The Scottdale Historical Society is pleased to announce the recipients of the Jane A. Yuhouse and the Paul E. Eckman Memorial Scholarships to graduating Southmoreland High School seniors Courtney Mitchell and Michael Conroy. Each student received a $1000 scholarship during the Class Day festivities at Southmoreland High School on Friday, May 27, 2016.
The Eckman family and friends established the Paul E. Eckman Memorial Scholarship to recognize a graduating senior from Southmoreland or Geibel High Schools who demonstrate Paul’s values: service to the community, leadership, interest in local history, a strong work ethic and the ability to maximize educational opportunities. The Eckman Family is pleased to announce that Michael Conroy, of Scottdale, PA, is the recipient of the inaugural Paul E. Eckman Memorial Scholarship.
Mr. Conroy’s academic success includes participation in the gifted program (ALPHA), Advance Placement courses, National and French Honor Societies and more. Michael’s leadership is evident through his role as Vice President for both Student Council and Student Government. His school activities are not limited to marching and concert band, prom committee, student newspaper and the school play. Volunteer activities extend to the Kecksburg EMS and Firehall and the Jeanette EMS.
While Michael’s school record and volunteerism alone is deserving of recognition, his involvement with the Boy Scouts of America is exemplary and parallels the namesake of this scholarship. Michael is an Eagle Scout, Order of the Arrow – Wagion Lodge Vice Chief, Camp Conestoga Staff, Uncle Ben Award recipient, North East Region Area 4 Venturing Vice President and the Westmoreland-Fayette Council Vice President.
Mr. Conroy is highly recommended by his nominators who describe him as a leader with an ability to work with others, honorable, informed, highly motivated, self-confident, reliable, articulate, analytical and determined.
Mr. Conroy plans to attend Washington and Jefferson University in the fall with a major in Social Science Education.
The Scottdale Historical Society, in conjunction with Robert Levin, president of Levin Furniture, is pleased to announce that Courtney Mitchell, of Scottdale, PA, is the recipient of the 2016 Jane A. Yuhouse Memorial Scholarship.
The Jane A. Yuhouse Memorial Scholarship is available to a graduating Southmoreland High School Senior who has intentions in majoring in Culinary Arts, Environmental Sciences, Social Sciences or Health and Human Service fields, has a proven academic record and volunteers their time with community organizations.
Ms. Mitchell’s academic and extracurricular successes include being a member of the National Honor Society, Spanish National Honor Society, GEMS, Scholar Athlete, Marching and Concert Band, Reading Team, Youth Education Association, Track and Field and others. Courtney is involved with community events and programs, such as The Dash, sporting tournaments, church activities, Fall Festival and more. Her academic achievements, involvement in community organizations and career goals after graduation make Courtney an exceptional candidate to receive the 2016 Jane A. Yuhouse Memorial Scholarship.
Ms. Mitchell plans to attend West Virginia University to pursue a degree in Biochemistry with a goal to further her education in cancer cell research.
The Jane A. Yuhouse Memorial Scholarship was established in 2014 by the Scottdale Historical Society thanks to the support of Levin Furniture and the Howard Levin Memorial Fund, to honor a loving wife, mother and friend who had a passion for baking, traveling and supporting non-profit organizations like the Scottdale Historical Society.
Donations can be made into the Jane A. Yuhouse Memorial Scholarship or the Paul E. Eckman Memorial Scholarship at Scottdale Bank and Trust, located in Scottdale, Pennsylvania.
Members of the Scottdale HIstorical Society and Volunteers will meet at the historic Loucks House on Saturday, June 11, 2016 at 9 a.m. to continue painting efforts on the Spring Houe and lower level of the Loucks House. If you would like to attend, bring your favorite brush and be ready for a great day in the community. For more information please email us!
The Historic Loucks Homestead, located at 527 North Chestnut Street, is undergoing an extensive painting and restoration project to the exterior of the home. The exterior will be painted in a period appropriate color scheme to highlight some of the architectural details around the gables, dormers and windows and repairs will be made as well.
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Girl Scout Troop 22202
The Scottdale Historical Society hosted 24 Girl Scouts from Troop 22202 in Scottdale on Tuesday, April 8, 2014 to assist with projects around the Historic Loucks Homestead. The girls, from grades kindergarten through seventh, helped with making favors for the Downtown Abbey Tea, held in April, gardening and spring cleaning.
Troop leader Kerry Ayres approached the Historical Society for an opportunity for her troop to help with a community organization. Kim Fox, Treasurer of the Scottdale Historical Society, said, “The girls were amazing. We made 90 favors for the Downton Abbey Tea, cleaned the Loucks House and straightened up outside, too! Everyone was so willing and helpful and enjoyed the project. It was a huge help to the Historical Society and added to the success of the tea.” For more information about volunteering and past volunteer groups. please click here.
"Around Scottdale and Everson," compiled by Paul E. Eckman and Tom Zwierzelewski with the Scottdale Historical Society. A compilation of history and photographs include images of long-gone buildings and scenes from the community's heyday. The book is available for $20 at the Scottdale Public Library or by contacting the society. They also are available through Arcadia Publishing and Barnes and Noble booksellers. Here's a link to the story on the book that appeared in the Tribune-Review.
Also available is a book by retired Southmoreland High School history teacher Bob Percy called, "Profiles of Service and Sacrifice." The book details the stories of service by Scottdale area residents in World War II. Here's a link to a story about the book.
As part of our effort to meet or goals, we've created a Wish List of items and opportunities for volunteers. We are pleased to report we have received a washer, dryer, ironing board, dinner glasses and other items. Do you have something to offer?
Loucks Homestead Rental
The Loucks Homestead is available for overnight stays or afternoon teas and evening dinners with family, friends or social organizations.
While the home lies outside the district, we should note that in 1996 the commercial-industrial area of Scottdale was designated a historic district in the National Register of Historic Places.
Next meeting: Our next meeting will be Thursday, June 16, 2016 at the Loucks House beginning at 6:30 p.m.
We are seeking donations for exterior paint and supplies. Click Here for more details on how you can help!
We are seeking volunteers to help with: