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Iconic Los Osos bear sign entry gets new solar lighting

New solar lights will be installed on the entry sign to Los Osos on South Bay Boulevard, thanks to commmunity volunteers and donations.
New solar lights will be installed on the entry sign to Los Osos on South Bay Boulevard, thanks to commmunity volunteers and donations.

At 8:30 p.m. Wednesday, solar-powered lights will be switched on for the first time to illuminate an iconic bear sign at the entrance to Los Osos on South Bay Boulevard. The lighting is the culmination of a community effort to restore and upgrade the entries into Los Osos.

Los Osos Rotary president Gary Dove, owner of Dove Systems lighting, donated his time to install the lights with help from fellow Rotarians Larry Box and Jeff Weir. Dove previously installed solar LED lights at the bear statue and sign at the Los Osos Valley Road entry to the community.

In February 2015, a bear statue on South Bay Boulevard entry to Los Osos was vandalized and its lighting stolen. Residents Dave and Kyle Doust volunteered to repair the bear and Dove replaced the solar lighting. The sign that will receive new solar lights on Wednesday is across the street.

The brief ceremony will be attended by volunteers with the Rotary, Los Osos/Baywood Park Chamber of Commerce, and Celebrate Los Osos, a community group that led the restoration of the two hand-carved redwood entry signs.

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