DUNDALK — The Turner Station sign at the corner of Main Street and Dundalk Avenue suffered damage after being hit by a vehicle for a third time recently. This time, members of the community and Sollers Point Technical High School stepped in to restore it.
Welcome signs sit at both ends of Turner Station in Dundalk. They are a project of Turner Station Conservation teams, who made an effort to revitalize the community, according to Edie Brooks, Vice President of the Turner Station Conservation Teams.
“One of the things we needed were community signs,” Brooks said. “Alice Mason was the president of the conservation team, and we got together and we put the grant together from the county. We looked around for different designs and different companies. This was the design we fell in love with.”
The sign at the corner of Dundalk and Main was recently hit by an oncoming vehicle in December 2018. The driver of the vehicle refused to cooperate with police and refused to reconcile with the Turner Station community, Brooks said.
Instead of engaging in what potentially could be a longstanding legal battle, community members decided to take matters into their own hands and repair the sign themselves.
“The people at Sollers Point Technical High School, they were wonderful, just putting it back together again,” Brooks said. “It was in pieces. The post on (the left side) was all the way down. We decided in order to protect it a little more, we’ll move it.”
The sign was moved at least three feet to the right, away from the curb. It is still visible as you travel north on Dundalk Avenue.
Repairs to the sign were made by carpentry students at Sollers Point High School. This wasn’t the first time the high school assisted in a community project, Brooks said. When Turner Station’s multi-purpose building was built in 2011, students at the school helped put up exhibit boards inside the history center.
“The carpentry teacher brought the students there, and they measured the boards,” Brooks said. “They’ve made all the boards at all of our exhibits. They’ve always been very supportive.”
Plants and mulch were donated by Dundalk Renaissance Corporation to beautify the area around the sign. Volunteers from DRC who assisted with the sign did so as a part of the NFL’s “Huddle for 100” campaign, an initiative that encourages each individual who participates to donate 100 minutes of community service.