CRESTVIEW — Members of Crestview’s Sister City program are preparing to welcome 36 guests from Noirmoutier-en-I’Île, France. In preparation for their Friday evening arrival at Northwest Florida Regional Airport, new signs proclaiming the “twinning” of Crestview and Noirmoutier were erected at the entrances to town.


CRESTVIEW — Members of Crestview’s Sister City program are preparing to welcome 36 guests from Noirmoutier-en-I’Île, France. In preparation for their Friday evening arrival at Northwest Florida Regional Airport, new signs proclaiming the “twinning” of Crestview and Noirmoutier were erected at the entrances to town.



“When you drive into Noirmoutier, a big sign with Crestview’s name and an American flag on it welcomes you,” Sister City member Joe Coffield said as he fastened a new sign to the chain-link fencing of the sign holder on South Ferdon Boulevard near Staples.



“We wanted to show them a similar welcome,” he said. “And the old signs were looking pretty shabby.”



Locals will have an opportunity to meet and greet the French visitors, members of Sister City organization and local hosts during a public reception at the Crestview Public Library, 5-6:30 p.m. Nov. 5.