Ebensburg’s Dickens of a Christmas – Nov 30 – Dec 1

Ebensburg’s 13th annual Dickens of a Christmas 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, ice carving, antique shopping, a live nativity, model railroad, a Christmas Parade, children’s events, breakfast with Santa, sleigh and carriage rides, a pipe organ recital, and a holiday production by Cresson Lake Playhouse.

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.

SEWER PROJECT CONSTRUCTION SCHEDULE & MAP – September 2018

Attention Borough Residents:
Sewer Project Construction Schedule Update – September 17, 2018
 
Sippel Construction has started mainline installation in the area of East Ogle and Caroline. That crew will continue to work in this area toward the Court House and then move toward S. Phaney St.
 
Sippel’s second crew is now beginning mainline install in the area of West Ogle. That crew will be working on Ogle and South Spruce up to Lloyd St. Work will then begin on Lloyd.
A third mainline crew is expected to start on South West Street at Triumph.
 
Sippel will have personnel contacting homeowners to assist them in locating their homes sewer laterals for reconnection daily. Borough staff will also need access to your home to connect pipe locating equipment to your water line to mark the location for construction.
 
Where the new mainlines have been installed crews have started installing new laterals for homeowners to connect to. Homeowners will begin to receive connection notices when you are required to replace your section of line to your home. Almost all buildings will need to replace their lateral and pressure test unless it has already been replaced and tested.
Residents will begin seeing other underground utilities marked with various colors of paint and flags on the ground where work is expected to be done. Please don’t remove marking flags or paint marks.
 
Some residents are reminded that they may need to have their own lateral replaced within several weeks of placement of their new connection point. We have already contacted many who will be in this situation and discussed what is needed. If you think you maybe in this situation we highly recommend you contact your excavating or plumbing contractor and preplan what is needed and get an estimate. Everyone should have a plan of what work they need to have done and plan for the expense. All homes need to be connected to the new mains by the connection deadlines in the connection notices.
Parking is restricted where construction is underway and streets are closed. If work is being done on your street you may not be able to get your car out without a wait. Park around the corner or in rear if possible. Vehicles will be towed if necessary. Work will continue through July 2019.

 

Ebensburg Main Street Partnership Earns National Accreditation

Ebensburg Main Street Partnership Receives 2018 National Main Street Accreditation

Ebensburg, PA (August 21, 2018) – Ebensburg Main Street Partnership has once again 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 Coordinating Program partners announce the list of accredited Main Street America programs in recognition of their exemplary commitment to preservation-based economic development and community revitalization through the Main Street Approach.

“We are thrilled to honor this year’s 829 nationally accredited Main Street America programs for their commitment to preservation-based economic development and the revitalization of their commercial districts,” says Patrice Frey, President & CEO of the National Main Street Center. “The power of Main Street shines across the country through these vibrant communities, who have all worked to generate impressive economic returns, preserve community character, and celebrate local history.”

In 2017 alone, Main Street America programs generated $4.48 billion in local reinvestment, helped open 6,211 net new businesses, generated 30,294 net new jobs, catalyzed the rehabilitation of 8,737 historic buildings, and clocked 2.7 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 40 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 all main street programs.”

The Ebensburg Main Street Partnership represents an important and unique partnership between municipal government (the Borough of Ebensburg) and private enterprise. Combined with interested residents from the community, the Ebensburg Main Street Partnership is committed to increasing the economic vitality of the Ebensburg Central Business District. This is accomplished through a coordinated program of promotional activities, as well as facade and streetscape improvements.

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. 

Ebensburg Prepares to Celebrate 27th Annual PotatoFest

EBENSBURG PREPARES TO
CELEBRATE 27th ANNUAL POTATOFEST

Ebensburg – The 27th annual PotatoFest will be held Saturday, September 29th 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 11th 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’, 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, 96 Key, and WTAJ. For additional information, please visit www.potatofest.com, or call the Ebensburg Borough Office at (814) 472-8780.

WINTER PARKING ENFORCEMENT

WINTER PARKING REGULATIONS RELAXED

Good News! The enforcement of the winter parking regulations within Ebensburg Borough is being relaxed.

The current Ordinance, in place since 1994, requires alternate side parking on many streets between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m., and again between 5 p.m. and 8 a.m. It also prohibits parking on many smaller streets between 2 a.m. and 6 a.m. Those winter parking restrictions are in effect between December 1st and March 31st.

In the past, the Ordinance was not enforced until the first snowfall each year. After the first snowfall, the Ordinance was enforced each and every day, regardless of weather conditions. These parking restrictions are necessary to allow the public works crew to properly and safely clear the streets of snow. Unfortunately, the regulations caused great inconvenience to the residents.

Today, there are many methods of communicating current information to the residents. Borough Council believes that we can enforce the regulations when necessary, and relax enforcement when possible.

Effective immediately, the winter parking regulations will only be enforced when deemed necessary by staff. A notice will be placed here on the website announcing when the regulations are “in effect” or are “not in effect.” The same notice will be posted on the borough’s Facebook page.

For those that may not have access to the Internet, a call to the borough office at 472-8780 is all that will be necessary to verify whether vehicles parked on the street need to be moved. During business hours, staff will be able to answer the question. After hours, the recording will inform the caller if the regulations are in effect or not.

Winter parking restrictions will be placed in effect with every forecasted snowfall, and should be considered in effect with every unexpected snowfall. Depending on conditions, the restrictions will often remain in effect for several days following a snowfall. Crews often work for several days to push snow back from the curbs, to clear intersections, and to clear slush from the streets. Residents will be required to move vehicles until such time that the announcement on the website and Facebook is again changed. It will be everyone’s responsibility to verify the current enforcement status of the winter parking regulations. Remember…because it snowed two days ago and hasn’t snowed since; the winter parking regulations may still be in effect. Check the website!

The relaxed winter parking regulations will require the full cooperation of everyone. It is important that the public works crews are able to maintain clear streets during winter conditions. If the relaxation of enforcement causes problems in that regard, it will be necessary to return to daily enforcement. Please work with us so that we can maintain our streets in a safe manner, while minimizing the inconvenience to you and your neighbors of moving your vehicle twice each day.

Ebensburg Summer Bucket List

Now that summer has begun, what is there to do around here?
The short answer: lots!

Check out our newly created “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.