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PROGRESS Lewistown ¯ 2018

a special supplement to The Sentinel

INSIDE:

¯ Young business owners liven up Lewistown

¯ DLI revitalizing downtown shops and properties

¯ GeisingerLewistown Hospital creates residency program


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LEWISTOWN PROGRESS

Making it happen Young entrepreneurs are revitalizing downtown Lewistown By BUFFIE BOYER

Sentinel reporter

bboyer@lewistownsentinel.com

LEWISTOWN —Downtown Lewistown has seen an upsurge in young entrepreneurs who are believing in themselves and believing in the downtown and have opened several businesses to help revitalize the community. Many of these business owners gathered together on an October afternoon to share their stories.

K ’n B’s Inflatables Please

In search of a quieter life, Keith Schulman of South Florida and Rebecca Bolling of Cleveland, Ohio, moved to Lewistown to get away from the city life. “We love it here,� Schulman said. As owners of K ’n B’s Inflatables Please, the couple’s passion about their business, which opened in May of this year, is contagious. “Make what you do your passion,� Schulman said. “If not, you’ll fail because you didn’t put 100 percent into it.� In just a few short months, they have become overwhelmed by the positive support from the community and have been doing at least four rentals a day. “We’re always working,� Schulman said. “We do benefits continually and strive to do what we can to make this a better place.� Participating in local events like Festival of Ice and the Juniata County Fair, they enjoy being a part of community events and offer their inflatable products at affordable prices to end the “there’s nothing to do around here� mentality. With support from area residents, new businesses can thrive and the couple is thankful for it. “I’m glad new businesses are opening up,� he said. “I’m happier for new ideas, new community and new views.� Bolling agreed and shares her support of other entrepreneurs. “We’re so proud of everyone lifting each other up,� Bolling said. Riding on the wave of success they are having right now, Schulman and Bolling are looking for a plot of land in close proximity to the downtown to build an indoor/outdoor facility that will be open all year round. “Our summer clients are excited,� Schulman said. They are also working on opening a haunted house attraction for the 13 and older age group at their Lewistown warehouse and they recently opened an indoor space at the Nittany Mall for children. Sentinel photo by BUFFIE BOYER

The Square Cafe and Bakery

Answering the call of former customers of the Smoke ‘N Deli, Kayla Zook, of Belleville, bought and reopened the business in July of 2017 under its new name, The Square Cafe and Bakery, to bring back the much loved downtown restaurant. As a former employee of the deli and looking for a new career path, Zook took the leap to return to her roots of baking with her mother, something she loved to do, and credits her mother for this new business venture. “When it’s the only thing out there for you, you dig deeper,� she said. “If you want to do it, put your all into it, research it and know your stuff.� Being a part of the downtown business scene before, Zook knew there was life in the downtown and didn’t hesitate to open her own business there. “There’s a lot of businesses here, that you don’t realize, that support me,� Zook said. It’s small town community and I love it.� By serving homemade lunch and dinner and baked goods, Zook is helping bring life back to the downtown and works to help others around her.

Wild Water Kombucha

During a visit to downtown Lewistown during a First

Downtown Lewistown business owners, from left, front, Morgan Messerman, Jean Kauffman, Michelle Fetter and Kayla Zook; back, Ryan and Lilah Cherry, Keith Schulman and Rebecca Bolling, are working together to revitalize the downtown.

Friday, Jean and Loren Kauffman, of Reedsville, found the answer to their need for space to transition their growing home business of making Wild Water Kombucha to a larger space. While visiting East End Coffee Company, the couple noticed a kitchen in the back part of the building that was not being used and inquired about renting the kitchen for their business. The new location for their business couldn’t have been a better one. “They (East End) carry our kombucha,� Jean said. “It’s super handy.� Soon Wild Water’s blackberry vanilla flavor will be exclusively on tap at East End.

