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Trips Planned to Raise Money for Verona's Streetscape

Trips will take place in October and December.

Verona Borough is sponsoring two trips in the upcoming months to raise money for the borough's .

The borough has applied for a $200,000 county grant for the project—this will add to a $143,243 grant already received. If it is awarded, the borough will be responsible for matching 15 percent.

Councilwoman Rhoda Gemellas-Worf said the borough would receive $400 for every bus filled for the trips ($10 for every person who goes).

The project includes infrastructure improvements—such as lighting and landscaping—to the Allegheny River Boulevard business district. Mike Vento, the architecture and design chair for the Verona Business District Advisory Committee, said he hopes some of the work is completed by the fall of 2013. The committee is in the process of soliciting bids for the work.

Here are details about the trips:

  • The first is a "Winnings & Wineries" trip on Saturday, Oct. 27. The cost is $85 and includes a chance to see fall foliage, a tour of two wineries in Lake Erie Wine Country and an opportunity to taste their harvest, time at Presque Isle Downs and Casino (with a casino bonus at $20 per person), and a buffet dinner at Johnny G's Restaurant in Verona.
  • The second is a "Holiday Trip" to Dickens Victorian Village in Ohio on Saturday, Dec. 8. The cost is $109 per person and includes a lunch buffet, John and Annie Glenn historic site, a Coal Miner's Christmas Train Ride, a walk along Cambridge's main street, Dickens Victorian Village displays and a holiday light show.

For more information, contact Gemellas-Worf at 412-828-3607.

This summer's Verona Chamber of Commerce raised $2,000 for the project.

"It'll soften the blow a little bit," said chamber member Kier Ewing.

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knf35 August 22, 2012 at 12:40 AM
I have uploaded another rendition of the Verona main business street-scape done by "Steinmetz." We are trying to follow a railroad theme that you can pick out in the second rendition. The first phase, however, will be lights and trees suitable to the phases to come. Pictures and drawing are in Council Chambers of the Municipal building on East Railroad Avenue. The planning for this revitalization began in 2008. Original members were: Lou and Patti Tumminello, Mike Vento, and Kathi Ferguson. Members presently also include: Kier Ewing, Don Whorf, Bridgett Seery, Luke Mattocks, Denise Gemellas and Heather Hogate Verona residents are always welcome to attend the meeting of Verona Business District Advisory Committee the third Wednesday of each month at 4:30 pm. Incidentally, well not so incidentally, donations are always welcomed and accepted. Think of that as you get ready to end the year 2012 and income tax.
Heidi Dezayas August 22, 2012 at 12:51 AM
Thank you! I am really excited about this project...Verona's business district is going to look amazing when this project is done.

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