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New signs dedicated for Craig Park lakes

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

A new sign for Farid Lake at George N. Craig Park -- in honor of resident Dr. S. Rahim Farid -- was recently dedicated. On hand for the event were (above, from left) family members Jamileh Farid-Houston, Shahin Murtazavi, Brazil Mayor Ann Bradshaw and Dr. S. Rahim Farid. [Order this photo]
Through the efforts of a local business, two new signs were placed in George N. Craig Park Monday, indicating the names of the two bodies of water.

In 1978, then Brazil Mayor Norval Pickett signed a proclamation naming the lake on the west side of the park Dr. S. Rahim Farid Lake after the Clay County Health Department chief officer. In the same proclamation, the lake on the east side of the park was named after resident Louise Phillabaum.

Signs for both lakes were initially placed strategically in the water but overtime, began to decay.

In recent months, family members of Phillabaum approached the city indicating their desire to see a new sign placed by the lake.

Local business Laser Art Studio, owned and operated by Mary and Raymond Staub, were then contacted and the duo immediately began working on new etchings for signs for both lakes.

Raymond told The Brazil Times it took approximately one week to get both signs completed.

City officials, along with a handful of other city employees and various family members, were at Craig Park Monday to officially dedicate the signs.

"People will be able to read (the signs)," Brazil City Parks Board President Ruth Ann Jeffries said.

Parks Board Superintendent Bill Houck said the new signs were placed Monday morning.

Another new sign for Phillabaum Lake at George N. Craig Park -- in honor of former resident Louise Phillabaum -- was also dedicated. On hand for the event were (below, from left) family members Hazel Enrici, J.D. Enrici, John Enrici, Matt Michalesko, Beth Michalesko, Brazil Mayor Ann Bradshaw and Brazil Parks Board President Ruth Ann Jeffries. [Order this photo]
During the dedication Monday, Parks Board member Linda Messmer read the original proclamation in its entirety as members of both families gazed at the signs.

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