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In the Summer 2015 Print Issue

Jun 04, 2015 05:41PM ● By Erica Shames

Picking yourself up by your own bootstraps is never easy. We look to others, often, to do the work required to make things better.

Not so for downtowns recently recognized for their revitalization efforts. And they have no one to thank but their business, government and civic leaders—and their own hard work.

Danville, Lewisburg and Selinsgrove’s Main Street programs—Danville Business Alliance, Lewisburg Downtown Partnership and Selinsgrove Projects Inc.—are among 40 recently accredited by the National Main Street Center. This designation, overseen by the Pennsylvania Downtown Center, is a pat on the back for success in turning the tide from downturns to upticks. 

Our spring issue chronicled successes achieved in Lewisburg; in this issue, we delve into what makes Danville work—ever more successfully.

How do you enliven downtowns hampered by sprawl which decentralizes the living, shopping and recreating that once took place in a nucleus—downtown—and disperses it outside a town’s parameters? The effect is to draw people to shiny, new, wide open spaces often seen as more desirable and full of promise than an aging downtown.

The experts at the PA Downtown Center have crafted a four-point approach that includes design, promotion, organization and economic restructuring. Other than being community-driven, the particulars of how this formula is achieved and implemented are wide open. (See for more information.)

Leaders in these 40 communities nationwide know something most of us don’t: with a concerted effort toward planning, education and community involvement downtowns can be brought back to life. In Lewisburg, it took Bucknell University and a committed business community and local government.

In Danville, the hope is that economic development will occur with help from Geisinger Health System, along with an emerging arts district, burgeoning business community and dedicated local government. It’s very much a work-in-progress but the excitement and promise there are palpable, as the article in this issue illustrates.

We hope you feel the pride we do in being part of these communities. And, if your hometown community is one still struggling for direction, that you’ll become involved. Look to one of these regional entities as a model of what your downtown can become. It won’t be easy, but nothing worthwhile ever is. And no one will do it for us.        

Letters to the Editor - Summer 2015

Three letters sent to our editor for the summer 2015 issue. Read More » 


Around the River - Summer 2015 - Jun 04 2015 0355PM

Around the River - Summer 2015

Your complete itinerary for this summer's action around Central Pennsylvania. Read More » 


The Maker Movement Small Market Big Ideas - Jun 04 2015 0346PM

The Maker Movement: Small Market, Big Ideas

Tech Meetups, organized by Bucknell University Small Business Design Center director Steve Stumbris, provide budding “Maker” entrepreneurs with a forum to share information with each othe... Read More » 


By the Book - Summer 2015 - Jun 04 2015 0339PM

By the Book - Summer 2015

Local books for local folks. Here are our summer selections. Read More » 


Cooking at Home Triple Lemon Angel Food Cake - Jun 04 2015 0540AM

Cooking at Home: Triple Lemon Angel Food Cake

Every year, the Pennsylvania Farm show holds a cooking contest in several categories. This year’s winner, in the Incredible Angel Food Cake Contest, is Pam Foor, Bedford County Fair. Her ... Read More » 


The Spark in Danville  - Jun 03 2015 1034PM

The “Spark” in Danville

So often with river towns whose heydays lie in the past, the question of how to construct an identity for Danville that both honors what came before and resonates with the future is a cha... Read More » 


Bike rides on the Pine Creek Rail Trail are popular Get Outdoors PA activities  Photo by Erica L Shames

Explore and Connect to Natural Places

Pennsylvania residents and visitors who seek outdoor adventures can find guided activities that allow them to enjoy the outdoors, connect with others and exercise. Read More » 


Fairs and Festivals - Summer 2015 - Jun 03 2015 0841PM

Fairs and Festivals - Summer 2015

We take a look around the area for some nice summer events. Read More » 

A Cool River Running - Jun 03 2015 0827PM

A Cool River Running

Nationally recognized as one of the most ecologically important waterways in the entire country, the French Creek watershed hosts an astonishing 27 species of native freshwater mussels, a... Read More » 


Hiking in St Anthonys Wildnerness - Jun 03 2015 0820PM

Hiking in St. Anthony’s Wilderness

Most days, Larry Herr can be found in Stony Valley. Since he was a child, Herr has walked nearly every inch of the area. Framed by two mountains, roughly following the arc of Interstate 8... Read More » 


Susquehanna Sunset - Jun 03 2015 0807PM

Susquehanna Sunset

Summer Illumination Poem 2015.


Battle of the Burgs is Born - Jun 03 2015 0755PM

Battle of the ‘Burgs is Born

The story behind the upcoming event, as appears in Life Around the River, Summer 2015. Read More » 


Floating Classroom Teaches Respect for the Susquehanna  - Jun 03 2015 0737PM

Floating Classroom Teaches Respect for the Susquehanna

Residents along the Susquehanna River most certainly know it’s there – but how much do we really know about its history and ecology, and how our actions impact it? Read More » 


Top Places to View the Susquehanna River - Jun 03 2015 0729PM

Top Places to View the Susquehanna River

Places to take in ultimate views of the river have been compiled by the Susquehanna River Valley Visitors Bureau. Read More » 

Web Extras

Web Extra More Information about French Creek - Jun 04 2015 0503PM

Web Extra: More Information about French Creek

Along its 117 miles, from western New York across northwestern Pennsylvania, the river is home to more than 28 freshwater mussel species, including 13 that are listed as endangered in Pen... Read More » 


Web Extra Stony Valley Events - Jun 04 2015 0512PM

Web Extra: Stony Valley Events

Explore the wilderness. We've got you covered with these opportunities. Read More » 


Web Extra The PA Downtown Centers Main Street Four-Point Approach - Jun 04 2015 0524PM

Web Extra: The PA Downtown Center’s Main Street Four-Point Approach®

It is a common-sense way to address the variety of issues and problems that challenge traditional business districts. Read More » 


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