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“FACELIFTING THE VFW


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ASHLAND TIDBITS
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Ashland
PLEASE REMEMBER TO
SUPPORT OUR BUSINESSES AND
BUY LOCAL!

ASHLAND DOW NTOW N, INC.

OUR MISSION
Ashland Downtown, Inc. seeks a vibrant, attractive downtown by
preserving its architectural charm, promoting economic vitality and S UPPORT
marketing its historic and cultural resources. ASHLAND
Community Calendar
ADI Continues to Grow Over the past year, the ER Committee conducted a
July 3
Hopefully, the first issue of Around Ashland, American Fire Company
sparked your interest in wanting to come back for market assessment in which you may have been asked Fireworks display-Rain date July 4
more on what Ashland Downtown, Inc. (ADI) is all a few questions by an ADI volunteer on your opinion July 3
about. It is our goal to inform you of the progress on a variety of issues. Zion’s Reformed U.C.C.
being made through the hard work of this volunteer- Did you know from our survey?
Food Stand for Fireworks
driven community effort. July 9
New sidewalks was the most popular physical im- Ashland Rotary
In the first issue of Around Ashland, we ex- provement wanted in town. Seasoned Sounds Swing Big Band
plained that there are four key components of the Banking was the establishment most visited in down-
ADI program. They are: Design, Promotions, Or- town. July 26
ganization, and Economic Restructuring. The first Good Shepherd Lutheran Church
A hardware store was the #1 suggested store in town Wing Nite
component to be explained in greater detail will be that the community would like to see.
The most popular radio station listened to was T102. July 28-31
ECONOMIC RESTRUCTURING (ER). This Coach “O” Soccer Camps
component focuses on finding new or better pur- In conclusion, it is a privilege to serve as Ashland’s
poses for Main Street enterprises. In other words, Main Street Manager and to work with the ADI volun- August 9
ADI has an ER Committee which works on Bracey Pharmacy
teers who have given great time and energy in making 75th Anniversary Celebration
strengthening the downtown’s existing economic this “Great Town Even Better.” If you would like to
base and gradually expanding it. see more of the outcomes from the market assessment August 16
Ashland Community Enterprises
Activities of the ER Committee include: or if you have any questions or observations, please Pioneer Day
contact me at 875-3571, or visit the ADI office at 733
• Developing Market Information Centre Street. Log onto www.upperschuylkill.com August 21
ADI, Ashland Chamber, Ashland Boro, and
where you’ll find more interesting information about
• Business Retention our town. Thanks goes out to Tom Joyce, Sharon and
Pioneer Tunnel
American Red Cross Blood Drive
• Business Recruitment George Demko, Eileen Kuperavage, Harry Hause, and
Jim Klock for submitting articles for the newsletter. August 29
North Schuylkill Youth Soccer Association
• Developing New Economic Uses Kick off Pep Rally
We look forward to hearing from you,
• Coordinating Financial Incentives August 29-September 1
Gregory W. Fisher, Ashland Main Street Manager Upper Schuylkill
Upper Schuylkill Homecoming Weekend

FACELIFTING THE VFW BUILDING August 30


108th ABA Parade
PAST
September 1
As members of the VFW noticed the ADI banners and planters in Ashland, Ashland Recreation
we realized something new happening in Ashland. We then saw the transfor- “Annual Rec Regatta”
mation of the News-Item building and thought maybe we could improve the
September 13
façade of the VFW building. We contacted ADI to see if we qualified for
First United Methodist Presbyterian Church
any façade grants. Greg Fisher, ADI Downtown Manager was very helpful Yard, Bake, and Soup Sale
in answering all our questions and confirmed that we did qualify.
September 14
We filled out the application, which proved to be a very easy process. Zion’s Reformed U.C.C.
Mr. Fisher sent for a rendering of our building, which showed it in its current Holiday Penny Auction
condition and also a view of what the building could look like. Once we Join the Downtown Team!
obtained approval from our members to do the refurbishing, we then got a list ADI Monthly Meetings
of contractors for painting and installing a new awning. 1st Monday—Design
2nd Monday—-Economic Restructuring
This a great opportunity to refurbish a building with the help of ADI. This 3rd Monday—Board of Directors/Organization
was much easier than any of us thought. We encourage all property owners, 4th Monday—Promotions
business and residential, in the downtown area to look in to this. Taking care Borough Council Meeting
of our buildings can only make Ashland more attractive and have the historic 2nd Wednesday of Month
look the town deserves.
Respectfully,

