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Sharing memories

Published November 02. 2013 11:34AM

The Towamensing Township Historical Commission recently acquired the one-room Greenzweig schoolhouse on Church Road., Towamensing Township. On Oct. 13 an open house was held.

Many of the people who attended had been former students. Jim Shaffer, one of those students, brought a framed collection of pictures from 1948. Arlene Kresge, also a former student, attended with Bob Costenbader.

It quickly became a day for storytelling as students recalled their days at the school.

Leonard and Grace Borger came to visit his old schoolhouse.

The shutters had been nailed shut and Paul Hoppel had to borrow a hammer to open the school. He said it will take time for restoration but there are people on the committee who know how to fix things.

Committee President Karl Rolappe said he has pledges for some of the material and will be seeking more. Glenn Beers has glass to replace broken windows.

Aleen Zacharias has the teacher's chair and Roy Christman has the original furnace.

Mary Beth Beers said what surprised people the most was how small the building was. The teacher's desk had been in the middle of the platform in the front of the school.

She said a coat of paint will make a big difference but the school may never have been painted on the outside.

Winners for this year's Preservation Award are Ralph and Mary Ziegenfuss for the barn at 2065 Strohl's Valley Road and Maynard and Anna Stout who began caring for the Lower Pine Run School - now owned by Ronald Stout who continues the process. The awards will be presented at the Nov. 7 Towamensing Township supervisors' meeting.

Members of the Towamensing Township Historical Commission are Mary Beth Beers, Lora Nothstein, Paul Hoppel, Dick Bieling, Penny Kleintop and Karl Rolappe.

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