A full plate
The Lehighton Downtown Initiative Committee has some ambitious plans for 2012, according to Todd Zimmerman, the group's president who recently detailed them to borough council.
• Hosting a Community Day on May 12 at the Lehighton Community Grove.
• Sponsoring the 14th annual Lehighton Bike Night on Saturday, Aug. 11.
• A Lehighton Fall Fest at a date to be announced, but probably in October.
• Sponsoring the Great Lehighton Race in May.
• Planting flowers in the Lehighton Park.
The LDIC is also hoping to expand a camera network in the downtown area to help with the safety of residents, purchase a downtown economic incubator building, and develop the Lehigh River front.
"LDIC was formed in the summer of 2007 with its goal to revitalize the downtown business district," Zimmerman said. "We encourage business owners, civic organizations, and the people of Lehighton to help us in this endeavor. Our first goal is to spruce up the area parks."
An engraved brick paver project is being used to raise funds to refurbish the walkways. The renovation of the walkway circle around the fountain is planned this coming spring.
Zimmerman said some businesses have generously contributed to LDIC's efforts, including Lowe's of Lehighton, $7,500; Frank Potoczak, owner of Secure Technologies and Castle Grill Restaurant, $5,000; First Niagara Bank, $2,500; and Walker Landscaping, $1,000.
Also, Zimmerman noted contributions from Liberty Oil, Jim Thorpe National Bank, Rapa Law Firm, First National Pharmacy, Andreas Plumbing and Heating, Andrew P. Ovsak Funeral Home, Boulevard Drive-In and Restaurant, The Bike Shop, and Dale and Georgia Traupman.
Zimmerman also praised volunteers who have helped LDIC during the past year, including Mary Lou Harvan; Danielle Andreas of Andreas Plumbing and Heating; Potoczak; Karen and Elizabeth Reichard; Mark Marek of Educare; the Traupmans; Matt Fisher, a teacher at Lehighton Area High School, along with Fisher's students - Shayanne Kleintop and John Strauss, and Lehighton Borough Secretary Brenda Koons.