Historic Preservation Awards to be Presented
The winners of the 2015 Oil Heritage Region Historic Preservation Awards have been selected and will be recognized at a free Awards Ceremony which will be held at 7 p.m. on Thursday, May 14 at Drake Well Museum in Titusville. This year’s winners are: Lawrence and Shirley Riley, in the residence category, for their restoration of the William T. Scheide House at 214 West Main Street in Titusville; Leon and Kathy Kulinski, in the category of Enhancement Project, for the façade improvements of the Shields Building at 207 Center Street in Oil City; DeBence Antique Music World, in the category of Adaptive Reuse, for the creative repurposing of the third floor of the former Murphy’s store at 1261 Liberty Street in Franklin; Kenneth Nichols, in the category of Preservation Stewardship, for the long-term restoration and rehabilitation of the building now known as Bunyan’s at 144 Diamond Street in Titusville; Dale and Kathy Wilson, in the category of residence, for the improvements made to their home at 1242 Elk Street in Franklin; Janet Clinger, in the category of Enhancement Project, for the façade improvements of the building which houses Yellow Dog Lantern in Oil City; Pastor Bruce K. Davis and the Plumer United Methodist Church, in the category of Preservation Stewardship, for the long term care of the historic church whose congregation will celebrate its 150th anniversary this year; and Fr. Justin Pino and St. Joseph’s Roman Catholic Church, in the category of Preservation Stewardship, for the sensitive long-term care of this church on the north side of Oil City that is easily recognizable from a distance because of its 170-foot high twin spires topped by 14-foot high crosses.
Also on the agenda for the evening is a program by Diane Shafer Domnick and Joshua F. Sherretts of the Crawford County Historical Society, on “The History and Rescue of an Oil Region Landmark, the James and Elizabeth Tarr Mansion.”
Co-sponsors of this year’s Historic Preservation Awards are the Crawford County Historical Society; Friends of Drake Well; Oil City Heritage Society; Oil Region Alliance of Business, Industry & Tourism; Titusville Historical Society; Titusville Renaissance, Inc.; the Venango County Historical Society; and the Venango Museum of Art, Science & Industry. The awards program recognizes rehabilitation and restoration efforts undertaken during the past five years involving buildings or other structures that are at least 50 years old; individuals may be recognized for their service or commitment which promotes the preservation of the built environment. Recipients are selected from among the nominations received from the public, interested observers, and property owners.
Reservations for the Awards Ceremony are recommended but not required. To make your reservation to attend the ceremony, or for more information about the program, please call Toni Kresinski, Project Manager, at (814) 677-3152, Ext. 110.
Oil Creek Memorial Landing Construction To Begin This Spring
The Oil Creek Memorial Landing project, located on North Seneca Street in Oil City adjacent to the Dollar General Store, will become a reality this summer with construction scheduled to begin this spring. When complete the site will serve as the trailhead for the southern end of the McClintock Trail and an access area to Oil Creek for pedestrian and as a location small water craft can enter or exit the waterway.
The project, which includes federal Transportation Alternative funding was bid several months ago by PennDOT, and the contract for part of the construction has been awarded to Horizon Construction Group, Inc. It is anticipated that work will begin at the site in May.
The access area to Oil Creek will be bid separate due to funding partners. Work on the water access is expected to begin as soon as construction on the trailhead components is complete.
When the entire project is complete it will include parking, amenities such as benches, recycling receptacles, a bike rack, a small stone wall that will serve as an area for memorials and honorariums, a kiosk, and a grassy sloped access area to the waterway.
A celebration of the completed project will be scheduled for later in the year.
This project is funded by Transportation Alternative funding via the City of Oil City, PA; Department of Conservation and Natural Resources, Bureau of Recreation and Conservation, Community Conservation Partnership Program via the Oil Region Alliance; National Park Service within the Federal Department of the Interior; the Edith C. Justus Charitable Trust of PNC Charitable Trust; the Western Pennsylvania Conservancy Canoe Fund, and private contributions.
Questions regarding this project can be directed to Kim Harris, Project Manager, by calling 814-677-3152, Ext. 120; or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org
Oil City “Adopt-A-Block” Program Begins
The Oil City Main Street Program’s Safe, Clean & Green Committee is launching its “Adopt-A-Block” cleanup program for 2015. The program encourages local businesses, organizations, churches and other groups to help keep downtown Oil City streets looking neat, clean and attractive to visitors and residents alike. Groups can choose an area to adopt, register with Oil City Public Works, and then agree to carry out 4 – 6 cleanups during the season (April through November). Groups must provide their own gloves, trash bags, brooms, rakes, etc. and do basic light cleanup such as: picking up litter, sweeping up cigarette butts or other debris, pulling or cutting weeds, raking leaves or other general cleanup work needed along sidewalks, curbs, gutters, planted areas and parking lots in the adopted area. The group may leave filled trash bags in plain sight and contact Public Works to arrange for the bags to be picked up. The program is very similar to Oil City’s Annual Wash Day but Adopt-A-Block encourages year-round cleaning. Nine groups participated in 2014, but the Main Street Program is hoping for more participants this year. More details and a list of streets and available blocks are available by contacting Kathy Bailey at the Oil City Main Street Office at 814-677-3152 ext. 101 or email@example.com. Groups may register their block or area of choice by calling the Oil City Public Works Department at 814-678-3022.