Bank supports community initiative

The board of directors of the Petersburg Community Development Association (PCDA) has announced a gift of $500 from Clearfield Bank and Trust Co. of Huntingdon in support of its 2015-2016 Christmas Lights Restoration Initiative in Petersburg Borough.
 
The initiative was launched in September under the technical leadership of PCDA members Jerry and Louise Houck ofPetersburg who have cared for the maintenance and installation of the fixtures for most of the last 38 years.
 
Largely under the financial development leadership of Karl West of Petersburg and Pensacola, Florida, about a dozen individual and family sponsors have come forward to underwrite much of the cost of the upgrade.The Houcks arranged with the Allentownmanufacturer to have 12 of the community’s 14 wreath fixtures retrofitted this year with new energy-efficient LED lights, new greens and new red bows. The two remaining wreaths will be restored next summer for the Christmas 2016 season and two new LED angel fixtures — one for each state Route 305 entrance to the community — are in the plans for completing the display next year.
 
With family and individual memorial gifts and with gifts from community civic partners, individuals, local corporations and one foundation, the entire project now stands at near 80 percent funded in less than three months with only $1,500 needed to reach the project’s objective of $7,500 by next spring.
 
“The amazing thing about our Christmas Lights Initiative — the longest-running of PCDA’s community enhancement programs — is that underwriting gifts totaling over half of the needed funding came to us within the first eight weeks of the project’s announcement, simply by word of mouth,” said Guy Croyle, PCDA president. “Our members just spread the news informally, one on one among their neighbors, family and friends."
 
According to PCDA treasurer Jack Yarnell, “As word spreads about the success of this program in so short a time frame, more donors are coming forward to help cover planned wiring and switching maintenance that will happen next summer. We are grateful to all those who have valued this project each year and helped to sustain it.”
 
A framed roster recognizing all donors to the Christmas Lights Restoration Initiative is on permanent display in council chambers at Petersburg Town Hall and will be periodically updated through 2016.
 
PCDA Inc. is a publicly supported, 501(c)3 foundation with the purpose of encouraging and developing volunteerism and citizen-leadership through creative community initiatives that enhance quality of life and “sense of place” in Petersburg and Shavers Creek Valley.