August  2016 News

September 19th 7:30 p.m. - "History of Hartstown"

"History of Hartstown" with Sandy Porter as guest speaker.  The meeting is Monday September 19th, 7:30 p.m. Program is open to the public, free of charge. It is at Station Five, Conneaut Lake Park Fire Hall, which is smoke-free and handicapped accessible. 

PaddleFest Winners
Our inaugural PaddleFest was a great success - despite threatening weather. We had 52 racers sign up and 47 participated.

Overall winner for the elite class (kayaks longer than 14 feet) was Greg Clarke with a time of 26 minutes, 12 seconds.

Men's category: Ryan Ball, 33:20; Ryan Dunbar, 33:34; and John Kolacz, 35:10.

Women's category: Karen Styborski, 36:50; Colleen Nye, 37:45; and Kayla Waltman, 39:40.

We had 28 sponsors: C. Sherman Allen and Associates, Funkhouser-Shaffer Financial Services, Dr. Thomas Fox, Perfett Tax Services, Oakland Beach Golf Course, Waid-Coleman Funeral Home, Nye's Marina, Northwest Savings Bank, The Navigation Co., Dickson Funeral Home, Marquette Savings Bank, Hagan's Business Machines, Palmiero Toyota,  Meadville Medical Center, Community Chevrolet, Crawford County Convention and Visitors Bureau, Channellock Inc., Ainsworth Pet Nutrition, Howick Motors, Dan Higham, Watts and Pepicelli Law Firm, Outfitters of Erie, Arts for Everyone, Erie Bank,  Sperry Farms, Armstrong, Tri County Developers and First Niagara Bank In addition, JCB Woodscript LTD and K and M Grapics donated in-kind services in exchange for sponsorship.

Fruit for the racers was donated by Giant Eagle and Conneaut Lake Area Business Association. We also received a special donation from Silver Shores Restaurant to help defray costs!

It was a wonderful event with many racers from out of town. Nine reported they had never been to Conneaut Lake before!

Thus, we not only made money, had a great race and brought some people to our great town.

Thanks to Julia Catalano and Sandy Porter who were co-chairmen as well as all the historical society members who helped both before and during the event.

We are already planning our 2017 Paddle Fest!

This event replaced our annual Woolly Mammoth 5K race, which we decided to discontinue for a number of reasons, including  the fact the race course was no longer available. 

"Trivia Night"
Another new event this year was our Conneaut Lake Trivia Night. It too was a great event with more than 100 people participating.

Winner were a team named Navigation Co., comprised of Bud and Claudia Devoge, Dave Lynch and Hale Jenkins.

We had a lot of fun and people learned a lot of our history.

We had a number of gifts donated for our Chinese auction, which helped to make the event a financial success as well.

Items were donated by PNC Bank, Conneaut Cellars Winery, Silver Shores Restaurant, Perkin's Restaurant, Montana's Rib and Chop House, Aella Spa, Riverside Inn, Cool 101.7 Radio, Hale Jenkins, Arts for Everyone, and Whispering Pines Golf Course.

Our deep appreciation to all those businesses who supported us -- as well as all those people who joined us!

New Wendell August Ornament
Our 2016 Wendell August ornament this year is an engraving of a picture of the carousel at Exposition Park (now Conneaut Lake Park) in the early 1900s.

It is $20, plus tax. It is very pretty and the second in a series of ornaments from us. The 2015 ornament was the Barbara J and sold very well. We only have a few of these left.

The ornaments are available online in our gift shop, at the museum and at Timberland Floral and Lakeside Beauty Salon.  Or they can be ordered on-line here.  

New Hoodies
We have had several requests for hoodies, so we have added those to our gift shop.

They have Conneaut Lake inscribed on the front. They are very nice material and look very nice.

Cost is $25.

We also have them available with a zipper front at a cost of $30.

You can special order whatever color you would like! We have a supply of various colors and sizes at the museum but if we don't have your size,let us know!

They can be ordered on-line here.  

Paddle Fest
Our inaugural kayak race-- Conneaut Lake Paddle Fest -- is set for Sunday, Aug.14, at 9 a.m. at Fireman's Beach. It is open to all those who love to kayak. For those who don't kayak, come and join the festivities or take a ride on the Barbara J and watch the race from the lake. (There is a fee for this.)

We will have refreshments, music and fun.

Please see registration form on this Web site and join us. Spread the word!
Kayak Course Map
Paddle Fest Info Sheet

Paddle Fest Registration (Online Registration)
Paddle Fest Registration (Print out and Mail)
Paddle Fest Press Release

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We have many local sponsors for our Paddle Fest, who have made a financial donation to help underwrite the expenses. For those we are eternally grateful. Sponsors are:
Sherman Allen Auctioneer and Associates
Sperry Egg Farm
Palmiero Toyota
Armstrong Cable
Funkhouser Shaffer Financial Services
First Niagara Bank
Dickson Funeral Home
Meadville Medical Center
Dr. Thomas Fox
Perfett's Tax Service
Northwest Savings Bank
Hagan's Business Machines of Meadville
Ainsworth Pet Nutrition
Waid-Coleman Funeral Home
Community Chevrolet 
Crawford County Visitors and Convention Bureau
Nye's Marina Services Ltd.
Oakland Beach Golf Course
The Navigation Co.
Tri-County Developers
Howick Motors
Watts and Pepicelli Law Firm
Arts for Everyone
Erie Outfitters
Dan Higham
Marquette Savings Bank
Erie Bank
J C.B Woodscript Ltd.
K and M Graphics

We respectfully ask you to consider supporting these businesses when you can. Without their support over many years, we could not be the success we are!

Car Cruise
Despite a cloudy day, we had a great car cruise with 37 cars and lots of visitors.

John Schaef was  winner of the Best of Show Award with his 1941 Packard. He received a gift certificate from The Mariner Restaurant.

People's Choice award was won by Bill Clay for his 1965 Ford Galaxy.He received a gift certificate from Silver Shores.

Many other door prizes -- all gift certificates from area businesses-- were awarded to car owners.

Chuck Groger was chairman and expressed his appreciation to all the car owners as well as Cool 101.1 for providing the remote broadcast!

Community Hall Program
In observance of the former community hall (now the historical society museum) 85th anniversary, we are holding a special program Saturday,Sept.24, at 1 p.m.

We will present a history of the community hall, constructed in 1931,andthen open the discussion for people to share their memories of special times at the hall.

If you have any pictures, please bring them to show!

We also will have a dedication ceremony for the memorial plaques purchased since last year.

We will have a birthday cake and punch. 

The event is open to the public free of charge.

Jean Shanley is chairman.

New Tour Contact
After many many years of being the contact person to arrange special tours, George Rutherford has given up that task. He will lead tours, just has too many things on his mind and often forgot to go down so asked the board to name somebody new!

Anyone wishing to arrange a special tour may now contact Julia Catalano at 724-9841 or Chuck Groger at 814-382-8722.

We still have some 2015 and 2016 calendars -- both featuring some great pictures -- available.
Pictures now Available
The board has voted to allow reprints of any picture in our museum. Cost is $1 for 4 by 6; $3 for 5 by 7; and $5 for 8 by 10. Stop at the museum and check out our vast array of pictures. Larger sizes may be ordered as well.
Our 2015 and 2016 calendars have 13 8 by 10 colored pictures – all suitable for framing once the month is over. They are a mixture of pictures – some old and some new.Each has scenes as well as photographs at Conneaut Lake Park and local businesses.