Today was an exciting day in Queensborough. Why? Because our new street signs went up!
I wrote about the making of those signs here, but today was the day they actually got installed. Raymond and I were out doing errands in Madoc and Tweed early this afternoon, and when we got back home to the Manse I squealed in delight and surprise – “They’re up!” – to see them.
The signs have been designed, manufactured and erected in a project undertaken by Queensborough’s Beautification Committee, but I must make special mention of the person who actually made them: Jos Pronk, proprietor of Pronk Canada – Queensborough Machine Shop. Jos (his name is Dutch; in case you’re wondering, or happen to meet him when you visit Queensborough, it’s pronounced “Yoss”) is the guy who, a fellow Queensborough person once told me, “can make anything” with metal – and proved it when he made a very cool car, which I wrote about here. And all right here in Queensborough! Jos’s shop is in the historic former Sager’s General Store in “downtown” Queensborough; he and his wife Marykay have also made a beautiful home in that great old building.
And the street-name signs feature an oval photo of the prettiest spot in our pretty hamlet:
It’s an autumn photo of the place where the Black River flows over the dam by the former mill that is the very reason Queensborough exists. (The village grew up around a grist mill and sawmill established on the site in the 1840s.)
Here is one more photo showing the new signs at the heart of the village, with that same grist mill in the background:
I think all of us in Queensborough – people were out inspecting, you know – are pretty happy this evening with these beautiful new signs. And I will conclude with two thoughts:
#1: Jos and the Beautification Committee deserve a huge round of applause for their wonderful work; and…
#2: You now have no excuse for getting lost in Queensborough!