Stratford giving away old street signs

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STRATFORD — Jordan Thibault is hoping to display a piece of Stratford, P.E.I., in his Saskatchewan home.

Having grown up on Hazard Point Lane, Thibault says he hopes to return to the same area some day.

“I grew up there most of my life and have some great memories,” he said, adding his family had purchased another lot and he couldn’t imagine living anywhere else in Stratford.

While Thibault waits to return, he has an opportunity to bring a Hazard Point Lane sign west with him.

The Town of Stratford is currently in the process of replacing all its street signs and is giving away its old ones.

The new signs incorporate the colours and graphics of the town’s logo and have five-inch white lettering, slightly larger than the more common four-inch letters, ensuring all motorists can easily read the new signs.

“As we began replacing the signs many residents expressed interest in having one of our old signs,” says a news release from the town. “For many residents, certain street names have a historical or sentimental value.”

To fulfil these requests, the Town of Stratford is asking interested residents to submit a request via an online form at www.townofstratford.ca/street-sign-request/.

Residents can fill out the online form to be eligible to receive the sign of their choice.

Anyone interested who is unable to fill out an online form is asked to drop into or call the Stratford Town Centre at 902-569-1995 to make a request.

“We have been delighted with the response from residents so far, and intrigued with the various reasons why residents would like to keep a piece of Stratford history,” said Mayor David Dunphy. “Reasons given by residents include retirement gifts, keepsakes for kids heading off to university and just being a long-time resident of a particular street.”

With approximately 500 signs available, town officials are hopeful that every request can be filled. If multiple requests are made for the same sign, a draw will be made to determine who will receive it.

“Although the reasons vary, the response we have received for street signs demonstrates the connection and pride Stratford residents have for their community,” says the release.

Organizations: Stratford Town Centre

Geographic location: Stratford, Saskatchewan

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