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Family Friendly Old Time Barn Dance set for Friday

A Family Friendly Old Time Barn Dance will take place Friday from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Fredonia Grange No. 1, 58 W. Main St., Fredonia. Children and parents are welcome. Donations will be collected for Garrett Engel, who lost a foot in an accident last month. With questions, call Karen at 672-2883.

Oil Creek & Titusville Railroad offers Guided Tour of Petroleum Centre Sept. 2

On Sept. 2, ride the Oil Creek & Titusville Railroad from Perry Street Station through Oil Creek State Park and detrain at Petroleum Centre, where tour guides in period clothing tell the story of how the town grew to 3,000 people in a few short weeks. There was no government, so the town was filled with dance halls, gambling dens and houses of ill repute. Now a ghost town, see the diorama at the station and follow the boardwalk to learn the history. Train departs from Titusville at 1 p.m., stops for an hour tour at the Petroleum Centre, and returns around 4 p.m. Tickets are: First Class $35/person; Coach: $20/adults, $18/seniors (60+), $14/kids (ages 2-12). Reservations recommended. Call 814-676-1733 or see www.octrr.org. The ride originates at the Perry Street Station, 409 S. Perry St., Titusville, Pennsylvania.

Falconer Historian to speak

The Valley Historical Society will hold its monthly meeting on Tuesday, Sept. 5 at 7 p.m. in the museum in Sinclairville at the corner of Main and Lester streets. Plans will be finalized for the Sinclairville History Fair on Sept. 9. The guest speaker will be Brenda Cavallaro, Falconer historian. Apple pie and cheese will be served after the meeting. All persons interested in local history are invited to attend.

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