Chamber to host bus shelter fundraiser

Paint and Sip fundraiser to be held June 24

BELLEVILLE — The new bronze finish bus shelter, to be located on the square in downtown Lewistown, has been ordered and is on its way. No longer will residents and visitors to the community be forced to stand, sometimes for hours in all kinds of weather, waiting for their bus.

The Juniata River Valley Chamber of Commerce has spearheaded the bus shelter campaign and has seen amazing community support (a full list of those who have donated monetarily, as well as those who have given of their time, will be released soon).

To assist in funding this project, the Chamber is hosting a fundraiser to help cover the cost of the landscaping around the shelter. A Paint and Sip to benefit the bus shelter will be held from 1 to 3 p.m., June 24, at Brookmere Winery in Belleville. All supplies will be included for a 11×14 wrapped canvas. Wine will be available for purchase. The event will include light refreshments and a basket auction.

“Since this is such a high-profile location, we want to make this corner of the square look beautiful as well as functional,” said Chamber Executive Rhonda S. Moore. “The square is the heart of our downtown, as well as the county seat, and we want our residents to be proud and visitors to be impressed.”

Mid-September is the projected date for the placement of the shelter, then the landscaping will be added. The Chamber will be working with Sara Buffington, chair of the downtown Lewistown Planter Campaign, as well as local landscapers to see the landscaping portion of the project completed.

“I believe it is important to open our eyes to see the needs of those around us. I thought this would be a great opportunity to give our community a chance to help with a project that will make a positive impact in a fun and creative atmosphere,” said Kasey Johnson, Chamber administrative coordinator and event chair.

If interested in participating, call Johnson at (717) 248-6713, or email her at