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Oil City vs. Cancer Alumni Basketball Game


The Kirtland Cancer Foundation has teamed up with Oil City Area School District and New York Life to bring an alumni basketball game and fundraiser event to Oil City High School.

The event is being held in honor of Eric Lendrum, an Oil City High School class of 2010 graduate, who recently passed following a battle with Synovial Sarcoma. Half of the proceeds from the event will go to Eric’s family and the other half will go to the foundation.

The game will feature a co-ed Oil City alumni team against the current senior class from the 2019 boys and girls basketball teams. The game will begin at 7 p.m. and there will be a Chinese auction, 50/50 raffle,  and concessions.

Tickets will be $6 for adults and $4 for seniors, students, and children. Visit the Facebook event for more details.

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

Celebrate Valentine’s Day with Divani Chocolatier & Core Goods


Two of our members—Divani Chocolatier in Foxburg and Core Goods in Oil City—are working together this Valentine’s Day. On Sunday, February 10, from 12 to 3 p.m. at Core Goods, you can enjoy samples of chocolate covered strawberries from Divani, and place an order for strawberries that will be made fresh and delivered on February 14.

For people unable to attend on the 10th, Core Goods will have forms available leading up to the event, so chocolate covered strawberries can still be ordered.

In December, Core Goods started selling “Bliss Bites” from Divani, which are dark chocolate bites  filled with organic nuts.

Divani Chocolate      Core Goods Logo2

Youth Alternatives’ Valentine’s Dance


YA Valentine's Day DanceYouth Alternatives’ annual Valentine’s Day Dance will be held Saturday, February 9, at the Oil City VFW Post No. 464. The doors will be open at 7 p.m. and the dance will have live music by Chuck Justice & The Junkyard Lawyers starting at 8 p.m. Tickets are $10 and non-refundable.  They are being sold at both Youth Alternatives’ locations, the Oil City VFW and at the Venango Chamber. You must be 21 years or older to attend.

The event benefits Youth Alternatives’ children’s camping program. Each summer, 150 youth, multiple volunteers, and Youth Alternatives staff travel by bus to Rock Creek, OH, were they spend a week at Camp Beaumont.

The camp is free to youth in the Venango County area. Youth Alternatives is able to give youth this experience through contributions from local donors.

The Valentine’s Dance is one of the agency’s largest camp fundraisers of the year. More information is available by calling Youth Alternatives at (814) 676-5785 (Oil City location) or (814) 346-0188 (Franklin location).

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

Member Spotlight: Ocean Spray Car Wash


Best Car Wash & Gas Prices in Town

Ocean SprayDowntown Oil City is now the home of a new car wash and gas station. Ocean Spray Car Wash opened its doors on Wednesday, April 25, 2018, with an official ribbon cutting on November 13.

Ocean Spray has a state-of-the-art LaserWash 360 Plus car wash system, including four different touchless wash cycles, providing service as close to a hands-on detailing as possible. On site, customers also have access to two vacuums, and radiant floor heat, preventing snow from building up on the premises.

In addition to the car wash, the business has a pay-at-the-pump gas station, with all brand new equipment—tankage, lines, and dispensers. The gas station offers the best prices in town, with an option for even more discounts through bundling. If a customer purchases gas the same time as a car wash, there’s an opportunity to get up to $0.20 more off per gallon.

Although Ocean Spray Car Wash is a new business, it was opened by Daniel L. Heath, owner of Heath Oil, Inc., a longstanding local business. Since 1970, Heath Oil has served our area, starting at its Victory Heights location on Route 322 in Franklin. The business has evolved from a single station to a large wholesale enterprise, with multiple retail sites and bulk facilities throughout the region.

“Venango County has been a great place to live and run a business, and working hard to benefit this rural area has been rewarding,” said Daniel. “The car wash is just another way to continue providing services here. We are happy to provide Oil City with a great car wash without having to travel out of the community.”

Whether you’re looking for convenience, top of the line service, competitive prices, or all three benefits, stop by the new Ocean Spray Car Wash in Oil City!

ABOUTOcean Spray Logo

Ocean Spray Car Wash is a state-of-the-art car wash and gas station in Oil City, with all new equipment and competitive prices.

FAST FACTS

  • Features state-of-the-art LaserWash 360 Plus car wash technology
  • Has best gas prices in town
  • Offers opportunities for further gas discounts when car wash is purchased

FOR MORE INFORMATION

Address
299 Duncomb Street
Oil City, PA 16301

Hours of Business
Open 24/7
Manned hours:
Monday – Friday
10 a.m.-6 p.m.