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LEWISTOWN PROGRESS

Committee bridging gap between schools, industry By MEREDITH PEACHEY Sentinel reporter

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LEWISTOWN — For 12 years, the Juniata River Valley Chamber of Commerce Business and Education Committee has sought to bridge the gap between local businesses and the Mifflin and Juniata county school districts. “There’s definitely a need for businesses and schools to connect with each other,” said Cher Harpster, committee chair. The mission of the committee is to promote and aswith career sist development activities in area schools, offer opportunities for communication and collaboration between area businesses and educational organizations and enoverall, the hance, preparedness of students to enter or advance in the workforce. From as early as fourth grade, students in Mifflin and Juniata county schools are introduced to what types of businesses are in the Juniata Valley, what vocations are pursuable in those businesses and what skill sets are needed to work in those industries. The Free-Wheeling Day, held in the spring, is an event for Juniata and Mifflin county fourth and fifth graders to explore career fields by observing a vehicle representing those industries and hearing from professionals affiliated with the vehicles. Students and teachers hear a six to seven minute presentation about each profession during this hands-on event, which takes place in a local warehouse, though some vehicles are parked outside of the building. In sixth grade, Mifflin County students participate in three-days worth of tours of over 25 area business establishments, including the Lewistown Sentinel, Five Points Screen Printing, Lowe’s, Juniata Valley Bank, Dry House Farm, the Mifflin County courthouse, Geisinger-Lewistown Hospital, Mount Nittany Medical Center, Hoss’s and Lowe’s. Saldubehere Rachael toured Juniata Valley Bank in March, when she was in sixth grade. “The people were extremely friendly,” Saldubehere said. “They explained some of the things they did at the bank. We even got to help someone coming to the bank. I saw some of the machines they used and lots

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Lucas Parkes with the The EADS Group Engineers lets Submitted photos sixth grade students experiment with company equipment

ABOVE AND BELOW: Fourth graders from Mifflin and Juniata county schools partici- as part of a Juniata River Valley Chamber of Commerce pate in a Free Wheeling Event, established by the Juniata River Valley Chamber of Business & Education Committee endeavor. Commerce Business & Education Committee, to explore careers by observing vehicles that represent various vocations and learning about those vocations from business professionals.

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Caleb Fetter with Lewistown Printworks give Mifflin County sixth grade students a tour of his company, as part of a Juniata River Valley Chamber of Commerce Business & Education Committee endeavor.

and lots of money in coins. I want to work at JV Bank now because of my experience. Two thumbs up! The trip was awesome!” Tyler Earnest-Duncan toured Dry house Farm and met with a veterinarian. “We got to see the importance of farming,” Earnest-Duncan said. “We saw how the animals were taken care of. I’d like to be a vet or a farmer because I really like animals and I like being outside. I learned a lot like how to hold baby goats and how cows are milked.” Teachers are also encouraged to tour workplaces in the Juniata River Valley during the spring, to help them help students understand expectations and opportunities with local employers. The committee works with district leaders to incorporate these educa-

tor tours into the school calendar as part of the teachers’ Act 80 training, if funding is available. Additionally, the committee provides programs for both school districts to help meet Pennsylvania Department of Education career education and work standards. The committee also assists in providing industry tours for Juniata and East Juniata high school students as well as college and career fairs for Mifflin County and East Juniata high schools. Four branches of the military, a local workforce development organization, 14 businesses and 32 schools made themselves available on Oct.15 and 16 for students and parents to explore educational and career paths. One future endeavor the committee is considering is implementing a program lo-

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LEWISTOWN PROGRESS

Bus shelter installed in downtown Lewistown By ERIN THOMPSON News editor

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LEWISTOWN — Community support for a new bus shelter in Lewistown has been “overwhelming,” said Rhonda Moore, executive director of the Juniata River Valley Chamber of Commerce. Through the help of local volunteers and donations from the Juniata River Valley Visitors Bureau, individuals and local businesses, the project is near completion without the help of grant funding. While no official dedication date has been set as of yet, organizers expect the project will be completed by mid-November. Moore said the bus shelter has been put in place and is functional. Just a few minor details need to be added, including a “you are here” map that will illustrate prime locations in

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With its proclaimed probiotic health benefits, kombucha is growing in popularity and the Kauffmans hope to eventually be found exclusively in Pennsylvania among small coffee shops and health food stores. “Our business can help,” Jean said. “We use real fruit and support local farmers and orchards. We add value to local restaurants and shops. It’s a merry-goround type of thing.”

