Celebrating Partnerships

On Thursday, Sept. 23, the Oil Region Alliance held its 16th Annual Meeting at Cross Creek Resort in Titusville. Having missed last year’s meeting due...

Collaborative Conversation is Key

When you think of collaboration, what do you imagine? Do you think of folks pitching in, lending a hand, and getting a job done? Or...

Halloween Happenings in the Works in Emlenton

Over the last few weeks, we’ve looked at the impact of partnerships and cooperation – or the lack thereof – on community redevelopment efforts. When...

Book Illustrates Importance of Forward Thinking

Last week I shared the inspirational tale of a little town in Kentucky that has done well for itself through persistence, partnerships, and positive thinking....

‘Don’t Tell Me Why We Can’t…’

“Don’t tell me why we can’t do it. Just tell me how.” Those were the words of Eddie DeArmond, the mayor of a small town...

Art Studio Open House Brings Community Together

The summer has certainly been abuzz with happenings celebrating our local connections, and on Wednesday, July 28, Emlenton’s own local art cooperative joined in with...

Community Farm Proves Bountiful

As we settle into the long, sultry days of late summer, many of us are enjoying a bumper crop of delicious fruits and veggies from...

Redevelopment: One Step at a Time

Happy August!  If you’re like me, you’re wondering where the year has gone, as 2021 certainly has been a busy, event-filled year for many of...

AmeriCorps Team Appreciated in Foxburg

On Monday, July 19, residents of Foxburg and the surrounding area sat down with an enthusiastic Keystone SMILES AmeriCorps crew to share some delicious food...

Taking a Step Towards Prosperity

By guest columnist – ORA President John Phillips Summerfest 2021 is over, and memories were made as families, friends, and foreigners gathered and mixed as...

Congressman Gets Glipse of Partnerships, Progress, Plans

Local redevelopment was a bit more exciting than usual recently with a visit from US Congressman Glenn “GT” Thompson! Congressman Thompson, who is a top...

‘FuchsFest’ to Highlight ‘Power of Little Changes’

Redevelopment, at its core, is all about change – finding new ways of doing things or utilizing spaces to better serve local needs. Sometimes this...

Community Partner Appreciation

This week I’d like to take a moment to show some appreciation for the folks in our area who are working toward a more robust...

Check Out ‘FuchsFest’ during Emlenton’s Summerfest

If you don’t already have July 9–11 on your calendar, mark it now! Go ahead, I’ll wait… Okay, now that you’ve got it penciled in,...

Ideas Born from Conversations with Kids

Following on from last week’s topic of our children and their truly wonderful ideas, I’d like to share one of those ideas this week in...

Inspiration from Our Younger Residents

Redevelopment work requires significant input and feedback from the community so that those of us pulling strings together to weave the tapestry of our future...

Community Farm is Officially Open

It took two tries, but with the second snip of the giant scissors on Saturday, May 15, the multi-colored ribbon was cut and the River...

The Banners Are Coming, The Banners Are Coming!

  The last year caused the postponement or cancellation of a lot of events and projects, including many we had lined up in local redevelopment....

The Farm a Community Built

More than a year and a half ago, Dr. David McDeavitt and I had a dream: to create a space on school grounds that would...

Behind the Scenes of Redevelopment

Today I’d like to give you a sneak peek behind the scenes of one of the most involved and hard-hitting parts of redevelopment work. This...

Springing into Spring

Spring 2021 feels like a breath of fresh air on so many levels. We’ve still had a few snowstorms to deal with – both literal...

Hope and Opportunity

  Rick Sheffer grew up in Emlenton in the 1950s and 60s. Though he moved out of the area many years ago, Rick keeps Emlenton...

Find Opportunities to Reach Out

Last week, I talked about Pittsburgh’s P4 redevelopment framework, a model built on equitable and balanced consideration of People, Place, Performance, and Planet. If you’re...

Pittsburgh’s Effort an Example of Our Region’s Promise

With a rust-belt legacy linked directly with ours, Pittsburgh’s recent redevelopment efforts provide theoretical guidelines that show promise for our own region, while highlighting the...

Wanted: Diverse Mix of Viewpoints and Ideas

Since taking up my local redevelopment role, I’ve had the honor of talking to a number of folks who have been involved in similar efforts...

Time to Get to Work on School Farm Project

This time last year, I was thanking folks for offering to donate items to our School Farm project and looking forward to getting our hands...

Challenging Project ‘Takes Entire Community’

We’re sure by this point everyone in Emlenton has seen or heard about the construction project taking place in and along the river at the...

Try, Try Again

Today, I’d like to talk a bit about something that most of us try to avoid, even though it’s a perfectly normal and natural part...

Rail Trails Offer Unique Connections

Anne Schleiden loves our local rail-trails. After moving to the Chicora area from Cranberry Township more than twenty years ago, Anne settled into the relaxed...

Who Are the Small Business Superstars?

All around the globe, people have been stepping up, responding to the challenges brought about or highlighted by the events of the last year. Small...