23. December 2012 23:36
BLOSSBURG, Dec. 23 -- Blossburg V.I.B.E. (Visions in Business & Entertainment) announced the winners of the Light Up the Holidays house decorating contest after judging displays in five categories Sunday night. The judges followed every street in the borough to find the best decorated homes. "There were so many beautifully decorated homes and businesses," said judge Jill Nickerson, Blossburg V.I.B.E. vice president. "We finally narrowed the list down to six - we had a tie in one category. There's no overall winner, there are six great winners."
Most Christmas Spirit: Jill Choplosky & Rich Helton, 104 Liberty St., lower apartment (Great job making the best of available space!)
Whimsical (TIE) : Amy & Robb Bowens, 170 Johnson Street
Whimsical (TIE): Nicole & Derek Lindquist, 235 S. Williamson Rd.
Victorian: Rita & Lawrence Larson, 154 Davis Street
Green Christmas: April & David Thompson, 100 Granger St. (SEE VIDEO - The lights are connected to the music. We liked the creativity. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F8Iuw4ECerQ)
Best Business Display: Ryan & Melanie Shaut, Bloss Holiday Market, Riverside Plaza (not lit but beautiful!)
Several of last year's winners were all beautifully decorated again but were not eligible to win this year. We also noticed some past winners had their lights off Saturday night (yes, we're looking at you, Ed Bogaczyk).
Photos by Lonny Frost and Heidi I. Jones.
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28. January 2009 22:42
Blossburg Visions in Business and Entertainment held a visioning session in January 2009 to help plan 2009 goals and action teams. The three common areas where VIBE action teams will be focusing on in 2009 are: Community (Rec) Building, hiking/bikiking trails, and free/low-cost community activities (rec programs) for all ages. If you're interested in finding out more or lending a hand, please attend the next VIBE meeting. VIBE meetings are held on the 4th Wednesday of the month at 6 PM at the Kiwanis Building on the Island Park, Blossburg.
30. July 2008 22:37
At the regular monthly V.I.B.E. meeting in July, members elected new officers. Tonya McNamara was elected president, Jill Nickerson was re-elected vice president, Jackie Smith was elected secretary and Kelly Rossell was elected treasurer.
20. December 2007 22:26
In December 2007 V.I.B.E. had a new welcome sign erected by the green bridge to replace the one that had been there for many years and was ready for a face lift. Plans are in the works to have the area landscaped under and around the sign and spot lights to illuminate the top of the sign at night. The sign has the added advantage in being much safer for the people who change the messages on the event sign.
30. July 2007 22:24
At the regular monthly V.I.B.E. meeting in July, members elected new officers. Tonya McNamara was elected president, Jill Nickerson was re-elected vice president, Jackie Smith was elected secretary and Heidi Jones was elected treasurer.
30. July 2007 22:23
To fullfill part of the requirements of the Department of Community and Economic Development grant, several V.I.B.E. members attended trainings offered by the Pennsylvania Downtown Center on the four aspects of Main Street revitalization. Carol Tama attended the session on organizational development, Heidi Jones and Jill Nickerson attended the session on design, Tonya McNamara and Bev Jones attended the economic restructuring session, and Bev also attended the session on promoting the downtown area.