The Paisley Bride

Knowing the area needed a full service bridal salon, Morgan Messerman eliminated the need for traveling to Harrisburg, Altoona or State College by acquiring The Paisley Bride in 2014. Messerman, of Lewistown, said why travel far when customers can get the same products here at a reasonable price. “Weddings are awesome,” she said. “You shouldn’t have to go into debt for a wedding.” In addition to bridal gowns, she also offers bridesmaid and prom gowns, tuxedos, evening wear and is expanding into ready-to-wear clothing and men’s wear in response to the closing of The BonTon. Before owning the business, Messerman said she was offered to buy the business a full year ahead of when she actually did because she “drug her feet” and had little faith in herself that she could be successful. “It took me three years of owning the business to believe in myself,” she said. “Don’t doubt yourself. Don’t be afraid to own a business in this town. We’re all trying to make something here.”

town including the Mifflin County Library, local restaurants, public restrooms, Geisinger-Lewistown Hospital, the pharmacy, post office and Amtrack station. A bench was placed inside the bus shelter and landscaping and hardscaping around the structure will soon be completed. A trash receptacle will also be installed. Moore said the community fully support for the project, raising the approximate $13,000 needed to bring it to fruition. “We had anything from $25 donations to $5,000,” she said. Local contractors also donated their time and talents, Moore said. Contributors to the project will be recognized with a sign that will be permanently placed in the shelter. Campaign efforts to build the bus shelter began earlier this year when Moore said she started

pitching the idea at meetings and to the visitors bureau. Prior to the installation of the bus shelter, Moore said travelers would wait for the bus under the marquee at Embassy Theater, but that they had nowhere to sit. “I thought, someone should do something about that. It’s not very welcoming,” she said. “If it was hot or rainy or snowing, it was not an ideal place to be...I thought, we can’t do this. We can’t be this unhospitable to our visitors and our residents who use the bus.” Moore said the Juniata River Valley Chamber of Commerce is also planning a leadership training program. An organizational meeting was held recently to determine the specifics of the program, including what subjects would be taught, the size of the classes and who it would be open to.

As woman business owner and expecting her first child, Messerman said, “You can have it all.” Building a business while being a mother is possible and she feels this teaches your child about hard work, responsibility and being a member of the community.

whole life.” As one of the initial businesses who started First Friday events in the downtown, Lilah said the event is drawing in people who wouldn’t normally stop in. “They stop in to listen to music and look at art, then walk downtown,” she said. While exploring the downtown, Lilah hopes locals will notice if there are any vacant buildings and see that as an opportunity to bring more business in. With business ownership experience under their belt, Lilah said owning a business is not as hard as people think it’s going to be. “It’s worth it to create your own lifestyle,” she said.

East End Coffee Company

After waiting on a coffee shop to open in downtown Lewistown and it never happening, Lilah and Ryan Cherry, of Reedsville, took the initiative and opened their own, East End Coffee Company, in May 2017. Both lovers of coffee, the couple roasts their own coffee beans while also offering a avenue to share art and music with the community. “We’re passionate about coffee,” Ryan said. “We want to focus more on roasting and producing really good beans as a base for our coffee drinks.” Focusing on the downtown is also important to the native Mifflin Countians. “I like to see the town grow especially with new businesses opening up all the time,” he said. “It’s the most rewarding thing so far and I’ve lived here my

Sentinel photo by ERIN THOMPSON

A new bus shelter stands on the square in Lewistown.

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LEWISTOWN PROGRESS

Geisinger-Lewistown Hospital begins new residency program Hospital seeks to improve pre-op procedures, implement initiatives to help combat opioid epidemic By MEREDITH PEACHEY Sentinel reporter

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LEWISTOWN — Included in the progress Geisinger-Lewistown Hospital has made over the last year are the establishment of a rural family health residency program in June and launching, in November, a program designed to be proactive in addressing the nationwide opioid crisis. Lionel Verela, Ghazala Sabeeth, Alimatu “Ali” Garuba-Sedenu and Anne Ivie, all from out-of-state, each enrolled in the threeyear Lewistown Rural Family Medicine residency program , the first of its kind in local history, according to Program Director Sireesha Vemuri-Reddy. Vemuri-Reddy said the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education requires that all medical school graduates complete a three-yearminimum residency program before taking the medical board examination. The four residents participated in orientation in March and, after completing the 13 rotations per year in the Lewistown Rural Family Medicine residency program, Vemuri Reddy said Verela, Sabeeh, Garuba-Sedenu and Ivie will be equipped to serve in any position “within the primary care realm.” Dr. Mandy Maneval, associate director of the residency program, said that two days of each week the residents will participate in continuity clinic, at the Mifflintown Family Practice Center. The residency program is a collaboration between the Geisinger Lewistown health system and the Mifflintown Family Practice Center. On Nov. 15, the Enhanced Recover After Surgery program will be launched Geisinger-wide, including at GLH. During a recent visit to the area, Geisinger Chief Executive Officer David Friedenberg announced the November launch and explained that the ERAS program is prehabilatitive; it addresses pain management before, during and after surgery and focuses on using regional anesthesia and non-narcotic pain medications to reduce post-op narcotics use. Furthermore, Friedenberg said GLH will work closely with patients’ primary physicians

