A dozen down, a dozen to go

Mickey Djuric
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Waving in the wind and hanging brightly under the Saskatchewan sky, South Hill residents now have a dozen new accessories showing off South Hills charm.

Crystal Froese, member of the South Hill Community Association, stands in front of 12 banners that the association put up throughout South Hill as a way to beautify the area. Times-Herald photo by Mickey Djuric

Twelve new banners hang from the light posts along Fourth Avenue Southwest and Lillooet Street West, greeting drivers crossing over the Fourth Avenue Bridge. They were put up as a way to bring a sense of pride within the community, while welcoming people to the area, said Crystal Froese, who's part of the South Hill Community Association (SHCA).

"We're hoping to bring a stronger identity to the south side of our town."

The banner program is one idea the association came up with to beautify the area, while at the same time hoping to bring a stronger identity to South Hill. 

Local businesses, organizations and community members donated money so that the SHCA could afford these banners, which cost $200 each.

The banners each have a theme that uniquely identify the area, which are parks, recreation, shop and dine. 

"I think anybody who identifies themselves as a person who lives on South Hill has a certain amount of pride," said Froese.

"A third of our population is over here. We have small businesses, large industry, we follow along the river so we have Wakamow Valley and the old animal park. It's a pretty unique area."

The SHCA is on a mission to promote their one-of-a-kind area and are looking for the public's help. 

"We're hoping that we'll be able to raise enough money to put up another dozen banners," said Froese. 

The association would like to get enough banners to raise along Ninth Avenue Bridge and hang near recreational and park areas. 

"They've been described as bright and cheery by the members of the community," said Froese. "They're on light posts and we were only able to raise enough money to put up 12 which is a small number. We're hoping other businesses on South Hill and maybe some organizations might want to donate to help the program and build up the banners."

Anyone who would like to contribute to the banner program can do so by e-mailing crystalfroese@gmail.com or checking out their Facebook page

Organizations: South Hill Community Association

Geographic location: South Hill, Fourth Avenue Southwest, Wakamow Valley

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