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Source: FHBP
Date: June 3, 2008
Byline: Press Release

Friends Seek Nominations for Second Annual Acorn Award

CONTACT: Don Mitchell, 215-651-4280

Flourtown, PA - The Friends of Historic Bethlehem Pike aim to recognize historic preservation again this year with the presentation of the second annual Acorn Award. The award is eligible to both business and residential property owners along Bethlehem Pike who work to preserve or compliment the corridor's historic fabric.

The Chelsea Land Transfer Building at 801 Bethlehem Pike won last year's inaugural Acorn Award and was in good company. Other nominees for the award included the new Beneficial Bank, Botanical Expressions, Elfant Wissahickon and 1417 Bethlehem Pike next to Dan Helwig Reality.

"The Friends recognize the benefits that historically compatible and pedestrian friendly buildings bring to the community," says new Friends' president, Dan Johnson. "It is our intent in presenting this award to acknowledge the efforts of property owners who have successfully enhanced the Pike and encourage others to follow their lead."

The Acorn Award will be presented at this year's Community Day Celebration in September at Cisco Park. The Friends are now accepting nominations for recipients of the Award. To nominate a property the public can submit, in writing, a property's address and a brief description of the qualities that make the property a candidate. All nominations must be received by June 30th through email at FHBP@googlegroups.com or by postal service at Friends Acorn Award, 112 W. College Ave., Flourtown, PA 19031.

The Friends group, which formed in 2004 to help save the Black Horse Inn and spearhead the volunteer restoration effort, has since begun to focus its energy on other improvements of the Bethlehem Pike corridor. In addition to establishing the Acorn Award and partnering with the Springfield Township Historical Society to create a Then & Now photo series, the group continues to periodically clean up Bethlehem Pike through the PennDOT Adopt-a-Highway program.

The Friends meet at 7:30 PM on the third Wednesday of each month in the Springfield Township Building and encourage the public to attend. Please contact the Friends by email at FHBP@googlegroups.com to receive more information about Friends activities or to become involved.