After raising $30

Arts council installs new time/temp sign

The time-temperature display is back on the main drag thanks to a fundraising drive by the Trail and District Arts Council (TDAC).

A popular downtown Trail feature is once again lighting up Victoria Street, just in time for ‘A Homecoming Celebration.’

The time-temperature display is back on the main drag thanks to a fundraising drive by the Trail and District Arts Council (TDAC).

“People have really missed it and have been asking,” said TDAC President Ray Masleck. “So we were keen to get it up before Silver City Days.”

It’s been one year since the older unit went on the fritz and couldn’t be repaired because new parts for the 15-year old sign were no longer available.

The group raised $30,000 to purchase a new display last June. But by the time it was ordered and delivered with building permits in place, another eight months had passed.

“The City of Trail provided the permit at no cost,” said Masleck. “But there were several thousands of dollars added in engineering costs and inspections to put up a new sign on the existing pillars.”

Besides providing the permit, the city invested $5,000; Kootenay Savings Credit Union Community Foundation, $6,000; Columbia Basin Trust, $12,000 (Community Initiatives and Affected Areas Program); and TDAC covered the balance.

The arts council has owned the message board since 2000, after the group spearheaded a committee of tenants from the Greater Trail Community Centre, such as Selkirk College and the VISAC Gallery, to brainstorm ways of improving visibility of the local arts and culture scene while boosting the facility’s profile in the community and to out-of-towners.

“Trail was being recognized for its past accomplishments with individuals and teams in sporting events,” TDAC’s Judy Wray told the Trail Times. “So part of the committee’s goal was to advance the profile of arts and culture in the community and raise the profile of those in the community centre.”

Providing time and temperature to all those passing through town is only one aspect. TDAC’s sign has promoted all kinds of goings-on such as theatre performances, art exhibitions, Sunday cinema showings and educational opportunities at Selkirk’s Trail campus.

“It’s a massive project and a lot of money for a little arts council,” Wray said. “But it really is for the community.”

Just Posted

IRM reports small sulphuric acid leak at Waneta reload

IRM states a small volume of less than one cup and three dime-sized drips were leaked from carrier

Columbia Basin RDI: Exercise Your Right to Vote

Voter turnout statistics from the Columbia Basin Rural Development Institute

New farmers in Columbia Basin supported by land matching program

New and young farmers in the Basin are receiving support and services from a dedicated land matcher

Columbia Basin Trust offering business accelerator program

Trust seeking motivated companies for customized support and mentorship program

Trail military exercises provide crucial training

Exercise Sapper Crucible: ‘The nuts and bolts of what a soldier is’

Ottawa area residents take stock of tornado rubble as Ford tours the ruins

A tornado on Friday afternoon tore roofs off of homes, overturned cars and felled power lines in the Ottawa community of Dunrobin and in Gatineau, Que.

School, church and old mining site make Heritage BC’s 1st ever ‘watch list”

The list includes sites in need of protection to maintain B.C.’s culture and history

Yowza! Twerk, emoji and facepalm are added to Scrabble dictionary, OK?

Merriam-Webster has announced 300 new words have been added to the spelling game

LGBTQ activists, allies in Victoria counter anti-SOGI protest with rally of their own

Lower Mainland activists plan to protest SOGI on legislature lawn, Sept. 29

Cities make power play for new fiscal order with eye to 2019 federal election

Trudeau ordered Champagne to talk with provinces and territories about ways to “address the timeliness of the flow of funds” to projects.

Trudeau arrives at United Nations, hoping to re-establish Canada on world stage

Trudeau is beginning his day at the opening of the Nelson Mandela Peace Summit, where he’s scheduled to deliver brief remarks later this afternoon.

B.C.’s FATSO peanut butter to appear on Dragon’s Den

The Victoria company will be featured on the Sept. 27 episode of the popular show highlighting Canadian businesses

Whitecaps see playoff dreams fade after 2-1 loss to FC Dallas

Goal in 87th minute seals Vancouver’s fate

Most Read