Community leaders, groups, business owners, county commissioners and state legislators joined the PA Route 6 Alliance virtually on Thursday, Sept. 16, to celebrate the organization’s 2021 Annual Meeting and “Do 6” Awards.
Mansfield was recognized with the combined 2020-2021 Heritage Community of the Year Award, represented by Dawn Hull of the Mansfield Area Chamber of Commerce and Mayor Kathy Barrett.
The award is in recognition of Mansfield’s continued dedication to the PA Heritage Communities Program and recent community development and heritage preservation efforts, including collaboration with Mansfield University of community connection and events, expansion of green spaces and trails and restoration of their historic Gate House Building to house the history of the “First Night Football Game” ever played.
The Do 6 awards event, initially planned as a two-day in-person Educational Summit & Annual Meeting in Kane, was transitioned to a Virtual Annual Meeting & “Do 6” Awards Celebration due to rising concerns over public health and safety related to COVID-19.
The in-person Educational Summit, which was to feature workshops and speakers on community development, creative branding, volunteer engagement, bike tourism and more, will be rescheduled to a later date so participants can still visit the Heritage Community of Kane and its surrounding region.
Alliance Executive Director Candace Hillyard said, “We were looking forward to coming together in-person in Kane, and we truly appreciate all of the hard work already put in by the Kane community in preparation, especially by Kane Area Development Center Executive Director Kate Kennedy, Mayor Brandy Schimp, and Allegheny National Forest Visitors Bureau Executive Director Linda Devlin. However, the health and safety of the communities across our region is our first priority, so we are thankful to have the capability to still connect virtually to share our organization’s accomplishments and celebrate the people and projects that help further our mission of supporting the PA Route 6 Heritage Corridor.”
Other local award winners include:
- 2021 Heritage Tourism Award — the Lumber Heritage Trail, represented by Holly Komonczi, executive director of the Lumber Heritage Region, for developing a unique wayfinding trail to guide visitors to the top lumber heritage attractions throughout its 15-county Heritage Area, including sites within the counties it shares with the PA Route 6 Heritage Corridor: Warren, McKean, Potter and Tioga counties.