, who came for a service call and so caught the spirit that he donated his time, and using his tall ladder, dusted a few of the high light fixtures on his way out.
Our enthusiastic thanks to these wonderful school Bell Ringers!
Sharon Childs, Boogersburg School Coordinator; Suzanne Thompson, Garden and Grounds; Jackie Melander, CCHS President
CCHS extends our sincerest thanks to participating businesses, organizations and individuals who donated materials and labor and took time from busy schedules to join us on the Day of Caring to make this incredible gift possible. Many take a vacation day to come out into the community to help where needed. We sincerely hope you will bring your family and friends to see your efforts!
David Horner & Associates, Inc.
Morgan Academic Support Center
Penn State Men’s Baseball Team
Penn State Men’s Basketball Team
Penn State Football Team
Penn State Ladies’ Basketball Team
Penn State Naval ROTC
Penn State Office of Physical Plant, Landscaping and Arboriculture
Penn State SRVP for Research and Graduate Studies
RSVP of Centre County
University Park Plaza Corporation
Centre County United Way
David Horner & Associates, Inc.
Lowe’s State College
Sherwin Williams State College
Subway State College
The Village at Penn State
Wegman’s State College
Centre Co. Historical Society
David Horner & Assoc., Inc.
Enterprise Rent A Car
Morgan Academic Support
University Park Plaza
PENN STATE STUDENTS:
Penn State Men’s Baseball:
Penn State Mens Basketball:
Penn State Football:
Penn State Naval ROTC:
On behalf of the Board of Governors, and Historical Society Program Coordinator Megan Orient, please accept our heartfelt thanks – our hats are off to everyone who contributed to this memorable day.
Centre County Historical Society