by Rachel Heitzenrater
TIOGA — A summer kickoff party hosted by Tioga Borough will help pay for funds for the town’s pool. The day, scheduled Sunday, May 20, will have events from 11 a.m. until about 3 p.m.
At 12:30 p.m., a naming and dedication of the Tioga park will be in honor of Francis L. Murphy, now called Francis L. Murphy Memorial Park. Those interested are invited to speak at the dedication.
“The Council decided at the May 7 meeting to adopt a resolution officially naming the park the Francis L. Murphy Memorial Park, said secretary Dee Hackett.
“It was also decided to incorporate the dedication into the events taking place on May 20. The decision to name the park was unanimous.”
Murphy was the operator for the Tioga Rollerena for more than 50 years. Because of his passion for roller skating, Murphy made the rollerena his life’s work. Murphy put on special nights for patrons, such as DJ nights, holiday-themed skating events and helped parents host birthday parties, church events and more.
“I don’t do this for my own benefit, though I love what I do,” recalled Murphy in a 2016 Landmarks article. “I am happy when I see someone else happy. That’s why I make sure the rink is decorated for every holiday.”
The day will start with an 11 a.m. walking path dedication by the Tioga Partnership for Community Health.
The walking path will start at Broad Street, which is the former site of the Broad Street School, built in 1889 at a cost of nearly $2,000. The school operated until 1947 and the building burned down in 1960. The lot is now home to the town swimming pool.
The walking path will end in front of the fireman’s barbecue pit, which was originally the site of the T. L. Baldwin General Merchandise building. The structure was destroyed in the 1871 fire and was rebuilt as a three-story brick building housing Treat’s Hardware and Brown’s Building. It was condemned and torn down after the 1972 flood.
The walking path has historic aspects throughout the whole path, which can be viewed at www.health.pa.gov/walkworks/locations/Pages/Tioga-County.aspx#.WvWsM4XY9S9.
A cardboard boat display and voting will be from 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. A cornhole tournament will be after registration at 11 a.m. Cost is $10 per team. The winner will take half the proceeds, with the other half going towards the pool fund.
At 2:30 p.m., Mayor Mark Rice will dedicate a shade shelter to Cory George.
Tioga Old Home Day will be selling hotdogs throughout the day. Other snacks and refreshments will also be available.
For more information on the day, check out the borough’s Facebook at www.facebook.com/TIOGA-PA-Borough-Office-1541854996100265 or call 570-835-5226.