B y Derek Liebig
If you look closely you may notice a few pleasant changes along Whitehall’s roadways in the next few weeks.
The Chamber of Commerce and the Village have been busy planting flowers at a few of the intersections in the community and plans are in place to replace some of the area’s welcome signs.
Their efforts are part of an ongoing beautification effort aimed at improving the general appearance and atmosphere of Whitehall.
The aim of the project is to make Whitehall more attractive to it’s’ residents as well tourists passing by on their way to summer vacations in Vermont and the Adirondacks.
“We want people to drive in and feel welcome,” said Chamber president Bethe Reynolds. “And maybe it will encourage business owners and home owners to see what they could do with their own property.”
Village crews recently installed flower boxes on the triangles formed by Poultney Street and North Williams Street and Poultney Street and Broadway.
The following day volunteers were hard at work planting flowers in those boxes.
The Chamber will also install a new “Welcome” sign just south of the village on Route 4 near the current sign.
Reynolds said the sign is a cooperative effort between the Chamber and Ross Chevrolet, who owns the property on which the sign will sit.
Brown Dog Auction Company found the artist, Rick Price, who has designed the sign.
“It will be a view looking down the canal,” Reynolds said. “Rick worked on it all Memorial Day weekend and did an amazing job.”
The frame for the sign is currently being constructed and the plant is to have the sign in place in time for the annual Canal Festival on July 8 and 9.
But the work won’t stop there.
“Our ultimate desire is to have upgraded signage at each end of town,” Reynolds said. “We’re doing little by little. We want it be more attractive and welcoming.”