When LA Booster organizers Jill Huber, Sue Fossett, and Sharon Mathews realized the Boosters needed a concession stand at the new John Bowers Baseball Field, they found plenty of willing help. Tom Greenleaf, an LA parent, and Shawn St. Cyr, who teaches design, technology, and carpentry at Lincoln Academy, sketched the plans for a new stand.
St. Cyr used his Computer Aided Design software to turn the sketch into a blueprint, and Greenleaf, a contractor from Jefferson, approached Hancock Lumber, who gave a generous discount on materials to build the stand.
Then St. Cyr gathered student volunteers to help with the construction, which they were able to start in an empty bay in the LA Applied Technology and Engineering Center (ATEC) at Lincoln. “I knew I had the kids with the skills to do this project,” said St. Cyr. “Most of them were in my study hall.”
The students who have been most involved in the construction process are Dakota Peaslee, Rozemarijn Mekelenkamp, Zach Robbins, and Colleen Kaplinger. “The students have been great. They all have good skills with safety and tools, and the job has gone together well,” said St. Cyr. Kaplinger, in particular, recently won a medal for carpentry in the SkillsUSA competition in Bangor. “They have been working during their free time, in study hall and lunch.”
Once the construction is complete local electrician and LA parent Dustin Oliver of Integrity Services in Jefferson will donate the electrical work required for the stand to be fully functional.
“We are incredibly grateful to all those who have donated time and materials to this project,” said Fossett, who is co-President of the Boosters with Sharon Mathews. “We are excited to be able to offer a new and improved concession stand to the lower fields and tennis courts this spring.”
First, however, there is one more job to do. “Our next step is to put in a gravel pad,” said Fossett, “so we are looking for someone to help us by donating gravel and laying it on the site.”
The Lincoln Academy All Sports Boosters support all teams at LA with uniforms, travel costs, and other expenses. They run concessions and other fundraisers throughout the year, and always welcome new members. For more information about the LA Boosters contact Sue Fossett at 315-1590.