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encompassing parts of Westmoreland,
Fayette, and Somerset Counties in
Southwestern Pennsylvania

Chestnut Ridge Historical Society Inc. P.O. Box 62, Jones Mills, PA 15646 - Office: 724-593-3102

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Chestnut Ridge Historical Society
Bus Trip review...

Our Bus Trip to the 2015 Pennsylvania Farm Show was a great success!

Many thanks to CRHS' Tom Dix!

October Meeting of 2014 was about the 1911 Bayless Dam Disaster in the town of Austin,
in Potter County, Pennsylvania and why the Dam failed.


Ryan Keller's message at our August 23, 2014 meeting!
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The 7th annual Emma Marie Keller Walk will be held on Saturday August 23, 2014 at the Cook Township Community Center- The walk is held right at the community center.

At the July meeting of the historical society Ryan Keller presented a very sad but inspirational message. Chrissy and Ryan lost their infant daughter Emma Marie who was born 12 weeks premature. Emma passed away when she was only 5 months old from Preeclampsia. There is annual walk sponsored by the Emma Marie Keller Foundation to help raise awarness of Preeclampsia and to raise funds to support local families who have a child with a long term illness. The foundation supplies families of babies in the 5 Pittsburgh area neonatal intensive care units with care packages for the babies and also for the parents. There are many ways to support the foundation ranging from being a sponsor to donating items for the chinese auction or registering to be a walker.

For more information about the foundation or the walk go to walk4emma@hotmail.com

Attention Members! CRHS Bus Trip to Gettysburg!

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A Great Memorial Day Ride on May 26, 2014

Standing in the picture is Dale Dix, son of Tom Dix, who converted
a trailer into a float to honor his father, and two uncles. On the left
is Tom Dix, right side is Harold Dix and in the back is Dale Dix.

The three brothers were honored in the Memorial Veterans Day Parade
in Mt. Pleasant on Monday May 26, 2014. They were ask to participate
because all three served in World War II and were stationed in different
parts of the world.

Tom was in the Navy and served on two ships a Destroyer Escort, and
a Mine Sweeper. (click)

Harold served in the Navy and was stationed in the Philippines

Dale served in the Army and was stationed in Anzio Italy on the
beach head, and Southern France.

What an honor to know this family and
we want to thank them for their service.

To complement our Great New CRHS Cookbook, we are now offering another Fundraiser featuring a variety of Custom Specialty Kitchen Items! Please See Details Below!

The Chestnut Ridge Historical Society has a
new exciting fundraiser "That's My Pan".

We have available to order personalized
bakeware utensils, cutlery, cake and pie pans,
cutting boards and ceramic mugs, and more!
Many designs, logos, and photos available
to personalize your pan! 

These make great birthday, graduation, or wedding presents! Colored Brochures & order forms are
available at the CRHS Center on Wednesdays &
Saturdays or from one of our members. 

Our first order will be going in next week. 
Additional orders will be going in all summer. 
Additional Information:  Liz Mickinak   724-238-7474

CRHS 2014 Cook Book*
Only $10.00!

Our CRHS 2014 CookBook*
is now available for only $10.00!

It is plum full of great recipes from our members.
Pick up your copy at the center on Wednesdays
or Saturdays at a cost of $10.

These CookBooks make great gifts too.

*PLEASE NOTE: On page 72 of the Grasshopper Pie Recipe,
there is an error. It should read:

2 tablespoons white Cream de Cocoa,
instead of white Cream de Menthe

Thank all of you for your response
regarding this great CRHS project!

Flax Scutching 2013


Flax Scutching 2014 - September 13th & 14th

Last September we were invited to set up a booth at the
Stahlstown Flax Scutching Festival. It was a Grand Weekend!
We greeted a lot of folks in the area and we did well selling
our throws & pillows. We have the pleasure to be asked to
attend again this year on September 13th & 14th.

We are looking for VOLUNTEERS to help man the
booth and hand out information on our society.
Contact Liz Mickinak and sign up today! 724-238-7474

CRHS had a fun day on our Bus Trip to Lancaster County!

The trip to Sight & Sound Theater to see Moses on Wednesday May 8th was a wonderful experience the scenery was spectacular and the cast did an outstanding performance. Tom Dix got us really good seats and we did not miss any of the action. The shopping at the Rockvale Outlets what can I say was surely a lot of fun the guys enjoyed this also. The dinner at the Hershey Farms was absolutely delicious it was served family style with all you wanted. The bus driver was so helpful and pleasant. The weather was perfect no rain and not hot. It was just a relaxing day from start to finish. 

We will be planning to do another trip this year so if you missed this one
watch for the information to appear!

Announcement! "Day of Giving" Date Change!

(Annual "Day of Giving" has been changed to May 6, 2014 instead of October)

Day of Giving – Tuesday - May, 6, 2014

Please note – you are only able to donate one day – May 6th –
from 6am to 12 am (midnight).

Go to http://www.westmorelandgives.org
Click on Donate Now  (you will only see these words on the day to donate – May 6th)

Enter your name, email and phone number.  (you must have a valid email address to receive a tax receipt)  Select our nonprofit group (CRHS) by viewing all nonprofits or narrow search to Westmoreland by selecting the list from the drop down menu.  You can begin typing in the first few letters of the nonprofit’s name to jump to that section of the list. Enter amount you wish to give.  When ready to complete transaction, click “Go To Checkout” and you will be taken to the secure credit card screen.

