SMITHERS — Two new three-dimensional signs now welcome passers-by at either end of Michigan Ave. (locally often called Front Street).

The signage was designed and manufactured by John Beaver of The Iron Beaver metalworks shop in Montgomery. Painted metal cutouts replicate the city logo with a red star on a state map. The map, Smithers name and welcome wording are bolted projecting outward from the sign to create a shadow effect in the sunlight, according to Beach Vickers, city grant coordinator.

Many hours were contributed to reclaim former signs and assemble the new ones by local volunteers, especially Jeff Schweer, of Montgomery, Vickers added.

City employee Frank Hill and his work crew hung up the signs on Jan. 5.

Costs for the project were predominantly underwritten by a Cultivate WV grant awarded by the WV Community Development HUB last year.

When completed, two more similar signs will be erected beside the Rte. 60 approach to Smithers, also thanks to the same grant, Vickers said.

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