‘Home­town Hero’ ban­ners up for 2 more years

Pro­gram still capped at 500 ban­ners, with hun­dreds more on wait­ing list

The Reporter (Lansdale, PA) - - FRONT PAGE - By Dan Sokil [email protected]­tu­ry­media.com @Dan­sokil on Twit­ter

LANS­DALE >> Dec­o­ra­tive ban­ners hon­or­ing lo­cal vet­er­ans look likely to be back for two more years in Lans­dale.

Bor­ough res­i­dent Anne Hen­ning-Scheur­ing, or­ga­nizer of the Home­town Hero ban­ner pro­gram, has started the ap­proval process to hang a fresh set of ban­ners around town.

“I’m here tonight to ask for ap­proval for the 2019-20 ses­sion of the Lans­dale Bor­ough Home­town Hero ban­ner pro­gram, with the same limit of 500 ban­ners,” she said.

Hen­ning-Scheur­ing first pro­posed the dec­o­ra­tive ban­ners in early 2016, and that sum­mer the first se­ries of red, white and blue ban­ners fea­tur­ing pho­tos of lo­cal vet­er­ans and the con­flicts they fought in, be­gan ap­pear­ing on streets around town. Her orig­i­nal es­ti­mate was that fewer than 50 ban­ners would be pur­chased, but high de­mand led to more than 400 be­ing placed around town that first sea­son, and a cap of 500 in fu­ture years — a num­ber Hen­ning-Scheur­ing said she plans to stay within for the next round.

“We de­cided we should go to two years, be­cause the ban­ners, some of them were get­ting faded, and it’s just not nice to have them that way,” she said.

Since the ban­ners were ap­proved in Lans­dale, bor­ough staff de­vel­oped an in­ter­ac­tive on­line map show­ing which veteran is lo­cated where, and sim­i­lar sets of ban­ners have been ap­proved and in­stalled in Hat­field and Up­per Gwynedd town­ships and North Wales Bor­ough. Hen­ning Scheur­ing was honored in 2017 with the Lans­dale His­tor­i­cal So­ci­ety’s Ed­win G. Holl His­tor­i­cal Achieve­ment Award for the ban­ner pro­gram, as well as her ef­forts with that or­ga­ni­za­tion.

Even with that growth, there’s still a lengthy wait­ing list to get on a ban­ner in Lans­dale, Hen­ning-Scheur­ing told Lans­dale’s ad­min­is­tra­tion and fi­nance com­mit­tee on Feb. 6.

“Over 300 al­ready, and prob­a­bly about 80 brand new ones that couldn’t get on the last 500,” she said.

Coun­cil­man Leon An­geli­chio joked that coun­cil and staff should find ways to add more util­ity poles around town to hang the ban­ners, and res­i­dent Nancy Frei asked if the town had any other pub­lic poles avail­able to do so.

“We re­ally don’t, not poles that are ours. Some are owned by Ver­i­zon, or who­ever, but none that are strictly the bor­ough’s,” Bur­nell said.

For the next round, Hen­ning-Scheur­ing said, the price will be kept at $130 per ban­ner for the two years, and those who al­ready had ban­ners in the first round can re­new their par­tic­i­pa­tion for that price, but with a new ban­ner to re­place the old. The hun­dreds of old ban­ners were on dis­play at Bor­ough Hall for much of De­cem­ber as those who paid for them came to col­lect, and Hen­ning-Scheur­ing thanked lo­cal VFW Post 32 and Post Com­man­der Stan Levin­sky for stor­ing those that still haven’t been claimed.

“Of the 500, there were only 60 left (un­claimed), which was great. Stan of­fered for the Amer­i­can Le­gion to store the 60 un­til some peo­ple could pick them up,” she said.

As of Wed­nes­day night, 16 other own­ers had made ar­range­ments to pick up their ban­ners, leav­ing about 44 left from the first round. Any­one in­ter­ested in ar­rang­ing for pickup or re­new­ing their ban­ners can con­tact Hen­ning-Scheur­ing at 215-855-1743 or [email protected]­i­zon.net.

Hen­ning-Scheur­ing said she and bor­ough staff are also work­ing to find lo­ca­tions, such as on Eighth Street, where ban­ners can be hung per­pen­dic­u­lar with the street in­stead of par­al­lel, so they can be seen more eas­ily by driv­ers.

“We’ll bring it for­ward to coun­cil, to vote to re­new the pro­gram, and then we will dis­cuss the lo­gis­tics with our Pub­lic Works depart­ment,” An­geli­chio said.

Coun­cil mem­ber Car­rie Hawkins Charl­ton asked if Hen­ning-Scheur­ing could present de­tails on the costs and rev­enues from the past sev­eral years of the pro­gram dur­ing the Nov. 20 meet­ing, when the pro­gram will be up for a vote. Hen­ning Scheur­ing said she would, and said as of Feb. 6 she had about $7,000 left over from last year that could go to ad­min­is­ter­ing the non­profit be­hind the ban­ner pro­gram, and/or equip­ment re­pairs if needed.

Lans­dale’s bor­ough coun­cil next meets at 7 p.m. on Feb. 20 at the bor­ough mu­nic­i­pal build­ing, 1 Vine St. For more in­for­ma­tion or meet­ing agen­das and ma­te­ri­als visit www.Lans­dale. org.


Ban­ners fea­tur­ing lo­cal vet­er­ans are on dis­play along Main Street and other roads in Lans­dale Bor­ough.


A ban­ner on Main Street in Lans­dale fea­tures Laura Love Heck­man, who served in the Unites States Navy dur­ing the Cold War era.

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