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Sign near library updates happenings in Shaler

| Wednesday, Oct. 16, 2013, 9:05 p.m.
Bethany Hofstetter | Shaler Journal
A grant from Verizon allowed Shaler Township to install an electronic message sign at Shaler North Hills Library to announce community events.

Shaler Township has a new way to communicate with residents.

At the end of September, Atlas Sign Group installed an electronic messaging sign at Shaler North Hills Library, which replaced the previous ground monument sign and now carries announcements of township events.

Township officials purchased the $33,800 sign from Stewart Signs through a grant from Verizon, which carries the township's public educational government channel.

“The goal is to help municipalities promote communication and open government,” said Tim Rogers, township manager.

“So our thought was to put up a sign to communicate with residents.”

The Shaler North Hills Library staff manages the sign and computer system, which is housed in the library building.

Sharon McRae, library director, said the staff is learning the capabilities of the sign's computer program and has set up the sign so the frames and messages stop rotating from 10 p.m. to 7 a.m. and only a stationary seasonal graphic is illuminated.

The sign will display information about upcoming events hosted in the township by the local government, police department and emergency medical service, as well as community organizations, the library and the school district.

McRae said the public response of the new sign has been very positive, and the library staff is excited to be stewards of the sign.

“We're very fortunate they chose us as the sight to put it on,” McRae said. “Anything is better than standing out in the rain and snow and putting letters in that (old sign).”

Community groups can contact Sherry Martin at the township municipal building at 412-486-9700 for more information about getting a message on the sign.

Bethany Hofstetter is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. She can be reached at 724-772-6364 or bhofstetter@tribweb.com.

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