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Blue Star coming to Cherokee

Tuesday, August 16, 2005

By Ken Ross, Managing editor

Marian McNabb presented a request to the Cherokee City Council on Tuesday for the start of fund raising to erect Blue Star Markers at two locations in Cherokee, signs that honor veterans.

LeRoy Jenness, a member of the VFW and the American Legion, was also present in support of the project.

The signs come in two sizes, a large one costs $940 and a smaller one costs $235. The signs will be placed on city property, one by the water tower within sight of the intersection of Highway 3 and Highway 59 and the other near the sculpted Cherokee sign at the south end of town near Highway 59.

McNabb noted that Buena Vista County was the first community in the nation to have a Blue Star sign in every community in the county. Now it is hoped that Cherokee County will be the second county in the nation to do this.

The first Blue Star sign erected in the county can be seen along Highway 3 at Cleghorn.

Jenness noted that the signs are very attractive.

When the question of who would maintain the marker area, the city's beautification committee was mentioned as a possibility but that organization had not been contacted. The markers themselves are of a sturdy metal and would require little or no maintenance.

The city voted to allow plans to proceed for the project in Cherokee including raising funds for the project.

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