Ebensburg Historic District Receives Listing on National Register of Historic Places

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Danea Koss (814-472-8414)
October 15, 2019

EBENSBURG HISTORIC DISTRICT RECEIVES LISTING ON NATIONAL REGISTER OF HISTORIC PLACES

Ebensburg – Ebensburg officials are pleased to announce that their historic district nomination has been approved by the National Park Service for listing on the National Register of Historic Places.

The National Register of Historic Places is the nation’s official list of properties that are recognized for their significance in American history, architecture, archeology, engineering and/or culture. National Register properties can include districts, sites, buildings, structures, and objects and they can be significant to a local community, a state, a Native American tribe, or the nation as a whole.

Ebensburg’s period of significance spans 162 years, ranging from 1799 to 1961. Its areas of significance fall into commerce and architecture. There are three distinct eras in Ebensburg’s history:

• 1799-1850 saw Ebensburg’s early settlement and its importance was established as a turnpike route, securing its position as a center of commerce and service for travelers along this major east-west route;

• 1850-1915 brought the completion of the railroad, railroad era tourism and the rise and impact of the automobile;

• 1915-1961 started with the devastating fire of 1915 and then the rebuild as an automobile oriented commerce, which changed travel and spending habits until the opening of the US 22 downtown bypass in 1961.

The district is bounded roughly by Highland Avenue, West Street, Sugar Street and Triumph Street. It includes 422 contributing buildings and sites and 161 noncontributing. Buildings that contribute to the historic district retain integrity; their form and/or architectural details reflect their construction during the 1799-1961 period of significance. Buildings whose materials have changed, but without altering the overall design, still contribute to the historic district. The noncontributing properties were either constructed after 1961, or have been altered to an extent that they no longer reflect their historic appearance.

“The historic nature of Ebensburg Borough is one of the many positive aspects of the community that helped our family decide to move here in 2002. Thanks to the hard work of Borough staff and many dedicated volunteers, we can all be proud that Ebensburg has now been nationally recognized for its historic significance. This designation should prove to be a useful tool with regard to further economic development and increased local tourism,” said Doug Tusing, Borough Council President.

Efforts to establish a national register historic district began in the late 1990’s under the direction of local resident, Dr. John “Jack” Coleman. Dr. Coleman served as Professor Emeritus at St. Francis University where he taught history for 40 years and was past president of the PA Historical Association and Cambria County Historical Society. When Dr. Coleman fell ill, the nomination process was put on hold. Borough staff and officials revived the process a few years back, with the help of interested local residents. Mr. Dave Huber, vice president of the Cambria County Historical Society, and Ms. Gina Tusing were staunch supporters who volunteered their time for months to help put together a needed inventory of properties. “We could not have achieved this distinction without the help and support from many volunteers who championed our cause and saw this process through to the end,” said Danea Koss, Community Development Director.

The National Register of Historic Places program is administered by the National Park Service. In Pennsylvania, the program is managed by the Pennsylvania State Historic Preservation Office (PA SHPO), which is a bureau within the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission (PHMC). Under Federal Law, the listing of a property in the National Register places no restrictions on what an owner may do with their property up to and including destruction, unless the property is involved in a project that receives Federal assistance, usually funding or licensing/permitting.

The complete nomination can be viewed at the following link, along with a property inventory, and select photographs: https://www.dot7.state.pa.us/CRGIS/Application/ASPNET/Report/Report.aspx?R=108&T=KEYNO&I=103074.

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Ebensburg’s Dickens of a Christmas

Ebensburg’s 14th annual Dickens of a Christmas will be held Friday, December 6th through Sunday, December 8th. This event is a family-oriented Christmas celebration based on Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol. Many vendors and other participants are clad in period costume. Let us be your host as you enjoy this old-fashioned Christmas weekend.

Come enjoy vendors and crafters hawking Christmas wares, wassailing in quaint neighborhoods, antique shopping, a live nativity, model railroad, a Christmas Parade, a Santa Pub Crawl, children’s events, breakfast with Santa, sleigh and carriage rides, a pipe organ recital, and holiday productions by Cresson Lake Playhouse, Bishop Carroll Drama Club and Grace Church.

This is truly a joyous way to bring in the holiday season, of which Mr. Dickens would surely approve!

Visit www.ebensburgdickens.com for a tentative Schedule of Events.

Any group that is interested in entering the Christmas Parade may fill out the form found here.

Street Resurfacing Project Set to Begin Late September

Quaker Sales will soon begin milling and paving most of the streets south of High Street. A schedule for street paving is very difficult to predict, as it is entirely dependent on dry weather, and progress made on the contractor’s projects in other towns. In addition, Quaker Sales needs to complete all sewer-related street trench repairs in other parts of town before beginning this major street resurfacing project. It appears at this point that work should begin south of High Street on or about September 23rd. All streets are expected to be completed by the end of October.

