Museum grand opening Saturday and other news from Shenandoah

Shenandoah train display

~ PVN staff report

SHENANDOAH, June 17 — After hosting a special preview for donors last Saturday and the Chamber of Commerce’s Business After Hours last night, town officials are now preparing for a ribbon cutting and grand opening celebration at Shenandoah’s Railroad Museum and Welcome Center from noon to 4 p.m. on Saturday, June 18.

The former depot will feature a railroad/train exhibit, as well as historical information about the Town and the U.S.S. Shenandoah. Artifacts, photos and other donated items have been sorted and displayed in recent weeks by Joyce Fluharty, the museum’s curator and the center’s administrator. In May, council members unanimously approved the hiring of local historian Amos Thomas as a part-time museum worker effective June 11.

A noon ribbon cutting will kick-off the events on Saturday at 507 First Street. Following this weekend’s grand opening ceremony, the museum and welcome center will begin regular hours on Tuesday, June 21 — operating from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday.

In other business at its June 14 meeting, the Shenandoah Council took the following actions:

• Adopted a Resolution of Respect for Philip Moyer Secrist Jr. who passed away on May 26, 2022. Secrist served as Shenandoah Boy Scout Troop 8 Scoutmaster for 39 years, and also served in many Shenandoah organizations.

• Authorized the hiring of William Sargeant as a full-time police patrolman starting July 1 at a salary of $40,000 annually with a 5-percent pay increase after six months.

• Approved the low bidder for asphalt patching, Hensil Good Paving, in the amount of $8,665 with a stipulation work must be completed by August 30, 2022. The cost will be paid from the Capital Outlay General Street Improvement budgeted line item.

• Authorized replacement of belt, radiator hoses, heater hoses and coolant for the Shenandoah Wastewater Treatment Plant generator by Fidelity Power Systems in the amount of $843.64, to be paid from the Capital Outlay Utility Water and Sewer Equipment budgeted line item.

• Heard that Music in the Park will be held at Big Gem Park (736 Fourth St.) on June 25 with Don Smiley from 6 to 8 p.m. Music in the Park is a free event. So Mote It Beef BBQ will be at Music in the Park selling chicken quarters, pulled pork sandwiches, chips, and a drink.

• Received a flyer stating vendors are needed for the Daughter of the Stars Farmer’s Market at Big Gem Park (736 Fourth St.) on first and third Saturdays, July through November from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. For more information e-mail [email protected]. Vendor applications are also available at Town Hall.

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