Dallas Lions Club dedicates Back Mountain Memorial Library sign

By Eileen Godin - egodin@timesleader.com
Keystone Landscaping constructed the new signage for the Back Mountain Memorial Library this spring. - Submitted photos
A concrete base was required for the sign’s pole. - Submitted photos
Concrete was poured to form a sturdy base for the sign’s pole to be anchored. - Submitted photos
A three-man crew from Keystone Landscaping built a stone wall around the Back Mountain Memorial Library’s new sign location. - - Submitted photos
Keystone Landscaping crew installs the Back Mountain Memorial Library’s new sign post. - - Submitted photos
Andy Popielarz, owner of Keystone Landscaping, bolts the new Back Mountain Memorial Library sign post to a concrete base. - - Submitted photos
Dallas Lions Club Chairman Don Berlew hangs the new Back Mountain Memorial Library sign at a dedication ceremony May 26. Andy Popielarz, the owner of Keystone Landscaping is shown helping behind the sign. - - Submitted photos
The Dallas Lions Club replaced the iconic Back Mountain Memorial Library’s 70-year-old wooden sign with a replica made of durable materials. - - Submitted photos

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 jkester1950@hotmail.com.

Keystone Landscaping constructed the new signage for the Back Mountain Memorial Library this spring.
https://www.mydallaspost.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/06/web1_IMG_1286.jpgKeystone Landscaping constructed the new signage for the Back Mountain Memorial Library this spring. Submitted photos

A concrete base was required for the sign’s pole.
https://www.mydallaspost.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/06/web1_IMG_1292.jpgA concrete base was required for the sign’s pole. Submitted photos

Concrete was poured to form a sturdy base for the sign’s pole to be anchored.
https://www.mydallaspost.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/06/web1_IMG_1296.jpgConcrete was poured to form a sturdy base for the sign’s pole to be anchored. Submitted photos

A three-man crew from Keystone Landscaping built a stone wall around the Back Mountain Memorial Library’s new sign location.
https://www.mydallaspost.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/06/web1_IMG_1316.jpgA three-man crew from Keystone Landscaping built a stone wall around the Back Mountain Memorial Library’s new sign location. Submitted photos

Keystone Landscaping crew installs the Back Mountain Memorial Library’s new sign post.
https://www.mydallaspost.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/06/web1_IMG_1394.jpgKeystone Landscaping crew installs the Back Mountain Memorial Library’s new sign post. Submitted photos

Andy Popielarz, owner of Keystone Landscaping, bolts the new Back Mountain Memorial Library sign post to a concrete base.
https://www.mydallaspost.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/06/web1_IMG_1406.jpgAndy Popielarz, owner of Keystone Landscaping, bolts the new Back Mountain Memorial Library sign post to a concrete base. Submitted photos

Dallas Lions Club Chairman Don Berlew hangs the new Back Mountain Memorial Library sign at a dedication ceremony May 26. Andy Popielarz, the owner of Keystone Landscaping is shown helping behind the sign.
https://www.mydallaspost.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/06/web1_IMG_1455.jpgDallas Lions Club Chairman Don Berlew hangs the new Back Mountain Memorial Library sign at a dedication ceremony May 26. Andy Popielarz, the owner of Keystone Landscaping is shown helping behind the sign. Submitted photos

The Dallas Lions Club replaced the iconic Back Mountain Memorial Library’s 70-year-old wooden sign with a replica made of durable materials.
https://www.mydallaspost.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/06/web1_IMG_1457.jpgThe Dallas Lions Club replaced the iconic Back Mountain Memorial Library’s 70-year-old wooden sign with a replica made of durable materials. Submitted photos
Dallas Lions Club dedicates new sign to Back Mountain Memorial Library

By Eileen Godin

egodin@timesleader.com

Reach Eileen Godin at 570-991-6387 or on Twitter @TLNews.

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