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By Katie Kelly
for The Limerick Post

LIMERICK PA – Historical societies have become valuable venues to learn about an area’s history, and the Spring-Ford Area Historical Society – a non-profit organization that provides local historical information to the public – is a similarly trusted resource, its members say.

An antique cash register that once was used in the Hotel Freed is on display at the Spring-Ford Area Historical Society in Royersford

An Oct. 28, 1958, open house gathered future society members together at what was then the Royersford PA train station. Several area residents brought collections of items and pieces from around the area to display. Its first officers were subsequently elected Nov.  13 of the same year; Lee Warner was installed as the president. Meetings were held monthly in a community room at Phoenix Savings and Loan.

It wasn’t until May 1988 that a grand opening of the society’s museum was held at the train station.  It subsequently moved, once in 1995 and again in May 2000, to its current location at 526 Main St., Royersford.

Editor’s Note: The Post thanks Spring-Ford High School student Katie Kelly for this bit of Limerick (PA) Township history. Katie aspires to be a writer and journalist; her mother, Beth, is a well-known photographer and marketing expert. Together they are producing historical notes for The Post, which are published on Wednesdays.

Photo by Beth Studt

WORCESTER PA – Lighted candles will cast their glow across the Peter Wentz Farmstead on Saturday (Dec. 4, 2010) from 2-8 p.m., during an annual holiday tour of the Montgomery County historic site, 2100 Shearer Rd., Worcester PA, that’s open to the public.

Lanterns light the way on a tour of the Peter Wentz Farmstead.

Visitors can experience a traditional Pennsylvania German seasonal celebration, including music, craft demonstrations, and a visit from Belsnickel (Pennsylvania German for St. Nicholas in furs). A $2 donation of per person is suggested.

Children of all ages can meet Belsnickel from 3-6 p.m. to find out if they made the “good list” or not. At dusk, candles will light the way through the restored site, and throughout the house 18th century tunes will be heard as played on various instruments by local musician, Mark Carroll.

Volunteers portraying Gen. George Washington and some of his troops will offer stories of their “recent” travels throughout the area and their busy preparations for winter encampments. Craftspeople will demonstrate skills, and in the summer kitchen 18th century seasonal food and drink will be prepared on the hearth.

For more information, call the farmstead at 610-584-5104.

Photo from the Peter Wentz Farmstead

ROYERSFORD PA – The Open Door Ministry’s Youth Mentoring Program will be the beneficiary of a silent auction of more than 50 different themed gift baskets being sold in a fund-raiser Saturday (Nov. 20, 2010) from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the ministry’s offices, 350 Main St., Royersford PA.

Each themed basket is filled with gifts – spa items, gourmet cookbooks and food, movies and popcorn, crafts and jewelry, toys, and more – to please a wide range of ages, interests, and tastes, Open Door Executive Director Laurie Faust reports.

The baskets have already been prepared and are currently on display at The Open Door. Bids are being accepted in person for all baskets. The auction will end promptly at 3 p.m., and all winners will be notified by phone.

For more information, call 610-948-4818.

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PHOENIXVILLE PA – “Exercise Your Brain,” a presentation by the Visiting Nurse Association of Pottstown and Vicinity that intends to demonstrate why seniors must stay mentally sharp as they age, will be held Oct. 27 (2010; Wednesday) at 8:30 a.m. in the Spring Mill senior living facility, 3000 Balfour Cir., Phoenixville PA.

Seating is limited; advance reservations are required by Thursday (Oct. 21). For more information or to register, call 610-933-7675.

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Receiving a ready-to-heat meal, and a smile from those who deliver it, can mean a lot to the home-bound.

ROYERSFORD PA – Volunteers are needed to deliver meals to home-bound elderly and disabled individuals in the Royersford and Lower Perkiomen Valley areas for the Montgomery County Family Services’ Meals on Wheels program, agency spokeswoman Karen Konnick reported Monday (Oct. 11, 2010).

Meals on Wheels provides two meals, a hot lunch and a cold supper to refrigerate, to an average of 160 recipients across the western portion of the county. Despite the program’s size, Konnick said, a volunteer’s time commitment is usually small.

Many volunteers drive only once a week, on a weekday for about an hour beginning at 10:30 a.m. from Gethsemane Tabernacle of Hope Church, 425 Walnut St., Royersford PA; or at 11:15 a.m. from Perkiomen Valley Brethren in Christ Church, 46 Trappe Rd., Collegeville PA. Others volunteer less frequently as substitute drivers, and they’re needed too.

Volunteer drivers must have a valid driver’s license, insurance and their own reliable vehicle.  Training is provided.

For more information or to volunteer, call Alicia Adams at 610-326-1610 Ext. 228.

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SCHWENKSVILLE PA – A free wildflower walk will be held Saturday (Sept. 25, 2010) at 9:30 a.m. at the Perkiomen Watershed Conservancy, Haldeman Road and Route 73, Schwenksville PA, as part of its September pre-school science class.

Guests will meet at the Crusher Road entrance to the Perkiomen Trail. Link Davis, wildflower enthusiast and explorer, leads the walk. Pre-registration is required. For more information or to register, call 610-287-9383.

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HARLEYSVILLE PA – The second annual Dive-In Festival, a day-long fund-raising and educational event to assist the International Association for Handicapped Divers, will be held Saturday (Sept. 25, 2010) from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. at the Academy of Deeper Education, 601 Yoder Rd., Harleysville PA.

Activities scheduled during the day include free “discover scuba” introductory sessions, a flea market, consignment sale, and silent auction, underwater diving equipment service training classes, seminars and speakers, manufacturer rep product seminars, an on-site demo pool to try new gear, travel and resort representatives, drawings for trips and gear, food by local caterers, and a disc jockey and live local band.

All proceeds benefit the IAHD, a non-profit dedicated to bringing the magic of the underwater world to divers with physical, mental and emotion challenges everywhere through adaptive scuba training and special needs programs.

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