By Sarah Wright
SYRACUSE — The town of Syracuse is unfurling new welcome banners, starting this week just in time for the Fourth of July holiday. Featuring four alternating designs, the welcome signs spotlight elements making Syracuse unique.
Chamber Executive Director Renea Salyer and Virginia Cazier, the administrative assistant for the town manager, created the banners’ design with the aim of creating a look that encapsulated Syracuse. That is why the banners are shaped like sails.
“The sail look represents our lakes, plus our boats and marine businesses,” Salyer explained.
As far as images, the pair selected wooden boats, a shot of Wawasee High School, inviting Polywood chairs in front of a home and a family enjoying the trails.
“We’re going to be scattering them around town,” Cazier said, noting the designs will be alternated on the streetlights.
So while driving in town, people will see “Welcome” and “This is Syracuse.” Salyer pointed out the different coloring on the “u” and “s” in Syracuse, so the second banner can also be read as “This is us.”
Chamber member Maverick Promotions of North Webster printed the banners. The town of Syracuse paid for them, with part of the funding coming from a Harkless Foundation grant.
The banners were placed Tuesday, June 30.