Save the Academy of Sound Sign

Academy of Sound, LLC is a private music school located in Oregon, WI. The Academy has been located in it's current location on the second floor at 101 South Main St., Oregon, WI since August 12, 2003. On June 22, 2007, Academy of Sound had a sign 4' x 6' installed to the exact specifications of the Historical Preservation Commission (the detailed drawing of these specifications was completed by "Architecture Network, Inc., on May 17, 2007). The sign is made of brushed nickel, with black vinyl lettering, and an acrylic overlay sealed by an aluminum frame. The sign is located just above and slightly to the right of the entrance door to the Academy. Since that time, the sign has remained a landmark, in historical downtown Oregon, of the first music school to open in Oregon, WI. On Tuesday, February 23, 2009, the sign was abruptly and without notification or permission, removed from the building. It was placed on the ground, in pieces, leaned against the brick. The people who did this were working for Greg DeBroux, owner of BrouxNellies Diner which is located on the first floor of 101 South Main. Mr. DeBroux's reason for having the sign removed: "It was in the way of my new large wrap-around sign." Aside from feeling extremely violated, Erin Kaether, the Director and Owner at Academy of Sound, notes that it doesn't make sense for the diner's sign to wrap around the entrance door for the music school. She also notes that she was never given any warning, and that she never gave permission for anyone to touch her sign, which is her personal property. Academy of Sound is a thriving community-oriented business, serving about 100 students and their families, and employing 13 professional teachers. It is important to the continuance of the Academy's success that they be visible where they are located, and their sign makes this possible. We believe the Academy of Sound sign should remain intact, in place, without further disturbance as long as Academy of Sound makes their home at 101 South Main St. We further believe that any signage for BrouxNellies Diner should not interfere with the Academy's sign by covering or surrounding it.

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