For Immediate Release:
November 23, 2005


Synopsis: The Schoodic National Scenic Byway will unveil our gateway monument on December 5th at 10:00 AM at the Town of Hancock rest area located on the western end of the Hancock-Sullivan bridge. A reception will follow.

Schoodic National Scenic Byway Gateway Celebration

The press is cordially invited to attend the unveiling celebration of the Schoodic National Scenic Byway gateway monument.

The Gateway monument will be unveiled on Monday, December 5th at 10:00 AM at the new Taunton Bay rest area in the Town of Hancock on Route 1 at the west end of the Hancock-Sullivan Bridge. Contact us in case of inclement weather.

This granite monument, shaped in the profile of Schoodic Mountain, stands approximately eight feet tall and fourteen feet wide and announces to visitors that they are "Entering Schoodic National Scenic Byway."

This salt-and-pepper granite monument was designed by LNC Landscape Architecture, mined, shaped and carved by Sullivan Memorial Stoneworks and Bourne Design Studio of Sullivan, Maine. The work was completed under contract with the Maine Department of Transportation and funded by grants from the Federal Highway Administration Scenic Byways Program and the Maine Department of Transportation.

Immediately following the unveiling, the Schoodic Byway Corridor Committee will host a reception at the Sullivan Town Office on Route 1 approximately one mile east of the gateway monument. The public is cordially invited.

The Schoodic National Scenic Byway received designation in 2000. Since that time the Corridor Committee, headed by Barbara Shanahan of Sullivan and Peter Drinkwater of Winter Harbor, has secured grants totaling more than $1,000,000 for improvements along the corridor that runs from the Taunton Bay gateway in Hancock, through Sullivan and Winter Harbor and Acadia National Park to Prospect Harbor in Gouldsboro.

Please RSVP by calling 667-7131 or emailing us at hcpc@hcpcme.org. Visit www.schoodicbyway.org for information about the Schoodic National Scenic Byway and images of the new gateway monument. For questions or additional information, please contact:

James H. Fisher, AICP
Hancock County Planning Commission
395 State Street; Ellsworth, ME 04605
(207) 667-7131 (207) 667-2099 (fax)
jfisher@hcpcme.org www.hcpcme.org