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Wayne Independent - Honesdale, PA
  • PPL donates to Historical Society

  • On Friday morning PP&L presented a check to the Wayne County Historical Society (WCHS) to help them with the D&H Canal Park at Lock 31.
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    On Friday morning PP&L presented a check to the Wayne County Historical Society (WCHS) to help them with the D&H Canal Park at Lock 31.
    The $1,500 grant will help fund Canal Fest, which will take place on Aug. 23 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Lock 31.
    “The money will be used for entertainment, bands, a petting zoo and other expenses,” said Tom Colbert, trustee for WCHS and chair of the Lock 31 committee. “It will go a long way in helping us. This was very generous of PP&L.”
    Canal Fest is free and open to the public. It helps to “raise awareness of the park and its history.”
    There will be children's activities, exhibits, food, book signings and even tours of the grounds “from an educational point of view.”
    The National Park Service will be on hand as well. The day will also have live demonstrations that will include blacksmiths, spinning, weaving, quilting, fly fishing and lure making.
    “We are grateful to PP&L and thank them for the donation,” said Tammy Satter, executive director of WCHS. “We're also grateful to the volunteers who have dedicated years to preserving this property.”
    WCHS has been working to preserve the D&H Canal Park at Lock 31, a 16 acre property that includes hiking trails and river access.
    They are currently working on finishing the front exterior of the Daniels Farm House, which will eventually become a museum.
    “PP&L has supported the Wayne County Historical Society for many years,” said Paul Canevari, PP&L Pocono regional manager. “This is the first time we earmarked part of our sponsorship for a specific project.
    “It's very important to preserve historical sites like this one. The volunteers and the society do a magnificent job doing so.”
     

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