PORTSMOUTH — A city that is progressive and on the move can best show it’s attitude by always putting it’s best foot forward. That’s why you will soon be seeing three new “Welcome to Portsmouth” signs at entrances to the city as part of a community project of the Portsmouth Rotary Club.
“It’s a project that actually kicked off 2 1/2 years ago,” James Bussa of the Portsmouth Rotary Club said. “It was to replace all the city entrance signs that showed all the civic organizations in the town.”
Bussa set out to find sponsors for the signs and he found them – Southern Ohio Medical Center, Shawnee State University and King’s Daughter’s Medical Center.
“It was a pretty bold process. Dave Stone from Tanner Stone Holsinger Donges and Company Architects designed the signs for us pro bono because he’s a Rotarian,” Bussa said. “We decided to jump on board as part of the Gateway Project that the (Southern Ohio) Port Authority and the city is working on to beautify the area to try to attract businesses.”
Bussa said other Rotarians told him the signs that the new signs will replace were erected 30 years ago and in recent years have fallen into disrepair.
The sign sponsored by SOMC has already been erected on U.S. 23 south at the Stag Bar. The signs listing the various organizations have not been added to the new sign as of yet, but that process is underway and the framework is completed.
Another sign, sponsored by SSU, will be placed between Wheelersburg and Sciotoville on U.S. 52 west. It will be located just off the freeway. The third, sponsored by KDMC will be next to OSCO Industries.
“It has been worth the 2 1/2 year wait,” Bussa said. “They look pretty stellar.”
Bussa said Rotary will offer each sponsor the opportunity to be part of a series of ribbon cutting ceremonies all to be held on the same day as a way of introducing the signs to the community.
The Rotary Club is a grass-roots organization consisting of business professionals and community leaders that volunteer time, talent and resources in order to remedy vital community needs. Rotary has over 1.2 million members worldwide.
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