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Ferndale Poster Celebrates City’s 85th Anniversary

Ferndale Poster Celebrates City’s 85th Anniversary

(Crystal A. Proxmire, Ferndale 115 News, 9/21/2011)

As the City of Ferndale approaches its 85th anniversary, a new commemorative poster showcases the fun mix of people and places that make Ferndale such a great place to live and do business.

The poster was put together by Doug Peneny of Community Graphics, who networked mainly through the Ferndale Area Chamber of Commerce to get local businesses involved.

The poster features a cartoon map of the city, with comic renditions of buildings, landmarks, and favorite Ferndale personalities.  In the middle you’ll find Heather Coleman and Ron Marshall of the Ferndale Career Center floating in a hot air balloon.  In K-8you’ll find Steffie Loveless on her bike delivering Ferndale Friends, and up in Section A-3 you’ll see Ferndale 115 News Editor and Publisher Crystal A. Proxmire flying with a Ferndale banner over her beloved hometown.

The posters were presented to City Council on Sept. 12, 2011, with a framed copy for City Hall.  Copies are also expected to be posted in the Library and DDA offices, and one delivered to every home through Ferndale Friends.

Hungry Howie’s General Manager Tim Mooneyhan was happy to hang the map on the counter at his W 9 Mile location.  “I love the poster! I thought it was a great idea,” he said.  “It’s amazing how many people use it for directions. I love Ferndale. It’s a great city.”

The lovely lady in the hot air balloon is well-known for her community spirit and helping people in our community find jobs and improve their skills.  Heather Coleman said she was honored she and Marshall were chosen for the poster.  “What this poster does for our community, with its “Where’s Waldo” kind of approach, is truly show the fun, caring and funky people and businesses of Ferndale in a way that I’ve never seen expressed before. It’s attractive, gets people looking for their favorite spots.

“I’ve heard that it’s hung up at the Ferndale Public Library and have seen it in several small businesses around Ferndale. I think that type of connection is very important not only for customers, but also for the businesses themselves. It gives all of us that “we’re in this together” feeling,” Coleman said.

Peneny does posters for communities around SE Michigan.  The last time he did one for Ferndale was in 1994.  “Ferndale was the very first City that I did,” he said.  “It is one of those places with a good community feel.”  Posters will be delivered with the next issue of Ferndale Friends, or you can contact Doug at




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