The red dots on the map above illustrate which streets and street segments will be milled and resurfaced. Approximately 1½” of blacktop will be “milled”, or removed, from these streets. The milling will be done from curb to curb. A new 1½” topcoat of blacktop will then be applied to the street. This will eliminate all signs of the recent excavation done during the sewer, gas, sidewalk and stormwater projects. Once milled and resurfaced, the street will look like new.

Your cooperation, and your continued patience, will be needed during this final phase of our work. The contractor will place “No Parking” signs on the street in advance of milling, and again in advance of final paving. We realize that some may have to park in yards or a block away from home during the actual work, but it is necessary in order to get the project completed.

Street resurfacing will not occur on any of the milled streets until enough streets have been milled to make blacktopping practical.  Milling takes longer than paving. In other words, the paving crew cannot simply follow the milling crew down the street and immediately begin paving. Once a street is milled, it will be power-broomed and again opened for traffic. Be extra careful when driving on a milled street. Everyone has driven on a grooved surface before and knows it can be a bit rough. Until the street is resurfaced, manholes and shutoff boxes will be sticking up 1½”. You can’t hurt them, but be aware of them.

After a particular street is repaved, it will remain closed to traffic for most of that day. Please do not drive across any fresh blacktop. Never drive around traffic control devices such as cones or barrels, even if there is no work crew there at the time.

This is the final phase of these various excavation projects. With just a bit more of your patience, we’ll be finished with all of the dust, mud and noise.

Ebensburg Prepares to Celebrate 28th Annual PotatoFest

EBENSBURG PREPARES TO
CELEBRATE 28th ANNUAL POTATOFEST

Ebensburg – The 28th annual PotatoFest will be held Saturday, September 28th from 9 am-5 pm in downtown Ebensburg!  Over 200 of the area’s best craft and food vendors will line High, Center, Julian and West Sample Streets, as well as, the Cambria County Memorial Park and Penn Eben Park.  Visitors will enjoy unique potato foods and live entertainment all day long! Dance performers will show off their moves in the VFW parking lot.

“The PotatoFest Committee works year-round to put together a family-friendly event that has a little something for everyone,” said Danea Koss, Community Development Director. “We really focus on attracting all types of people from our area and beyond.” Dauntless Fire Station will also host their 12th Annual Wine Extravanganza at their station. Admission is $10 which includes a wine glass and wine tasting.

Returning once again this year will be a designated area for kids called ‘Adventures in Spudland’ featuring a bounce house, dance dome, the ‘Kid’s Potato Patch’, Mini Golf and a Home Depot Kids workshop.

There is no charge to attend PotatoFest and a free shuttle runs from 9 am – 5:30 pm from Admiral Peary Vo-Tech & Central Cambria School (Rt. 422), Penn Highlands Community College, Ebensburg Mini Mall and Lake Rowena!

PotatoFest is sponsored by State Farm Agent Kim Springer, First National Bank, WTAJ and number of additional sponsors. For additional information, please visit www.potatofest.com, or call the Ebensburg Borough Office at (814) 472-8780.

Ebensburg Summer Bucket List

Now that summer is winding down, have you taken advantage of all the cool things we have to do in and around Ebensburg?

Check out our newly updated “Ebensburg Summer Bucket List” which includes our favorite things to do during the summer months in the Ebensburg area. Print out the list and start exploring!

Track your progress and earn a prize – anyone who completes 20 or more activities should bring their completed list into the community development office in the borough building for a special prize.

Ebensburg Borough
Community Development Office
300 W. High Street
Ebensburg, PA 15931
814-472-8414
dkoss@ebensburgpa.com

This activity is sponsored by the Ebensburg Main Street Partnership and the Ebensburg Recreation Department. For more ideas on things to do in our area, visit the Attractions page of our website.

 

Ebensburg Main Street Partnership Earns National Accreditation

Ebensburg’s Community Development Director Danea Koss accepts Ebensburg Main Street Partnership’s 2019 National Main Street Center accreditation certificate alongside representatives from DCED and other accredited communities. From left: Christie Yerger, DCED; Danea Koss, Ebensburg Main Street Partnership; Gordon Manker, Wilkinsburg CDC; Josh Rolon, Wilkinsburg CDC; Jeanine Henry, Waynesburg Prosperous & Beautiful, Larry Marshall, Waynesburg Prosperous & Beautiful; Mandy Book, DCED. Ebensburg was also recognized as the fifth “Best Performing Main Street Programs” behind Easton, Boyertown, Hamburg and Quakertown.

 

Ebensburg Main Street Partnership Receives 2019 National Main Street Accreditation

Ebensburg, PA (July 9, 2019) – Ebensburg Main Street Partnership has been designated as an accredited Main Street America™ program for meeting rigorous performance standards set by the National Main Street Center. Each year, the National Main Street Center and its partners announce the list of accredited Main Street America programs to recognize their exemplary commitment to preservation-based economic development and community revitalization through the Main Street Approach™

“We are proud to acknowledge this year’s 840 nationally accredited Main Street America programs that have worked tirelessly to strengthen their communities,” said Patrice Frey, President & CEO of the National Main Street Center. “These programs deserve recognition for generating impressive economic returns, preserving community character, and celebrating local history. Main Street America Accredited communities are part of a powerful movement of changemakers, and their dedication to improving quality of life in the places they call home is inspiring.

