Tue, Mar 20, 2018 10:29 PM
Wednesday, March 8, 2017 issue
Paintsville Main Street

by Selene Blanton | Paintsville Main Street Manager

With the closing of 2003, Paintsville Main Street has seen many changes. In August, the program took a new direction with the changing of the Main Street manager.

Since I was a former coordinator, I had some insight about what Paintsville Main Street is all about. It amazes me that many people don’t know about the many ongoing projects and programs that Main Street has coordinated and sponsored throughout the years.

One of our goals this year is to be more visible downtown and to assist with economic development in our city.

During our January board meeting we’ll address the imminent needs of our town and try to accomplish more in 2004.

Bringing the Lexington Philharmonic Orchestra back to Paintsville is one of the most successful projects Main Street accomplished this year.

The Christmas concert took a lot of work and volunteer hours by several of our board members and the staff at the Sipp Theatre. I would like to thank the city workers who helped set up the stage extension. I would also like to thank the following people who made the evening a complete success: Lora Suttles, Cathy Brown, Connie Bayes, Samantha Castle, Judy Castle, Bryan Dewire, Fran Jarrell, Janie and Allison Salyer, Lynn Schmitt, Lillian Wheeler, C.K. and Frank Belhasen.

A special thank you to Jackie Pack and her helpers from her church for cleaning the Sipp Theatre and to Peggy Calhoun, Lora Suttles, Jackie Pack, and Olga Belhasen for assisting with the decorations.

The concert wouldn’t have been possible had it not been for our concert sponsors. They were Mayor Doug Pugh and the City of Paintsville, Elm Street Resources, Paul B. Hall Medical Center, Highlands Regional Medical Center, Wells, Porter, Schmitt & Jones, Bob and Tom Hutchison, Citizens National Bank, Classic Bank, Family Bank, and Bocook Engineering.

As with many people reflecting on their losses in 2003, Paintsville Main Street lost one of our long-time supporters with the death of Scott Perry. Looking over minutes from past board meetings, Scott Perry’s name often appeared. He was once a driving force in our program and was always someone we could call on when we had a program that needed advertised and promoted.

Last week, Paintsville Main Street was honored with a contribution in Scott’s name from Celeste, Allan and Megan Perry. On behalf of all the board members of Paintsville Main Street, we would like to express our gratitude to the family for remembering our program and offer our condolences to all of Scott’s family and friends. His civic accomplishments and unselfish contributions to our community will be remembered for many years.

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