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Wednesday, June 18, 2008

Coudersport Chamber Meets At Charles Cole

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The Coudersport Chamber of Commerce met Tuesday for lunch at Charles Cole Hospital’s Wellness Center.

The Hospital’s CEO Ed Pitchford gave a report on changes at the hospital and challenges facing rural health systems.

Chamber President Stan Swank announced that the first of the season’s Saturdays on the Square opens on Saturday, June 21, at the courthouse square.

Singer and guitarist Tom Martin will perform from the gazebo and vendors will be set up around the square. There is no admission fee.

Future Saturdays on the Square are scheduled July 19 and Aug. 16. The Merchants Committee is lining up entertainment and vendor arrangements. Vendors with an interest in participating should contact Stan Swank at the Jubilee, 274-8820.

Dick Buchanan who heads up the arboretum committee reported that several improvements have been made to the site and that the American Legion’s Wall of Honor will be dedicated in a ceremony later this summer.

Swank said plans are coming together for the annual Chamber Awards Dinner, tentatively scheduled for Tuesday night, Sept. 23. A committee is lining up entertainment or a guest speaker.

The Chamber is helping downtown businesses make the best of the closure of the Specialist Mike Franklin Memorial Bridge, which carries U.S. Rt. 6 over the Allegheny River on East Second Street.

All traffic that would normally pass through the business district is now being re-routed on Mill, Maple and Oak streets. PennDOT expects to have the one-span, 65-foot concrete bridge open by mid-August.

Chamber leaders worked out an arrangement with the bridge contractor, A. L. Blades Inc. of Hornell, N. Y., to split the cost of two large billboards on the Rt. 6 gateways to promote shopping downtown. Chamber affiliates and supporters also donated money to pay for a business listing banner at the detour intersection at Oak and South Main streets.

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