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New signs welcome in Greencastle, Pa.

July 17, 2010|By DANA BROWN
  • Andrew Barbuzanes, left, and Ben Kipe, employees of Wertner Signs of Greencastle, Pa., install the first "Welcome to Greencastle" sign along North Antrim Way in Greencastle on Friday.
Dana Brown, Staff Writer

GREENCASTLE, Pa. -- The first "Welcome to Greencastle" sign is in place.

Located at the borough's outskirts, the sign greets travelers heading south into the community along U.S. 11.

The sign was installed Friday morning and is the first of four welcome signs that will be installed on major routes into the borough in an effort to help boost town beautification.

Placing new welcome signs in the community was a priority of the Borough Council's five-year strategic plan "Wish List" of suggestions for improving town appearance.

The council budgeted $50,000 for use in 2010 by committees formed under the strategic plan, including the Downtown Beautification Committee, which spearheaded the purchase of the welcome signs and worked toward obtaining land-use rights from landowners for permission to install the signs on their property.

Marissa Pinto Burt, Downtown Beautification Committee chairwoman, said she feels the sign says more than simply welcome.

"It says that we care, that we took steps to ensure people are welcome to the community," Pinto Burt said.

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A local company, Wertner Signs, designed and created the welcome signs and will install all four signs at the cost of about $1,900 per sign. Andrew Barbuzanes, of Wertner Signs, said the value of the signs is closer to $3,000 per installed sign.

The sign has 22-karat, gold-leaf lettering on a hunter green background with a burgundy border and reads: "Welcome to Greencastle - A Great Historic Community - Founded in 1782." The signs are similar to welcome signs posted in nearby communities, Barbuzanes said.

The signs are 4 feet by 8 feet and will stand about 7 feet out of the ground, Barbuzanes said. They are made of urethane which "lasts indefinitely," he said. The only anticipated upkeep, he said, is repainting the signs and regilding the gold lettering, which is done about every seven to 10 years.

Pinto Burt said the beautification committee plans to landscape around the welcome signs but will probably wait until fall.

She hopes the welcome signs and other projects the committee is undertaking -- including welcome banners to hang downtown -- will help promote pride in living in Greencastle. Pride, she said, is already being reflected throughout the borough.

"The town is being completely spruced up," Pinto Burt said.

In addition to the sign put up Friday, a second sign will be added along U.S. 11 and two signs along Pa. 16, all leading into the borough. Barbuzanes said they hope to have all of the signs up before Old Home Week which is July 31 to Aug. 7.

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