18. April 2007 22:21
Grants Awarded for Facade Work on Four Downtown Buildings
BLOSSBURG V.I.B.E. AWARDS TWO GRANTS FOR FAÇADE IMPROVEMENTS Ray Davis, First Baptist Church benefit from grant program
BLOSSBURG, April 18 – Blossburg V.I.B.E. (Visions in Business and Entertainment) awarded grants Wednesday to Blossburg Main Street property owners Ray Davis and the First Baptist Church of Blossburg for improvements to facades of their buildings at 314 and 213-215 Main Street, respectively. "Ray's Service Center is now a vibrant, inviting building as you enter downtown Blossburg" said V.I.B.E. president Beverly Jones. "The new siding and porch on the storefronts and apartments owned by the First Baptist Church really change how the downtown looks. V.I.B.E. appreciates the time and money they've spent to make this happen." The grant money was provided by the Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development as part of its New Communities Main Street program which seeks to revitalize Pennsylvania's downtown areas through a four-point approach that encompasses design (such as the façade restorations, parking, signage and streetscapes), promotions, economic restructuring and organization. Blossburg V.I.B.E. has been awarded $65,000 for planning and façade improvement grants since April 2005. Blossburg V.I.B.E. awards matching grants to property owners who have completed historically appropriate renovations to the façade of a building, up to $3,000 per storefront. The design guidelines were developed by the design team in conjunction with Larson Design Group of Williamsport. Ray's Service Center and The Small Mall join prior award recipients Jill Nickerson's Toddler University Preschool & Daycare, Inc., Shane Nickerson's building that houses the Window Box Flower Shop, Ben Jones' building occupied by Headz Up styling salon, and Pat & Doc Ollock's building rented by Laurel Health System's Blossburg Head Start. Ray's Service Center at 314 Main Street has new garage doors, new corrugated siding, new doors, red and white paint scheme and new signage. The building at the corner of Hannibal and Main Streets, owned by the First Baptist Church of Blossburg, houses The Small Mall, owned by Linda Shypulefsky and several apartments. The church invested in new siding, a new side porch and new lighting for the building. Blossburg V.I.B.E. (Visions in Business & Entertainment) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization created in 2004 to envision, plan and implement projects that will enhance the quality of life for those who live, work, play or attend school in Blossburg. More information about V.I.B.E. can be found at www.blossburg.org/vibe. For information, applications or assistance, please contact Bev Jones at 570-638-2763 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
20. November 2006 22:19
Blossburg V.I.B.E. held an Environmental Fair Saturday, Nov. 17 at the Blossburg Memorial Library. Approximately 50 people attended from as close as Blossburg and as far as Brookfield Township. Most brought items to be recycled by Northern Tier Solid Waste Authority, including computer parts, magazines and textiles. Nearly 3,000 pounds of materials were collected for recycling. Lynne Graham of Middlebury won the door prize, a bag of environmentally safe cleaning products from Shaklee Corporation donated by Shaklee distributor Heidi Hickok. Picture 1: Del Kirkendall of Arnot recycled computer parts with the help of Donald Kurzejewski from NTSWA. Picture 2: Two of Ivan and Rose Erway's children made trailmix at the booth of Mansfield University's Environmental Awareness Club with the help of the club's representative, Elizabeth Lloyd.
17. July 2005 22:17
July 17, 2005
BLOSSBURG V.I.B.E. AWARDS TWO GRANTS FOR FAÇADE IMPROVEMENTS
NEWS RELEASE Contact: Heidi I. Jones 570-638-2486 email@example.com
or Jill Nickerson 570-638-3459
BLOSSBURG V.I.B.E. AWARDS TWO GRANTS FOR FAÇADE IMPROVEMENTS
BLOSSBURG, Nov. 18 – Blossburg V.I.B.E. (Visions in Business and Entertainment) awarded grants Wednesday to Blossburg Main Street property owners Stephen ("Doc") and Pat Ollock and Jill and Shane Nickerson for improvements to facades of their buildings at 228 and 242 Main Street , respectively.
The grant money was provided by the Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development as part of its New Communities Main Street program which seeks to revitalize Pennsylvania's downtown areas through a four-point approach that encompasses design (such as the façade restorations, parking, signage and streetscapes), promotions, economic restructuring and organization. Blossburg V.I.B.E. was awarded $30,000 for planning and façade improvement grants in April.
Blossburg V.I.B.E. awards matching grants to property owners who have completed historically appropriate renovations to the façade of a building, up to $3,000. The design guidelines were developed by the design team in conjunction with Larson Design Group of Williamsport.
"We're excited to be moving forward with this program and are very pleased with the success of our first award recipients. The Ollocks and the Nickersons are leading the effort to beautify Main Street and bring more attention to Blossburg," said V.I.B.E. president Heidi Jones. "V.I.B.E. appreciates the time and money they've spent to make this happen."
The Ollocks recently completed extensive renovations to the interior and exterior of their building at 228 Main Street , which now houses the Blossburg area Head Start program of Laurel Health Services. The façade renovations included redesigning the entry way, painting, cleaning and preserving original corrugated and plate glass windows, removing small basement windows and replacing them with architecturally appropriate wood panels. The Ollocks also plan to install an awning over the entryway.
