Main Street Sterling wished to thank all the Love Sterling crew who spent all day on April 27th sprucing up our community. Over 200 Sterling College students and other volunteers sprawled out all over town doing painting, fixing up and making our town look great. After the work was done there was a BBQ at Sterling Lake. A big Thank You to Melissa Wisner and her staff for organizing and carrying out all the projects. They will have a big job next year topping this year's work.
We would like to showcase the businesses we have here in town. If you are a member of Main Street Sterling and would like to tell your story, or push an event or product you have, let us know. We will put it here in this section. Just send an email to us at firstname.lastname@example.org. Please keep it to around 100 words. We will display one per month. We will have editing privileges but will try to accurately portray your message.
The Pots N Pedals event was held on Saturday, May 4th. Although it was cold and windy, the turnout was much better than expected. We had 25 runners for the 5K run and a record turnout for the Kids' Tractor Pull. Some of the events had to be moved inside because of the weather. Being flexible is a big factor! Huge Kudo's to Deborah Bartlett and her team for all the events and work that went into it. It will be difficult to top it next year but we'll try.
There have been many great ideas put forth since the inception of this program. We encourage you to propose any ideas you may have that would be appropriate for downtown.
Keep your eyes open in this newsletter, the website and other places for what will be going on the months coming up!
Contact the Main Street Office for any ideas you have. 620-278-2099
We here at Main Street Sterling are working with a Sterling College student, Sened Tesfay, and Christopher Steen, a graphic artist at the College, to see if we can come up with a brand for the City of Sterling. A brand is a logo, a slogan or color scheme (or a combination of these) that would uniquely identify the town. For example, when you see the golden arches, you think of McDonald's. When you hear the words, "Just do it!" you think of Nike.
As you know, within the next few years the highway going through the middle of town will be moved to the east. We see this as an opportunity to make the city a destination place - a place that will make people want to come here to see the talent, art, drama and shopping we have to offer.
We met with the City Commission on Monday, May 6th. We presented our work to them to either get approval, dismissal or recommendations for moving forward. It was the latter of these three. The slogan we have come up with is "The Heart of the Arts." We presented a couple of logos with this phrase in them. The Commission seemed to like the idea of sprucing up the logo with the new highway coming soon. As a result, we will be sending out surveys and contacting the community at large to see what, if any, they like. Look for these to come soon. In the meantime, if you have any questions, contact us below:
Contact the Main Street Office for any comments or questions. 620-278-2099
We kicked off our 2013 membership drive at the Pots N Pedals event earlier this month. We have also sent out forms to those of you have donated in the past. If you have never been a member or it has been awhile since you have been one or have not received a form, let me know. It is imperative we continue to ask you for donations, as we wish to continue the work of keeping Sterling one of the most beautiful small towns in Kansas.
But it is true - we do have one of the most beautiful Main Streets in the state and it is getting better all the time. Just drive down Broadway at night now and see how clean and crisp everything looks. But our downtown is more than that. This is due, in large part, to the members of Main Street Sterling. Individuals can join for as little as $25 and small businesses for as low as $76. Of course you can give much more. Donations may be tax deductible, but you will need to check with your tax preparer. It would be a great way to donate before the end of the year. We are a non-profit 501(c)3 organization. And, if you remember, we will be getting a grant from the Kansas Department of Transportation. This money will be used to develop a Master Plan for the city. We would like to raise more funds so we will have money to help implement it.
To donate right from this site, just click on the DONATE button. It is a secure link using PayPal. We hope to contact alumni of the schools to become members so they are able to help keep this a beautiful down town.
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Contact the Main Street Office for more information. 620-278-2099