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Block party at Pleasant Hill School House

Fundraiser festivities are Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

July 10, 2012
The Herald-Star

The Pleasant Hill School House Historical Museum is organizing a block party to be held Saturday on the school grounds on state Route 213, Steubenville.

The fundraising event from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. will feature food, music, face painting, a cake walk and a Chinese auction. Admission is free, and participants are urged to bring their lawn chairs to "enjoy a day of food, fun and music."

Tours of the school house will be available as well as opportunities to ring the original school bell.

The group also is planning the alumni dinner which will be held at the school house from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Aug. 18. Reservations are due by Aug. 11 to Richard Clashman at (740) 284-1973.

A volunteer recognition ceremony in September will be announced at a later date. It will be held in conjunction with the Pleasant Hill Fire House Community Day Celebration, according to Gloria Renda, project director for the Pleasant Hill School House Historical Museum.

Some recent work done at the museum included painting the wainscoting and window trim, a project undertaken by retired Edison educators Karen Lundquist and Connie Crawford.

The painting completed the building's interior restoration except for some flooring restoration and the hanging of slate chalkboards, Renda said, noting Lundquist and Crawford have been involved in the restoration since its beginning in the fall of 2008.

"They have donated funds and 'sweat equity' to help the project reach its near-completion state. They will be honored with other volunteers at a special celebration of volunteers in September," Renda said.

A recent donation to the museum came courtesy of Girl Scout Troop No. 3319 of Pleasant Hill under the leadership of Holli Scaffidi. As a service project, the troop made bracelets, earrings and pins, donating proceeds from their sale.

The troop meets at the museum monthly. On hand for the check presentation were Rachael Cooper and Kelsey Riley, museum treasurer Richard Clashman, Haley Heck, Jessica Riley, Alexis Johnston, Ekateria Scaffidi and John Finney, museum vice president.

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