Linwood had a few new welcoming signs erected last weekend to help spruce up the place. A donation from the Linwood Lions Club, the signs are located at entrances to the village long Manser Road South and Ament Line East. “It has been an ongoing thing for the last few years, I have been trying to get them to upgrade their signs and we finally just made the decision,” said Nick Dorscht, president of the Linwood chapter. “We were in desperate need of new ‘Welcome to Linwood’ signs and the [signs] that have all the service clubs.”
Dorscht brought forward a bunch of different proposals to the club, everything from redoing the signs in concrete to using overlays on the existing signs.
“I brought the design to the club last spring and the final developed idea to a meeting this fall; we voted on the design and made the decision after Christmas to have them ordered.”
The club decided to remove all the existing signage, saying it was old and decrepit.
“We want to give the town sign a fresh new look, make it more welcoming for residents as they come home from their day,” said Dorscht. “It didn’t take long to put up all the signs, with a few volunteers we managed to put them up this past weekend – it only took half a day.”
The club has plans to erect a third sign.
“We had an old sign in the north end but it blew over in a storm,” said Tom Kleinknecht, a Linwood Lion. “We wanted to put it up again but the region changed its by-laws and we were not allowed, we would love to upgrade that sign.”
The club used the means it had appropriated through fundraising during the year to pay for the new signage.
“We have our standard fundraising that we do every year,” said Dorscht. “Funds from our cash giveaway draw in the fall and the two hockey pools we run, one for the regular season and another for the playoffs, along with four or five other annual fundraisers, were included in the paying for the cost of the signs.”
The club hopes the new signs are a welcomed sight for the residents of Linwood.