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Vantage Remodels Four Locations

Vantage has recently given their local home medical equipment stores in Franklin, Meadville, Erie, and Hermitage a facelift.

Vantage wants to make your visit a pleasant experience. From the customer service to the ease of finding the products you need; Vantage wants you to leave feeling that you were taken care of by experts.

They have added displays directing you to the products you need and moved departments to ease maneuvering throughout the stores. The carpeting and flooring have been cleaned or replaced along with fresh paint for a pleasant experience.

Along with the remodels, Vantage continues to offer products for Better Breathing, Home Comfort, Aids to Daily Living and Mobility along with Health and Wellness retail and insurance items.

Stop by the local Franklin store at 1283 Liberty Street and sign up to win a holiday CBD giveaway package valued at $140, in the month of November and again in December.

Vantage is also a proud participant in the City of Franklin’s Christmas Cash promotion; spend $15 or more and enter into a chance to win Christmas Cash. Contact Vantage at 814-677-5794; or visit their website at

This article was published in the Venango Chamber’s December 2019 VenangoWorks! Newsletter.

Partner in Business of the Year: Barrow-Civic Theatre

barrowThe 2018 Partner in Business Award goes to the Barrow-Civic Theatre (BCT), owned and operated by the Franklin Civic Operetta Association (FCOA).  The FCOA’s mission is to be a leader in the cultural growth, diversity, and vitality of the region, with a vision to provide opportunities for quality programming and entertainment by tapping the resources of all age groups and encouraging the pursuit of artistic talents.

The FCOA celebrated it’s 25th anniversary in 2018 and had a full schedule of events, presenting award-winning literature from a diverse array of genre.

With a commitment to improving processes, staff made major updates to production guidelines by streamlining the process. Multi-member production teams developed into a new standard, ushering in several non-board members as FCOA show producers and members of the Programming Committee.

BCT’s Little Theatre maintained a lively schedule of events. The Off-Barrow Committee completed an internal review over the summer and created a Committee Overview document for the Board Development Committee. A production of the play Wait Until Dark was a great hit in November, selling out several shows, and proving the Little Theatre is a special and unique downtown venue for smaller plays and events.

The first phase of building improvements began in the Little Theatre over the holidays. A new technical booth featuring an audio snake, light board, and new stage are part of the improvements. Barrow

The Youth Theatre program produces annual shows and workshops that allow our area’s youth to develop skills in all aspects of theater. The program encourages parent participation, and the staff continue to work as a team to empower each young participant.

The Barrow Theatre Institute (BTI), a series of after school, evening, and weekend classes and workshops taught by local instructors is gaining momentum and hopes to recognize continual growth in registrants and classes offered.

Another educational event included an Artist In Residence, in collaboration with Erie Arts & Culture (EAC) and Pennsylvania Partner for the Arts (PPA).  Two Teaching Artists spent several weeks working with local youth to install a mosaic tile installation for the entrance to The Little Theatre (see left).  The finished product tells the stories the participating youth gathered to answer the question “Why Franklin?”  This is a much-needed, vibrant and colorful update to the facade of the Little Theatre.

2018 was an active and productive year for the FCOA Board Development committee. A Board Retreat was held in September, focused on values and Board roles.

The theatre presented over 100 ticket vouchers to area non-profits for fundraisers.  The theatre was represented at downtown events and FCOA cast members attended festivals and concerts in the park to promote shows, and the theatre opened its doors for concessions and rest room facilities.

Many building improvements were made or begun in 2018, including the replacement of pumps and one of the boiler units.  Staff members painted the outside alley wall, a much-needed improvement to the cosmetics of the building. Additional improvements included the replacement of two damaged doors, as well as carpet throughout the building.

“The opening of the Barrow-Civic Theatre 25 years ago was a dream come true. Today, this organization is still making dreams come true for performers and the community,” said Zach Covington, Executive Director.

The Barrow-Civic Theatre will be honored at our Annual Dinner on Wednesday, February 27.

This article was published in the Venango Area Chamber of Commerce’s February 2019 VenangoWorks! Newsletter.

Victorian City Making Changes in Honor of 25th Year

VCAF_NVictorian City Art and Frame is gearing up to celebrate 25 years of business in 2019 by redesigning the gallery over the next few months. They plan to work with local businesses through this transformation. Some have already helped them to redesign the logo and print new signage.

They will hold a clearance event February 8 and 9 during Franklin on Ice to clear out old stock and make room for new art. Victorian City Art and Frame is located at  1273 Liberty Street in Franklin.

“Our Town: Stories From Franklin” to Air Tonight

Tonight (Thursday, October 19) at 8 p.m., Our Town, a program of WQLN Public Media, will air on WQLN-TV 54.1 and live stream on

Our Town is a video scrapbook of the people, places, and happenings of the Franklin, PA, area, as seen through the eyes of residents. Video footage and photos have been collected by community members throughout the past few months. According to an article by The Derrick. & The News-Herald, twenty-four interviews were conducted and stories include events such as Applefest and Light Up Night, the Silver Cornet Band, DeBence Antique Music World and historical markers found throughout town.

Many other local towns have had Our Town productions in the past, including Oil City and Titusville.

To learn more and watch all Our Town videos, please visit

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