I’ll probably get yelled at like the inventors of “Pipe Man” for this idea but here it is anyway, just for consideration.
Every time I drive North on Highway 11 (especially at night) and pass over the bridge I glance to the right and look up the expanse of Hunters Bay. You know Huntsville is one of the very few towns that has such a view of its town site from the main Highway 11 corridor roadway. It is quite a beautiful view.
When I was younger there was the saw mill and flooring plant there, always putting out smoke in a sign of the industrial strength of the town.
Here is my idea.
You know how Hollywood has its sign on the hills in Los Angeles? This sign is world famous; puts them on the map everywhere. You can show the Hollywood sign to virtually anyone the world over and they know it is in California.
So my idea is to put a sign that says “HUNTSVILLE” in letters big enough to read easily from Highway 11 as people in their hundreds of thousands each year pass by.
I don’t suggest a gaudy or ugly sign, but I think a classy and well designed sign could look good from the highway and be virtually invisible from the town site itself. With modern LED lighting it could be illuminated at night in a variety of colours to suit the seasons or special days of the year and this lighting could be adjusted in intensity so as not to be obnoxious to anyone. It could be made to gradually fade down to a minimal or no lighting at all say after 1 am so as to not bother people’s sleep for example.
The lighted sign would reflect off the waters of Hunters Bay in a very pretty way on still nights.
I think such a sign could be a valuable way to promote the town for a minimal cost on a long term basis. It might even become an icon like the Hollywood sign is and that would be an amazing publicity coup for Huntsville.
We have the technical expertise in this town to build and illuminate such a sign and I’m sure a group of business leaders could find a way to fund the cost of hydro so that the Town cost would be very small.
I think this is worth a look!
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Brian Tapley attended school at Port Cunnington, then Irwin Memorial in Dwight, then Huntsville High, and then Queen’s University, where he graduated 1973 as a Mechanical Engineer.
He worked for Kimberly-Clark for a short time before ‘retiring’ to help his aging parents run the family resort, Bondi Village Cottage Resort in Dwight.
Brian, who says he’s getting old, too, is joined at the resort by his son and his lovely wife, as they start to take over the reins.
“We have been here since my grandfather purchased the original farm in 1905 and I always add that we have managed this feat despite the best efforts of our various governments to help us out.”