One of my recent projects was a restoration/replacement of a sign for a baseball field that is dedicated to my grandfather. The Ponkapoag Civic Association is a community organization in Canton, Massachusetts that operates a swimming pool in the summer as well as some recreational areas. My grandfather Lloyd "Pup" Mills contributed a lot of his time over the years to maintaining the facilities. In the summer of 2009 The Civic, as most people refer to it, dedicated the baseball field on the property to my grandfather.
Over the years, the sign faded and actually fell off the fence, I think. My uncle brought it over to me and asked if I could spruce it up a bit. Naturally I was happy to help in any way I could. We lost Pup in 2011 and I wanted to do what I could to keep his memory alive in the place where he spent so much time over the years.
I decided there wasn't much point in salvaging the old sign, so I started fresh, this time using 1/2" MDO instead of aluminum. I also acquired some scrap pieces of 1" thick PVC material sheeting from my old boss Joe Tavares at FASTSIGNS in North Attleboro, MA. I made a frame out of PVC and mounted it to the face of the sign. The way I figure it, if you are going to do a project, you may as well over-do it, right??
I made some adjustments to the layout, but without severely affecting the feel of the sign. Pup was a proud Mainer or Maine-iac depending on who you talk to. I decided white pine cones, the Maine state flower, would be appropriate for the center detail.
I'm excited to see the new sign in place, once it's installed in the springtime, after all the snow melts... Hopefully some time before June. I think my family will appreciate the updated look, and I think Pup would have approved too.