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November 10, 2013

Clubhouse restoration work continues

ST. MICHAEL — A historic fishing and hunting club is being restored.

The South Fork Fishing and Hunting Clubhouse located in St. Michael is getting the porch repainted, staircase repaired and a new roof.

Contractors and volunteers are doing the work and were able to match the original colors on the clubhouse.

The National Park Service acquired the clubhouse and surrounding buildings in 2006 as part of Johnstown Flood National Memorial.

The work is ongoing.

“They’ve been working in the building for quite a few years,” said MaryEllen Snyder, management assistant for the Western Pennsylvania National Parks. “We want people know the clubhouse is part of the park story,” she said.

Workers are preparing for the 125th Anniversary Commemoration of the Johns-town Flood next year.

The clubhouse has three stories with forty-seven rooms. The South Fork Fishing and Hunting Club was developed on Lake Conemaugh between 1879 and 1889.

In 1889, the club’s earthen dam collapsed, precipitating the Johnstown Flood.

The project is being funded in part by Friends of Johnstown Flood National Memorial.

For more information on the organization, contact the Friends of Johnstown Flood Memorial, P.O. Box 219, St. Michael, Pa. 15951.

Patrick Buchnowski is a reporter with The Tribune-Democrat. Follow him on twitter.com/PatBuchnowskiTD.

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