Volunteers in the sign shop at Acadia National Park headquarters. The group has been given a regional award by the National Park Service. PHOTO COURTESY OF THE NPS

Sign makers honored



ACADIA NAT’L PARK — The park’s Sign Shop volunteers have been honored by the National Park Service with a George and Helen Hartzog Award for Outstanding Service.

The volunteers received the award for the NPS’s Northeast Region in the “group” category.

For the past 20 years, volunteers have carved wooden signs for the park’s carriage roads. Usually numbering about 20, the volunteers donate more than a thousand hours of their time each year.

“We are very honored and grateful for these dedicated and passionate volunteers who have donated their most precious resource, their time, toward handcrafting wooden signs to help every visitor enjoy the park,” said Acadia Superintendent Kevin Schneider.

The Hartzog Awards were established in 2002 by the NPS and the National Park Foundation through a donation from the Hartzogs to recognize outstanding volunteers, volunteer managers and volunteer programming in America’s parks.

Dick Broom

Dick Broom

Reporter at Mount Desert Islander
Dick Broom covers the towns of Mount Desert and Southwest Harbor, Mount Desert Island High School and the school system board and superintendent's office. He enjoys hiking with his golden retriever and finding new places for her to swim. [email protected]