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Big time birthday for a Perry County town

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  • Perry County Church Given New Life

    Perry County Church Given New Life

    Perry County Church Given New Life

    Tuesday, August 19 2014 11:02 AM EDT2014-08-19 15:02:59 GMT
    A big reason why Darlene Barrick fought to save the Mahanoy Union Church from bulldozers lies in the small cemetery next to it."This is Ulysses Grant Baker. My grandfather Baker," said Barrick, pointing to one of several headstones in the church cemetery with direct family ties. "He helped build the church."At another stone she added, "This is my Uncle Albert who fought in World War One."Since closing in the early 1960's, the church suffered heavily from neglect and vandalism. But stepping in...More >>
    A big reason why Darlene Barrick fought to save the Mahanoy Union Church from bulldozers lies in the small cemetery next to it."This is Ulysses Grant Baker. My grandfather Baker," said Barrick, pointing to one of several headstones in the church cemetery with direct family ties. "He helped build the church."At another stone she added, "This is my Uncle Albert who fought in World War One."Since closing in the early 1960's, the church suffered heavily from neglect and vandalism. But stepping in...More >>
  • Chancel Makeover Marks Dillsburg Church Centennial

    Chancel Makeover Marks Dillsburg Church Centennial

    Chancel Makeover Marks Dillsburg Church Centennial

    Friday, August 15 2014 9:17 AM EDT2014-08-15 13:17:26 GMT
    St. Paul's Lutheran Church is an easily recognized landmark of downtown Dillsburg, standing high on a hill, with large stain glass windows and an adjacent prayer garden.But it's inside the church where a remodeling project marks the celebration of the building's 100th anniversary.The most noticeable change is the altar area, now several feet wider, and easier to access.Pastor Lois Van Orden says the centennial seemed like the perfect time to modernize the chancel and choir area."The thing tha...More >>
    St. Paul's Lutheran Church is an easily recognized landmark of downtown Dillsburg, standing high on a hill, with large stain glass windows and an adjacent prayer garden.But it's inside the church where a remodeling project marks the celebration of the building's 100th anniversary.The most noticeable change is the altar area, now several feet wider, and easier to access.Pastor Lois Van Orden says the centennial seemed like the perfect time to modernize the chancel and choir area."The thing tha...More >>
  • Union County Museum Honors Buggy Makers

    Union County Museum Honors Buggy Makers

    Union County Museum Honors Buggy Makers

    Tuesday, August 12 2014 9:35 AM EDT2014-08-12 13:35:19 GMT
    The Buggy Museum in Mifflinburg is a tribute to a transportation industry that once thrived in the heart of Union county."They think they're coming to learn about one buggy maker," said museum executive director Bronwen Sanders, "when, in fact, we actually had 90 buggy makers in town."A visit there is a unique look at carriage making, housed in the refurbished buildings where William Heiss, his family and a handful of workers once turned out much in demand buggies, carriages and sleighs."Peop...More >>
    The Buggy Museum in Mifflinburg is a tribute to a transportation industry that once thrived in the heart of Union county."They think they're coming to learn about one buggy maker," said museum executive director Bronwen Sanders, "when, in fact, we actually had 90 buggy makers in town."A visit there is a unique look at carriage making, housed in the refurbished buildings where William Heiss, his family and a handful of workers once turned out much in demand buggies, carriages and sleighs."Peop...More >>

It's a welcome mat of beauty surrounding this western Perry county community. It's a town named after mill owner James Blaine, 250 years ago. The "e" in Blain has since disappeared, but not the small town feel enjoyed by the borough's 305 residents.

"Dad likes to set on the porch. And people will go by and they'll wave. They'll blow the horn," said his daughter Joan Stone.

Her dad is 96 year old Ken Morrow, a retired farmer who says he loves living where some people call "out in the sticks."

"It is out, but, I guess you have to be kind of used to that," said Morrow. But, I don't think we'd trade it for city life, no time."

In its earliest days, Blain's early economy was built around mills, tanneries, farms and the railroad, with small businesses lining downtown's dirt streets. Today, farming is still big in Sherman's Valley, and mom and pop stores remain a vital part of Blain's commerce. It's a place where one's faith and old glory are always in season. It's where the lions club and Heritage Days are a big deal. And, downtown traffic is safe enough for four legged residents. Looking ahead for Blain, Mayor Don Smith says blending the town's past with its future is a priority

"We want to try our utmost best to bring it (Blain) back, similar to what it was, as far as the buildings and the upkeep," said Smith.

One of those believing in Blain's future is the new owner of the town's landmark Blain Hotel, Janel Beaston.

"It's a very close knit community and anybody would do anything for you," said Beaston. "Everybody knows each other. If you need something, you go ask your neighbor to help."

And for anyone visiting Blain for the first time, life-long resident Joan Stone had this advice: "Relax. Enjoy the scenery and smell the roses."

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