following surgery and manage the narcotics contract as it extends to post-operative pain. In addition to the ERAS program, GLH implemented a variety of initiatives to combat opioid and benzodiazepine addition in the local community. Over the past year, the GLH clinical pharmacist saw a 26 percent reduction in the number of patients on opioids and a 37 percent reduction of patients using a combination of opioids and benzodiazepines. Much of this has been attributed to the pharmacist spending dedicated time with patients, working with providers, following pill counts, med-use agreements and guidelines established by the Prescription Drug Monitoring Program, as

probability of random drug screenings and pill counts, promises that medications will only be used as directed and includes an agreed-upon de-escalation plan. Finally, the medication take-back program collected more than 116 pounds of expired medications locally, since 2017, at both the hospital and Belleville CareSite pharmacy locations. Geisinger-Lewistown has also implemented using a system-wide sepsis prevention initiative known as the Sepsis Detection Tool. According to a recent news release, “sepsis is a time-sensitive and potentially lethal disease. When sepsis is recognized and Sentinel photo by MEREDITH PEACHEY treated quickly, patient outcomes improve.” The SDT Ali Garuba-Sedenu, Anne Ivie, Lionel Verela and Ghazala Sabeeh enrolled in the threeregularly monitors informa- year Lewistown Rural Family Medicine residency program earlier this year.

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Peter Goyer, medical physicist, and Matthew Kwiterovich, operations manager for radiation and oncology, both appreciate the upgrade to the Varian Real-time Position Management system at Geisinger-Lewistown Hospital. “It minimizes the dose to the healthy tissue and increases the dose to the tumor,” Kwiterovich said, adding that the patients signed up to utilize the system “are excited and thankful for the availability of such a technology to help them get better.”

well as devising a treatment de-escalation plan. There were also 1500 in-person clinical visits documented in one year, during which a clinician would do an extensive intake, review imaging and pathology, conduct pain and depression surveys and opioid risk assessments and have the patient sign a medication use agreement, which stipulates the specific pharmacy and provider the patient will use, acknowledges the

tion from the patient’s medical record, including vital signs and labs, to identify sepsis and sends a Best Practice Alert to clinicians when sepsis is suspected. When the clinician receives the BPA, or independently suspects sepsis in a patient, either the sepsis order set is opened or an alert is triggered on the patient home page, both of which expedites sepsis care. Two imaging system upgrades have also taken place

at GLH in the last year. In March, the Varian Realtime Position Management system was upgraded to include radiation treatment for lung, breast and upper abdominal cancer patients. Peter Goyer, medical physicist, said the RPM system had been sorely used as a diagnostic tool, to monitor the positioning of tumors in the chest area as patients breathed. Once the positioning was established, a treatment volume around

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LEWISTOWN PROGRESS

Downtown Lewistown getting a face-lift Program helps improve cosmetic and

code issues By ALYSSA BURD Sentinel reporter

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LEWISTOWN - Since the launch of Downtown Lewistown Inc.’s Facade Improvement Program in 2017, the program has helped to renovate the exterior of several local properties and breathe new life into the area. The program was designed with the intention of helping business and property owners improve cosmetic issues with their properties and also help them address code conditions. By improving the exterior of different properties throughout Lewistown, it is DLI’s goal to ensure “the future of economic development and revitalization in Mifflin County,” according to its brochure. Jim Zubler, executive director of DLI, stated that revitalization efforts in Lewistown began in 2000. “The facade grants, we’ve been working with business and property owners, is kind of a continuation of what we’ve done for many years,” Zubler said. “We have done 43 projects, this is about four years old, so we’ve added onto that.” The first revitalization efforts around the area initially focused on downtown Lewistown, but work later extended into neighborhoods, helping to improve residential exteriors. Zubler also said that DLI has worked on two properties that are nearing completion, including the Fosnot-Wilson building, located at 13 East Market Street, and the Monument Square Center at 3 West Monument Square. According to Zubler, the center is the former MontgomeryWard building. In regards to the FosnotWilson building, Zubler said that the DLI organization helped to clean up deteriorated mortar and they also aided in shoring up a wall where another building had once been attached to the side. Work on the center included repairs and repainting, as well as downlighting at the top of the building to accentuate the building’s architecture. “Now we’re working with another three properties and we’re also looking at some additional [ones],” Zubler added. “We’re

