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CRC holds annual community gathering
Thursday, January 31, 2013
By Jeff Corcino Staff Writer
More than 100 people attended the Clearfield Revitalization Corporation's Annual Community Gathering held last night at Moena restaurant in downtown Clearfield.
The CRC holds the meeting every year to give an update to the community on what it had accomplished over the past year and its future plans for the upcoming year.
"I think this is going to be our biggest year yet," Kellie Swales, Clearfield Main Street manager said.
The meeting was attended by many state and local officials including state Rep. Tommy Sankey, R-74 of Clearfield; Matt Gabler, R-75 of DuBois; Clearfield County Commissioners John Sobel and Joan Robinson McMillen; and Clearfield Borough operations manager Leslie Stott.
For the upcoming year, Swales said the CRC is planning several new events including a farmer's market, a Growing Greener Week, Music in the Garden, and the formation of a new arts council.
She said the farmer's market would be a one-day event held this summer in downtown Clearfield. She said it would have its own identity and would focus on farmers and produce and summer products.
For the Music in the Garden program the CRC is partnering with the Presbyterian Church where, on scheduled days, residents can to order lunch from participating restaurants and have it delivered to the Presbyterian Church's parklet where participants can enjoy their lunch while being entertained by local music and entertainment groups. Participants are asked to bring their own chair for the event.
The new Arts Council is being formed under the direction of CRC member Steve Albert. Albert said it is still in the planning stages but said with the arts council they hope to bring together residents interested in the arts, music and entertainment to promote the arts in the downtown and eventually stage events, concerts and festivals.
Swales said the CRC is undertaking a new streetscape project on Market Street this year that includes installing new tree boxes on Market Street this spring with planting in fall. She said the CRC is selling sponsorships to install more park benches, bike racks and planters throughout the downtown.
This year, Swales said the CRC is developing a walking brochure for the downtown as a companion guide for tourists and visitors that would focus on shopping, dining, attractions and things to do downtown.
The CRC is also having a Secret Shopper survey program where marketing students at Penn State DuBois are going to be conducting research on secret shopper surveys to aid downtown businesses in better serving its customers.
The CRC plans to continue its current events and programs such as the "Anything that Floats" boat regatta, Taste of the Town Spirit Tour, and its popular Fall Festival and 5K Pumpkin Run.
Last year, the number of vendors at the festival jumped by 54 percent and the number of race participants increased by 53 percent, Swales said. She said this year's festival would be held on Oct. 12.
The CRC is continuing its successful Façade Improvement Grant program.
Last year, the CRC awarded nine grants totaling $31,650 with private investment totaling $86,346.
Swales thanked the CRC's many volunteers who made all of its accomplishments possible.
She said last year the CRC received 11,023 volunteer hours an increase of 23 percent from 2011.
But she said they are always looking for more volunteers anyone interested in volunteering should contact the CRC.
She said the CRC has implemented a Friends of the CRC program where one can become a Friend of the CRC for a donation of $25 or more.
Keely Casteel, president of the CRC board, also spoke at the meeting.
She introduced the members of the board of directors, its officers and its committee chairmen.
Casteel has served as president of the CRC since its inception in 2007 but she said this would be her last year as president.
The CRC board officers are Casteel of Casteel Chiropractic, president; Rob Bozovich of State Farm Insurance, vice president; Joe Kelly of Northwest Savings Bank, treasurer; and Katie Penoyer of CNB Bank, secretary.
Other board members include Bill Wood of Clearfield Bank & Trust Co., Eric Cummings of the law office of Koerber and Cummings LLC, Katie Miknis of Katie Miknis Design, Lisa Kovalick of the Clearfield County Planning and Development Office, Darla Smay of Clearfield Pharmacy, Leslie Stott of Clearfield Borough and Clearfield Mayor Jim Schell.
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