Grand Opening of George's Creek, 2001
Grand Opening at George’s Creek.
After 13 years of hard work by the promotional council, the George's Creek Regional Library, in the heart of Lonaconing, will have its Grand Opening on May 5th.
Serving the regions surrounding Barton, Lonaconing, and Midland, the dark brick resembles the style of the region. The modern design of the building showcases regional history: large windows reminiscent of openings to an iron furnace or deep coal mine, dark seam-like strips in the brick, and tall dark pillars that could be pillars of coal. The children's story tower represents an iron furnace, and the train motif in the children's area reflects the importance of the railroad in the transporting of iron ore and coal.
When the library opens, it will be equipped with six public computers with Internet access as well as STAKS, our new online public access catalog, which is accessible from your home or office computer and allows you to renew books over the telephone.
Funded by the State, County, and Town of Lonaconing, the 6,000 square foot building has room for 14,000 books, videotapes, books on tape, newspapers, and magazines.
The library will be staffed by two full-time employees: Debbie Hartman, Branch Manager/ Children's Librarian and Jan Carder, Librarian
Most valuable player trophy at library.
Lefty Grove received the first ever American League Most Valuable Player Trophy in 1931. Although the Cooperstown Baseball Hall of Fame would love to have it, Lefty entrusted it to the care of former Valley High School Coach, John Meyers, so more residents of his hometown would get to enjoy it.
After sitting for years in Valley's trophy case, John Kruk, a former first baseman with the Phillies, discovered it and informed the school's principal of its value.
The trophy has been cleaned and is waiting for its new home in the meeting room of George's Creek Regional Library. The money for the display case was raised by the town's residents under the leadership of the promotional council.
The first American League Most Valuable Player trophy ever presented is housed in the library’s community room. “Lefty” Grove, a Lonaconing native, was presented the trophy in 1931. Wanting the trophy to remain in the George’s Creek Valley, with his supporters from his home town area, he presented it to Valley High School in care of the late principal, Jack A. Petry, and under the custodianship of his friend and coach at Valley, John C. Meyers. It remained there, displayed in a showcase, until the school was renovated and was then transferred to a local bank for storage in their bank vault. When the library was built, the George’s Creek Promotion Council planned and financed a state-of-the-art showcase to display the trophy along with other memorabilia belonging to “Lefty” Grove. The late J. Suter Kegg, a Cumberland Times-News sports writer, was very helpful in this project since he covered the ceremony in which Lefty presented the trophy to the community.
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