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Volunteers help enhance the entrances into town

Wednesday, October 15, 2008

Sign Of the Times - Volunteers (left to right) Randy Menke, Virg Harrison, Denny Holton, Ben Broderson, Jim Harman, Collin Christensen, Duane Mummert and Mark Braunschweig pose in front of the first of four signs which will be posted at the entrances into Cherokee. Photo by Dan Whitney.
Local volunteers have completed the first part of what is projected to be a 4-year project, aimed at enhancing the look of the entrances into the city of Cherokee.

Road signs which simply, but elegantly, announce the name of the town will be placed at all four entrances to the city. The first of these, at the East entry, was recently put in place. The project is being accomplished through the efforts of a group of community-minded citizens who are all donating their time and/or labor and land to make the city more attractive to visitors.

Harman Masonry is providing the solid columns for the signs, with Menke Construction adding the caps for the columns.

Virg Harrison and HEG Painting did the sandblasting and Duane Mummert provided the solid footings for the sign.

The city of Cherokee granted an easement to Mark Braunschweig to allow him to place the first sign on his property (just before the "East Hill" into town on Iowa Highway 3), and Holton Signs made the sign itself. The sign is deliberately simple, avoiding any logos or slogans because "things change," said Denny Holton. It is made of a "high density" foam which will not rot and "should last forever."

The hope is that all four entrance signs will be up within a four-year period, but the plan is not "set in stone," as it were, since the project is dependent on the volunteers being able to work when they can take time away from their jobs.

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