By Bill Zeilman
The recipient of the Recreation Volunteer of the Year Award for 2011, Craig McArt, has been a dedicated Eastman volunteer for many years. It is obvious that Craig loves the outdoors. He is the chairperson of the Woodlands and Wildlife Committee and, as such, he has spent numerous hours improving and maintaining the trails on the recently acquired Heath Property, clearing the Loop 5 cross country extension and upgrading the trail by the old West Cove tennis courts. Heled the effort to provide GPS for all of our trails as well as a much-improved format for the Eastman trail maps. He identified and preserved the copse of wild rhododendrons on Shore Road, now known as Rhody Park.
We have all seen and admired his work. His artistic talents have made the South Cove Activity Center a much more pleasant place to visit.
• He has been involved in recruiting artists for the artistic exhibits.
• He constructed the LEEDS display boards, now hanging in the hallway outside of the pool area.
• All of the loons decorated for the loon fund-raising project were sanded and primed by Craig.
• The display stands he built especially for that project continue to be used to display art work in the everchangingart exhibits.
• He designed and created both the 40th Anniversary of Eastman Exhibit, on display in the summer of 2011, as well as the current Eastman Living Covers Exhibit.
And after south Cove was completed he combined photos taken by Ken Ryder and Lorie McClory to create a DVD chronicling the building’s green birth, which played a part in its receiving a Gold LEED certification. One might say that Craig, himself, is a golden member of this community. We are grateful for his presence.