Upcoming elections provide Bellefonte residents with an opportunity to help protect the historic integrity of our town by voting for new Borough Council members.
Joanne Tosti-Vasey is running for Borough Council against Frank Halderman in Bellefonte West on the Democratic ballot.
Halderman, as leader of Borough Council when they voted to demolish the historic Garman Opera House and the Hotel Do De , voted “yes” to knocking them down rather than considering options for restoration.
Tosti-Vasey is committed to historic preservation and has been a member of the Bellefonte Historical and Cultural Association for many years. She worked hard to save the Garman from its sad fate.
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She will listen to the residents she represents and support open and transparent government and is not part of the old guard.
As are many of us, Tosti-Vasey is deeply concerned about Bellefonte’s future. I fear that the Garman was just the first victim of our short-sighted and out-of-control leadership. This summer, more historic buildings may be torn down for the waterfront project. And who knows what is planned for the Armory?
Although economic development is a valid pursuit, it does not justify sacrificing historic buildings.
Of course we all want to see Bellefonte thrive, but it is our historic charm that draws people here — not new buildings. Tosti-Vasey understands that our strongest asset, our surest path to a prosperous future, is through our past.
If Joanne Tosti-Vasey is on Borough Council, Bellefonte may actually have an opportunity to realize its full potential.