ULYSSES -- Ulysses recently got a little make-over with two new signs welcoming people into the area.
One sign is near the Tri-Town Volunteer Fire Company and the other is near Ulysses Motors.
The previous signs needed to be replaced as they were rotting and falling apart, said Kathy Tilton and Erica Yeager, president and vice president of the Ulysses Area Improvement Association.
"I didn’t realize how bad they were until I took them apart,” Yeager said.
The process to replace the signs began a few months ago when the association received funding from the county’s community development department. By the end of April, the association was able to begin tearing down the old signs, which ended up being more of a process than they expected. It wasn’t just a one-day event, multiple people helped over a few days. Roy Thompson, Nate Hurlbert, Steve Riley, Erica Yeager and Alicia, Dave and Robin Freeman all helped with tearing the signs down.
The old sign by Ulysses Motors had shrubbery that had overgrown and obscured the sign. Kevin Kosa, of Ulysses, brought a tractor to help remove the tree stump. After it was pulled out, there wasn’t enough soil left to plant flowers below the sign; Rev Forestry, LLC donated mushroom soil to help with that.
Lori Wood made the sign by the firehall; it reads: “Welcome to Ulysses, where memories begin” and has pictures of a deer, a star and a cow on a farm. Her husband, Dan Wood, helped put it up, as did Riley and D. Freeman.
Dan Burnside, a wood carver, made the sign by Ulysses Motors. Yeager said he had been working on it over the years. It will be stained eventually.
Flowers surround both signs, planted by Rutana Reed, Mather Petsch. Lily and Lydia Zdrojewski and Tilton. There is also an American flag by both signs, with the help of Robin Freeman and Sue Riley.
The signs are just one example of the work done by the association to lift Ulysses up and make it a nice place to live, visit and work, said committee members. They hold several events and fundraisers throughout the year, including activities on Memorial Day, Fall Fest, Christmas parade, Harvest Dinner and town-wide yard sales.
In the past few years, the association has put up benches around town, "Welcome to Ulysses" flags (with funding from Community Foundation for the Twin Tiers), celebrated police week and have given scholarships to students at Northern Potter.
This September, Ulysses will be celebrating its sesquicentennial -- 150th year -- during the Fall Fest. A full schedule of events will be available closer to the date, but a parade, car show, vendors, games and maybe even fireworks are in the works.
In honor of its sesquicentennial, someone from the state will be there to present Ulysses with an award as well.
The association is always looking for new members, Tilton said. They meet the first Thursday of every month at the Penn-York Camp. For more information, contact Kathy Tilton at 814-848-9782.