[The Brazil Times nameplate] Fair ~ 46°F  
High: 72°F ~ Low: 53°F
Friday, May 6, 2016

Paint the town red!

Thursday, September 18, 2008

Rachel Gibbens (right) gets assistance from Brazil Mayor Ann Bradshaw in painting a fire hydrant on the corner of United States 40 and Washington Street a multitude of colors and polka dots Thursday afternoon as Brazil City Firefighter Greg Sanders looks on. Gibbens, 5, was a winner of the City of Brazil's Fire Hydrant Design Contest and is the daughter of Justin and Beth Gibbens, Brazil.

Note: The nature of the Internet makes it impractical for our staff to review every comment. If you feel that a comment is offensive, please Login or Create an account first, and then you will be able to flag a comment as objectionable. Please also note that those who post comments on thebraziltimes.com may do so using a screen name, which may or may not reflect a website user's actual name. Readers should be careful not to assign comments to real people who may have names similar to screen names. Refrain from obscenity in your comments, and to keep discussions civil, don't say anything in a way your grandmother would be ashamed to read.

What a neat idea!

-- Posted by sjl on Thu, Sep 18, 2008, at 8:24 PM

Can't wait to run into town to see your fire hydrant, Rachel ~ thank you for making our town prettier !!

-- Posted by karebabe on Fri, Sep 19, 2008, at 7:41 AM

Is it too late to sign up to do other fire hydrants? My girls and I would love to do the one on our corner. Do I call the mayors office and ask??? This could be such a fun community activity

-- Posted by sassypants on Fri, Sep 19, 2008, at 10:05 AM

Sassypants ~

Here's a thought that I've stated on the original article about the fire hydrant design contest ~ how about a County wide "adoption" of fire hydrants ~ then hopefully all the fire hydrants could be painted with colorful designs by individuals ~ there's lots of hydrants in town that could use a good painting ~

-- Posted by karebabe on Fri, Sep 19, 2008, at 10:35 AM

unoit ~

I remember the patriotic hydrants ~ that was circa 1976 wasn't it? We could use some hydrants with that theme ~ we have so many parades on patriotic holidays ~ I think we should all gather ideas about sprucing up town ~ the colorful trash cans & lamp post banners were mentioned on the original artical about the hydrant design contest ~ maybe City Hall needs to be informed of some of these ideas ~

-- Posted by karebabe on Fri, Sep 19, 2008, at 10:40 AM

Sassy ~ I would call the Mayor's office or Chief Jim Smith at the City Fire Department with your inquiry about the fire hydrants ~ maybe you can get this process started ~

-- Posted by karebabe on Fri, Sep 19, 2008, at 10:41 AM

I think I have a mission now! I will call the mayor Monday and see what I can do!

-- Posted by sassypants on Sun, Sep 21, 2008, at 11:05 AM

Ann, your art work is wonderful. Mom has been wanting to paint the walls here at home...

-- Posted by cemyers2003 on Sun, Sep 21, 2008, at 6:14 PM

Sassypants ~ Anxious to hear the results of your "mission" ~ please post so we all will know if we can adopt a fire hydrant ~ Thanks !!

-- Posted by blue357 on Mon, Sep 22, 2008, at 7:48 AM

Personally, I think it would be great to have some "personalized" and "hand-painted" artwork on some trash cans along main street.

Let there be 2 contests, one for adults and one for school children, so everyone has a chance to paint one.

Not only would they look nice, but as people walk down the street they can pick up and throw away trash that others litter our streets with.

What does anyone else think?

-- Posted by Cy on Mon, Sep 22, 2008, at 6:09 PM

Cy ~

Fabulous idea ~ anything to start some community enthusiasm for Brazil & Clay County ~ I think banners on the lamp posts advertising coming events would be wonderful ~ it works in Crawfordsville ~ they even advertise their local farmers market on the banners ~ soon Crawfordsville is having an "art show" using the main street store front windows for display cases ~ maybe we need to motivate someone in the Chamber of Commerce office to start promoting our community ~

-- Posted by karebabe on Tue, Sep 23, 2008, at 7:20 PM

I wonder if we could implement the art project that Terre Haute did with the "Colts Statues" last summer.

