WINDHAM — The town just became more welcoming to visitors.
A new sign, built and paid for by local businesses, recently went up on Mammoth Road near the Pelham town line.
It might just be a sign of things to come.
One of the participants in the project said next up is a sign project for Route 28.
“The Welcome to Windham sign not only shows the pride Windham has in its community, by highlighting to those traveling on Mammoth Road that you are here, but also the great cooperative and giving spirit of the business community,” community development director Laura Scott said.
The sign features the town seal and notes Windham was settled in 1719.
Businesses helping out included A.P. Dailey Custom Laminating Corp., Picnic Table Factory and Signs for Minds.
A.P. Dailey owner Art Dailey said he was glad to help out when Scott broached the issue of the sign project.
“I’ve been in the town since 1995. We had been in Salem, but my business outgrew that and we found our property here. It’s a great location and a great town,” Dailey said. “This is mostly a community of neighborhoods, not overly built with commercial stuff.”
Dailey said he likes the look of the sign. He and wife Bessy inspected it while driving by the other night and he said she approved, too.
But he’d like to see the nearby brush trimmed so approaching motorists get a better view.
“It comes out to you awfully quick,” he said. “Some of the brush needs to be cut back.”
Rick Clark, one of the owners of Signs for Minds, said he was glad to help when Dailey asked.
“We did the painting and the graphics,” he said. “Art did the cutting.”
Owner Mike Salvo of Picnic Table Factory also helped put up the sign.
“Everybody was very cooperative, even the neighbors,” he said.
They wondered what was happening.
“Good, good,” was their response when told it would be a welcome sign.
The next project could be a welcome sign for Route 28.
Salvo said he lives on the road.
“You don’t know whether you are in Derry or Salem,” he said.
Given business development in the area, Salvo would like to see the Route 28 sign welcome people to what he calls the Windham business district.
He’s glad to see the welcome sign effort.
“This is something Windham needs,” Salvo said.