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Bison logo at Swarthout gets a facelift

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The athletic facilities at Great Falls High School are getting a face lift thanks to the generosity of a few Bison alumni.

The “Bison” sign on the south side of Swarthout Fieldhouse has fallen into disrepair since it was donated by the class of 1996 twenty years ago.

The paint has faded and there are egg stains on the surface from vandals over the years.

GFHS alumni and longtime Bison athletics supporter Rick Gartzka said he got tired of looking at the shoddy state of the sign.

So he decided to do something about it.

“Just stepped out one day and looked at it and I said, 'I got to paint it. I got to clean it up and it's going to look better,'” Gartzka said. “So I went around to all the principals at the school and they agreed with me 100%. I think it's going to look 100% better when we get it done.”

Gartzka received some help from the community.

Kevin Voytoski at Sherwin-Williams donated the paint, Jim Devlin of ABC Seamless provided the scissor-lift, and fellow Bison alum Craig Gresham is providing some extra manpower.

Gartzka washed the sign and applied the first coat of paint on Monday.

The paint will dry overnight and then he and Gresham will apply the second coat and finishing touches on Tuesday.

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