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Workers help to renovate the exterior of the Monument Square Center in Lewistown as part of the Downtown Lewistown Inc.’s Facade Improvement Program to help revitalize the exteriors of local properties.

hopeful to work with other property owners, but as of now, there are dollars available, property and business owners, that are interested in making improvements we can assist with.” DLI has also worked with establishments such as Miller Theater, the Embassy Theater, West Side Gallery and various auction locations. In order to work alongside DLI, business owners are able to apply for up to $5,000 in matching grants to improve the appearance of their facades. In other words, whatever amount of money that property owners are able to put into renovations, DLI will match the amount by 50 percent, up to a maximum of $5,000. In order to evaluate work that needs to be done, Zubler and the borough code enforcement officer conduct a building inspection that addresses anything that is visible on the building’s exterior that needs repaired, renovated or may be facing code violations. “The whole property, when we leave, has to be up to code,” Zubler said. “Up to code also means separation of storm water from sanitary. So there are many instances where we have

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An aerial shot shows Monument Square in Lewistown, where Downtown Lewistown Inc. has implemented its Facade Rehabilitation Program.

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LEWISTOWN PROGRESS Sentinel photo by ALYSSA BURD

The Juniata River and part of the river trail can be seen from across the Memorial Bridge in Lewistown.

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LEWISTOWN—With only a few additions and tweaks needed, the Juniata River Trail project is nearing completion. The trail itself begins in the area surrounding Victory Park in Lewistown and ends at Crystal Springs Avenue. Lewistown Borough Manager Scott Welham noted that the trail is mostly completed and crews are just giving the area some “finishing touches.” Mifflin County Planning Commission Chairman Bill Gomes also noted that the county is hoping to officially open the trail to the public in the near future, with Secretary Cindy Dunn, of the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources, and Secretary Dennis Davin, of the Department of Community and Economic Development, in attendance. According to Welham, family members of Donald Rothermel, a Mifflin County resident, are planning to be present for the trail’s opening since Rothermel donated a significant amount of money to the trail. Rothermel reportedly donated $43,000 so that the trail could be named in honor of his father, S.H. Rothermel. Donald Rothermel passed away earlier this month, in Belleville, but Welham added that he took pictures and videos of

the trail to show Rothermel before he passed. In addition to improving the trail, the parking areas in Victory Park were upgraded along with access to the neighboring boat launch in order to provide more accessibility in accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act. The improvements include a ten foot wide paved walking path, signage, solar lighting around the parking area, benches and trash receptacles. The EADS Group served as the project engineer throughout the construction work. According to the 2016 annual report for the Mifflin County Planning Commission, the trail was originally proposed three years ago, with a feasibility study being completed in June 2015. Since the area lacked an open, public area suitable for recreational activity, the goal of the study was to evaluate the level of work needed to create the trail and calculate estimated costs. Following the study, the county submitted an application to the PA Department of Community and Economic Development in order to create a trail along the former towpath of the Juniata Canal. The following year, Mifflin County was awarded $230,000 with Lewistown Borough provided a matching dollar amount from its CDBG fund program. Additionally, in December 2017, the Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources awarded another $250,000 toward the river

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LEWISTOWN — With the completion of the East Charles Street bridge this month, travelers in downtown Lewistown should find their commute a little less congested. Completed Oct. 5, the bridge, which was originally built in 1958, was part of a $4.4 million rehabilitation contract for three Mifflin County bridges that were deemed structurally deficient. Now all three, the Charles Street bridge, the Route 2008 bridge in Decatur Township and the Route 3017 (Country Club Road) bridge in Wayne Township, are all complete and have been removed from the list of bridges in “poor” condition as determined by District 2 PennDOT’s planning partner SEDA-COG. The Charles Street bridge project was identified by SEDA-COG more than three years ago as deficient, with design for the new bridge getting underway in 2015. Mike Reeder, inspector in charge for the project from the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation, said the bridge was on the list for replacement because it no longer met current design standards. Work on the bridge began June 3 and included concrete repairs, installation of new approach slabs and approach paving and substructure repairs. Upon closer inspection, the superstructure (the underlying or support parts of the bridge such as the steel members under the deck) called for more extensive repairs than what was outlined in the orig-

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LEWISTOWN PROGRESS

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ABOVE: A tall arrangement sits on West Market Street in Lewistown, adopted by The Square Cafe and Bakery. BELOW: An arrangement by Jim’s Scrap Metals sits in downtown Lewistown.

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