Datestone Ceremony, Flag-Raising, Open House Make a Great Day at Masonic Village at Sewickley
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sew3aThe Grand Lodge of Pennsylvania performed a Cornerstone Ceremony for the placing of a Datestone on Saturday, Aug. 2, at the Masonic Village at Sewickley to herald the near-completion of the clubhouse and retirement living apartments and villas.

The ceremony featured the ritualistic placing of the Datestone by the R.W. Grand Master, Marvin A. Cunningham, Sr., and the raising of the American, Pennsylvania, and Grand Lodge flags at the clubhouse by the Grand Lodge Officers and residents of the Masonic Village at Sewickley, Bro. George Jones and James Alexander

sew2aBro. Jones presented the U.S. flag that he and his wife, Eleanor, received from Congressman Rick Santorum. Mr. Alexander, who was Chairman of the Valley Care Association in 1999, presented the Pennsylvania flag. James L. Ernette, R.W.P.G.M., who served as Grand Master and Chairman of the Committee on Masonic Homes and worked with Mr. Alexander in establishing this vision in June 1999, presented the Grand Lodge flag. Grand Master Cunningham thanked William Slater II, R.W.D.G.M., for donating the flagpoles to the Masonic Village at Sewickley.

sew4aGrand Master Cunningham also directed the Grand Treasurer, Marvin G. Speicher, and the Grand Secretary, Donald L. Albert to place a memory box filled with that day's local newspaper, brochures, and other Masonic memorabilia, as a time capsule, behind the Datestone.

During the ceremony, Masonic groups were recognized for their generous monetary gifts to the facility:

The Valley of Pittsburgh, A.A.S.R., and the Grand Chapter of Pennsylvania, Order of the Eastern Star, each has a permanent recognition for their monetary support -- the naming of Scottish Rite Lane and Eastern Star Way, two of the streets through the retirement community.

sew1aVisitors enjoyed entertainment by the Men's Chorus from the Masonic Homes at Elizabethtown, as well as the delicious food display and tours of the Clubhouse and campus following the ceremony.

The final phase of the retirement living project in Sewickley was completed in September, which now offers a total of 228 apartments and 35 villas. Nursing, assisted living, and rehabilitation services also are available on the campus.