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Dr. Donates New Sign to CVMS

by Maggie O'Neill, Staff Writer

Carson Valley Middle School students in Jennifer Norman’s Leadership Class had been planning a new marquee for the front lawn for more than four years.

Wiring in the school’s old did not work, and the sign did not illuminate at night.

Dr. Vincent D’Ascoli, who has paid for new signs at other schools, including Eagle Valley Middle School in Carson City, drives by the middle school frequently because his office is next door to CVMS and on Wednesdays and Thursdays his staff escorts CVMS students to the office.

“He was driving by and came to us and said, ‘You look like you need a new sign,'” Norman said. “‘I’ll buy it for you.'”

D’Ascoli spent about $7,500 on the new sign which was completed this September and is 8 feet in height. Students in Leadership put messages on both sides of the marquee. The old sign was six feet tall.

“The kids love working with it,” Norman said. “The old sign had one side to work with. One whole line was broken, and only half of the second line was useable. Now we have eight lines to work with, with four lines on each side.”

The Douglas County Building Division regulates signs along Highway 395. Pole-style signs that are taken down must be replaced with the monument-style sign, Norman said.

“What took so long this year is the Douglas County Planning Commission,” she said. “We had to go through the hoops.”

The sign was delivered by Federal Express from J.M. Stewart Corporation in Sarasota, Fla. D’Ascoli has worked with the Stewart Corporation on other projects.

“It’s his way of giving back to the parents and the students,” Norman said. “His business is here and he services both middle schools.”

The sign was heavy enough that a crane lifted it off the truck into storage, where it remained throughout the summer. It was ready for use Sept. 16.

“It’s really not done yet,” Norman said. “(The students) have to put a flower bed around the base. I’m hoping it will be done by the end of the month.”

The new sign, which is about 5 feet wide, has a 20 year vandalism guarantee, meaning it will be replaced if vandalized.

D’Ascoli, who takes his mobile RV dentist office to area schools, said about 75 percent of his patients are young adults and teenagers.

“We have a pretty close working relationship,” he said. “The kids are really fun.”

n R-C Staff Writer Maggie O’Neill can be reached by e-mail at mo’neill@recordcourier.com

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