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Hometown banners honor Glen Rock native Summer Britcher

William P. Kalina
York Dispatch

 

When Bill and Carrie Britcher invited neighbor Roger Butz and his wife, Jennie, to visit Lake Placid to see their Olympian daughter, Summer, compete in the Luge World Cup, the Butzes jumped at the chance. 

"When are you going to see this again?" Roger Butz, of Shrewsbury Township, said. "Someone from Glen Rock (competing) at that level."

Jean McKee, of Penn-Mar Human Services, walks past one of the banners made by Roger Butz, co-owner of graphics developer Bevel Design, to wish luck to Glen Rock native Summer Britcher on Monday, Jan. 22, 2018. She and a crew were at Hufnagel Public Library, background, to clean the library. The banners are on display around the borough. Britcher, one of the top luge racers in the world, is competing in the Winter Olympics in February. Bill Kalina photo

The Butzes and their friends Dave Keller and Ellen Darby had a great trip, Butz said. On the drive home, it occurred to the group that a little more fanfare should be had locally for the two-time Olympic athlete. 

"If you asked somebody on the street 'do you know who Summer Britcher is?' would they know?" Butz said. 

That's when the idea for the banner project was born. 

Butz, a partner and creative director at Bevel Design Inc. in Towson, Maryland, designed the banners with input from the group. Butz used one of his vendors from work to print the all-weather banners. 

Businesses around Glen Rock contributed to have the banners made, as did the Glen Rock Historical Society. What wasn't covered monetarily, the foursome paid for. 

Roger Butz, co-owner of Bevel Design, a graphics company in Towson, Maryland, stands by one of the six banners he made wishing luck to Glen Rock native Summer Britcher on Monday, Jan. 22, 2018. The banners are on display around the borough, including at the Hufnagel Public Library, background. Britcher, one of the top luge racers in the world, is competing in the Winter Olympics in February. Butz lives in Shrewsbury Township near Glen Rock. Bill Kalina photo

The six banners, which read "Good Luck Summer" and tout her second appearance in the Olympic Games, use photos and Olympic graphics to convey the message. 

The banners have shown up at borough mainstays: The Glen Rock Mill Inn, Hufnagel Public Library, Wetzel's Market, Prueitt Automotive Restoration and the two welcome signs that greet visitors along the borough border. 

Butz says the Britchers were thrilled.

"They were so appreciative. Summer said 'this is the best thing anyone's ever done for me in town,'" Butz said.