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Longtime Lansford flower shop to be recognized

Lansford Alive will present its annual Black Diamond Award to Porvaznik’s Flowers, as longtime owners Bruce and Megan Andersen retire, during its Christmas party Dec. 15.

The flower shop, the borough’s longest running business, celebrated its 125th year in the community this year and the Andersens turned over the keys to new owners Shawn and Dorothy Hartney.

Lansford Alive invites the community to wish the Andersens well, as they retire and the community group rings in the holiday season.

Megan Andersen took over the West Ridge Street flower shop in 1990 from Joe Porvaznik, whose family operated the shop and greenhouses for 92 years.

She never thought about changing the name, which people had relied upon for generations to remember loved ones and celebrate special occasions.

The new owners also intend to keep the name of the business, whose story began before the turn of the last century in 1898, when Michael Porvaznik was given a $1,000 loan to open a floral shop.

The Hartneys will host a Christmas open house at the flower shop this Saturday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. with in-house discounts, prizes, treats and goodies.

The couple hopes to focus more on bridal work, and also funerals, Dorothy Hartney said. More information on the shop can be found on the Facebook page, Porvaznik’s Flowers and More, she said.

Lansford Alive’s Christmas party will begin at the American Legion Post No. 123, 3 W. Ridge St., Lansford, starting at 5:30 p.m. Dec. 15. The dinner and award presentation will begin at 6:15 p.m.

Capriotti’s will cater the event, and there will be a cash bar. The cost is $25 a person, and checks can be made to Lansford Alive, P.O. Box 172, Lansford, Pa., 18232.

Reservations for the Lansford Alive party and award presentation are due Monday, and can be made by calling Lynn Peterson at 570-236-9845. Seating is limited.

Lansford Alive will present its Black Diamond Award to Porvaznik's Flowers at its annual Christmas party on Dec. 15. The flower shop on West Ridge Street in Lansford has been a fixture in the community for 125 years, and is under new ownership, as Bruce and Megan Andersen retire. KELLY MONITZ SOCHA/TIMES NEWS