By WAYNE ALLEN
PDT Staff Writer
SOLACE has found temporary display space at Westside IGA in West Portsmouth.
The owners of Westside IGA David and Cindy Smith thought it was important to allow the group to have a display space.
“We heard they were looking for a display space. We told them what space we had available and that they were welcome to use it. With all of the drug problems we have in the county anything that can help bring attention to it is a good thing,” Cindy Smith said.
SOLACE Director Joanna Krohn said the group plans to use the space until a permanent display space can be found.
“We are still working to find permanent display space. Frank Thompson and Aaron Adams are working to find a permanent home for SOLACE. That is our long-term goal. Until we can get that accomplished we now have a space to put our loved ones’ pictures,” Krohn said. “They said we could take as much window space as we wanted as long as they had some room for some advertisements. They have five display windows; we are going to limit our display to two of those windows.”
SOLACE previously had a display in the former Marting’s Building in downtown Portsmouth. The city asked the group to remove their display, which they did last Friday, in hopes of fining a permanent display.
Krohn said the group hopes to have the display up by next weekend.