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Recognition

First Quarter 2014

The Midland Water Department, Police Department, Fire Department, and Midland Borough workers have been selected as our Downtown Recognition Recipients.  Thanks to all of those who work for these organizations and have been involved in working in adverse conditions to keep our town safe and functional—especially during the recent extreme cold temperatures and unfavorable weather.  We appreciate the dedication and commitment that each of you has to your positions and to the Midland community.  

CONGRATULATIONS to:

PMI Inc. on the wonderful new façade renovation and remodel to their location at 1060 Midland Avenue.

Third Quarter 2013

Anyone traveling through downtown Midland, PA knows where the COBRA helicopter is. Sitting proudly on the front lawn of VFW Post 8168, it traveled all the way from Arizona to be a landmark here locally. That helicopter makes it easy to locate the local VFW and the services and activities that engage the VFW membership in the greater community make it easy to single them out for recognition. 

Chartered in 1972 and incorporated in 1983, VFW Post 8168 in Midland had two other homes before landing with its helicopter at its current location at 700 Midland Avenue, right in the center of downtown. Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) nationally is an organization known for providing support and services to military veterans and their families, sometimes referred to as "honoring the dead by helping the living." 

VFW Post 8168 in Midland certainly fits that description, as illustrated by a recent set of projects they have undertaken at a local park. The VFW took over responsibility (through a long-term lease) of a park area where the structures and grounds had been under-utilized for some time. With hundreds of volunteer hours and donated equipment and supplies, VFW members and other volunteers have transformed the park space with updated facilities and landscaped grounds. 

The park - located on the east end of Midland - now has a beautiful covered pavilion with a fridge and cooler and access to recreation areas for games. The VFW wants to thank all of the people who have donated their time to upgrading these facilities. The pavilion and park are available for rent by the public; for information on the park or any information regarding the VFW please contact Commander Don Smith at 724-643-6503.

Second Quarter 2013

The Midland Development Corporation wishes to recognize Duquesne Light; The Center, a Christian non-profit; and the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 8168 as this quarter's featured Downtown Recognition Recipients for their part in fundraising efforts for Midland's new state-of-the-art playground located off Murphy Hill Road. 

These organizations partnered together with nonprofit organization, KaBOOM! to build the $87,500 playground. This event provided a valuable opportunity for the community and the businesses to come together and to work together for the benefit of the entire community. Two hundred and sixteen volunteers worked together from 8:30 am to 2:30 pm during the installation.  

Many thanks to our featured recipients and congratulations to all who came together to make this wonderful project a reality!

First Quarter 2013

The Midland Development Corporation is pleased to feature Sal Mari's as its quarterly Downtown Recognition Recipient. This great little restaurant offers over 40 different subs in three different sizes. Breakfast options, salads, sides and deli meats are available all year long and soups are available in the winter months. Soups and chili are available daily. They also offer a coffee club, buy 5 get the 6th cup free!

Located at 712 Midland Avenue, Sal Mari’s can assist you with various various party trays for your next event or meeting as well. Restaurant hours are 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. with breakfast served from 7 a.m. to 10 a.m. Sal Mari’s can be reached at 724-643-8586.  

The Midland Development Corporation is happy to have Sal Mari’s in our community and wishes them continued success.

Fourth Quarter 2012

The Midland Development Corporation (MDC) is pleased to recognize Janice Haney as this quarter's featured downtown recognition recipient. Janice utilized assistance from the Midland Development Corporation to remove a blighted building located in the commercial district. Janice purchased and demolished the building next to her shop on Midland Avenue (between her shop and the Knights of Columbus) and hired Unis Demolition to demolish the blighted building. 

The Midland Development Corporation has made a commitment this year to assist with demolition of blighted buildings. The MDC will provide fifty percent of the demo costs up to $3,500.00. For more information about this assistance, please contact the Borough at 724-643-4170. 

The Midland Development Corporation is very pleased Janice took advantage of this opportunity and thanks her for her commitment to our business district. 

Third Quarter 2012

The Midland Development Corporation is pleased to recognize D&B Accounting and Tax Services as this quarter's featured downtown recognition recipient.

 

D&B Accounting and Tax Services located at 15 - 7th Street was established in 2005. D&B Accounting and Tax Services offer accounting, bookkeeping, auditing, and tax preparation services. Evening and weekend hours are available. Please call 724-643-5727 for more information.

 

The Midland Development Corporation is proud to recognize the service you provide to your customers here in Midland and is pleased to have so many good businesses like yours in our downtown.


Second Quarter 2012

The Midland Development Corporation is pleased to announce Hong Kong Chinese Restaurant as the Featured Downtown Recognition Recipient. Located at 812 Midland Avenue, the Hong Kong Chinese Restaurant is a very popular lunch destination for locals and is owned by Ms. Su Yen Weng. 

