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Promote and Preserve | A non-profit, volunteer based organization |

February 2014

P.O. BOX 620, PORTSMOUTH, OH 45662 | Alexandria Park 2006 (left) 7th Street Municipal Parking Lot (right)

Taking Main Street Portsmouth into the Future Revitalizing downtown Portsmouth took a giant leap forward on December 14, 2006 when the Boneyfiddle Historic Preservation Society was inducted as one of the newest Ohio Main Street Communities at the statehouse in Columbus, Ohio. Several years ago, a few residents, downtown employees and business owners began brainstorming about how to revitalize the downtown and historic Boneyfiddle areas. These brainstorming sessions led to the creation of several groups such as the Boneyfiddle Events Committee, the Boneyfiddle Historic Arts and Architecture Preservation Society, Boneyfiddle Historic Preservation Society (BHPS) and The Uptown Downtown Committee. Together these committees raised money for charity

projects. Their first project being Alexandria Park. They worked on several other beautification projects for Chillicothe and Gallia Streets and Roy Rogers Esplanade. After getting enough donations, two downtown parking lots were paved. This is only a few of the many accomplishments this program has had over the years. On February 22, 2014, we invite you all to celebrate with Main Street Portsmouth at the Elks City Club as we celebrate and recognize our volunteers, our programs, and our accomplishments, and the continuation and success of our future. Tickets are $50.00. Table sponsors are $300.00. To RSVP or for more information, please contact Main Street Portsmouth at 740-464-0203 or email

Our successful projects include: Beautification -

The Design Committee has purchased flowers, mulch, trees, and all the flowerpots & hanging baskets around the area. Hundreds of hours are spent each year caring and maintaining these areas. In 2013 we added new flowerpots in front of the Murals and new hanging baskets on Market St. In 2014 we will be purchasing a new drinking fountain and garbage cans for Alexandria Park. Alexandria Park-

The Design Committee focuses on seven major areas of downtown Portsmouth. The biggest area being Alexandria Park where they have spent over $50,000 on beautification. The other areas are the Roy Rogers Esplanade, Market St., the planters in front of the City building, the 4th St. and 7th St. Municipal Parking lots, and the area in front of the flood wall murals.

Other Projects:

Building Improvement Grant Program

Ellen Vetter Chocolate Walk Famer’s Market Golf Tournament SSU/MSP Street Fair Holiday Open House For a complete schedule, please visit our website for Calendar of Events:

Cirque d’Art 412-413 Chillicothe Street (above), matching grant funds for eligible exterior building improvements

The lead organization for the “Main Street” program in the State of Ohio.

Another Successful MSP Event! On February 1, 2014, Main Street Portsmouth held the 6th Annual Ellen Vetter Chocolate Walk. Hundreds of people poured through Port City Café & Pub Saturday morning anxiously awaiting their walking bags and walking maps. A total of 253 tickets were sold, but that did not limit the amount of people that went through the downtown and Boneyfiddle area. “A lot of families brought their kids and even their pets on the walk, says Main Street director Sarah Surina. Hundreds of new faces were in the downtown shopping, having good conversations and many making plans for the future to return and shop. With all the shopping it was great to hear how sales were through the roof for the downtown merchants!” Jamie Benedict, Board Chair with the Boneyfiddle Arts Center had a lot of people coming in for the Chocolate Walk who were unaware they even existed. “We were able to connect with other leaders of local organizations who are interested in collaborating for community outreach exhibits. It was a beautiful way to honor Ellen Vetter and the community she loved.” The Chocolate Walk is an opportunity to showcase shops in the downtown district through a chocolate experience and it also gives business owners a chance to give back to their community. For more Information about the Ellen Vetter Chocolate Walk or if you would like to participate next year, please call 740-464-0203 or email

2014 MSP New Member Heather DeAtley– Treasurer Go to for our latest events and current members!



As Ohio’s official historic preservation and Main Street organization, Heritage Ohio fosters economic development and sustainability through preservation of historic buildings, revitalization of downtowns and neighborhood commercial districts, and promotion of cultural tourism. Heritage Ohio provides many programs and resources each year to anyone interested in historic tax credits, preservation planning, and technical services. Heritage Ohio plays a critical role in advocacy for the protection of historically and architecturally significant properties across the state. For more information on Heritage Ohio or Main Street, click on the links below: HERITAGE OHIO: http://


PARTNERS: City of Portsmouth. Portsmouth Area Chamber of Commerce. Portsmouth Scioto County Visitors Bureau. Shawnee State University. Southern Ohio Medical Center. RSVP of the Ohio Valley. Business Owners. Property Owners. and Residents.


