CURWENSVILLE — “Curwensville on the Go,” the annual dinner meeting of the borough’s four service clubs, was held Monday at the Curwensville Community Center.
The master of ceremonies was President of the center’s board, J. Duane Test. He welcomed approximately 30 club members and guests to the center and spoke briefly about the completion of approximately $200,000 worth of improvements at the building. Among the upgrades are new electrical, plumbing, heating and cooling infrastructure, floors, windows, entrance door, updating the kitchen and kitchenette and technology enhancement features.
Jason Reed of Stahl Sheaffer Engineering LLC, project manager for the Curwensville Streetscape project, updated the group about ongoing work with the downtown improvement project centered around State Street since the company was contracted to do preliminary design work and a feasibility study earlier this year.
“There’s a lot going on in downtown Curwensville,” Reed said.
The streetscape will take in State Street from Ridge Avenue to the Bloomington Avenue bridge along with subsidiary streets, Cemetery, Pine, Walnut, Thompson, Filbert and Locust streets between North and South streets.
Plans are to update lighting, sidewalks, signage, natural stone borders, benches, trees and bicycle racks making all uniform and in compliance with standards set by the American Disabilities Act.
Reed also outlined a preliminary plan to improve the intersection of State and Filbert streets to provide a better turning radius.
An application has been submitted to the Commonwealth Financing Authority for money to improve a block along State Street between Walnut and Thompson streets.
Streetscape Committee Member Hildred Rowles reported the application requested $500,000. If the application is approved by year’s end, Rowles said the final design would begin in January.
“We hope to advertise the project by spring and make an award to allow the project to get underway for the 2019 construction season,” Rowles said.
A representative of each of the clubs provided a report of its annual activities.
Curwensville Business and Professional Women Vice President Sandy Bowery spoke in the absence of President Sandy Wilkinson. Bowery talked about the club observing BPW’s centennial next year and its annual bingo tent fundraiser at Curwensville Days. Members provide community service at the American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life and assist a Curwensville Area High School graduate by providing an annual scholarship.
General Federation of Women’s Club Curwensville Woman’s Club President Jackie Trifelli reported the club currently has 36 members and welcomes more. Members work with the Curwensville Lions Club to host the annual Susquehanna Classic 10 K and 5K races and volunteer at the Curwensville Library.
The club sponsors an annual fine arts scholarship for a student at Curwensville Area High School and assisted at the Trunk or Treat event in October.
Test — who is also the Curwensville Lions Club First Vice President — talked about sponsoring the annual children’s Halloween parade, the birthday calendar fundraiser and its drive to collect glasses to send to all over the world to less fortunate people.
Curwensville Rotary Club President Shelia Williams spoke about projects to purchase Curwensville’s Christmas lights and banners, dictionaries for Curwensville Area Elementary School’s third grade students, its annual scholarship for a Curwensville Area High School graduate and its Spring into Summer wine walk set for June 21, 2019.
Members approved retaining its slate of officers for the coming year. They are Bill Williams, president; Susan Pyke, vice president; Kathy Gillespie, secretary; and Janice Elensky, treasurer.
Williams also urged members to brainstorm possible projects the clubs could do cooperatively that would benefit the streetscape project.
“We want to work on a single project for the good of the community,” Williams said.
The benediction was provided by Curwensville Lions Club member, the Rev. Bob Ludrowsky.