A friendly resource of information
encompassing parts of Westmoreland,
Fayette, and Somerset Counties in
Southwestern Pennsylvania

Chestnut Ridge Historical Society Inc.
1698 State Route 711, P.O. Box 242,
Stahlstown, PA 15687

Office: 724-593-3102

Join us at Our Monthly Meeting on the third Tuesday of each month, at 7pm!

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Open Saturday: 10am to 4pm
Wednesday: 11:00am to 3:00pm

Ryan Keller's message at our last meeting!
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The 7th annual Emma Marie Keller Walk will be held on Saturday August 23, 2014 at the Cook Township Community Center- The walk is held right at the community center.

At the July meeting of the historical society Ryan Keller presented a very sad but inspirational message. Chrissy and Ryan lost their infant daughter Emma Marie who was born 12 weeks premature. Emma passed away when she was only 5 months old from Preeclampsia. There is annual walk sponsored by the Emma Marie Keller Foundation to help raise awarness of Preeclampsia and to raise funds to support local families who have a child with a long term illness. The foundation supplies families of babies in the 5 Pittsburgh area neonatal intensive care units with care packages for the babies and also for the parents. There are many ways to support the foundation ranging from being a sponsor to donating items for the chinese auction or registering to be a walker.

For more information about the foundation or the walk go to walk4emma@hotmail.com

Attention Members! CRHS Bus Trip to Gettysburg! Sign up Now!

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A Great Memorial Day Ride on May 26, 2014

Standing in the picture is Dale Dix, son of Tom Dix, who converted
a trailer into a float to honor his father, and two uncles. On the left
is Tom Dix, right side is Harold Dix and in the back is Dale Dix.

The three brothers were honored in the Memorial Veterans Day Parade
in Mt. Pleasant on Monday May 26, 2014. They were ask to participate
because all three served in World War II and were stationed in different
parts of the world.

Tom was in the Navy and served on two ships a Destroyer Escort, and
a Mine Sweeper. (click)

Harold served in the Navy and was stationed in the Philippines

Dale served in the Army and was stationed in Anzio Italy on the
beach head, and Southern France.

What an honor to know this family and
we want to thank them for their service.

To complement our Great New CRHS Cookbook, we are now offering another Fundraiser featuring a variety of Custom Specialty Kitchen Items! Please See Details Below!

The Chestnut Ridge Historical Society has a
new exciting fundraiser "That's My Pan".

We have available to order personalized
bakeware utensils, cutlery, cake and pie pans,
cutting boards and ceramic mugs, and more!
Many designs, logos, and photos available
to personalize your pan! 

These make great birthday, graduation, or wedding presents! Colored Brochures & order forms are
available at the CRHS Center on Wednesdays &
Saturdays or from one of our members. 

Our first order will be going in next week. 
Additional orders will be going in all summer. 
Additional Information:  Liz Mickinak   724-238-7474

CRHS 2014 Cook Book*
Only $10.00!

Our CRHS 2014 CookBook*
is now available for only $10.00!

It is plum full of great recipes from our members.
Pick up your copy at the center on Wednesdays
or Saturdays at a cost of $10.

These CookBooks make great gifts too.

*PLEASE NOTE: On page 72 of the Grasshopper Pie Recipe,
there is an error. It should read:

2 tablespoons white Cream de Cocoa,
instead of white Cream de Menthe

Thank all of you for your response
regarding this great CRHS project!

Flax Scutching 2013


Flax Scutching 2014 - September 13th & 14th

Last September we were invited to set up a booth at the
Stahlstown Flax Scutching Festival. It was a Grand Weekend!
We greeted a lot of folks in the area and we did well selling
our throws & pillows. We have the pleasure to be asked to
attend again this year on September 13th & 14th.

We are looking for VOLUNTEERS to help man the
booth and hand out information on our society.
Contact Liz Mickinak and sign up today! 724-238-7474

Some Interesting Details of Our April 15th Meeting!

Ligonier Township Police Officer
 Lt. Eric Eslary and his K-9 Officer Blek

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At the CRHS meeting on April 15, 2014 we were very fortunate
to have a Ligonier Township Police Officer Lt. Eric Eslary and
his K-9 Officer Blek as our speakers. Oficer Eslary was the
pioneer of the K-9 team in Eastern Westmoreland County with
his first police K-9 Officer Ando  who served for 7 years and
was forced to retire and very sadly passed away from cancer.
Blek joined the Ligonier Township Police Department on
August 13, 2009 he is a German Shepard from Czechoslovakia
he is certified in narcotics detection, tracking, building, article
search, aggresive control, obedience, and agility. So as you
can see that Lt. Eslary and K-9 Police Officer are both well
seasoned in the police department. They do get calls to go
to other places as needed.
A demonstrations of Blek's abilities was very well presented.
We thank them for serving our communities.


Many Thanks to Our CRHS Business Members
who support our Chestnut Ridge Historical Society!

We appreciate your memberships and your offered resources.

Brady's Restaurant (J&M Enterprises Inc.)

Champion Lumber Company Inc.

Charles Z. Keslar Agency Inc.

Collections by Marty (BNA Stores)

David W. Sadler  Erie Insurance Agency

Donegal Auto Body

Donegal Dairy Queen

Foggy Mountain Lodge & Restaurant

Highlands Heating Inc.

Jerry Temple Tire & Auto Services

King & Guiddy Law Office

Laurel Highland Total Communciation Inc.

Laurel Valley Hardware Inc.

S&S Communications Service Inc.

Main Street Wine Bar

Shari Bukovac Bookeeping

Somerset Trust Bank

The Country Pie Shoppe

Whispering Pines Antiques


Of the 67 Counties of the
Commonwealth of Pennsylvania,
we maintain historical data for
part of the Southwestern Region

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Our CRHS Newsletter,
"Down Memory Lane", is now available!
Newsletters are available at the Office, or if you
become a Member, then a Newsletter is mailed!

Our Mission
The Chestnut Ridge Historical Society is dedicated to
collecting and preserving the oral and written history and
artifacts of a portion of the Laurel Mountains that is
known as the Chestnut Ridge!

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Wednesday: 11:00am to 3:00pm

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