West Gardiner needs donations for welcome signs... again.

The central Maine town is once again asking for donations to put up welcome signs after vandals stole three signs and damaged a fourth this month. West Gardiner first posted welcome signs at the entrances to town about five years ago following a fundraising campaign that covered all costs.

Margaret Peacock, originator of the sign project, says the welcome signs represent both community pride and the town's welcoming spirit.

The handmade signs cost $450 each. Officials say enough donations have been made to pay for 1 ½ signs.

The stolen signs were posted along Bog Hill Road, Neck Road and Route 126. The damaged sign was located on Hallowell-Litchfield Road.

It's not known if police have any suspects in the crime.

[AP, KJ]