Third Quarter 2013
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.
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
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
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
trays for your next event or meeting
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
Development Corporation (MDC) is pleased to recognize
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.
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.
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.
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
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
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
We wish you much success in your new venture. Welcome
Third Quarter 2011
Midland Development Corporation would like to recognize Nick
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.
Second Quarter 2011
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
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
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
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.
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
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
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
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
thanks the Morabito’s for their dedication to
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
Fourth Quarter 2009: Main Street Awards