#039;Friends#039; need helping hand on project

Published 12:00 am Friday, June 3, 2005

Wanted: Volunteers to help Friends.

The Friends of Ironton are at it again. In an effort to make the city safer and better looking, the grass-roots civic improvement group that raises funds for community projects, is looking for 15 volunteers to help put 50 new stop signs up.

Herman George, pastor of Faith United Church of Nazarene, volunteered last year and said he is coming back this time.

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"I just like the idea of making our city look better," George said. "I hope to make our city look better and also to make it safer."

This is the second year the group has done this.

"Hopefully we'll be in a position where we'll have all the signs replaced in the next couple years," Rick Jansen, Friends of Ironton founder, said.

He said they are replacing stop signs because of their bad condition.

"Some are so badly faded and vandalized you can't read them," Jansen said.

The volunteers will be broken into five groups of three people with 10 signs.

Jansen asks any volunteers to bring a small step ladder or hand tools such as sockets and ratchets if they have them.

He said the groups will start in the south and work their way north and the project should take two hours.

Anyone interested in volunteering can call Jansen at 304-634-5956 or meet at the city center Monday at 6:30 p.m.

Past Friends of Ironton projects include the purchase of bullet-resistant vests for the Ironton Police Department, purchase and installation of new street signs throughout the Ironton area, organizing the Rally on the River and Gus Macker 3-on-3 Basketball

events and numerous other charitable causes.