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Thanksgiving Edition

November 2011

In This Issue
Food Pantries for Thanksgiving
Sign of the Month
Routed Signs - HDU?
MUST Gobble Jog
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As we enter the Thanksgiving Season, it is good to sit back and forget our current troubles and frustrations for a little while and think of the good things in our lives.  These are the things we are Thankful for this year:

  • Our faith and church family
  • Betsy, Billy and Talli the beagle
  • Good health for our family.
  • The health and support of our parents and siblings
  • Bethany, Richard, Krystal and Diane who keep our business friendly and running efficiently
  • Our friends who enrich our lives
  • A roof over our heads
  • Transportation that works
  • Music in the lives of our children
  • Football
  • Basketball
  • The coaches in our son's life
  • The teachers who teach our children so well
  • Ford Elementary, Durham Middle School, Harrison High School, Pebblebrook High School and Mercer University
  • The people who are reading this newsletter 
  • And many more......

We hope you have a long list! 



Bill & Jane Swanson 



Be thankful that you don't already have everything you desire.  If you did, what would there be to look forward to?    



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Eating Tasteless Food


My father had to undergo radiation treatments for throat cancer. The therapy damaged his taste buds so that he couldn't taste food. His inability to enjoy a meal made eating a dreaded duty. The doctors told him his taste might return after the treatments were finished, but no one could say for certain.

Weeks passed, then months. Every meal became a forced feeding to keep him alive. After eating flavorless food for over a year, he sat down for dinner one evening. Reluctantly, he forced the fork inside his mouth and discovered that his taste had returned. What most people would call a bland dinner became the best meal he had eaten in his life.

Through losing his taste and then regaining it, my father learned to relish each morsel as never before. He became thankful for the ability to taste because he now had a reference point. He would never forget what it was like to eat tasteless food.

            You don't have to lose something in order to be thankful. You can develop a "taste" for your blessings by simply realizing what life would be like without them.


~(Kent Crockett, I Once Was Blind But Now I Squint, Chattanooga, TN: AMG Publishers, 2004, 164)


In this season of Thanksgiving and the whole year through, remember our community neighbors who do not have any food to "taste" 


Local Food Pantries:

MUST Ministries

Atlanta Community Food Bank

Due West United Methodist Church contact Deb Ingham / 770.427.3835, ext 221


Sign of the Month


The HealthCaring Clinic 


The HealthCaring Clinic was formed when The Little Clinic moved out of Publix to Kroger.  The original Little Clinic became The HealthCaring Clinic and the Kroger Little Clinics are brand new.  So the HealthCaring Clinic was opening in all new locations and needed to get open fast with new signage, etc.  Signs & More helped with the signage in two locations.


The first Georgia location to open is in Cartersville (coincidentally 4 doors down from Signs & More).  The signage in that location is regulated by the landlord.  Signs & More created large routed signs for both the front and side of the building and door vinyl and some interior signage.



Routed PVC Sign

Pylon Sign


Their second location is in Kennesaw.  Once again, the landlord had regulations that effected what signage would be allowed.  Signs and More created the sign plan and proofs for landlord approval.  Signs & More then procured the sign permit and produced the reverse lighted channel letters, pylon panels and window vinyl.


Reverse Lighted Channel Letters


Both Clinics use Signs & More's changeable letter A-frame signs with protective lexan covers to protect the letters from theft or change. 


A-Frame w/Logo & Change Letters


They needed to get word out about their move and new name, so they exhibited at the Bartow County Business Expo.  Signs & More was there again to help with the Trade Show Signage.


Booth Signs for Trade Show 


So if you are in Cartersville or Kennesaw and want the convenience of medical services from 8:30 AM until 8:00 PM, call The HealthCaring Clinic  (Cartersville - 491 East Main Street 678-535-1170 or Kennesaw - 1615 Ridenour Boulevard, Suite 202 678-569-0147) or just walk in for service. 


Give SIgns & More a call today at 770-383-8808 for help with New Branding or New Locations.


Goodbye Bethany!


It is with heavy hearts that we bid a fond farewell to our lead designer, Bethany Evans.  Bethany has been given a marvelous opportunity to work from home which will allow her to be with her 2 adorable young daughters and husband more.  While we are thrilled for Bethany and her family, we are tremendously sad for Signs & More.  Bethany has been with us since our Grand Opening and has helped to build our company into what it is today.  Words cannot express how thankful we are to have had Bethany with us these past 5 years.  Congratulations and Best Wishes, Bethany!  We will miss you! 




When deciding the type of sign you want to get your brand out to the public, have you considered HDU? HDU stands for: High Density Urethane. This material is made of a mix of liquid chemicals that creates a foam product. Unlike other foam products, such as Styrofoam, HDU has more solid and less air making this product more rigid and impervious to all petroleum products. It is waterproof and unaffected by climatic changes.


So when creating a sign, what application does HDU play? Due to the high density and rigidity of HDU, this product is great for routing and allows the sign maker to create a routed sign that appears to be wood. The designer is also able to be more creative knowing the HDU is durable enough to make intricate cuts and will not splinter or split.


Routed HDU Sign on Brick Monument
Routed HDU Sign on Stone Monument

When compared to wood, HDU has the advantage. HDU will not warp, crack or bow like solid wood when exposed to the elements. It is a little lighter than wood, making it easier to handle, which also cuts shipping costs. HDU can be laminated together to create any size, shape or form. Many manufacturers warrant the HDU for 10 years.

The down side to HDU is, when used as a long narrow sign, it can have a slight flex which may cause problems. When using between posts it is best to support it with a backing board laminate or frame around it.


Routed HDU Post & Panel Sign
Routed HDU Post & Panel Sign


Wood on the other hand cracks or warps. There is no warranty for the product and it can be quite heavy. Wood is also subject to the elements and goes through stress with climate changes. Joining pieces together is more labor intensive than HDU. However, wood, when properly treated or painted, can offer a very long lasting exterior sign.


Call Signs & More, Inc. (770-383-8808) and we will work with you to determine which substrate works best for your application.


Run in the MUST Ministries Gobble Jog
Now is the time to sign up to Jog in the MUST Ministries Gobble Jog.  Or you can just make a contribution.  Click here to Sign Up.  Click here to Contribute.


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Order any Cast Metal Plaque and get 10% OFF.  Please mention this promotion when placing your order.

Offer Expires:  December 31, 2011

Signs & More, Inc. is a full-service custom sign, vehicle wrap & banner manufacturing company that can satisfy all indoor or outdoor advertising needs. Design - Manufacture - Install, we do it all.  No project is too large or too small - monument signs, lighted channel letters, or full vehicle wraps to small window graphics, car magnets or inside wayfinding signs.  Signs & More is your obvious choice for excellent service and quality.  We specialize in matching specific colors in signs for detail oriented customers.

Let us promote you to the next level!

Thank you for the opportunity to serve you,

Bill & Jane Swanson