Mastercard and Visa are accepted, you will receive confirmation of your donation and a tax receipt via email.  Please notify your credit card issuer if you plan to make a large donation as they may hold your transaction as per your fraud protection services.  The minimum gift per organization is $25.

Enter credit card information and click “submit”.  You receive confirmation that your donation has been received and an email will be sent to you for tax purposes.  Don’t forget to share your donation via social media and encourage others to give as well. 

Click on this link to go to the official web site: http://westmoreland.pittsburghgives.org

Photo Gallery
The photos below are from the Wonder of Christmas Event at the Donegal Community Center
(Click on any photo to enlarge image!)

Above is CRHS President Tom Dix and Bud Shepler being friendly and
of course, selling tickets! Good job guys!
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The Elves, Dairy Queen ice cream cone, Frosty, Peggy Shepler and
of course, that really famous guy, Santa Claus!
Jean Gilmore & Peggy Shepler standing beside our historic Christmas Tree!
(Click on any photo to enlarge image!)

Jean Gilmore worked really hard to get these baskets.
As you can see there was a quite a display!

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Our CRHS Treasurer, Chap Goodman and her daughter Jennifer Fiesky,
with their happy faces, collecting the money for the delicious
food that was served,
Rose & Joe Sarnelli making great waffles for the Wonder of Christmas!
(Click on any photo to enlarge image!)

Helen Proper, Chestnut Ridge Lions Club member and member of CRHS;
Sara Loar, Secretary of Chestnut Ridge Lions Club; and Sara McNiel,
Director of Chestnut Rigde Lions Club and Member of CRHS!
Mr Jones and friend entertaining us!
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One of the Christmas Trees from the Childrens' Section!
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Automatic Christmas Slideshow

CRHS Christmas Dinner!
December 11th - Join us!

Mark your calendar for the CRHS Christmas Dinner
at Foggy Mountain Lodge on Dec. 11, 2013 at 6pm.
You will be ordering from the menu. Please R.S.V.P.
to crhs@lhtot.com or call the Center 724-593-5098

* Mark your calendar for


Donegal Area Community Center
(Click here for Directions)

This will be held on Saturday December 7th
from 10am to 3pm and
Sunday December 8th from 11am to 3pm
Sponsored by Chestnut Ridge Historical Society, and
Donegal Area Community Center
It will be held at the Donegal Area Community Center
Parade of Trees, Chinese Auction, Good food,
Entertainment, 50- 50 drawing, and much more. 
 Free Parking, Free Admission
We are looking for help for set up and tear down,
also donations for the Chinese Auction, decorated trees,
crafts, and sponsored tables. Chestnut Ridge Historical
Society is responsible for supplying cakes & pies for
dessert, no other baked products.
 Contacts for this event are Chestnut Ridge
Historical Society 724-593-3102,
Carolyn 724-593-4231, or Brenda 724-423-7348

Becky Heide, assisting at the Mike Reese expo in the Donegal Area Community Center, and also assisting was CRHS's Gerry Marks!

Fort Ligonier Days Parade

Fort Ligonier Days Parade with CRHS President Tom Dix -

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Fort Ligonier Days Parade 2013
Katie Smith, Miss Wheelchair Pennsylvania, is also a
member of CRHS! Katie was our speaker at the August
meeting who gave a very positive message after
she has overcome many trials and tribulations
from a violent vehicle accident.

We were honored to have her be a part of this
2013 Fort Ligonier Days Parade!

President Tom Dix
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Here is President Tom Dix riding in the antique station
wagon for the Fort Ligonier Days Parade. What great
public relations! It was a huge parade with around
60,000 people present with a beautifully restored
vehicle and a friendly driver.
Thanks Tom, for making CRHS visible another time!

Famous Idaho Potato Tour
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Just thought everyone might enjoying seeing this... 
The Big Idaho Potato Truck.     It really was a giant one!

Flax Scutching Update!

Tom Dix and Becky Heide

The annual Flax Scutching Festival was held on September 14 & 15th and the Chestnut Ridge Historical Society was welcomed to participate in the 2013 celebration. We were located in the newly established historical collection section of the flax demonstration building. This event was a big success and we were very happy to be present and provide information about sources available for tracing ancestral roots at our center. Elizabeth Mickinak chaired this event and with the help of volunteers to interact and explain about our historical society. Thanks to all who helped in making this another successful venture.

Dawn Temple, Dorothy Farkosh,  Winifred and Wayne Campbell from Ligonier

Chestnut Ridge
Historical Society

"Day of Giving"


A huge Thank You to all who
remembered the Chestnut Ridge
Historical Society on the Day of
with your contributions.
  It was much appreciated.


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part of the Southwestern Region

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"Down Memory Lane", is now available!
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Our Mission
The Chestnut Ridge Historical Society is dedicated to
collecting and preserving the oral and written history and
artifacts of a portion of the Laurel Mountains that is
known as the Chestnut Ridge!

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Wednesday: 11:00am to 3:00pm

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