Other Projects

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Mural, Bench, and Historic Sign Restoration on the Village Square

As a result of fundraising efforts by CORE of McLean, in August 2016 artists led by Scott Lindley of Mt. Pulaski, Ill., came to McLean to paint a mural commemorating Wesley “Shorty” Ruble (1924–2008), a beloved McLean barber for more than 50 years. They also built a bench, which features cutouts of a man, child, and dog waiting patiently for their turn with the barber and providing a great photo opportunity! The artists also refreshed some of the painting on the front of the building that had been done in the 1930s for a recreation club (pool hall) and Holohan’s Drug Store.
On April 8, 2017, CORE of McLean hosted a mural dedication and celebration event, with food and live music, coinciding with the McLean Civic League’s Easter egg hunt on the square. The mural and paintings have been featured in many Route 66 guides and promotions, and travelers like to stop for a photo when they visit Arcadia and Pinball Paradise.

Welcome Signs

In 2018, CORE commissioned three new welcome signs for the community. The design, created and completed by Scott Lindley of Mt. Pulaski, Ill., was voted upon by the community. The signs were installed by the Village of McLean Public Works staff at each of the main entrances to the Village, welcoming residents and visitors alike.