DALLAS — The Back Mountain Memorial Library’s white sign may look the same. But it’s not the same.
The Dallas Lions Club replaced the nearly 70-year-old wooden sign with a replica made from durable materials and held a dedication ceremony May 26 outside the Back Mountain Memorial Library at the corner of Franklin Street and Huntsville Road, according to the group’s chairman Don Berlew.
“The (original) sign was removed,” Berlew said. “It was in rough shape.”
Last winter, Berlew noticed the missing iconic sign. He thought the Dallas Lions Club could replace the sign.
“It is the most recognizable symbol of the Back Mountain Memorial Library,” he said. “In old British letters, it said ‘Back Mountain Memorial Library Est. 1945.’”
Berlew’s idea gained support from Dallas Lions Club members as well as from the Back Mountain Memorial Library Board, Dallas Borough, Andy Popielarz, owner of Keystone Landscaping, and his wife, Chrissy.
“Andy and two of his workers built the entire structure,” Berlew said.
The new sign still features a white pole bolted to a cement base and a new sign identical to the old sign that now hangs inside the library, Berlew said.
A landscaped area around the base of the sign includes a small stone wall with a flower bed to give the site more curb appeal, he said.
At the dedication ceremony, two time capsules were encased in the signpost, Berlew said.
The time capsules contained 30 photos of schools, fire departments, churches, stores and municipal buildings in the Back Mountain; buttons and badges from area police and fire departments collected by Chrissy Popielarz; over 50 business cards; a print of Sue Hand’s library auction paintings; current news headlines and pictures of the roundabout construction, Berlew said.
“They (time capsules) will be opened 50 years from now on Saturday, May 26, 2068,” Berlew said.
The cost of the sign was funded through donations from area businesses, including Fitch’s Plumbing and Heating, Dallas Borough and Dallas Township, he said.
“We did get two small grants from the Lions Club District 14 and the Lions of Pennsylvania Foundation,” Berlew said. “Sen. Baker informed us about two more grants that we are applying for.”
Proceeds from the Dallas Lions Club annual golf tournament, slated for Sept. 27 at Irem Golf Course, will also help to offset the nearly $5,000 project, Berlew said.
The Dallas Lions Club was established in 1950 and provides a variety of community services throughout the Back Mountain region. The club currently has 23 members and welcomes new members to attend a meeting on either the second and fourth Wednesday of the month at Leggio’s Italian Ristorante, 1 E. Center Hill Road, Dallas, or email Joe Kester, membership chairperson, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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