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Clifford Township Historical Society “GENERAL STORE” OPEN FOR BUSINESS

GENERAL STORE” OPEN FOR BUSINESS

CLIFFORD TOWNSHIP PA — Come one – Come all! The grand opening of the new General Store in the Clifford Museum of Local History has been scheduled for Sunday February 21st, 1:00pm-4:00pm.

As part of the Clifford Township Historical Society’s (CTHS) continually evolving efforts to preserve and display local history, the General Store is the group’s latest project to come to fruition. “We’re really so excited about this,” said Sandy Wilmot, President of the Clifford Township Historical Society. “The Museum of Local History has kept growing since it first opened in 2012, and the General Store has been a planned part of this all along. For years, we’ve been collecting all kinds of memorabilia and local historical artifacts to display in the store, and to have this project finished is great.”

Located in the Community Center on Cemetery Street, Clifford, the Museum of Local History comprises an ever-growing assemblage of all things related to the history and the people of the local area. The General Store has been designed and built within the museum itself.

“Our store was designed to be just like some of the old general stores that were once found throughout the Clifford area,” said Wilmot. “It’s comprised of two separate walk-in rooms and includes memorabilia as well as items for sale.

In the main room, CTHS has displayed numerous artifacts, many of which have been donated from friends throughout the community. “There’s a pot-bellied stove, a big old barrel where folks can play checkers, and on loan to us from the Kenny Bennett family of Harford is the original McCaskey cash register from Bennett’s Store,” said Wilmot. “The shelves are stocked with jams, jellies, and apple butter that society members make from local area fruits and sell to benefit our many projects. We’re also selling CTHS calendars, CDs and books about the area’s history, note cards and Christmas ornaments, mugs and more.”

The room off the store’s main area is a replica of an old doctor’s office. As Wilmot noted, “Around the turn of the century, the doctor was also the town barber. This room houses an antique tilting barber’s chair that’s on loan to us from Sarah Keating. We’ve also collected numerous old medical books, vintage jars and bandage tins, and many somewhat unusual items that you wouldn’t necessarily find in a doctor’s office of today — so many things have changed through the years. Being able to share some of these items from long ago is not only educational, but it’s a wonderful way for many of our donors to be able to pass along some of their own heritage.”

While the General Store has been designed to be as authentic as possible, perhaps one of the more interesting aspects of the store is its construction. The cedar boards that side the exterior walls were collected from the former Paradise Valley Dance Hall owned by Harvey White. “The hall is now being remodeled by Mike and Dave Prestys,” Wilmot added, “and they were more than happy to donate enough siding for our project. CTHS volunteer, contractor Jerry Lewandowski, carefully removed the siding and installed on the exterior of our General Store. It really looks great and adds so much authenticity.”

The CTHS continually benefits from local area residents and its dedicated volunteers who share their time, countless talents and skills, as well as their own ancestral memorabilia to help further the group’s works and enhance the community’s education of area history. Anyone who has any historical items that they would like to donate to or lend to the museum is invited to contact them at 570-679-2723 or www.cliffordtownshiphistoricalsociety.org. The museum is open monthly on the third Sunday from 1:00pm-4:00pm.

Written by Union Dale freelance feature writer Karen Bernhardt Toolan for the Clifford Township Historical Society, with thanks to the Susquehanna County Room Tax Grant Fund through the Endless Mountains Visitors Bureau.

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CTHS volunteers Shirley Granger, Sandy Wilmot, and Marianne Pribula take a break while putting the finishing touches on the new General Store in the Museum of Local History, located in Clifford’s Community Center. The new exhibit will open to the public on Sunday February 21st, from 1:00pm-4:00pm.

A HOLIDAY GIFT FOR YOU Synchronized Musical Light Show 6 to 9 pm Dec 11 through Jan 3

A HOLIDAY GIFT FOR YOU
Synchronized Musical Light Show
6 to 9 pm Dec 11 through Jan 3

At the Clifford Community Center
119 Cemetery Street Clifford Township 18421

Brandon Freely, Mt View senior assembled the twenty minute loop
with support from the Clifford Township Supervisors.
All are welcome to enjoy – free of charge.
A sample of the Light show is also on Cliffordpa Facebook page.
Enjoy the Season !!!
More info- Contact Twp secretary 570-222-9364 or email cliffordtownship@yahoo.com

THE ‘TALKING’ CANOE

THE ‘TALKING’ CANOE
CLIFFORD TOWNSHIP PA — Since the initial discovery of the Mud Pond Dugout Canoe in 1976 and its eventual acquisition nearly three decades later by the Clifford Township Historical Society (CTHS), this particular canoe has led to some welcomed recognition for the township and its small group of resident-historians. Most significantly, the canoe itself has been primarily responsible for the development of the Museum of Local History in Clifford, which, in effect, has helped put the 41-sq.-mile rural township of nearly 2,500 residents more prominently on the map.

