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VIA celebrates 125th anniversary

The Village Improvement Association of Doylestown (VIA) celebrates its 125th anniversary at 2 p.m. Sunday, April 26, when group members will take to the streets of Doylestown in a mobile a caravan of vehicles, led by a vintage fire truck. The caravan will travel from the VIA headquarters at the James-Lorah Memorial Home, to Doylestown Hospital, which the VIA founded and governs, to recognize health heroes on the front lines of the COVID-19 battle. Read more:

Along the route, there will be stops at locations that have special significance to the organization, including the site of the first eight-bed Doylestown Emergency Hospital, which the group established at Pine and Oakland streets in 1923, and a second hospital at Belmont and Spruce streets, built in 1939 when more space was needed. Upon arrival at the present hospital on West State Street, which was completed in 1975 and enlarged multiple times, there will be a drive-by salute to local health heroes fighting the pandemic on the frontlines at Doylestown Health.

Community members are encouraged to join the VIA in showing support for all those on the frontlines of the COVID-19 battle by creating and displaying personal messages of support in their yards. Special yard signs created by the VIA are available as well. Visit for information. To make a donation in support of the work of Doylestown Health during the COVID-19 pandemic, visit

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