By WAYNE ALLEN
PDT Staff Writer
Earlier this week SOLACE members were asked to remove their “Be the Wall” display from the Marting’s window in downtown Portsmouth.
City officials said they would find other temporary space for the display. On Wednesday, the city informed SOLACE the window at the intersection of Sixth and Chillicothe streets could be used to house the display.
“Just talked to the lady at Engineer’s Office (Crystal) who said that the Soil & Water has teamed up with many other organizations for this display. They want the large window, our window. We have been asked if we will move our display into the side window that faces both streets and that we could even go over into the veterans old display and use that space,” said Jo Anna Krohn, founder of SOLACE. “SOLACE will be moving but we do not have to do it till after Christmas. There have been some people who have suggested we use this opportunity to try to find a place to put up a standing display in either Tracy Park or Mound Park.”
Portsmouth Mayor David Malone acknowledges the city does not have a good system in place for rotating the display space.
“It’s been a practice of the city to try and rotate who is in the space. SOLACE has been there over a year and we need to have opportunities for the other groups. It’s their time now.”