New sign welcomes visitors to Rockport

By Louis Bettcher | Jun 12, 2018
Photo by: Louis Bettcher The new "Welcome to Rockport" sign stands at the intersection of Routes 17 and 90.

Rockport — "Welcome to Rockport" reads a newly constructed wooden sign which stands at the intersection of Routes 17 and 90, outside the West Rockport Fire Department. The sign was donated last month to the town by Rockport Selectman Doug Cole.

"This came about early on in my tenure on the Select Board last year, and I just felt that as part of Keep Rockport Beautiful that it would be nice to have some signs around saying 'Welcome to Rockport,' like many other towns do," said Cole on May 29.

Keep Rockport Beautiful is a group that organizes biannual clean-ups of the town's roadways, and one intersection that Cole thought could benefit from the sign was that of Route 17 and 90.

"There are so many people coming into Rockport from out of state, or returning from Portland, come through that intersection, and I commissioned Rockport sign maker Chuck Dorr to make this sign," said Cole.

Cole said on June 12 that he hoped the sign would help build a heightened sense of community among Rockport residents.

"It occurred to me that Rockport is often viewed as a place that people drive through to get to Camden or to Rockland. But Rockport is a destination, and by building a strong sense of community, we can come together. Keep Rockport Beautiful and other town efforts rely on volunteers participation and our town identity," said Cole.

The white wooden sign echoes the same design as the iconic archway on Union Street which welcomes visitors on either side of the road to Camden or Rockport. Cole assured the Select Board that one slight tweak would be made to the sign in the near future: the date of the town's incorporation initially reads "1861" instead of "1891."

Comments (7)
Posted by: Bill Packard | Jun 12, 2018 19:34

Everybody has to find fault with good stuff today. It's no wonder people shy away from public service.

 



Posted by: Douglas S Cole | Jun 12, 2018 19:25

Thank you Mr. Merriam. Our hope is that when the garden is in, both the sign and garden will help take the focus off the utility pole when entering town. Just don't look up!



Posted by: Douglas S Cole | Jun 12, 2018 19:24

Thank you Mr. Merriam. Our hope is that when the garden is in, both the sign and garden will help take the focus off the utility pole when entering town. Just don't look up!



Posted by: Kendall Merriam | Jun 12, 2018 18:23

Attractive sign; too bad it was put directly in front of an electrical pole...



Posted by: William Gartley | Jun 12, 2018 18:01

Looks great!



Posted by: William Gartley | Jun 12, 2018 15:48

Looks great!



Posted by: Douglas S Cole | Jun 12, 2018 15:28

Anna Remsen of Seasons Downeast will be planting a garden at the sign's base this week. Thanks Anna!



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