Education Opportunity

Downtown Portsmouth

Radio Show February 17th, 8:30am

Portsmouth Little Theater– Feb. 14-16, and 21-22 Presents South Pacific, an epic musical romance centers on a group of American sailors and Navy nurses stationed in the South Pacific during WWII. Musical Rated G – 7:30pm nightly. For more information, contact the Portsmouth Little Theatre at 740353-7034 or visit Tickets available and doors open one hour prior to show times. The theatre is located at 1117 Lawson Street, Portsmouth, Ohio.

Notre Dame Schools “Bid Your Heart Out” - Feb 15 Join with Notre Dame as they host their annual fundraiser. Tickets now available. For more information, please call 740-353-2354.

“Celebrate Portsmouth” Dinner with Main Street Portsmouth - Feb 22 Wine and dine with Main Street Portsmouth at the Elks City Club as we celebrate and recognize our volunteers, our programs, and our accomplishments, and the continuation and success of our future. Tickets are $50.00. Table sponsors are $300.00. To RSVP or for more information, please contact Main Street Portsmouth at 740-464-0203 or email

The Counseling Center’s 6th Annual Chef Dinner and Auction - March 5 For more information, contact the Community Relations Department at 740-3543829, ext, 234.

Join Main Street Portsmouth on the Barb Pratt Show (1260 AM) to listen and learn about what’s going on in your community. Guests from downtown businesses will be featured and talked to about their stores and their involvement with the community! Our next show will be with Sharon Bender, Owner of Ghosts in the Attic Antiques and Collectables, 518 2nd Street..

Scioto Co. Health Coalition The next Scioto County Health Coalition meeting will be Friday, Feb. 14 at 8:30 a.m. at ADAMHS Board office (919 7th St). Like the Coalition Facebook page and receive updates on Coalition news and topics.

APPLICATION FOR MEMBERSHIP Friends of MSP- $35 Household- $55 Student- $20 Businesses with 10 or fewer employees-

$100 Businesses with 10 or more employees-


Please make checks payable to: Main Street Portsmouth PO BOX 620 Portsmouth, Oh 45662 Are you interested in volunteer work? Name:___________________________ Street:___________________________ City:_____________________________

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Main Street Portsmouth has several committees which develop and implement the various projects. Everyone is welcome to get involved! The current committees and meetings times are: Design


Goal: Encourage visual improvements

Goal: Promote the downtown as the commu-

through attractive, coordinated design compatible with historic features.

nity’s center of activities, goods and services to retailers, residents, shoppers, investors, and tourists by reversing negative images of the community and implementing special events.

Date: Meets 2nd Thursday of each month

Date: Meets every other Tuesday of each

Time: 3:00 p.m. Location: Welcome Center meeting room Contact: Sue Burke, 740-935-1621

month Time: 3:30 p.m. Location: Port City CafĂŠ & Pub Contact: Laurel DeAtley, 740-285-2727

Business Enhancement

Goal: Develop a market strategy for the community that will result in an improved retail mix, stronger tax base and increased investor confidence.


Goal: Creation of by-laws and policies, recruits and develops new leadership, assists in fundraising, recognize and mobilizes volun-

teers. Date: Meets 1st Thursday of each month

Date: Meets 2nd Tuesday of each month Time: 11:30 a.m. Location: Garage Cafe Contact: Donna Burton, 740-355-7216

Time: 10:00 a.m. Location: Welcome Center Contact: Hilda Drake, 740-821-5556

In addition to continuing the current projects discussed above, upcoming projects for 2014 include: 1.

Participate in the America in Bloom program


Research and develop for a year round farmers market


Develop a downtown historic walking map with fun facts


Develop retail events for local people during slow business times


Assist the City in promoting the Design Review Board Guidelines


Develop signage for downtown

Newsletter February 2014