The Nickersons painted the front of their building at 242 Main Street with an historically appropriate color scheme that highlights the fancy details of the late Victorian architecture. They also cleaned and restored the door and windows of the structure that were damaged in a fire in July 2003.
Blossburg V.I.B.E. (Visions in Business & Entertainment) is a nonprofit organization created in 2004 by the Blossburg Borough Council and Blossburg Improvement Association to envision, plan and implement projects that will enhance the quality of life for those who live, work, play or attend school in Blossburg.
20. April 2005 22:16
April 20, 2005
Farmer’s Market and Sleezy BBQ Welcome Spring
Greet spring and support V.I.B.E. Saturday, April 30: The Farmers’ Market sets up at 8 am and the chicken, barbecued by Sleezy Construction, will be ready at 10:30. Dinners are $6, halves $5 and come with a half a chicken, baked beans, macaroni salad and a roll. V.I.B.E. members will be available to answer questions. The Farmers’ Market team is ready to tackle its second year with new vendors and crafters setting up at the Riverside Plaza every Saturday morning, 8 am - 1 pm, beginning April 30. Vendors pay $5 for the season to participate. For more information, contact team lead Tonya McNamara, 570-638-3112, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Blossburg V.I.B.E. Accepts $35,000 in State Grants...
The Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development recently awarded Blossburg V.I.B.E. $30,000 for its downtown storefront improvement project. The money is through the department’s New Communities program and also enrolls V.I.B.E. in the Main Street Affiliate program with the Pennsylvania Downtown Center. V.I.B.E. will be also eligible for $25,000 per year for the next three years to continue the storefront project. In addition, Pennsylvian State Rep. Matt Baker (R-Tioga) worked with V.I.B.E. to acquire an additional $5,000 DCED grant for program planning and further organizational development needs.
... And Unveils Artist’s Vision for Downtown
The east side of Main Street between Carpenter and Hannibal streets is the focus of the first two years of the storefront project. Local artist Sarah Gilkinson created a rendering of what the storefronts could look like if restored, online at http://gallery.insanart.com/blossdesign or on display at 248 Main Street or . Each storefront owner is eligible to receive up to a $3,000 grant for restoration of the historic look of the building if the owner spends at least $6,000, submits plans to the V.I.B.E. design team and adheres to the guidelines developed by Larson Design Group in conjuntction with the V.I.B.E. deisgn team, DCED and the Pennsylvania Downtown Center. V.I.B.E. design team members are available to assist with creating plans and submitting the application. For copies of the design guidelines and grant application contact Heidi Jones, 570-638-2486, email@example.com. For application and planning assistance, contact Heidi, or Shane Nickerson, 570-638-2586/2005, firstname.lastname@example.org. The V.I.B.E. design team creates ways to get Blossburg’s downtown area into top physical shape with facade, lighting and other physical improvements. DCED: www.inventpa.com * Pa. Downtown Center: www.padowntown.org * Larson Design Group: www.larsondesigngroup.com * Rep. Matt Baker: www.repbaker.com * Sarah Gilkinson: www.insanart.com
More team news...
The communications team has been busy working on advertising for the fast approaching Coal Festival. We have also been brainstorming on ways to increase the amount of press coverage that V.I.B.E. receives in the local media. The communications team provides support for other V.I.B.E. action teams. Upcoming projects for the communications team include designing a new Blossburg sign and conducting a traffic survey to determine which entrance to town makes more sense for the sign, as well as designing a logo for V.I.B.E. For more information contact Annie Metarko, email@example.com , 570-638-3686. The Victoria Theatre team, led by Shane Nickerson, is investigating the feasibility of reopening the movie theater which has been dormant since 1975. For more information, contact Shane Nickerson at firstname.lastname@example.org or 570-638-2005. The Old Town Hall team is evaluating the restoration of the former Blossburg Borough building which has been vacant since 2004. This unique building celebrates 105 years in 2005. The team is researching ways to restore and rehabilitate the building and return it to its role as a cornerstone of downtown Blossburg, and is collecting historical information and photographs. For more information, contact Lonny Frost, 570-638-2861, email@example.com.
The administration team coordinates meetings, grants, databases and other organizational infrastructure. The team successfully wrote the DCED grant. Blossburg V.I.B.E. is not just a word it is a feeling you get when you participate at the meetings or when you see the new look of our Main Street. Come and feel the V.I.B.E.!