In 2018 alone, Main Street America programs generated $4.93 billion in local reinvestment, helped open 5,310 net new businesses, generated 25,301 net new jobs, catalyzed the rehabilitation of 8,146 historic buildings, and clocked 2.2 million volunteer hours.

The Ebensburg Main Street Partnership’s performance is annually evaluated by the Pennsylvania Downtown Center, which works in partnership with the National Main Street Center to identify the local programs that meet ten national performance standards. Evaluation criteria determines the communities that are building comprehensive and sustainable revitalization efforts and include standards such as fostering strong public-private partnerships, documenting programmatic progress, and actively preserving historic buildings.

“We are proud to be one of only 25 nationally accredited main street programs in Pennsylvania,” said John Paul Houser, president of the Ebensburg Main Street Partnership. “It sets us apart and affirms that we are following the national standard for main street programs.”

The Ebensburg Main Street Partnership strives to promote economic development, preserve our historic character and celebrate our small-town charm. This is accomplished through community beautification and improvement projects, partnerships with local officials and stakeholders and an active annual schedule of events.

Main Street America has been helping revitalize older and historic commercial districts for more than 35 years. Today, it is a network of more than 1,600 neighborhoods and communities, rural and urban, who share both a commitment to place and to building stronger communities through preservation-based economic development. Since 1980, communities participating in the program have leveraged more than $74.73 billion in new public and private investment, generated 614,716 net new jobs and 138,303 net new businesses, and rehabilitated more than 276,790 buildings. Main Street America is a program of the nonprofit National Main Street Center, a subsidiary of the National Trust for Historic Preservation. 

15th Annual Wheels & Wings – Thursday, June 20th 5pm – 10pm

Ebensburg officials and community members are gearing up for the 15th  annual “Wheels & Wings” event to be held Thursday evening, June 20th, in Downtown Ebensburg.  This car, truck, and motorcycle show will once again be combined with a wing-off between local restaurants and vendors!  The event, which is held in conjunction with Johnstown’s Thunder in the Valley motorcycle rally, brings thousands to Downtown Ebensburg each year!  This year’s event will be held in Penn Eben Park (corner of Julian & High Streets) and along North Julian & West Sample Street Streets.

The 15th Annual Wheels & Wings will feature live entertainment from Habatat at the intersection of Center and Sample Streets. The live act will perform from 6:00 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.

Vehicle registration will begin at 4:30 p.m. on the day of the event only.  Only the first 250 vehicles will be registered and the first 150 registrants will receive ‘Wheels & Wings’ dash plaques sponsored by Roundhouse Harley-Davidson.  The registration fee is $7 and vehicles will enter at the corner of Caroline & High Streets. This year vehicles will once again be judged by classes; there will be three bike classes: Sport Bike, Cruisers & Custom Bikes. There will be five car classes: Pre-50’s, 50’s, 60’s, 70’s, Post-80’s. There is also one class for trucks.

A panel of judges will award trophies to the top 3 vehicles in each category. A “Best of Show” award will also be given to one car, truck and motorcycle. The awards will be announced at 8:30 pm from the entertainment area.

Meanwhile, food vendors will serve up their best wings from 5:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.  along West Sample Street while competing for the title of “Best Wings!” Additional food items will also be available for sale.

The following will serve as wing judges: Randy Datsko, Ebensburg Mayor, a representative of the event’s Premier Sponsor, Kim Springer Insurance Agency LLC, among others will serve as wing judges.

Dauntless Fire Company, The Castle Pub and Ebensburg Main Street Partnership will sell adult beverages. The Ebensburg Main Street Partnership will once again be selling this year’s Wheels & Wings T-shirts featuring a new logo design and other merchandise at their booth along West Sample Street.

For more information, please visit www.ebensburgwheels.com or call the Ebensburg Borough office at (814) 472-8414.  This event’s Premier Sponsor is Kim Springer Insurance Agency LLC. Other event sponsors include: Roundhouse Harley-Davidso and Haida Healthcare & Rehabilitation.

Ebensburg Farmers Market – Every Saturday, 9 am to 12 pm

The Ebensburg Farmers Market will begin Saturday, July 6th and go through September 21st.  The market runs every Saturday in Penn Eben Park from 9 am to 12 pm, rain or shine. Vendors in attendance will be selling the following items, and items will vary from week to week:

  • Fruits – blueberries, raspberries, etc.
  • Veggies – squash, tomatoes, red beets, beans, onions, cabbage, cucumbers, corn, etc.
  • Herbs – garlic, basil, parsley, etc.
  • Farm Fresh Eggs
  • Baked Goods
  • Honey
  • Soaps/Hand Creams
  • Flowers/Plants

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