Add to this the fact that the canoe now talks, well, that is certainly a map maker!

With thanks to collective grants from the Bradford County Regional Arts Council, PA Partners in the Arts, Lackawanna Heritage Valley, and support from Adams Cable, funds were recently provided to essentially give a voice to the historic canoe display. “The overall display has developed into something not only very beautiful, but it’s informative and educational,” said Sandy Wilmot, CTHS President. “It authentically tells the story of the Native Americans who once lived in our area, what their lives were like, and how their being here helped lead to the development of Clifford Township.”
As Wilmot explained, “To create the effect we wanted to complete the canoe display, we needed more than signs that visitors could read. We wanted the canoe and the overall display to literally come alive. We obviously have the visual … we needed audio. The display needed sound, music, and an actual vocal presentation of what’s in the display itself. We joked that the canoe needed to ‘talk.’ Unfortunately, none of our small group has the capability to create something like this from our ideas alone.”
At her son’s suggestion, Wilmot reached out to Magdon Music in Olyphant. “These folks were wonderful!” Wilmot exclaimed. “In barely three hours, Joe Loftus and his brother, Bob, literally gave a voice to our canoe display.”

“Sandy came to us with all of her ideas. But, admittedly, creating exactly what she wanted was a bit new to us,” said Loftus, a professional musician and owner of JL Studios, located on the lower level of Magdon’s shop. “It was a trial and error learning curve for us that required a bit of research. We have the equipment, but making things work exactly to fit Sandy’s ideas required pushing the right buttons. It’s an art form, much like putting a puzzle together. Once everyone’s input was there, it all came together fairly easily.

“Sandy wanted to include Nature’s background sounds with chirping birds, a crackling fire, swooshing water, and flute music was an absolute must for her,” Loftus said with a laugh. “Added to these, she needed clear vocals to include the descriptive information. That’s where my brother came in with the voice-over. He’s a former DJ who added to a great team effort. We developed the audio tracks, edited things as Sandy listened, offering her give and take, and she left here very happy with the end results.”

As Wilmot added, “Frank Little Bear is a Native American and a friend of CTHS who has often helped us with our historical presentations. He’s also part of this audio tape, as he literally takes visitors on a journey through the display. He talks about the canoe, how it was made and used. He also talks about the clay used in local pottery, the Lenni-Lenape who gathered wood and stones for their villages, the animals who were considered sacred.

“It was absolutely amazing to me when we were all done,” Wilmot said. “We left Joe’s studio with a great sound tape, and Mike Magdon ordered and installed the equipment necessary to synchronize everything, including some special lighting effects. These fellas literally created our ‘talking canoe.’ Now visitors can push a button and listen to 20 minutes of local history that’s presented much like museums in large cities. Everyone in our society holds themselves to a set of standards for excellence in everything that we do. This tape is a very professional addition to the museum, something which Clifford can be proud to have in its town.”

When the canoe was first displayed during the 2008 Chautauqua, it held mild interest. It was an exciting find for the society itself, as well as the township’s supervisors who have helped support and sustain the CTHS and its ongoing works to develop the museum and its ever-growing collections, events, and activities that bring visitors to Clifford. But at the time, despite the especially handsome find that it is, the canoe merely sat in a room devoid of much else. When early visitors stopped by, local historians and docents talked about its surprising discovery and the history of the Native Americans that once lived in the area. To further tell its story, a beautiful mural was painted in 2011 by local artist Michelle McLain, depicting scenery that authentically reflects the canoe’s 1692 lineage. Today, the canoe now has a voice to further share its own story and the related history of Clifford and its surrounding area.

Through years of fundraising and grants whose well-written verbiage has been thoroughly researched, the society has continually added to its museum, which is located in the Community Center on Cemetery Street in Clifford. The museum (open monthly on the third Sunday from 1:00pm-4:00pm) includes memorabilia, historical artifacts, art works, and more that are all part of Clifford and its people. Additionally, the CTHS continually benefits from dedicated volunteers and citizens who share their time, many and various talents and skills, as well as their own ancestral memorabilia to help further its works and the community. “And to think … it all started with a dugout canoe that has been the key to helping open the doors to sharing Clifford’s history with others,” said Wilmot.
The CTHS was born during the planning of the township’s bi-centennial celebration in 2006. But as the CTHS has grown and earned non-profit status, the little society that does big things keeps getting bigger. For additional information about the CTHS or to share and participate in their various activities, contact them at 570-679-2723, via swilmot@echoes.net, or at www.cliffordtownshiphistoricalsociety.org.