The Midland Development Corporation is pleased to have the Hong Kong Chinese Restaurant located in Downtown Midland and wishes Su Yen much luck with her business!


First Quarter 2012

The Midland Development Corporation has chosen the Portonova Agency as our featured downtown recognition recipient. Cheryl Portonova is the owner of the agency. Located at 820 Midland Avenue, the Portonova Agency offers auto, life, and business insurances. Other financial specialties the agency can assist with include: Roth IRAs, traditional IRAs, variable annuities, variable universal life, 529 College Savings plans, and employee pension plans. Additionally, Cheryl is also a licensed realtor with RE/MAX Select Realty.


The Midland Development Corporation is pleased to have the Portonova Agency in Midland and wishes Cheryl much success with her business.

Fourth Quarter 2011

The Midland Development Corporation would like to recognize D & S Donuts, a new business located at 541 Midland Avenue. The owners are Darryl and Shawna Michael (D & S), residents of Ohioville Borough. The shop opened in the spring of 2011 and is opened Monday through Friday.


We are proud to recognize the new service you are providing to the community of Midland as an important force in the revitalization of our downtown. The committee thanks you for your time, energy and enthusiasm expended for your new business in our downtown.


It is our collective goal to strengthen and sustain our downtown and its businesses. By supporting new and existing businesses, and promoting revitalization and pride in our town, we are together making our community a center for bright economic growth and renewed energy.

We wish you much success in your new venture. Welcome to Midland!

Third Quarter 2011

The Midland Development Corporation would like to recognize Nick Bratich of Bratich Flooring as the 3rd Quarter Downtown Recognition recipient. The Bratich Family opened its doors in Midland in 2005, but has been a part of the community working as a licensed contractor for more than 30 years. Bratich Flooring was chosen because of their commitment to the Midland community and their focus on family. Both Nick and his wife Tami have lived in Midland their whole lives and chose to keep their business in Midand.

The Bratiches believe there is a misconception that big box retail chains can offer a better deal when in fact being a small, family-owned business gives Bratich Flooring more flexibility on customized designs and better pricing. The Bratiches treat their customers like family and that comes through when you hear their stories about how they help their customer. Not only do they help their customers choose flooring but they also treat cutomers like family. Its not uncommon for Tami Bratich to wind up purchasing a room accessory as a thoughtful gift because she sees something in another store that her customer might like to match the carpet they purchased at Bratich.

Most recently the Bratiches gave back to the Midland community by supporting a local Eagle Scout's project by donating commercial carpet and labor time to his church, St. Blaise, here in Midland. Bratich Flooring has donated all types of flooring to churches and those in need every year they have been open for business. They also sponsored a 16 foot float in Midland's annual 4th of July parade featuring Bratich family members dressed as the Statue of Liberty and Betsy Ross! Bratich Flooring is a perfect example of what makes Midland a great place to live, work and shop.

Second Quarter 2011

The Midland Development Corporation has chosen the Midland Volunteer Fire Department as its 2nd Quarter Downtown Recognition recipient for 2011.  The department is being recognized for its recent purchase of an aerial fire truck to aid in possible rescue efforts in the new multi-story office buildings, such as the PA Cyber buildings and the Lincoln Park Performing Arts Center.   

The MDC thanks Borough Manager Diane Kemp, Borough Council and Fire Chief James Ulizio for their vision and foresight in making this purchase to ensure the safety of our residents, workers and buildings.

First Quarter 2011

The Midland Development Corporation has chosen The American Legion Post 481 as its 1st Quarter Downtown Recognition recipient for 2011. This organization, currently under the direction of Commander Fred Martin, is being recognized for its unconditional support of the community and our revitalization initiatives.  

The club buys local goods and hires local people.  The senior bartender, Mary Bowers, has worked there for almost 20 years and is a strong supporter of community activities. In 2010, the Midland Legion was recognized for “going above and beyond the call of angels” in supporting our military personnel. They not only offer financial support, but they serve as Honor Guards at burials, as well. The Legion donates to the Easter Seals, Salvation Army, cancer research and supplies ice for the fire and police departments.  Members also donate their time to care for the yard. 

You don’t have to be a veteran to belong to The American Legion. You can also offer your support by attending the spaghetti dinners that are held every Wednesday from 4 to 7 PM at 806 Midland Avenue. 

The American Legion building is in need of a new furnace and the Legion board is in need of your help.  Every dollar raised is donated back to the community.  If you would like more information on how you can offer your assistance, please contact Commander Fred Martin.

