By Sam Jack
CHENEY – New banners on light and utility poles along Cheney’s Main Street serve to honor Carl Koster, a former Cheney mayor and city council member who died in March.
Koster worked as a photographer for NFL Films and was well-known locally for his photography.
City administrator Danielle Young suggested using five of his photographs to create new fall banners for Main Street. Each banner includes an image of Koster’s signature in the lower right corner.
The banners are to be funded by Cheney’s annual Make A Difference Day, which is scheduled for Oct. 6. The city agreed to buy the banners and be reimbursed later, allowing the banners to be displayed throughout this fall.
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The banners photos, all of them by Koster, depict a windmill, milo, a bison, a horse, and fall foliage.“It’s a great addition to Main Street, because I know how much Main Street meant to Carl,” Young said. “It’s great that we can have his photos up.”
When it is time to replace the city’s other seasonal banners, the city may look at using photos Koster shot at other times of year.
Mayor Linda Ball said the banners are a great way to honor both Koster’s public service and his artistry as a photographer.
“Carl was all about Cheney and anything that could help Cheney,” Ball said. “He was involved in so many things. … This is something that will honor him this year, and every time the banners are put up, people will remember Carl.”