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62 FRIDAY, MAY 29 - MONDAY, JUNE 1, 2015 CAPE LIFE Cape Gazette Artwork pays tribute to town's history By Maddy tauria Downtown Milton will get its first mural, thanks to the col- laborative effort of a few local residents and business owners, if Town Council gives its stamp of approval. The mural, designed by Rogers Sign Company of Milton, pays tribute to the town's rich history. Established in 1807, it was the home of five governors. The 50-by-26-foot mural will grace the blank side of Irish Eyes Pub & Restaurant on Front Street in downtown Milton. The simple design features a historic rendi- tion of a local ship and the town's 1807 establishment date. It will cover a portion of the beige wall and greet visitors and residents making their way downtown toward the Broadkill River. "We wanted the mural to be welcoming to people, not only for visitors, but residents as well," said Steve Crawford, a resident and member of Milton's Economic Development Com- mittee. Milton Solicitor Seth Thomp- son said the mural is considered to be a sign under town code and will require council approval. Council will have some say in terms of what the final product will look like and where it will be placed, he said. The issue has not yet been scheduled to come before council. Crawford said planning for a mural in town began more than a year ago, after he and other committee members generated the idea of coloring up the blank wall. Crawford joined forces with former Sussex County Commis- sioner Lynn Rogers of Rogers Sign Company, Irish Eyes Pub & Restaurant owner Tom ]ones, as well as local historians, art- ists and fundraisers to develop a handful of designs before the final was chosen. Three or four designs were deliberated, but because the wall belongs to ]ones, it was ulti- mately his decision which design would be permariently set on tl e side of his building, Crawfo d said. the end of the day, the mote traditional design is what We went for," Crawford said. The f- nalized design was chosen abo t two months ago, he said, and now the next step is fundraising. Tl e wall also needs some minor re- pairs and cement overlay before priming and painting can begiq. "It's not a political statement. It'snot advertising," Jones sai . "It was really a no-brainer for qs. It's very classy." Rogers Signs will install the mural for nearly $14,000. Cra ford said the mural supporte are working on grants throu the Division of Arts, the Mi ton Community Foundation other organizations, but public support is key to gettir r- it finished. "It's a public arts project," Rol ers said. "It's the town's projec t, and it belongs to every citizen J n this town." So far, $5,000 has been vided by a Carl M. Freeman Foundation grant, $1,000 from the Division of Arts, and tile group has received its first $100 private donation. Crawford said he expects the mural to be complete by the end of summer or beginning of fa l, depending on the success of fun- draising efforts. The Milton Community Foun- dation has agreed to handle the financial aspect of the projec he said. Crawford, Jones and Roge: said this may only be the fir mural project for downtow Milton. "This is just a scratch in tt surface on how to share ff town's history," Jones sai "Somebody might ride throu and see the mural that says 'hi tory lives here,' let's stop and what history does live here. It grow from that." For more information ' e/eame 's MILTON RESIDENT STEVE Crawford, who has led a team of locals to develo shows off the final at recent Town Council ton, design a meeting. d to donate, email Q'awford at Foundation, P.O. Box 12, Milton, Lt s.crawford68gs@gmaiLcom orDE 19968. Checks should be g send a check to Milton Mural made out to the Milton Com- Project, c/o Milton Community munity Foundation and include, WALT JONES MEMORIAL PROJ Sussex County Habitat OI(JF for Humanity ,m~ "~ lw- ~. ' . ~.~1~ Bethany Blues BBQ, Bin 66 41~~'~ Dia Bac :k f aDt:l ~a rVac iCaGpre G; fel~;Zo n e First State Chevy Harry Caswell Plumbing & Uti Lee Ann Wilkinson Group Lingo Realty, Money Mai State Farm Jeanine O'Donnell Touch of Italy V~ Abbott's Grill Abraxas Studio of Art Agave Arena Artistic Design Day Spa & Salon Avenue Apothecary BairdMandalasBrockstedt Bank of Delmarva BaysideResc Baywood Greens E3earTrap Dunes Beebe Foundation BikeTo Go BlueCoast Bob Hesaltine Bob Kellner Bob Kelly Bob Patterson Brenda B. Jones Drafting & Design BudgetBIInds Carlton's Chardol Chico's Clean Delaware, LLC Comcast Spotlight Community Cripple Creek Golf & Country Club Delaware Beach Life Magazine Dq Delmarva Christian High School Delmarva Public Radio Dixon Golf Dog Elite Island Resorts Ellis & Szabo Emily Beck Espuma Faraway Places Fins F First Class Heating & Air Conditioning Frazier's Restaurant Gidget's Gadgets Henlopen Chiropractic Henlopen City Oyster House Herb Macia Heritage Shores Hyatt Hotel In 2 Soles Inn atCanal Square IntegratedWealth Mgt. Irish Eyes P Kevin Gilmore Kindle Kings Creek Country Club Kramer Portraits LE.H. Soap Cc Lewes Automall Lewes Beach Yacht Club Lewes Gifts Lighthouse Construction Lori's Cafe Made Ya Look Midway Fitness & Racquetball Mike Grafton Mikel Milton Theatre Morris James Mr. P's Pizza Nage Never Never Land Kennel Ni Odyssea Pelican Loft Perdue- Georgetown Pizzadili Vineyard & Winery Po'Boys Quest Kayak Quiet Storm R&L Irrigation Services, Inc. Rehoboth Beach County Rehoboth CarWash Inc. Rehoboth Foodie Rehoboth Lifestyle RehobothTo, Ron Morris Ron Trupp Rose & Crown Pub Ruddo's Golf Salon Milton ShellWe Bounce Silpada - Donna Parker Sole Boutique Sole Kids c State Farm Ron Krajewski Stephen & Co. Striper Bites Summer Hou Sussex Pines Country Club Ted and Pat Fischer The Avenue The Backyard The Buttery The Cottage The Dental ( The Georgia House The Governor's Bed & Breakfast The C The Kitchen The Peninsula Golf & Country Club Tidewater Physical Therapy Tony Etze TwllaFarreU UpperCut US Senator Carper West Star Mortgage Wilmington University MADDY LAURIA PHOTOS and design a mural for downtown Mil- "The Mural Project" on the bot- tom left comer of the check, as well as the donor's full name and complete address. ities er, PNC ~wa ,igns Spa t Golf Club ]looming Boutique Bob Willey & Sons LTD Jewelers Chico 3ank Delaware ~laware Paddle Sports ish Head Eating Rehoboth sh House First State Chevrolet iretchen Spraul Hammerheads Club Hooper's Lahding Hotel Blue Jb Jen-MorFIorist JungleJims mpany Lady & Mane Larry Miller Logo Motive Lokken Investment , Builders Millman's Appliance :k Carter Painted Stave Distilling _'reole & Fresh Catch Purple Parrot Club Rehoboth Beach in a Box & Kite Company Rob Derrick ea Finds Sea Shell Shop ate Farm Denise Beam ~e Superior Electrical Inn and Spa The mural will be placed on this blank wall of Irish Eyes Pub & Restaurant on Union Street in Milton. Seeking toput God's love into action, Susse~ County Habitat for H manity brings people together to build homes, communities and hol~e.