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Business community supports new sign for ARHS

AMHERST – When Amherst Regional High School wanted to upgrade its signage on Willow Street it didn’t have to look far.

Thanks to a number of area businesses, a new electronic billboard sign has been erected in front of Amherst Regional High School on Willow Street. The sign will showcase both academic and extracurricular achievements and events at the school. Vice principal Jody Miller (back, middle) is shown with some of the sponsors including: (front, from left) Mark and Brenda Carter of Carter’s Sports Cresting, (back, from left) Bill Munro from Archway Insurance, Janalyn Smith from Super 8 Motel and Chris Maltby from Maltby’s Once Again Sports.

A group of Amherst and Cumberland County businesses were approached for financial assistance to help the school purchase a new electronic billboard that replaced a reader board that was erected several years ago.

“This has been a great investment in our school by the local business community,” vice principal Jody Miller said Tuesday. “This new electronic billboard will allow us to showcase to the community some of the wonderful things our students are doing academically and in extracurricular activities. It also provides an opportunity for us to inform the community of dates and events occurring at the school.”

Archway Insurance and Amherst Pharmasave joined with the school eight or nine years ago to erect the original sign in front of the school. To change the sign, however, staff or students had to go out to the street and update it manually and it could only hold one message at a time.

The new sign can be updated electronically from within the school and can carry multiple messages.

“We’ve already had some positive comments on the sign. Last weekend we hosted the provincial championships and some of the teams were saying how much they liked the sign,” Miller said. “We’ve also had a lot of positive comments from the community who have told us how they appreciate the sign.”

Miller said the school is fortunate to have a lot of supporters within the community and he thanked both Archway Insurance and Pharmasave for their support for the original sign as well as supporting the new sign.

He said the steel frame from the original sign helped keep costs down while Hanson Signs of Moncton and Nick Hanson not only assisted with sponsorship of the new sign but offered invaluable technical assistance.

Along with Archway Insurance and Amherst Pharmasave, sponsors include: Amherst Chrysler/Atlantic Kia, Ashford Holdings, Blakeney’s Plumbing and Heating, Carter’s Sports Cresting, Dayle’s Department Store, FYIdoctors, Hanson Signs, Harrison’s Blueberry Enterprises, Hicks LeMoine, Johnson Inc. Home and Car Insurance, Shoppers Drug Mart, Super 8 Motel and Susan Taylor Theatre Advisory Committee.

Miller said the school is continuing to seek additional sponsors for the sign. Interested companies or individuals can contact him at the school at 902-661-2540.

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