2017 “DO 6” AWARD NOMINATIONS NOW OPEN
Deadline for entries - March 10, 2017
“DO 6” AWARDS WINNERS 2016
The PA Route 6 Alliance presented the following individuals and organizations with a “Do 6” award at their annual meeting on Thursday, May 12 in Conneaut Lake. Over 70 attendees celebrated the award winners, who exemplify the mission of the PA Route 6 Alliance to protect and preserve the scenic, cultural, historical and recreational resources in the northern tier.
HERITAGE PARTNERSHIP AWARD –Presented to a group, person or organization that has demonstrated excellence in historic preservation, cultural preservation, interpretation, and/or education through cross-corridor thinking and interagency cooperation.
CORRY AREA HISTORICAL SOCIETY, Corry, PA:
Corry has a rich history, going back to the discovery of oil in Titusville and the building of the railroad lines through Corry to transport the oil. Since that time dedicated volunteers of the Corry Area Historical Museum have been collecting, cataloging, cleaning, sorting, cutting/ pasting and preserving the artifacts and stories that make the community what they are today. The largest item in the museum is a real Climax engine, designed and built in Corry, then shipped all over the world as a working-class locomotive. While always active in projects in Corry, recently the Historical Society had an epiphany of sorts when two home-schooled boys and their mom, Lisa Puckly, took over leadership of the museum. They cleaned, rearranged, recruited volunteers and generally shot the interest level of all things historical through the roof.
HERITAGE TOURISM AWARD – Presented to the organizers of a project that furthers economic and tourism development while respecting the heritage and cultural resources of the Route 6 Corridor.
WAYMART AREA PARTIES IN THE PARK, Waymart, PA: Waymart Borough, in Wayne County, is a Pennsylvania Route 6 Heritage Community. Waymart Area Parties in the Park. Inc. is a 501(c)3 non-profit corporation, which was founded in 2011. Its mission statement is "to foster neighborhood unity and to lessen the burdens of government by providing free community activities and cultural events for the enjoyment and benefit of all residents including the underprivileged of Waymart Borough and the surrounding area." Waymart Area Parties in the Park, lnc. plays host to numerous and culturally diverse community activities throughout the year including; Pride & Patriotism Parade, Chili Cook-Off, Halloween Party, Movies in the Park, Christmas Ornament Hunt, Holiday House Decorating Contest and Easter Egg Hunt March. They also host the very popular "Waystock Music Fest & Street Fair", which began in 2008. This event, featuring live bands, local food vendors & artisans draws large crowds over a two-day period and represents a sizeable tourism boost to the Waymart area, as well as neighboring Honesdale Borough, also a Rt. 6 Heritage Community.
HERITAGE LEADERSHIP AWARD– Presented to a person, business or organization for meaningful contributions and/or through partnerships, by enriching our communities through landscape initiatives or historic preservation.
NANCY HOLMBERG & JOANNE OVIATT, Youngsville, PA In February 2008, the Borough of Youngsville, PA was designated a Route 6 Heritage Community. This would not have happened if not for Joanne Oviatt and Nancy Holmberg. Together they rallied the troops through the planning process. Joanne and Nancy are members of a local group of citizens and business owners known as Revitalization of Youngsville (ROY), which spearheaded the effort to pursue the designation and, with the assistance of The EADs Group, crafted the WorkPlan. With its plan in place, ROY, together with the Borough, began implementation of their multi-phased downtown revitalization project. Funding from PennDOT, local foundations, and private contributions was secured and Phase I construction began. Phase II is designed and ROY, along with the Borough, is now pursuing funding to complete that phase of the project, which will include blocks east of the Railroad/Main Street intersection. All through the long process, Joanne and Nancy have faithfully stood watch over ROY and the development. They created the Allegheny Artisans Co-op to support local artisans. As other projects are developed in Warren County, as long as Youngsville is involved, you can count on Joanne and Nancy being there.
HERITAGE COMMUNITY OF THE YEAR – Presented to the designated Heritage Community, who is embracing their Heritage Tourism Workplans and implementing worthwhile projects, and showing impacts and results.
THE BOROUGH OF TUNKHANNOCK: Exhibiting a large amount of community pride and partnership, the Borough of Tunkhannock has two designations to celebrate this year. Though the efforts of the residents of Tunkhannock and surrounding communities, the North Branch of the Susquehanna River has been named PA’s River of the Year. Tunkhannock is also being designated as an official River Town by the Susquehanna Greenways. The town is producing a Historic Tunkhannock Walking Tour and training local guides. This project was funded by the PA Route 6 Alliance and the Wyoming County Room Tax Fund. The tours will kick-off during Tunkhannock’s Founders Day on June 25thwith a panel discussion at the Dietrich followed with walking tours throughout the day. The walking tours will also be given on Thursday evenings during the month of July. The Tunkhannock Business and Professional Association is working to get businesses to give an incentive for those on the tour to have dinner in town and to return in the future. The town and it’s merchants also come together each year to have an Art and Quilt event the first Saturday in October and a two day Christmas in our Hometown the first weekend in December. Facades are being cleaned up and new businesses are opening to make this historic town a destination unto itself.
ARTISAN OF THE YEAR – Presented to an artist or artisan group that exemplifies the goals of the PA Route 6 Artisan Trail program showing regional thinking and cooperation while promoting the arts along the corridor.
WENDY NECKERS, PAINTED FINCH GALLERY, Corry, PA: The Painted Finch was originally located right on Route 6, but moved to downtown Corry in 2015. Wendy continues to heavily promote and feature artwork from local and regional artists whose scope ranges from contemporary to traditional paintings, drawings, wood carvings, china painting, photography, pottery, and jewelry. Wendy is an active member of the community, recently joining with other business owners to form a Downtown Merchants Association with the goal of increasing tourism to Corry and increasing awareness of all the wonderful businesses along Route 6 and downtown. Wendy is an active member of the PA Route 6 Artisan Trail Advisory Committee and has always offered support and advice.
LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD – Presented to a person or agency who exemplifies outstanding leadership and advances our mission through heritage development.
JUANITA HAMPTON, EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR, CRAWFORD COUNTY CONVENTION & VISITORS BUREAU, Meadville, PA: Juanita Hampton has served as the Secretary of the PA Route 6 Alliance since the merger of the two previous organizations, the PA Route 6 Heritage Corporation and the PA Route 6 Tourist Association in 2009. She is a powerful advocate for the PA Route 6 Heritage Corridor with state and federal agencies. Working with former Senator Robbins and the Crawford County Planning office, Juanita was instrumental in designating the portion of Route 6 from the Ohio Line to Conneaut Lake as a Pennsylvania Byway. She is always looking for new ways to promote the historic highway. She is dedicated to increasing tourism not only in Crawford County but across the state, having served on many Committees within the PA Tourism industry.