St. Albans seeks designs for town seal competition

Posted June 30, 2010, at 12:10 a.m.

ST. ALBANS, Maine — The town is collecting entries for a contest that could put the winner’s work in the public eye for generations to come.

Town Manager Rhonda Stark said one of the first things she noticed when she came to the town was that it lacked a decorative town seal — the usually circular design that many towns emblazon on paperwork, public buildings and their websites.

With the help of a small grant from the Maine Municipal Association aimed at fostering community pride, Stark and others decided to start soliciting designs for a new town seal. To date no one has submitted one, though the project has just begun. Stark said she expects art students from the local school district to chip in some ideas when school starts in the fall. The deadline for submissions is Dec. 31.

A committee of volunteers is hoping that the winning design includes the historic town hall, the downtown dam on Indian Pond and the town’s mountainous surroundings. Stark said references to the town’s bicentennial celebration, which will take place in 2013, are also welcome.

“In order to get the exact specifics, people should get in touch with us,” she said.

Anyone is welcome to participate in the town seal contest. For more information, contact the town office by calling 938-4568.

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