Acadia National Park Superintendent Sheridan Steele, third from left, was the guest of honor at an exclusive pre-retirement reception hosted by the Schoodic Institute and co-sponsored by a variety of area nonprofits on Monday evening at the Bar Harbor Club in Bar Harbor. Above, at left, Alan Goldstein, chairman of the institute, announces that as a parting gift, the entire Steele family will get to enjoy a week's vacation on his yacht in the Virgin Islands, all expenses paid. With him are, from left, Steele, Steele's wife, Barbara, his son Chris, daughter Kelly Buffington and her husband, Matt Buffington. PHOTO BY EARL BRECHLIN

Steele honored at retirement reception



BAR HARBOR — Acadia National Park Superintendent Sheridan Steele was the guest of honor at an exclusive pre-retirement reception hosted by the Schoodic Institute and co-sponsored by a variety of area nonprofits on Monday evening at the Bar Harbor Club.

Speakers, including retired park employee David Manski, former park advisory commission member Ben Emory, David MacDonald of Friends of Acadia and Zack Klyver, representing the business community, praised Steele’s leadership in protecting park resources, involving more youth in the out-of-doors and especially for helping develop the institute and the recently opened campground at Schoodic.

Institute President Mark Berry served as master of ceremonies.

Steele has not set a date for his departure.

During the reception, Alan Goldstein, chairman of the institute, announces that as a parting gift, the entire Steele family will get to enjoy a week’s vacation on his yacht in the Virgin Islands, all expenses paid.

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