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News Eagle - Hawley, PA
  • DHP presents 2014 Partnership Awards

  • HAWLEY - Celebrating progress in promoting the greater Hawley area, Downtown Hawley Partnership (DHP) bestowed their annual awards April 30 for community service.
    The dinner program was held at the Hawley United Methodist Church Great Hall. The following honorees received 2014 Partnership awards for Outstanding Contributions to the Community:
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  • HAWLEY - Celebrating progress in promoting the greater Hawley area, Downtown Hawley Partnership (DHP) bestowed their annual awards April 30 for community service.
       The dinner program was held at the Hawley United Methodist Church Great Hall. The following honorees received 2014 Partnership awards for Outstanding Contributions to the Community:
       • (For Profit) Miss Elly's Antiques & Such, presented by Jeanne Genzlinger.
       • (Not-for Profit) The Chamber of the Northern Poconos, presented by Wayne County Commissioner Wendell Kay.
       • (Individual) Richard and Barbara Briden, presented by Dick Teeter.
       Also during the program, DHP officers for 2014-2015 were given the oath of office by District Judge Bonnie Carney.  DHP President Rev. William Samford, who conducted the annual meeting, passed the honor and duties of leadership to the incoming DHP President, Maura Rottmund.
       Maura is the Executive Director of the Hawley Public Library.
       Other Executive Committee members for 2014-2015 are 1st Vice-President Sue Currier, Delaware Highlands Conservancy; 2nd Vice-President Jill Carletti, Harmony Presents; Treasurer Barbara Briden, Artist; Past President Rev. William Samford, 1st Presbyterian Church.
        Other Board members include Sandy Gabrielson, Murphy's Insurance/Ritz Company Playhouse; Jeanne Genzlinger, The Settlers Inn; Justin Genzlinger, The Hawley Silk Mill; Susie George, Hawley Farmers Market; Mayor Kevin Hawk, Hawley Borough Liaison; Dick Teeter, Teeters' Furniture/Funeral Chapel; Tony Waldron, Waldron Law Offices and Nancy Morales, Krafting With Friends.
    ••• Honorees comment
       Elaine Herzog, owner of  Miss Elly's Antiques & Such, accepted the first award. She was hailed for her commitment to her community, finding time to serve on Hawley Council, as president of the Wayne County Historical Society and on the DHP Board, while being sole proprietor of her business.
       She started her antiques business in 1999, which is located at 518 Church St., Hawley. Herzog mentioned Jeanne Genzlinger and Peggy Murphy as her mentors, as well as her loving family and friends among the various entities where she is involved.
       "The shop is a childhood dream of mine," Herzog said. "This is a town where a child's dream can come true."
       The 2014 non-profit Partnership Award recognizes the Chamber of the Northern Poconos, the name for the new manifestation of community partnership being forged at this time. Gary Beilman accepted the award for the organization. He said that their target date is July 1st for the historic merger of the Wayne County, Pocono Lake Region and Southern Wayne Regional chambers of commerce.
        He said that at one time, anyone hearing the suggestion that the chambers would one day come together, would never believe it. He credited the vision of each chamber, their staff and memberships, who have pledged to work as one. The merger provides a way to avoid duplicity for the benefit of business development and members, and to attract more people and businesses to the area.
    Page 2 of 3 -      Teeter called the presentation of the Individual Award a fun part of the evening, since "no one knows who it will be; well, someone knows."
        This year the surprise came to two people, in more ways than one.
         The DHP contacted Richard Briden, to tell him his wife Barbara was receiving the award, but don't say anything. Richard was asked for some details that could be mentioned by way of introduction.
         DHP in turn contacted Barbara Briden and did the same thing, saying it was her husband Richard that was the surprise honoree.
         The Bridens have been very active in the community. Barbara is a Friends With a Heart quilter. This group makes a quilt for the Wallenpaupack Historical Society raffle each year. They also make quilts for the VA Hospital in Wilkes-Barre, pillows and dolls for Wayne Memorial Hospital and other items for charities. She is an artist, and has created paintings for the annual DHP Winterfest raffle.
         Richard is a local history buff and is involved on the DHP Trail Project as well as on Wally Lake Fest. He is also active with the Wallenpaupack Historical Society.
    ••• Love for community
        Mary Beth Wood, Executive Director of WEDCO, was the keynote speaker. Discussing economic development goals of the county and how they relate to and complement Hawley's strategic plan, she said what they have in common is "love." She said an economic developer must love their community to justify the long hours spent on the common good. More information on her talk is planned for a separate story.
        At the onset, President Samford highlighted the progress of the DHP in the past year as well as noting areas where work needs to be done.
        Foremost, he said, was Hawley being picked as one of 200 communities across the U.S. and Canada by the Benjamin Moore paint company, in the Main Street Matters contest. Painting contractors will be working on commercial facades on Main Avenue in a few weeks, with completion planned by June 13.
        Benjamin Moore is undertaking the first story of each building. A state DCED grant was obtained to complete the rest of the facade. Samford noted that between the two, about $160,000 is being invested in downtown Hawley.  "It is a blessing," he said.
         New benches and flower planters will soon be presented, in time with the completion of the Main Street Matters program. A ceremony is being planned at the end of the project.
         He noted that new businesses have opened in town, and encouraged the public's patronage. Samford noted that some empty storefronts still wait to be filled, and further unity is needed.
    Page 3 of 3 -    Samford took note of the excellent work of their administrator Simon Knox, as well as their many dedicated volunteers who work on committees and help with the several downtown events through the year.
        
    For more information on the DHP and Hawley, visit online at www.VisitHawleyPA.com.

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