3rd Annual Celebrate Berwick to be Held This Spring

An event started by the Chamber in 2013 to draw people to the greater Berwick area will continue this spring. Celebrate Berwick is scheduled for Saturday, May 9, 2015. Activities for the entire family will be held along the Rt. 11 corridor from Briar Creek to Downtown.

Celebrate Berwick was created to continue the spring celebration of our local communities. The event is held in succession with Renaissance Jamboree in Bloomsburg and Danville’s Spring Fling. Dozens of local businesses offer special promotions and non-profit groups provide fun activities and information about their organizations. Other activities include a car show, wine festival, kids’ games and inflatables, and more.

The event would not be possible without the support of Berwick Borough, sponsors, and the involvement of volunteers. The first planning meeting will be held on Tuesday, February 3rd at 6:00 p.m. at the Eagles Building in Berwick. Anyone who is interested in helping with the event is welcome to attend. For additional information, contact Fred Gaffney at the Chamber at 570-784-2522.

Danville Awarded $11,788 to Improve Signalized Traffic Intersections

Last week PennDOT announced that the Borough of Danville is one of only 38 municipalities throughout the state that will be awarded funding through the 2014 round of Pennsylvania’s Municipal Partnership Program, also known as the “Green Light – Go Program.” Established by Act 89 of 2013, the Municipal Partnership Program is designed to improve safety and mobility by reducing congestion and improving efficiency of existing traffic signals on state highways.

The Borough is slated to receive $11,788 towards a project to retime and synchronize all nine of its signalized vehicular intersections as well as its single signalized pedestrian crosswalk. This project will help ensure more efficient and improved traffic flow patterns while also alleviating congestion along the major roadways that pass through the Borough such as SR 54, US 11, and Mill Street. The project will also guarantee that the Borough’s signalized intersections are operating in a synchronized and coordinated manner, particularly during the morning and evening commutes. The Borough anticipates completion of this project sometime in late 2015.

The total cost of the project is estimated to be $23,575. The $11,788 grant award represents 50% of the project’s total cost. The remaining 50% will be evenly split between the Borough of Danville’s local funds and a $5,894 monetary contribution from Geisinger Health System.

Give the Gift of Choice for the Holidays

Still struggling for holiday gift ideas with very little shopping time left? Avoid the frustration and last-minute scrambling. Chamber Gift Certificates make a great option while supporting local businesses.

Chamber Gift Certificates work just like a check and can be used at any member business. Recipients can use them at restaurants, stores, salons, etc. Give the gift of choice while encouraging friends, family and co-workers to buy local.

Certificates are available in $10 and $25 denominations at the Chamber office at 238 Market Street, Bloomsburg. Other denominations or large orders are also available by calling the office at 570-784-2522. Please allow 2-3 business days for processing.

BU Conference Goes from Backpack to Briefcase

BUConferenceRecently, Bloomsburg University’s College of Business hosted its 4th annual Zeigler Institute for Professional Development Business Conference covering topics ranging from leading global marketing strategy to interpersonal growth and leadership to non-profit management. The ZIPD conference is focused on helping students cultivate professional skill sets and a deeper understanding of how business’ functional areas interrelate. Nearly 100 alumni returned to campus, including Chamber President Fred Gaffney, to help lead many of the informative lectures, panel discussions and roundtable networking events.

“The Zeigler Institute for Professional Development gives our students a distinct advantage,” said BU President David Soltz. “They will not only pursue careers that are a good fit for them personally, but they will acquire the well-rounded perspective necessary to become valued employees and successful business owners.”

The Institute is made possible by an endowment from alumni Terry Zeigler and his wife, JoAnn Schultz Zeigler. For more information, visit www.bloomu.edu/ZIPD.

North Pole Express Sold Out

Tickets for all excursions of the Downtown Bloomsburg Inc.’s North Pole Express train rides next weekend are sold out. Sales for next year are scheduled to begin October 27, 2015. Mark your calendar now and plan early!