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The PA Route 6 Alliance celebrates “Do 6” achievements and awards.

Recognizing outstanding people, groups and communities along PA Route 6!

Community leaders, groups, business owners, county commissioners and state legislators joined the PA Route 6 Alliance in Mansfield on September 21str-22nd to celebrate the organization’s 2022 annual meeting and the “Do 6” award.

The two-day in-person event began with an educational workshop at the Mill Cove Environmental Area on Wednesday, September 21str, and with guest speakers Amy Camp of Cycle Forward, Julie Fitzpatrick of Downtown Pennsylvania, and Brett Hollern of the Pennsylvania Environmental Council. Topics included cycling tourism, what’s next in community revitalization and the social and economic impact of routes on our communities and the people who live there.

On Thursday, September 22th, the event has moved to Corey Creek Golf Club in Mansfield for the PA Route 6 Annual Meeting and “Do 6” Awards. Following a business meeting and election of officers, the PA Route 6 Alliance welcomed board president Kevin Abrams to his retirement after years of dedicated leadership, guidance and support. Since 1996, Abrams has served on the Pennsylvania Route 6 Board.

At the annual meeting, the PA Route 6 Alliance presented its goals and accomplishments in the Route 6 corridor, including tourism advocacy and marketing, bicycle tourism and a bicycle-friendly business program, state bypass designation efforts, the Artisan Trail along PA Route 6, the PA Route 6 Public Art & Mural Trail, and the PA Route 6 Facade Program.

There were also presentations from the four communities currently implementing the Community Heart & Soul program led by the Pennsylvania Humane Council and the Orton Foundation: Tideout, Youngsville, Carbondale and Wyoming County. Amy Camp then gave a keynote presentation on the importance of trails and outdoor recreation to local economies and communities.

The Do6 Awards for 2022 were presented in categories Partnership “Heritage”., Heritage tourism, Heritage Leadership, Artisan of the Year, Heritage Community of the Year and Lifetime Achievement. Each award recipient also received special recognition from one or more state legislators in the form of a citation from the Pennsylvania House of Representatives and the Pennsylvania Senate.

The Heritage Partnership Award given to an individual, group, or project that has demonstrated excellence in the preservation, interpretation, and/or education of historic and cultural monuments through interdisciplinary thinking and interdisciplinary collaboration. The 2022 Heritage Partnership Award was presented to Erie Arts & Culture in Erie, Pennsylvania. Under the leadership of Patrick Fisher, Erie Arts & Culture helped plan and implement the first-ever Downtown Erie Sculpture Walk, a year-round outdoor art exhibit featuring 15 sculptures representing 13 artists from across the U.S. The Walk provides a way for visitors and locals to engage fine arts, exploring downtown Erie and the Bayfront, and has become a popular attraction. (Photo from left: Patrick Fisher of Erie Arts & Culture, Christine Temple of VisitErie and PA Route 6 Council President Kevin Abrams)

The Heritage Tourism Award presented by the organizer of a project or event that contributes to the development of the economy and tourism while preserving the heritage and cultural resources of the corridor. The 2022 Heritage Tourism Award was presented to Lackawaxen River Trails in Wayne County. The Lackawaxen River Trails Project grew out of a grassroots movement to build an interconnected trail system through the heritage communities of Honesdale, White Mill and Hawley. The River Trail concept uses the river, rail and Rt. 6 corridor to connect key community resources, existing routes, recreational facilities, economic centers and cultural opportunities. (Photo: James Hamill of the Pocono Mountains Visitors Bureau, center, receives the Heritage Tourism Award on behalf of Molly Rogers and the Lackawaxen River Trail. Also pictured are Honesdale Mayor Derek Williams, left, and Route 6 PA Board President Kevin Abrams.)

The Legacy Leadership Award presented to an individual, business or organization for significant contributions and/or partnerships that have led to the enrichment of our communities through landscape initiatives or historic preservation. The 2022 Heritage Leadership Award was presented to Lisa Glover of Honesdale. Lisa served on the Honesdale Area Parks and Recreation Commission and was a major supporter of the Wayne County Arts Alliance and its programs. In 2022, Lisa worked with a variety of partners to spearhead a mural project that transformed a tunnel owned by Wayne County in Honesdale along Route 6 into an amazing mural that reflects what students want to see in their community. (Photo: Lisa Glover with PA Route 6 Council President Kevin Abrams.)

The Craftsman of the Year Award. is presented to the Artisan Trail participant, reflecting the goals of the Route 6 PA Artisan Trail program with a particular focus on regional thinking and collaboration in promoting the arts along the corridor. The 2022 Artisan of the Year Award was presented to Highland Chocolates of Wellsboro, Tioga County. Highland Chocolates is a non-profit chocolate factory and retail store that provides vocational training and employment for adults with disabilities. Highland Chocolates is working hard to transform its facilities into a greater attraction for visitors and local residents, which has a positive impact on tourism and the local economy. (Photo: Rep. Clint Owlette with Highland Chocolates employees (left to right) Kelly Irwin, Irene Morgan and Erin Raup, PA Route 6 Board President Kevin Abrams and Deb Rudy, representative of Sen. Chris Dusch.)

The Heritage Community of the Year Award. presented to one designated heritage community that adopts its heritage tourism work plan and implements worthwhile projects that demonstrate impact and results in its community. The 2022 Heritage Community of the Year Award was presented to Corry, represented by Charles Gray of Impact Corry and Wendy Neckers of the Painted Finch Gallery in Corry. The Corry community is working to honor the past, celebrate the present and embrace the future through recently completed and ongoing projects to transform their town into a four-season destination, enhancing its small-town charm. Corry also boasts a National Historic Landmark designation announced in 2022. Corry thrives when groups work together for the greater good to complete meaningful projects. The visible results and continued energy of community members and groups have drawn attention to Cora as a welcoming and attractive place to live, work and visit. (Photos left to right: Chuck Gray of Impact Corry, Wendy Neckers of Painted Finch Gallery in Corry and PA Route 6 Board President Kevin Abrams.)

The Lifetime Achievement Award awarded to an individual or agency that exemplifies outstanding leadership and advances the mission of the PA Route 6 Alliance through legacy development. The 2022 Lifetime Achievement Award was presented to Dan Glotz of Warren County. As the Warren County Planning Specialist and Vice President of Pennsylvania Route 6, Dan is an advocate for cultural tourism and the impact of outdoor recreation on the economy and quality of life throughout the Route 6 corridor. Dan has served as Chair of our Tourism and Infrastructure Committee, leading the program facades of Route 6 in Pennsylvania, bicycle tourism and our Byway designation efforts. Dan is currently a member of the PA Route 6 Alliance Executive Committee and will assume the role of President following the Annual Meeting. (Photo from left: PA Route 6 Alliance Executive Director Candace Hilliard, Board Vice President Dan Glotz, Board President Kevin Abrams and Board Treasurer Randy Heller.)

Alliance Executive Director Candace Hilliard says: “This was the first time since 2019 that we have been able to host an in-person event due to the Covid challenges of the past two years. It was great to connect personally with community leaders, business owners and legislators to discuss what we can all do to strengthen our communities. We always look forward to these opportunities to share our organization’s accomplishments and celebrate the people and projects that help further our mission to support the PA Route 6 Heritage Corridor.”

For more information on the Do 6 award winners, visit www.paroute6.com/annual-awards-programor contact the Alliance at info@paroute6.com or 814-435-7706.

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