Written by Union Dale freelance feature writer Karen Bernhardt Toolan for the Clifford Township Historical Society, with thanks to the Susquehanna County Room Tax Grant Fund through the Endless Mountains Visitors Bureau.

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#1 Brothers Joe and Bob Luftus at work in JL Studios, Olyphant, helped create the new audio tape for the Clifford Township Historical Society’s canoe display.
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#2 The Mud Pond Dugout Canoe display in the Museum of Local History in Clifford is now complete with an audio tape that presents some of the local history of Clifford and the region.

Fern Hall Inn New Fall Menu!

Fern Hall Inn New Fall Menu!

Soups

Butternut Bisque 5 Cup / 8 Bowl

Parsnip Bacon Chowder 5 Cup / 8 Bowl

Lobster Bisque 6 Cup / 9 Bowl


Salads

Fern Hall Autumn Salad 9 Dinner / 5 Side

Spinach, roasted butternut squash, toasted walnuts, roasted red peppers, apple cider vinaigrette

 

Caesar Salad 8 Dinner / 5 Side

Romaine Hearts, hand torn croutons, fresh Parmigiano, Parmesan tuilles, house made dressing

 

House Salad 6 Dinner / 4 Side

Cucumbers, red onion, grape tomatoes, carrots, house made vinaigrette

Roasted Beet Salad 9 Dinner / 5 Side

Arugula, roasted beets, creamy chevre cheese, crispy bacon

 

To Any Salad – Add Chicken 8 Add Salmon 10

Appetizers

Stuffed Acorn Squash 9

Zucchini, yellow squash, ricotta cheese, crispy parmesan, sun dried tomato pesto cream

Bourbon Parmesan Mushroom Crostini 8

Trio of mushrooms, garlic crostini

 

Maryland Crab Cakes 11

Jumbo lump crab meat, zesty remoulade

 

Classic Coquilles St. Jacques 11

Deep sea scallops, white wine cream sauce, a touch of mushrooms & bread crumbs, browned to perfection

Charcuterie Platter for Two 15

Assorted cheeses, olives, smoked meats, crostini

 

Fall Flatbreads

Pear, Goat Cheese & Balsamic Reduction 8

Bourbon Glazed Sausage & Peppers, Smoked Gouda 9

Pagash – Potato, Onion, Bacon Crumbles & Cheese 8

Entrees

Fern Hall Signature Ribeye 26

Sweet potato puree, garlic haricot vert, red wine demi-glace

 

Pan Roasted Duck Breast 24

Spaghetti squash, caramelized brussel sprouts, cranberry gastrique

 

Bone-In Pork Chop 23

Mashed potatoes, sautéed shallot and garlic broccoli, apple chutney

 

Hunter’s Chicken 20

Leg and thigh, onions, mushrooms and tomatoes in a Hunter’s sauce, mashed potatoes

 

Roasted Lamb Rack 29

Mushroom risotto, grilled asparagus, apple cider reduction

 

Fall Ravioli Chef’s Choice of the Day

Ask server for details

 

Pan Seared Salmon 23

Cauliflower and parsnip puree, seasonal root vegetables

 

Herb Roasted Free-Range Chicken 23

French cut chicken, spaghetti squash, seasonal root vegetables

 

Fresh Catch of the Day

Ask server for details

Fern Hall Fall Craft Cocktails

Cherry Vanilla Chai Tea
Vanilla vodka, Amaretto, Chai tea, Simple Syrup, Half and half
 

Caramel Apple Martini
Vodka
, Apple Pucker, Butterscotch Schnapps 

Crab Apple
Crown Royal Apple, Crabbie’s Ginger Beer, Splash of Cranberry

Cinnamon Toast
Hot Apple Cider
, Captain Morgan, Cinnamon, Sugar

Pear of Desire

Citrus Vodka, Licor 43, Pear Juice, Gingerale

Elderflower Bellini

Elderflower Liquor, Champagne, Pomegranate Juice

Moscow Mule

Vodka, Fresh Ginger, Ginger Beer


Fern Hall Fall Manhattan

Served with House Brandied Cherries

Rare Old Fashioned

Whiskey or Bourbon, Bitters, Sugar, Orange, Cherries

Nuts & Berries

Frangelico, Raspberry Liquor, Bailey’s Irish Cream, Half & Half

**Tastes just like a milkshake!!!**

Cabo Wabo Martini

Cabo Wabo Tequila, Cointreau, Cranberry Juice, Lime

Fern Hall

Delectable Desserts

Fern Hall Apple Turnover

served with Vanilla Ice Cream

Pumpkin Mousse Parfait

topped with Pecans and Whipped Cream

Crème Brulee topped with Fresh Berries

Mixed Berry Pie served with Whipped Cream

Chocolate Lava Cake