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Rotary Club of Mt. Pleasant donates $1,000 to cabin project

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The Rotary Club of Mt. Pleasant recently donated $1,000 to the Mt. Pleasant Area Historical Society for ongoing renovations being made to the Overly Log Cabin. Pictured (from left) are Tom Forsythe, the club's president, and Richard Snyder, the society's president, at the cabin along Washington Street in November 2012. Submitted
Wednesday, Dec. 5, 2012, 8:59 p.m.

For the third year in a row, the Rotary Club of Mt. Pleasant has made a donation to further the completion of the Overly Log House renovation project by the Mt. Pleasant Area Historical Society.

The club recently donated $1,000 to the society's local landmark on Washington Street, which will eventually serve as the society's headquarters.

Plans include:

• Placement of new floor boards on the second floor

• Installation of handrails on second floor and basement stairwells

• Addition of interior trim for all windows

• Purchase of three wall light fixtures and four ceiling light fixtures, along with 24 electrical outlet covers and four light switch covers.

“The Rotary Club of Mt. Pleasant has helped us previously with donations for this project, and we're grateful for all they do to help us,” said Richard Snyder, the society's president.

In 2011, the club gave the society $500 which aided its members in the installation of interior regular chinking mortar — or the white substance between the cabin's logs.

“A lot of people think that material is cement but it's not,” Snyder said.

In addition to providing the cabin's interior with a more authentic look, the mortar also provides elasticity to account for the expansion and retraction of the logs in times of humidity and moisture, Snyder said.

In 2010, the club donated $4,800 for the purchase of seven insulated windows for the building which were custom made to fit the original openings, Snyder said.

Tom Forsythe, the club's president, said he is hopeful the society's hard work on the project results in its completion of by this time next year.

“I would really like to see this project of their get completed, because they've been working hard,” Forsythe said. “I just think that cabin is a great thing for the area, just to see the value of the historical society.”

Society members are still determining the manner by which the cabin will be made handicapped accessible to bring it in line with state and borough codes, Snyder said.

“We're probably in need of about $2,500 to finish the project and to meet building specifications,” Snyder said.

The society must either install a ramp or an electronic lift at the entrance to the cabin.

“It's basically looked upon as a commercial structure, based on patrons that will enter and exit the building,” said Mt. Pleasant Borough Mayor Jerry Lucia.

“We would try to work with the inspectors to come to the best available solution to the situation. We have to stay with the law just like we would with anyone else.”

Forsythe said he is hopeful others will see fit to offer donations to the society for the project.

“I was hoping that, by us jump starting this campaign, it would lead others to donate, as well, so the society can finally get this thing done,” he said.

A.J. Panian is an editor for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 724-547-5722 or at

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