The Design Committee of Our Haven Foundation, Inc. is working to create an attractive, coordinated and quality image of downtown Schuylkill Haven; an area where people will want to spend their time. One of Design’s objectives in its 5-year Action Plan is to make the downtown more suitable for sitting, resting & relaxation by purchasing and installing park benches.
The Design Committee researched bench styles and prices and settled on a 6 ft. Hampton Bench made of recycled plastic lumber boards and powder-coated cast aluminum frames. Pricing included the cost of the benches, shipping and handling, and the cost of bronze sponsorship plaques. The benches are guaranteed for 50 years. Our members canvassed business owners in the central business district to obtain permission to install the benches on the sidewalks in front of their buildings. We also worked with the Borough of Schuylkill Haven to purchase, assemble and install the benches.
During the course of the project, several other organizations expressed interest in sponsoring a bench. In early October 2012, five benches were installed in downtown Schuylkill Haven at the following locations:
107 East Main Street – Valenti’s II
17 East Main Street – Economic Development Office
1 East Main Street – Stine’s Pharmacy
20 East Main Street – The Jungle
17 St. John Street – Edward Jones Investments
Funding for this project was supplied by a grant from the Zwerling Community Trust (3 benches), Greater Schuylkill Haven Area Business Association (one bench), and Schuylkill Haven Midget Cheerleaders (one bench). Photographs of the benches and an October 23, 2012 article from the Pottsville Republican Herald follow.
One of three benches presented by Our Haven Foundation and Zwerling Community Trust.
Bench presented by Schuylkill Haven Midget Cheerleaders.
Bench presented by Greater Schuylkill Haven Area Business Association.
Some of you may have seen signs or heard about Our Haven Foundation, but do you know what it is? Our Haven Foundation’s Mission Statement is: “Dedicated to revitalizing Downtown Schuylkill Haven through strong partnerships and community activism.” In simple terms, Our Haven Foundation wants to make our downtown a more spectacular place. We want you to shop in the shops, play at the playgrounds, and enjoy what we have to offer in our wonderful town. However, we cannot do it alone. We need YOUR help. There are several committees within our organization that need more members, and if you cannot help in that way, we also have sponsorship opportunities.
If this sounds like something you would be interested in being part of, please visit the contact page and leave your information there. Someone will be in contact with you. Thank you for your support!
Schuylkill Haven kicked off the holidays on November 27th with its annual Tree Lighting Ceremony. It is something my children and I have always loved doing as a family, and this year was no exception. My children loved seeing the displays go up in November on Parkway and waited anxiously until the Tree Lighting, although sometimes some of the displays lit up at night before that day. It was a magical time for them, and they swore that Santa hid in the big Christmas tree during the ceremony to spy on all the children who have come out with their families for the evening.
While my children were a bit disappointed about the lack of parade this year, they were overjoyed with the festivities from Christmas on Main which served as the replacement for the downtown open house and parade. They loved seeing Santa, doing crafts, hearing the carolers, taking a ride on the carriage, and visiting all the shops around town. They can’t wait to do it next year!
Seeing my children’s enthusiasm about Schuylkill Haven‘s events, reinforces to me the value of our town’s revitalization efforts. The amount of activities that we have for the holiday season is awesome, and I would love to see them grow even better! I want my children to have the same holiday memories about their town that I had about my hometown when I was a kid.
What is your favorite holiday activity in Schuylkill Haven? To join the discussion,check us out on Facebook!
Thank you Millie for the beautiful photo!
Pictured here: Senator David G. Argall, David Norris, and Carl Berger
Our Haven Foundation had its open house at the new Economic Development Office on November 17. People were able to meet with members from the Our Haven Foundation and learn more about the committees as well as become sponsors in the organization.
Schuylkill Haven‘s new Economic Development Coordinator, Carl Berger, was there as well. In addition, a slide show was shown throughout the evening to detail some of what Our Haven Foundation‘s goals for the community were.
Thank you to everyone who helped make the Open House possible and thank you to everyone who came to show your support!
Our Haven Foundation is hosting an open house on November 17 from 5-8pm at the new Economic Development Office (17 E. Main St. Schuylkill Haven). The open house is open to all Schuylkill Haven area residents and businesses.
Schuylkill Haven area residents and merchants will be able to tour Schuylkill Haven’s new Economic Development Office, enjoy a wine and cheese reception, and meet with the OHF Board of Directors.
Casual dress is welcome. Please call 570-385-2460 for more information.