As I wrote yesterday, it’s still very much the mud season – though this evening it’s veering back into hard-core winter, with the temperature dropping and snow falling – here in Queensborough. I’m sure I speak for everyone when I say we are all looking forward to spring, and I’m happy to report – hey, since I’m a journalist, I figure I’m the unofficial head of the Queensborough news bureau – that when spring does eventually come, some very nice new additions to our village’s streetscape will be made.
Thanks to the hard work of dedicated volunteers on Queensborough’s beautification and community-centre committees, we will have elegant new street signs and a sign explaining a bit about the history of this pretty little place. How about that?
The street signs are extra-special in that they, along with the poles and hardware they will be mounted on, have been designed and made right here in Queensborough! The hugely talented Jos Pronk – I wrote about another of Jos’s amazing projects here – has made them at his Pronk Canada Inc. machine shop right here in “downtown” Queensborough. (Jos’s shop is in the building that was for many years one of the two general stores.)
Those signs will mark the streets in Queensborough – of which there are not very many, which is part of its charm – and point the way to public buildings like St. Andrew’s United Church and the Queensborough Community Centre. And they look terrific, as you can see from the photo atop this post.
The historical sign, meanwhile, will be erected close to the Black River that runs through the centre of the village, the place where visitors inevitably stop and admire the view, and sometimes take some photos. The text (written, I must confess, by yours truly, a member of the Queensborough Community Centre committee) gives a brief outline of our village, from its earliest settlement by First Nations people through to the establishment of the first industries, the grist mill and sawmill around which a village grew up, and through to modern times, including the heady days of the Rock Acres Peace Festival. Here is a photo, which won’t be big enough to allow you to read the text but will let you see how it will look:
So once these signs get erected, three things will be true: one, everybody who comes through will know what street they’re on and where the important buildings are; two, they’ll be able to learn a bit about the history of this place; and three – it will be spring! At last!