Facility Updates--Maintaining the integrity of the building, while ensuring the safety of its users
Recently the Venetia Heritage Society received a large bequest from the McClure Estate. This donation was used to repair the facade of the building. The repairs were done by Escajeda Masonry, LLC . The company did a great job on the brick pointing!
Replacement of broken windows and painting of doors are scheduled for late 2022. The front doors are being painted and are receiving new mag locks.
Venetia Community Center received new LED Outdoor lighting from LaFace & McGovern Associates in partnership with Lighthouse Electric that installed them! We are deeply appreciative to Harry McGovern for donating these lights and insuring that they were installed a timely fashion The parking lot and area behind the building are now brightly lit and provide a safer environment for those who use the building in the evening.
Dan Mitchell, President, has been working on the landscaping outside, removing dead trees and bushes and cleaning up the grounds.
The VHS continues clean out the interior areas, repaint sections of the building, and to update plumbing and electrical items.
The VHS is also in communication with township officials as to building code requirements and future planning for the area of the township where the Community Center is located.
The VHS is identifying goals for the organization and the facility. At its regular Executive Board meetings, the VHS has been working through the Strategic Planning Process. We are currently examining our former goals and plan to revise and update them as to meet our Mission and Vision Statements.
Latest VHS Highlights
> VHS will participate in the Annual Village of Venetia Light UP night on December 2, 2022 at 6:00 PM. The DARE Model RR and Montour RR Association displays will be available to view, there will be light refreshments available, raffle baskets, and some entertainment. Just us with Wright United Methodist Church and the Wright House for this festive event!
> Electronic payment is now available on our website! Members and donors to the VHS can now submit dues and contributions electronically.
> VHS is working through the Strategic Planning process . The Executive Board is working to review its current Mission Statement, Vision, Goals, Objectives and Financial status
> The VHS is happy to announce the addition of a new Executive Board member. Please welcome Bryan Seip. He is a Peters Township resident who has supported the VHS for several years. Bryan is very involved with the DARE Model RR Club and is currently the President of the Montour RR Society. We are glad to have him as a partner in advancing the mission of the Venetia Heritage Society.
DARE Model RR Program is growing in size! The group has received donations of all types of trains and more youngsters are interested in participating in learning more about model trains and the Montour Railroad. The group is gaining recognition in the area and nationwide. THE DARE MODEL RR Club occupies the upstairs rooms. and has received great support and artifacts from the Montour RR Association. Most recently they have shared their trains with the Peters Township Public Library and Carnegie Science Center on its Locomotion Day! Interested in joining or supporting this group? Contact leader Dave Stanton. Check out their Facebook page!
>THANK YOU to everyone who donated to the VHS through the Washington County Community Foundation's "Day of Giving!" We received close to $2000 in much needed donations! We appreciate your support and participation in this fundraiser.
You can learn more about the VHS, Venetia Community Center and other events and buildings in the "Village of Venetia Show" featuring host Erma Grego, VHS Board Member and guest, Rev. Richard Roberts, also a VHS Board Member, on "Senior Perspectives." View the show here.
We are so thankful to volunteers from the DARE Model RR Club ,the Girl Scouts, and the 4 H Club who support VHS behind the scenes by maintaining our building and grounds. The Model RR Club repainted the upstairs hallway and installed new ceiling, lights and a smoke detector. The Girl Scout Troops cleaned the carpet in the MPR and have brightened up the tables in the room. The 4 H Club is working on the grounds in the back of the building.