CLEARFIELD – On a cool September morning in 2014, Loretta Wagner was hired as the new Main Street manager by the Clearfield Revitalization Corp.
Working under the guidelines of the Pennsylvania Department of Community & Economic Development, the CRC strives to support and enhance life within the Clearfield community.
Wagner’s primary mission area was downtown, and in the closing hours of Dec. 5 after a weekend of Taste of the Town Spirit Tour and a Christmas tree-lighting event, the CRC officially said goodbye to Wagner.
“Now, we want to take this opportunity to thank Loretta for her seven-plus years of faithful service to our endeavor to improve the economic and social life of Clearfield,” states a CRC press release issued Tuesday.
The release also detailed a number of highlights from Wagner’s successful tenure as Main Street manager, which include:
- the Spring is Brewing Tour, a time of fellowship where local businesses could invite people into their shops while highlighting local foods and beverages. This was an event that mirrored the Taste of the Town Spirit wine tour.
- hosting and giving new life to Walmart scratch-and-dent yard sale events, which have always been a big hit for the area.
- spearheading the “Not Your Grandma’s Bingo” events. These events took place at a local restaurant, providing that business an opportunity to showcase their fare. They were held in the early winter months to bring people downtown, and were a big hit with the community. Currently, the CRC hopes to offer bingo once again in February and March of 2022.
- helping with the organization of the Christmas tree-lighting event at the Clearfield County Courthouse and the past two years at Lower Witmer Park. Each year, the event has grown with more and more opportunities to share in the celebration of the upcoming holiday season.
- spearheading the “Oldies” concerts downtown, which gave local people another opportunity to gather together in celebration.
- taking over the organization of the local Halloween parade and related events for the community, school, pet owners and others.
- helping set up the Round Robin Professional Day to give emphasis to the various professional careers that are available in the community.
- collaborating with Passport Radio and other organizers to bring ‘Cruise In’ back downtown with antique and classic cars.
- being a champion for the National Night Out event in conjunction with local fire, police and EMS, as well as with local military and social groups, which gathered to share information along with fun activities for kids.
- supporting the Susquehanna River Arts Center of Clearfield and Clearfield Art on the River Today (ART) festival to showcase local artists and craftspeople.
- collaborating with Grice Gun Shop, Jim’s Sports Center and Bob’s Army & Navy Stores along with others to host the Downtown Sportsman’s Day in support of these businesses and to highlight hunting in the Pennsylvania Wilds.
- helping to bring the honorary banner program to Clearfield. Banners of local heroes adorn downtown lamp posts in the spring and summer months.
- accentuating holiday festivities with banners and décor that fill the downtown. Before her departure, the CRC began exploring grant opportunities to further decorate town for the holidays.
“We, CRC officers and board members, truly wish to thank Loretta for the devotion with which she fulfilled the role and how expanded it to call attention to Clearfield,” the release stated.
“State officials have taken notice of our ‘little town,’ thanks in great part to Loretta sharing her gifts and talents.” And Wagner’s departure will leave a gap that will be difficult to fill.
The CRC will soon begin the selection process for its next Main Street manager with hopes they will continue journeying along the path that Wagner helped fashion.