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Shamrock Remains, Leprechaun Gone; Sligo Residents Can Vote for Favorite on Saturday

Friday, November 15, 2019 @ 12:11 AM

Posted by Ron Wilshire

Sligo 1SLIGO, Pa. (EYT) – Rick Smerker, of the Sligo Improvement Committee, presented four variations of a possible community welcome sign at a recent meeting of Sligo Borough Council developed by the committee.

Residents of Sligo will be able to view and vote on the signs on Saturday, November 16 from 12:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. at the Sligo Rec Center.

A  ballot system will be developed by the committee.

The committee spent months in the development of the sign designs and looking at various iterations. The leprechaun is gone, but the shamrock remains. Welcome to Sligo, Settled in 1828.

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“Spanish gold is going to be a very bright gold with a metal flake in it, so the letters shine with a green background. The signs are going to be aluminum made out of aluminum cut by laser, and they’re going to be elevated off the backboard. The letters off the board and let nature do the shadowing.”

The new signs also emphasize Sligo’s settling date vs. incorporated date.

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“These are like something you would see in a road sign from the 20’s and 30’s or of that nature and then we came up with a welcome to Sligo Settled in 1828 versus saying Incorporated in 1878.

“We’d like to go to Settled in 1828, because you’re coming up on a 200-year anniversary fairly soon that you can play off,” explained Smerkar.

“We just want to show we were here first that we were here earlier in 1828. The three-leaf Shamrock will also be used for some of our promotions such as the house letter signs.”

Each of the 4 ft. by 6 ft. signs will cost approximately $1,500.00, and Smerkar said fundraising was going well, and the first sign is paid, as well as most of the second. 

Additional fundraising is planned.

Sligo residents who vacation in Florida or elsewhere will also be able to contact any member of the Sligo Improvement Committee.

Smerkar thanked the Sligo Volunteer Fire Department for their work and help in fundraising and the members of the committee that includes Brenda Kindel, Connie Kindel, Nancy Shook, Jerri Shook, Anna Marie Laughlin, Connie Graham, Michelle Divins-Elder, Madison Elder-Coy, Cindy Hartle, Deborah McDowell, Jeremy Shumaker, and Christina Barkfelt.

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