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Society Honors Members' Memories

John Scherer, left, and David Updegrove dig holes to secure new benches at the Lower Pottsgrove veterans' memorial.

John Scherer, left, and David Updegrove dig holes to secure new benches at the Lower Pottsgrove veterans' memorial.

They could have spent their time in Sunday’s warmth and bright sunshine with family and friends. Instead David and Barbara Updegrove; John, Janet and Brad Scherer, and Tony Doyle chose to spend it with the past, all while building for the future.

Sanatoga Chapel.

Sanatoga Chapel.

The Updegroves and Scherers are members of the Lower Pottsgrove (PA) Historical Society.  Yesterday afternoon (Oct. 5, 2008) – while residents of South Sanatoga Road enjoyed a cookout, and youngsters’ soccer games raged at Gerald Richards Park on Buchert Road – they were installing new seating at the society’s memorial for veterans outside the former Sanatoga Chapel, 2341 E. High St. Doyle, a member of the township Board of Commissioners, saw the work in progress as he drove by and stopped to pitch in.

The benches, purchased for $400 from bequests to the society by Elmer Saylor and Earl Norton – both well-known township residents – were secured into position flanking the memorial’s east and west sides.

Brad Scherer, left, and Tony Doyle move a bench into place outside Sanatoga Chapel on East High Street.

Brad Scherer, left, and Tony Doyle move a bench outside Sanatoga Chapel on East High Street.

They join two other benches already in place at its center. The existing seating was installed about six years ago to honor society Past President Jim Schaffey; the additions will bear commemorative plaques honoring Saylor and Norton.

“It always was Jim’s wish to have seats near the memorial,” Barbara Updegrove said, referring to the bronze and granite sculpture that pays public homage to Lower Pottsgrove veterans who died in America’s major military conflicts. “He wanted someplace where people could come and reflect, or just enjoy some quiet time.”

The adjacent chapel serves both as the society’s meeting place and museum. Members regularly gather on the second Wednesday of each month at 7:30 p.m.; its next meetings are scheduled for Oct. 8, Nov. 12 and Dec. 10. Members also hold an open house at the chapel on the last Sunday of the month; those are next scheduled for Oct. 26 and Nov. 30.

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