I don't know if anyone else saw them, but they were so interesting and really nice pieces of art. When my family stopped to look at the ones one Third St., a couple from Indianapolis asked us to use their camera to take their picture. They told us they were going to have lunch in TH while trying to find as many of the "Colts" as they could.

It's just a suggestion, but maybe we could do something like that here.

-- Posted by Cy on Sun, Sep 28, 2008, at 6:32 PM

Also, my family can't wait to see the Charles B Hall Memorial.

I think that will be a draw for our community. History and military buffs and veterans will come here to see it. Maybe our local museum can tie into the memorial and create a display featuring out "outstanding" citizens.

We have a rich heritage of characters, both incredible and some unsavory, but many who are a part of national history!

We need to capitalize on these types of things in our community. Build upon our history so we can plan for the future.

Sorry for the soapbox, but I really want to see my hometown be better.

-- Posted by Cy on Sun, Sep 28, 2008, at 6:38 PM

Really good ideas posted ~

Cy ~ what do you suggest Brazil use for the artwork? I don't think the Colts theme would be the route to go ~ do you have any thoughts on a theme for this sort of artwork in Brazil? I have been trying to come up with something but so far can only think of something like each nonprofit promoting their organization or we could do individual pieces on our various festivals ~ I'm with you ~ anything to promote Brazil ~

-- Posted by karebabe on Mon, Sep 29, 2008, at 4:14 PM

These are only suggestions from what I've seen in other towns that I liked...

1, WALL MURALS: Business owners with blank walls facing outward so the public can see could set criteria for what type of design they are looking for and the contests could be monthly if there are enough. Best design idea gets to be painted and everyone who entered or volunteers to paint could do the work.

2. SIDEWALK MURALS: Same concept, but maybe only done during holidays.

3.TRASH CANS: Like I mentioned before, this could be theme oriented a couple of times a year to keep them fresh looking.

4. STATUES: It is difficult to figure out what kind of statue could be used to "highlight" our community, but there has to be something that speaks about our heritage. It might sound silly, but Clay County was and remains known for it's veins of clay, why not a Brick? If each artist designed one with their own flair while showing a part of our community, they could be "Building Blocks."

5. BANNERS: Why not let the children of our community design a set of holiday banners that can be displayed. The contests could be held at each school with one chosen for elementary, middle and high school levels.

6. DRUG AWARENESS: This might sound strange, but it was very impactful on my children. Our family went to a city that was in the middle of a drug awareness campaign (I think it was prom season) and there were smashed cars in the large parking lots of businesses decorated up with paintings and photos of (I guess) local teenagers who died in accidents as a way to point out the tragedy of the losses.

As for the contests, that would be easy enough to do. Local residents could decide on which entry should win by placing votes ($1 each to raise money that could be split between a community scholarship program and raising money for a worthy project like a domestic violence shelter-why? we don't have one!) and the winner could receive a few gift certificates from local businesses and their picture in the paper!

Just a few ideas. It is great that people are thinking in a positive way about this. i hope the mayor sees these messages.

-- Posted by Cy on Wed, Oct 1, 2008, at 10:02 AM

Cy ~

I know I have referred to Crawfordsville in many of my comments but that town really has it going on so far as promoting their community and events ~ and I really like your ideas ~ the Brick theme is perfect for Clay County ~ that's one that I hadn't thought of ~ way to go!! I think it is high time that all the complaining stop & the citizens of Clay County ban together to promote our community ~ the Mayor, Council, Clay County Council and Chamber of Commerce really need to start listening to the community & initiate some of these ideas ~ I think all of them would be amazed by the community's involvement ~ maybe we should start writing letters to the Mayor & other entities so they will take notice ~

Keep posting those comments ~ I always enjoy reading yours ~

-- Posted by karebabe on Wed, Oct 1, 2008, at 11:43 AM

Respond to this story

Posting a comment requires free registration: