Big Indian Oliverea gets welcoming look

Big Indian — With the help of local businesses, the Big Indian-Oliverea Beautification Committee and the Big Indian/Oliverea Board of Trade gave the kiosk at the entrance to the Big Indian-Oliverea Valley a much needed facelift on Saturday.

New signage, new lights, new paint, new landscaping and a beautiful new flowerbox were added making the kiosk an inviting welcome to the valley. “The old kiosk was just tired and needed an upgrade,” said Martie Gailes, chairwoman of the beautification committee.

Signage was done by Kurt Boyer Design, electrical work was completed by Randy VonBernewitz of Blizzard Electric, the flowerbox was built and donated by Gary Gailes and the soil, grass seed and hay was donated by Josh Construction. Throughout the project, nourishment was provided by Lisa and David Schnack, new owners of the Big Indian Deli.

It’s a “Pride of Place Thing,” said Martie as the yellow flowers were being planted and scarecrows and pumpkins were being put up in a fall theme. “We are making an attractive entrance to our wonderful valley. Our plans are to change plantings and themes of the kiosk to reflect the seasons.”
The updated kiosk comes just a short time after the Route 28, “Welcome to Big Indian – Oliverea” billboard was completely reconditioned and lit up for the first time in many years.

With the support of local businesses and done completely by volunteers including Gary Gailes, Jamie Griesser, Henry Stout, Mike Wentland, Andy Wall and John, AC and JC Michelotti, the billboard gives visitors a welcoming marker just before the entrance to the Big Indian-Oliverea Valley.