Harry Hause
Future? Commander, VFW/Legion
Getting to Know ADI
Better!!
Being part of an organization like Ashland Downtown, ASHLAND
Inc., provides many opportunities for community involve- TIDBITS
ment and to build community pride within your town.

What was the process like to be- What other organizations have
come a member of ADI? you or are currently involved Schuylkill Area Community
I talked to a fellow with?
Foundation (formerly Ashland
colleague of ADI and “Anything can do to bring back I was a member of Bor-
was invited to a meet- ough Council for about Trusts) has awarded Ashland
memories from when I was
ing and this was 16 years. I was a former Downtown, Inc. a grant for
In this article, ADI would like to younger would bring great joy to
something I was Charter member of the $500.00 toward the purchase of
highlight a fellow colleague of the me”
highly interested in. Ashland Area JC’s. For
organization and the great work they office equipment. The Commu-
14 years, I was on the Board and
do for our community. Joe Cataldo How long have you lived in Ash- nity Foundation office has relo-
coached Midget Football. I also
has been the President of the organi- land?
coached Ashland Little League for 5 cated to 216 South Centre Street
zation as well as the Chairperson of
I lived in Ashland since 1950 when I years. in Pottsville.
the Economic Restructuring Com-
was 1 and 1/2 years old.
mittee for the past year, and has been As you can see, it is quite easy to
Since 1967 they have been serv-
involved with the group since 2006. What kind of gratification do you become a part of ADI. ADI is al-
Mr. Cataldo was asked a few ques- get from becoming a part of ADI? ways looking for volunteers on all ing donors throughout the county
by managing, investing and dis-
tions: Anything this organization can do to levels. Whether you would like to
bring back memories from when I be on the Board of Directors, be part tributing their contributions ac-
What sparked your interest in
becoming part of ADI? was younger would bring great joy to of one of the committees, or be a cording to the fund agreements.
me. You knew everyone in the town person ADI can call upon just for The organization now manages
When I was on Borough Council, I
and personally knew all of the owners special events, ADI would love to
felt this town needed something to hear from you and answer any ques- 107 funds with an asset value
of the businesses.
promote and better the community. tions you may have regarding our exceeding $11 million and dis-
organization.
tributed over $320,000 in grants
and scholarships this year.

