By Ross Markman
Passing through Washington on a recent drive to California, Emily Mayer Lossing saw something she liked. So she's bringing it to Havre.
"We saw all these little towns that had sharp looking historic district banners," she said. "I said to my husband, Lyle, That's something we need here in Havre.'"
Mayer Lossing, who chairs the city's Historic Preservation Commission, said she's seen similar banners marking historic districts in Fort Benton and Butte.
Monday night, the Havre City Council, of which Mayer Lossing is also a member, approved installing the banners in Havre.
The signs are being made in North Carolina and could be in place this month, Mayer Lossing said.
"It's something we need to show and enjoy our historic district," she said.
The 2-by-6-foot banners will be made of a durable canvas to withstand the area's winds. The plan is to install 17 of the signs throughout the historic district, Mayer Lossing said, "to kind of show where it is."
Green with white lettering, the banners will read, "Havre Residential Historic District: Established in 1989," and will include the preservation commission logo.
The banners will be attached to NorthWestern Energy light poles. The energy supplier, Mayer Lossing said, has volunteered to put them up.
The commission needs the permission of the Montana Department of Transportation to install banners on Fifth Avenue, she added, because it's a state-maintained road.
The banners, Havre Mayor Bob Rice noted, came at a good price for the city nothing. The $2,500 total cost for the banners and hardware was funded by a federal grant the commission received.
"These aren't costing the city anything and they're very attractive looking," Rice said. "Anything we can do to enhance the historic community is good for Havre."