Eagle Rock gets a facelift

By Melanie Savage - Staff Writer
Hebron - posted Tue., Jun. 7, 2011
Standing atop the refurbished Eagle Rock, along Route 66 in Hebron, are Lara and Andy Bordick with their sons, Jack and Calvin. Photos by Melanie Savage.
Standing atop the refurbished Eagle Rock, along Route 66 in Hebron, are Lara and Andy Bordick with their sons, Jack and Calvin. Photos by Melanie Savage.

Driving back and forth to work along Route 66 every day, Hebron resident Andy Bordick noted that the famed Eagle Rock was beginning to look a bit shabby. “It’s a symbol of our town. It’s a gateway to Hebron,” said Bordick.

The rock, reportedly painted as a frog, a whale and a turtle in the past, was first envisioned as an eagle by RHAM student Jason Sawyer in 1989. Sawyer refurbished the eagle a number of times, before the job was taken over by East Hampton resident Tara Graham. According to an inscription at the base of the rock, Graham took on the task in 2002 and 2003. But having last been refreshed in 2003, the eagle was beginning to look a bit rough around the edges.

“I can paint a little bit,” said Bordick. “I said, ‘Hey, I can fix that.’” Bordick saw the situation as a good opportunity to set an example for his boys, Calvin and Jack. “If you see something that needs to be done, go do it,” he said. Bordick approached Donna McCalla, president of the Hebron Historical Society, figuring she’d know who to contact. It just so happened that McCalla had been looking for someone to take on the task.

After gaining permission from town government and the state Department of Transportation (Route 66 is a state road), Bordick planned his project for the Memorial Day weekend. Heading for the rock with painting supplies and some borrowed safety cones, Bordick and his family worked on the rock for much of the day on May 28. Bordick returned solo on May 29 to do some final touch-ups. The timing was mainly coincidence, but the rock was refurbished and adorned with American flags in time for local Memorial Day celebrations.

“Andy is a fantastic local artist,” said McCalla. “This is a wonderful thing he has done for our town.”


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