Blue Hill Selectmen offer $500 reward in recent vandalism spree
What began as a labor of love has turned into quiet frustration as members of the Blue Hill Garden Club saw for at least the third time this summer that the flower boxes they planted in downtown Blue Hill were destroyed. The most recent act of vandalism came sometime before the morning of Wednesday, September 18, when the contents of the boxes were dumped into Mill Stream. Last month the boxes were vandalized, and members of the community as well as TradeWinds Market Place and Mainscape donated funds and materials to replant the boxes. According to Garden Club President Ute Eichenberg, the club has spent more than $1,000 to plant and then replant twice more the contents of the boxes. They will not be replanting again this season, she said. In addition, at roughly the same time, vandalism occurred at the town park and included the dumping of a porta-potty. Blue Hill’s board of selectmen authorized a $500 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person(s) responsible for the vandalism in town.