Website
www.heathoilinc.com

Email:
arestauri@heathoilinc.com

Phone:
(814) 437-7802

Facebook:
facebook.com/HeathCarWash


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

Gesing Named Citizen of the Year


Leah Cover Photo Richard Sayer

The Venango Area Chamber of Commerce will host our Annual Awards Banquet on Wednesday, February 27, at Cross Creek Resort in Titusville.  At this year’s event, we will recognize the Citizen of the Year, Volunteer of the Year, Business of the Year, and Partner in Business of the Year.

The Outstanding Citizen of the Year award is given each year by the Chamber to an individual who consistently shows leadership through extensive and diverse participation in volunteerism and service to community.

Leah 6Leah Gesing, the 2018 Citizen of the Year, has been a tireless volunteer in her neighborhood and in several organizations.

A President Township native, Leah graduated in 1972 from West Forest High School in Tionesta, worked in the food preparation department at Oil City Hospital and retired as “a lunch lady” in 2007 from Oil City High School.

“I was retired and I saw things happening in my neighborhood – drug activity and violence – and I wanted to help change that,” she said. “So some of us got together and formed the South Side Neighborhood Association in the summer of 2007.”

The organization’s first project was the creation of a neighborhood playground because “there was nothing in the East End for children,” said Gesing. In less than two years, the all-volunteer group had secured a vacant lot, raised funds, purchased equipment and installed a Laugh and Play playground.

“It was one of our greatest accomplishments because we got a playground but we also brought the community together,” she said. “We showed it was time to step up, pay attention to your neighborhood, bring people together and get stuff done.”

LeahIt was just the first installment in what Gesing describes as her personal agenda to “step up” to identify problems and find solutions in her home community.

The Oil City Main Street program drew Gesing’s attention and she volunteered for the Adopt-A-Block program, seasonal planting projects and more.

Noting Gesing’s “can do attitude” lends itself to successful projects, former county commissioner Bonnie Summers wrote that the award recipient was keenly involved in drug and alcohol prevention programs, the Safe House initiative, summer playground series and the county’s Land Bank project. Summers adds, “She does these many acts of kindness for us in this community because of her love and passion. Helping others and making our community strong and safe is the foundation of Leah Gesing’s life.”

Sonja Hawkins, former mayor of Oil City, credited Gesing with “making each participant feel personally valued” in the various city projects she tackled. There was a private side, too, as Gesing “quietly provided meals for shut-ins, visited those with needs and consistently helped many people who have felt alone,” noted Hawkins.

Leah 3Jodi, Dave and Elicia Donze, owners of Best Printing, said they met Gesing when she was promoting the new neighborhood association. She has the knack of keeping volunteers energized over the long haul and could be counted on “to turn on the lights at the beginning of an event and turn them off at the end,” they wrote.

On the private side, Gesing was honored this fall by her church, the Crossing Free Methodist Church of Oil City, that held a “Leah, You Rock!” surprise party to honor her service that includes organizing meals for church events, working with contractors on building projects, helping with the church youth ministry and more.

Her service, too, has extended to the Pleasantville Family Camp, a Christian camp affiliated with the Free Methodist Conference, where she works on camp improvements and finds ways to “improve and grow the ministry.”

While Gesing leans back from the platitudes and insists they reflect “the work that a lot of us together do rather than just one person,” her husband Frank, a retired General Telephone Co. employee, is quick to argue the other side.

“She’s offered her services all her life, to her church and her community,” he said. “She has a lot of energy and she doesn’t waste it but instead makes it work for good things. And, it doesn’t take long to like her. She’s not in it for the glory.”

For Leah, life has a lot of lessons but a few are easy ones.

Gesings“I hate negativity and I just want to say to someone ‘get over yourself’. Just get out there and help someone or some project. I will tell you, it makes your heart happy to do things for someone. So, get involved and make it better. Start loving your city and enjoying it,” she said.

“I would hope all kids have their heart in helping their neighborhoods. We need them. All you have to do is reach out, step forward and help,” said Leah.

She and her husband, Frank, married in 1985 and have lived on Central Avenue for many years. The Gesing’s have two sons, Frank Jr. and Karl, and three grandchildren.

Leah will be recognized at the Chamber’s Annual Dinner on Wednesday, February 27, at Cross Creek Resort in Titusville, along with our Business of the Year, Matric Group, and Partner in Business of the Year, the Barrow-Civic Theatre. Learn more about the Annual Dinner here.

 

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