BOROUGH NEWS For a list of funds serving the


The Ashland Borough town wide cleanup that was held between June 6-June 10, 2008 was a Ashland area or a complete list-
success. The tonnage of debris picked up is estimated to be about twice as much as 2007. ing, please contact Eileen Ku-
The Borough Workers should be commended for their hard work that was accomplished un- peravage at 570-624-7223. You
der very trying heat conditions that week. As Borough Manager, I want to thank Ed Gough,
may also visit their web site at
Charles Brown, Dave Fickinger, William Snyder, Kyle Klock, Bernie Staudenmeier, and Jim
Dudash for their great effort with the cleanup. www.sacfoundation.com.
The Borough will be installing new Strain Poles to hold the traffic signals at 3rd and Centre _______________________
Don’t miss visiting Pioneer Street. This is being done out of necessity because the existing poles are old and worn out.
Tunnel and the Anthracite The new poles will fit into the streetscape program that is in progress. On behalf of Ashland Down-
Museum of Mining this summer town, Inc., Ashland Area Cham-
Log onto I would like to thank Ashland Downtown, Inc., Ashland Area Chamber of Commerce, and
the Pioneer Tunnel Association for their participation with the Blood Drive that was held on ber of Commerce, Ashland Bor-
www.pioneertunnel.com
for this year’s schedule. June 25, 2008. Another thank you to the Members of the Masonic Lodge for use of their ough, and the Pioneer Tunnel
building for the Blood Drive. Submitted by, Tom Joyce Coal Mine, we would like to
thank all of the people who vol-
Did you know? Ashland Area Historic
and Preservation Society From the Chamber unteered to give blood on
Wednesday June 25, 2008 and
In the fall of 1846, an experienced to construct many of the early build- The Ashland Area Chamber of Commerce held
reached 106% of the goal for
miner named Patrick Devine was ings. Between Fifth and Sixth their 2nd annual town-wide yard sale on May
donors that was set for the day.
hired to explore the coal veins cross- Streets on the south side of Centre, 3rd. The weather was quite chilly, but partici-
ing the tract of land known as Ash- stood a stone structure. Built around pation was hot! The Chamber had a food stand Due to the rising temperature,
land Estates. In 1847, the tremendous 1850, it was used for the land deals the site had to be moved from
task of clearing the land was begun. made by John Brock. It also housed at the Higher-Ups Park and sold hot dogs and
Samuel Lewis surveyed the site and the harness and saddle business of bean soup. Needless to say, the bean soup sold the Ashland Borough Hall to the
Peter W. Sheafer, of Pottsville, laid John H. Kemmerer and a boots and out! We had great traffic through the park as Ashland Masonic Building. A
out the town. shoes business of Clement S. Foster. well as the whole town for the sale. Thanks to special thank you goes out to the
After 1870, when Ashland Estates members of the Masonic Lodge
The first structure built was a frame all the yard salers for their participation.
was sold, it was known as the Phila-
hotel located at Third and Centre for their kind hospitality. As an
delphia and Reading, Coal and Iron The Christmas Lighting Committee brought a
Streets. It was constructed on two
Building. It was razed in 1999 to incentive to give, the Pioneer
lots donated to Joseph Larish to house representative from a commercial company to a
make room for a new office and Tunnel Coal Mine donated 5 sets
workers hired to develop the town. It recent meeting with samples of some pole fix-
was called the Ashland House and parking lot for Dr. John Stefovic. of tickets for a tour of the Pio-
was used until 1932 when a fire The first brick building was located tures. As a result the board has decided on a
neer Tunnel & Steam Train to be
deemed it no longer useful. A service on the NW corner of Centre and 3rd new Christmas decoration for the town. The
raffled off at the end of the day.
station for Geurney Zeigenfuse re- Streets. Built in 1852 by Col. J.J. new fixture is a Christmas tree. The committee
placed. Ashland Downtown Motors Connors, it was known as the Patter- Lunch for the staff was donated
plans to display the tree in the local banks in
currently occupies the site. son building. Thomas Patterson was by M&M Sandwich Shop.
Connors’ partner in the Wadleigh the near future as it launches its capital cam-
The first frame housing resembled Many made appointments for the
Slope, the first coal operation in paign to defray the cost of the lights. Look for
company housed, built to attract im- next bloodmobile on Aug. 21.at
Ashland. The building will best be the display in the bank. Can you believe the old
migrants. Native stone was used the Borough Hall. See you there.
remembered as Knapp’s Pharmacy. lights are about 30 years old! Time for change!
OUR VISION By the way, did you
Ashland shall promote its architecture to both residential and commer-
cial opportunities. Ashland will also enhance and market its historical notice the newly
and cultural resources for tourism. Located at the intersection of routes
54 and 61, Ashland will serve as a western gateway into the region.
painted street light
Ashland Downtown, Inc. Ashland shall build upon its potential for tourism by connecting local
poles painted on
historical and cultural sites through a coordinated transportation and
consistent “way finding” system within the region. Ashland shall become Centre Street
733 Centre Street, Ashland, PA 17921
the arts and heritage hub of the Upper Schuylkill region.
570-875-3571 Help us achieve our Vision for Ashland...become an ADI volunteer! sponsored by ADI ?
www.upperschuylkill.com

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