Burk’s Falls woman recognized for her design work on the Heritage River Walk


A Burk’s Falls resident who uses graphic design as a hobby is the local October Champion for her work on the town’s Heritage River Walk signs. Emily Bond, who works in the human resources department at Lofthouse Manufacturing, created 12 signs that will dot various areas of the trails and provide information about the history and heritage of Burk’s Falls in addition to information about the plant and animal life in the region. Bond is a volunteer member of the community’s downtown development committee and told The Nugget that it was as a committee member that she got involved in creating the 12 information boards. Bond and Recreation Coordinator Lacey Stevens collaborated on what information the signs should include. Bond says the couple spent time looking at two history books that contain a lot of information about Burk’s Falls, in addition to visiting government websites for data and going online to gather their information. ecological. Using archival images held at the local historical society and images from the two history books, Bond created high-resolution digital copies that will be transferred to the 12 panels. The signs contain text that will describe what a person may be viewing or simply describe in general terms a heritage or historical aspect of the area. Bond says all images and text are complete and work is now in proofreading to ensure accuracy. Bond did all of the design work, including the strategic placement of images, text, and colors to be used. “History flows over the panels and while it is a cohesive project, each panel also has its own unique look and story,” Bond said. Regarding the colors to be used, Bond opted for blues and greens which are the main colors of the town. But she also brought nature into her work by adding browns and oranges as accent colors. Bond says she worked on and off the project for several months with many hours devoted to researching the information the panels will display. Bond says council has given her a lot of creative freedom over the appearance of the signs and that she has received positive feedback from the municipality on the work to date. Once the panels have passed proofreading, the community will begin the printing process over the winter. Images and text will be placed on panels two by three feet and approximately three feet from the ground. The signs will go up next June and follow a path that creates a loop along the walking trails, through downtown, and then back to the Burk’s Falls Visitor Center. The project cost $ 17,000 and the partnership with Burk’s Falls was the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs. The Local Champions program was approved by council earlier this year as a way to thank volunteers for their contribution to making the community a better place to live and see. The program runs until the end of the year. Each month, people can nominate a resident of Burk’s Falls, Ryerson or Armor as their local champion of the month. The Council reviews the list of nominees and selects the eventual winner, the person receiving a $ 100 gift bag filled with goodies from local merchants. On the web: http://www.burksfalls.net/announcements/burks-falls-local-champion Rocco Frangione is a reporter for the Local Journalism Initiative who works at the North Bay Nugget. The Local Journalism Initiative is funded by the Government of Canada.

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