At least two electronic signboards in the Back Mountain are serving more than their business owners.
A sign at Hilbert’s Equipment on Route 309 in Dallas and another one at Pennstar Bank on Route 309 in Shavertown are used to promote non-profit organizations.
“That was the sole purpose of putting in the electronic sign on our property,” said Debbie Hilbert who, along with her husband, Larry, owns Hilbert’s Equipment. “I told Larry that was a pretty expensive proposition and he said, ‘Debbie, that’s what I want to do.’ So we did it.”
The sign at Hilbert’s, which has been in place for about four years at the 35-year-old business, announces events being held by local churches, Boy Scout organizations and fire companies and encourages people to support the Back Mountain Food Pantry.
Once in a while, we’ll put something up there about a special we’re running at the business but it is primarily used to promote non-profit events.
“Larry just loves the Back Mountain community and he likes doing what he can for his community,” Debbie Hilbert said of her husband. She also said an American flag has flown on every property the Hilberts have ever owned.
“He believes in America,” she said of Larry. “He’s very patriotic.”
The sign at Pennstar Barnk has promoted events for Back Mountain non-profit organizations since the bank opened at its current location in December 2010.
“We are a community bank and we want people to know that we’ve made a commitment to this community,” said Lori Rinehimer, branch manager. “We are invested in the Back Montain and want people to see us a resource for much more than financial transactions.”