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March 15, 2013

Clarks credited in effort to preserve New Castle

NEW CASTLE — Editor, The News:

Someone wrote that a poet is least appreciated in the poet’s hometown, and I am guilty of ignoring the poetry from the Clark family.

I have lived in New Castle all of my life and I enjoyed the downtown when there were stores and people on the sidewalks and, in the name of progress, I have seen torn down too many wonderful buildings that had made the city an inviting place.

Consequently, I have had little hope for the city to revive and become what it can be even with all of the improvements that have been made.

Recently, this feeling of hopelessness was given a huge jolt when a friend and I had lunch at the Four Brothers Urban Bistro.

Housed in an older building, the decor of the bistro was something one would expect in New York, not New Castle. The friendly, efficient server presented us with perfectly plated, delicious lunches.

My companion mentioned that he had seen the Clark Furniture Store advertisements on television and, after lunch, we crossed the street to visit the store.

We were greeted by an inviting salesperson and she explained the layout and history of the building. The store is housed in the former Wright Building and the building is an architectural gem.

Where have I been in hibernation not to know what is going on downtown?

Go inside and see what is possible with an old building. The Clark family has saved a significant building and I was intrigued with original flooring on the third floor.

Next door is the Clark Photography Studio in another historical building. The Clarks have a vision and a refreshing positive attitude about New Castle and instead of the wrecking ball, they have a vision and they can see what can be done with old buildings.

Gary F. Shaffer

East Hazelcroft Avenue

New Castle

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