SALEMBURG — The town spirit in Salemburg abounds as the streets and houses have been adorned with the colors of fall.
A total of 20 fall decor banners, along with a decorated welcome sign and flags at various homes, have been erected across town in an effort to make the town more inviting to those who pass through.
In the nearly three and a half decades Pauline Strickland has been the First Lady of Salemburg, she has had one goal — to promote the town and make it look its best. When the town’s banners began to look a little weathered, Strickland said she began thinking and planning for new ones.
“We had some already, but they were outdated and I wanted some for the fall,” Strickland said.
Many of the banners in towns throughout Sampson and surrounding counties include their logo on the banners that are placed in the downtown area. Strickland said after noticing this, she knew she wanted Salemburg’s new banners to include the town’s new motto.
Strickland began looking into companies who could design new banners for the town and include the town’s new motto, “Small Town, Big Heart.” To no avail, Strickland said she wasn’t able to find something suitable to her liking, so she enlisted the help of her niece, Lynette S. Wilson.
Wilson, who is a retired school teacher, is quite crafty, according to her aunt, and immediately went to the drawing board, creating a plethora of ideas for the town to use.
“Lynette jumped right on it and designed several options. She had a lot of ideas,” Strickland said. “She is very talented. Very creative.”
After three visits with a representative from the company who made the banners, Strickland and Wilson were able to get the design they wanted.
“We are very pleased with what they came up with,” Strickland said.
While some might think the 20 banners would be enough, Wilson didn’t think so. She took things a step further and hand-painted flags and a welcome sign to be displayed around town. As travelers come into Salemburg from Roseboro on N.C. 24, a large welcome sign covered in pumpkins greets visitors.
The banners, flags and sign will be up until the town displays the Christmas lights and decorations.
“We are a small town and we have a big heart,” Strickland said. “We care about this community.”
For that reason, Strickland and Wilson have other ideas in mind.
In addition to the fall banners, Wilson has designed ideas for other holidays and events. As for Strickland, she and mayor Bobby Strickland will be leaving their post this November, so she says it’s up to the next mayor and board to continue with these ideas.
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