Updating the Chemical Bank North signs in Harrison prompted a public outcry over the change recently, but Lyle Criscuolo, pastor at The Church of Jesus Christ, had the solution.
The bank recently took down the time and temperature display at their site to upgrade their signs, coordinating with other Chemical Bank signs.
Criscuolo, who said he heard that it was going to happen nearly a year ago, asked the bank if he could buy the old “clock.”
“It has been a landmark in front of the bank for thirty or forty years,” he said, “although this digital version replaced an older one just a few years back.”
“We live just north of the bank and could see the sign from our kitchen window,” he added.
When they found out he wanted to preserve that tradition, the bank didn’t agree to sell Criscuolo the sign, they gave it to him. “We probably wouldn’t have been able to afford it,” he said. “It was very generous of Chemical Bank to donate it to us.”
Criscuolo said the sign was installed and working June 8 at the church on Old U.S. 27. “People had been calling and writing letters to protest the change. Now they have the sign again, but at a new location.” He said the sign was installed at under the church sign by Greg Wentworth of Heckman Electric. “We plugged it in and in just a few seconds it was working again.
Now the sign, at 3379 North Clare Avenue, (just north of the Remedy Restaurant) where travelers can see it as they arrive in Harrison from the south or as they are leaving from the north.