Blossburg News & Views for May 16, 2012

by Lonny Frost 14. May 2012 02:02
EVENTS
The Community Blood Drive will be held Fri., May 25th at the Blossburg United Methodist Church from noon until 5pm.  This event is hosted by the Blossburg UMC Friendship Circle.  There will be a free lunch available for all donors.  Please bring a photo ID.  For more information call 1-877-842-0631.
 
The Blossburg Coal Festival is quickly approaching.  Come out for a great time on May 23-26.  This year they celebrate 20 years of honoring the coal industry which helped build this town.  Bring your family and enjoy the entertainment, the carnival and the Coal Museum.  Your favorite foods will be served each night as well.  For more information visit www.blossburgcoalfestival.org .   Remember the area's largest fireworks display starts at dusk on Sat., May 26th!  
 
Kiwanis Club is meeting May 17th from 6pm -7:30pm at the Island Park.  For more information call 638-2908.
 
Remember Blossburg V.I.B.E. has changed this month's meeting to May 30th from 6:30pm - 8pm at the Brick Tavern.  If you are interested in our community, then I urge you to drop by and see what we are really doing in Blossburg.
 
If you see Bill Faughnan, Jr., do not forget to wish him a happy birthday on the 17th.
 
Send announcements to News & Views at news@blossburg.org or call (570) 638-2486.   Check out all events at www.blossburg.org and keep up on what is happening in Blossburg.  Deadline for submissions is Saturday at 8P.M.
 
The Blossburg Castle

The Blossburg Castle is 103 years old.  It can be found along North Williamson Road in the small town of Blossburg, in Tioga County, Pennsylvania.

The home was built in 1909 by a local dentist named, H. Keiss. The architecture carries a Victorian style combined with a medieval look. The Terra cotta that was used for the original roof was made right here in Blossburg.  It highlighted the roof and made the tower stand out more prominently.  The exterior was created out of stone from the local area.  At the time, the interior was all original oak.  That included the floors, paneled walls, wainscoting, all the pocket doors, and even the open beamed ceilings. It was reported to have seven stained glass windows, and two fireplaces. The home's the living room is 15 x 30 with the additional 8 x 8 tower alcove attached. It has four bedrooms, two full baths, two sun porches, a front porch, and a rear deck. The third floor is a 30 x 30 great hall with a fireplace and the diamond-paned windows.  There used to be what looked like a real cannon protruding through one of the turrets in the tower.  However, it was not a true cannon, but a decorative piece for conversation and it added a more authentic look to the castle.  The previous owner had restored many of its original features. 

The castle has been in the hands of six different owners.  The last known owners of this small unique castle are Johnny and Juanita Berguson. They renamed it the Kingdom Treasures Castle shortly after purchasing the building.  Visitors to our town still marvel at the old castle, while older residents recall the beauty this castle holds along with its history. (Photos of the castle are by Lonny Frost).

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MISSION

Blossburg V.I.B.E. (Visions in Business & Entertainment) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization created in 2004 to envision, plan and implement projects that will enhance the quality of life for those who live, work, play or attend school in Blossburg, Pennsylvania.

MEETINGS

We meet the fourth Wednesday of each month, usually at the Brick Tavern. Our next meeting is Wednesday, April 25,  6:30 p.m. ath the Brick Tavern.

May 30, 6:30 p.m., Brick Tavern

June 27, 6:30 p.m., Brick Tavern

July 25, 6:30 p.m., Brick Tavern

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