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Newsmaker: Heath DiSalvo

| Tuesday, Nov. 10, 2015, 10:57 p.m.
Heath DiSalvo, 37, community activist in Greenville, Mercer County
Heath DiSalvo, 37, community activist in Greenville, Mercer County

Noteworthy: Closing Main Street in Greenville turned Heath DiSalvo into an unexpected community leader. He's now a pivotal figure trying to bring city agencies, the business community, commuters, state lawmakers and the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation together to find a way to save downtown commerce after officials on Sept. 3 condemned the rickety N. N. Moss Store building, a Greenville icon since 1870. On Oct. 10, DiSalvo launched a fundraiser to help local business leaders pay their utility bills following the slump in sales caused by the road closure and a Nov. 2 rally brought more than 200 residents downtown to learn more about the continuing economic slump.

Age: 37

Occupation: Co-owner with his father, Ross, of The News Depot, a downtown bookstore that has seen an estimated loss of $55,000 in sales since Main Street closed.

Family: Father Ross, 64; mother Charla, 63

Education: Attended Butler County Community College

Background: A former nationwide sales trainer, DiSalvo joined his father at the helm of The News Depot three years ago.

Quote: I never thought I'd be a community activist, that's for sure. But I looked around and other business leaders weren't taking the lead. So I started asking the state — especially PennDOT — our borough council and citizens to come together to find solutions. It's been hard on everyone downtown.”

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