 Midland is extremely fortunate to have such a dedicated and supportive organization in our downtown.  The Board offers sincere thanks to its members for their many contributions to our community life.

Fourth Quarter 2010

The Midland Development Corporation has chosen Bill and Sam Smith as its 4th Quarter Downtown Recognition recipients for the 4th Quarter 2010.  Bill and Sam are being recognized for their continued vision and dedication to the revitalization of Midland’s business district.  They have purchased old buildings at several locations in the downtown and have completely refurbished them.  Some recently renovated properties are the Digital Print Shoppe at 538 Midland Avenue and the PA Cyber School at 722-724 Midland Avenue.

Third Quarter 2010

The Midland Development Corporation has chosen John and Paula Morabito as their 3rd Quarter Downtown Recognition recipients for 2010.  They are being recognized for their Main Street Wash and Vac, Incorporated car wash on Midland Avenue. The business has been in existence for 13 years.  Additionally, John has served on the MDC as a Board member since 2002. 

The Board thanks the Morabito’s for their dedication to Midland and for John’s service on the Board.

Second Quarter 2010

Fred Miller is being recognized by the Midland Development Corporation for his outstanding work as editor of the Midland Times. This eight-page publication is distributed with the Beaver County Times every other month and contains articles written by volunteers and students. The articles showcase Midland's community life, promote its events and reinforce the idea that "good things are happening here".

First Quarter 2010

The Midland Development Corporation has chosen Annie Brown's The Morning Rooster as its 1st Quarter Downtown Recognition Recipient.  This cheerful eatery is located at 505 Midland Avenue and is known for its delicious food, served in a friendly atmosphere.  Hours are 6 AM to 8 PM, Monday through Saturday.

Fourth Quarter 2009:  Main Street Awards


On Wednesday, October 28th each of the ten Riverfront towns honored individuals and businesses that made outstanding contributions to their downtowns.  Recognition was made in three categories: Business Development, Architecture & Design and Community Life. 

Beaver County Commissioners Joe Spanik and Charles Camp offered words of support and encouragement to the 100+ audience gathered at Tinitique Restaurant in Bridgewater. 

Chairpersons from the various Business District Authorities and Development Corporations described the accomplishments of their honorees with the help of a PowerPoint presentation. Each winner received a Main Street Award plaque in the appropriate category and a group photo was taken. 

The event was hosted by the Community Development Program of Beaver County, which provides a wide array of programs and services which support and encourage downtown revitalization for its ten downtown community members, and Town Center Associates, a planning and management firm specializing in downtown revitalization.

The Midland Development Corporation presented Main Street Award plaques to:

Lincoln Park Performing Arts Center
Stephen Catanzarite, Director
Business Development

Sam & Bill Smith, BC Homes, LP
Architecture & Design

Midland Arts Council
Evie Adams, Director
Community Life

Third Quarter 2009 Downtown Recognition:

Evie Adams, Chairperson of the Commemorative Committee is being honored for her involvement with the WW1 Memorial in Lincoln Park.  Through her efforts, 123 commemorative bricks were purchased by Midland residents and fashioned into a sidewalk.

Second Quarter 2009 Downtown Recognition:

Mary Petrella Williams and the newly organized Midland Business Association
are being recognized for their dedication to the downtown and their eagerness to make a difference.  The organization meets every Monday of the month at the Municipal building. Mary is also owner of the Karma Cafe on Midland Avenue.

First Quarter 2009 Downtown Recognition:

Bill, Sam and Don Smith have been chosen for their many contributions to Midland's revitalization initiative.  Since May 2005, the brothers have purchased and renovated several blighted properties in our community.  Additionally, they have obtained vacant lots and are maintaining them until they are developed.  Plans for the west end of town are also part of future development.

The Midland Development Corporation offers congratulations to the following businesses for their ten or more years in our downtown core area.

Al P. Troiani Financial Services

American Legion Post 481

American Serbian Club

City Hardware

D. L. Williams Funeral Home

Ernie’s Pharmacy

Gibson’s Flower Shoppe

Huntington Bank

Janice Haney’s Hair Designs

Josephine’s

Knights of Columbus

Mid-City Restaurant

Midland Auto Sales

Midland Roadhouse

N F Ruggeri & Son

Postich Insurance Agency

Rite-Aid

Stephan Elko Studio

The Basinger Agency

Tri-State Federal Credit Union

TSL Ltd.

VFW Post 8168

Wine & Spirits

          Wunder Bar & Restaurant

The Midland Development Corporation thanks the following businesses that opened in our core district within the past 2 years:

         Thumm's Nails & Tanning

         The Karma Kafe

         Huntington Bank

         Agio Pizza

         The Great Wall

         Fenesia's Salon