TUNKHANNOCK — Board members of the Endless Mountains Heritage Region (EMHR) met in Tunkhannock on Aug. 3, stopping first at the Dietrich Theater and cultural center to see first-hand the results of grants facilitated by the organization. Among them were LED lighting on the theater’s marquee, a walkway and landscaping around the Heritage Attractions sign at the intersection of Tioga and Bridge streets, and funds contributed toward printing costs for the Historic Tunkhannock Walking Tour booklet.
EMHR helps leverage funds for a variety of projects that range from agricultural initiatives to wayfinding signage along the Susquehanna River, as well as repairs and enhancements at museums, theaters and other restored heritage sites. Municipalities, historical societies, and directors of natural and recreational sites in Bradford, Sullivan, Susquehanna and Wyoming counties are encouraged to apply for grants that are available at various times during the year.
The Dietrich Theater and Wyoming County Cultural Center has been especially adept at securing matching funds from a wide base of supporters. The organization also enjoys a high level of volunteerism.
Financial support from the business sector and approximately 7,000 volunteer hours per year allow the Cultural Center to provide entertainment, historical programs and meeting venues for more than 90,000 children and adults per year. Community support is a key component to each EMHR grant application.
After touring the Cultural Center, the EMHR board went to Lazy Brook park for its regular bi-monthly meeting and annual summer picnic. Vice president Sara Carr conducted the meeting.
To learn more about EMHR, visit endlessmountainsheritage.org.