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Retaining pride in Port Washington

By Keith Barber

What do a civic group in Port Washington and a sign painting company in Milwaukee have in common?

Members of both are interested in promoting the history of the city of Port Washington and have teamed up to develop and present a mural painting contest for the retaining wall on Jackson Street.

Port Washington Main Street Inc. is based in Port Washington and has identified its mission to ensure economic stability in the historic district, and bring awareness to the city’s heritage. Sign Effectz Inc., Milwaukee, has offered to be a sponsor of the mural project.

The project is called The Heritage Wall Transformation, and will involve painting a mural focusing on the city’s history. According to a press release from organizers, the wall is to “educate, inspire and express” the city’s history, and will become a focal point for visitors and residents.

The competition is open to companies or individuals, with entries due by Jan. 1. Designs may be two- or three-dimensional, and will be judged by a design committee at Port Washington Main Street Inc. The project will commence in spring. There are no prizes or awards associated with it, and the design and painting work is on a voluntary basis.

Entry forms may be obtained from either Sign Effectz Inc., or from PWMSI by calling 262-268-1132.

Keith Barber is a data reporter at The Daily Reporter. When he’s not submitting mural ideas to Port Washington, he can be reached at 414-225-1821.

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