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27 July, 2018 THE QUODDY TIDES Page 11 Friends of Boat School aim to repair roof by Susan Coopersmith The Friends of the Boat School Marine Trades Development Corporation invited people to eat, drink and be merry during their 2018 annual gathering at the East- port Chowder House on July 19. "The Friends have reasons to be merry this year," Dean Pike, the organization's pres- ident, told the crowd. "First, we have been lucky to have supporters who have helped us with their time, energy, physical spac- es, money and professional expertise to get us to this point." He listed several lo- cal businesses, nonprofits and foundations that have contributed to the Friends' eval- uation and strategic planning processes and are continuing to sustain the Friends' plan implementation labors. For the most optimistic, the Friends' slogan, "the Boat School is back," con- jures visions of classrooms and shops filled with students. "Of course that is our ultimate goal," Pike confirmed. "We have a firm foundation and a 50-year history," he continued, "but any institution that is Area students on college dean's lists Julia Leighton of Machiasport was re- cently named to the dean's list at Colby College in Waterville for the spring se- mester of the 2017-18 academic year. Camille Howard of Princeton, who is in the film and animation program, made the dean's list for the spring semester at Roch- ester Institute of Technology. The University of Maine at Farmington has announced that the following Wash- ington County students are on its dean's list for the spring 2018 semester: Dexter Wright, Columbia; Maddison Peterson, Harrington; Billie Rose Newby and Am- ber Sprague, Machiasport; Tia Cobb, Prin- ceton; Nicholas Fitzsimmons, Trescott. Washington County students on the University of Maine at Augusta spring se- mester dean's list are: Samantha Gray, Addison; Charlotte Southard, Baileyville; Melissa Huang, Kaylee Johnson and Ashlee Worsham, Calais; Brynn Jellison and Jenny Mathews, Cherryfield; Donna Haire, Columbia: Jasmine Boone-Batchelder and Rachael Cox, Eastport; Christina Jodway, Lubec; Lydia Day, Machiasport; Samuel Gilbert, Perry; Ane Soctomah, Perry. going to house students and faculty also must have a roof- literally. Before we can have classes, we have to fix the roof." The roof Pike refers to is the failed membrane rubber roof atop the Boat School's 21,000-square-foot shop build- ing where practical classes have always been held. Pike explained that the results of the 2017 architectural and structural engineering assessments done by Ames Associates of Bangor and a year-long project by the University of Maine at Orono' s civil and environmental engineer- ing department in 2017 and 2018 estab- lished that the three buildings on the Boat School campus on Deep Cove Road are "structurally sound." The extensive re- ports reach the same conclusion. The first priority in campus infrastructure renova- tion is replacing the boat shop roof. Although replacing the roof is a major undertaking and expense, it provides the Friends with the opportunity to fulfill one of its visions, "to make the campus as green as possible," says Pike. The pro- posed roofing designtakes into account the installation of arrays of solar panels to power the school. Sixteen-year-old Elijah Brice of East- port, who has been working in aquacul- ture and with local boat service providers and boat captains, assured those at the gathering that young people recognize the value of "working on the waterfront" and that there is the need for a school that caters to young men and increasingly young women who aspire to establish ca- reers in traditional maritime activities. The gathering served as the launching pad for the Boat School Campaign for Building Renovations. "This is a three- year, $500,000 capital campaign to raise funds needed to unlock matching govern- ment and private foundation funding," Pike explained. "We have been working quietly on this campaign, getting commit- ments from seed donors and running fund- raisers. Now we need community members to join with us so that to young people like Brice, the Boat School can say, 'Classes are on.' Together we can float this boat," Pike assured those at the gathering. To learn more about the Boat School Campaign for Building Renovations, visit . re~,~isitinge~ery y~ :- ,TWE LICENSED AND INSURED INFO@BEARANDOWLME 207-400-6913 aint Katrri rkaktuitl a Jari l Weekend Summer Mass Schedule (Schedule effective from May 5-6 until September 1-2) Saturday, 4 p.m. St. James, Baileyville Saturday, 5:30 p.m. St. Ann, Peter Dana Point Sunday, 8:30 a.m. Immaculate Conception, Calais Sunday, 10:30 a.m. St. Joseph, Eastport Sunday, 12:30 p.m. St. John, Pembroke Tel: 454-0680 E-mail: stktparish@portlanddiocese.org FARM YARD HELPERS (left to right) Dana Fredette and Kelsey Sault, with Donald Hatton in background, are shown at Tenth Village Farm. Camp teaches children about gardening Eighteen children from Eastport and neighboring towns attended a free, week- long program in July called Lettuce Tur- nip the Beet (LTTB). Campers learned about gardening and composting, tasted organic produce and visited a local farm and mustard mill. The program was started last year by Samantha Cottone, local FoodCorps ser- vice member. This year the program was led by Raymond Comstock and Helen Charov. The children, ages 6 to 13, enjoyed dai- ly weeding and watering of gardens at the Eastport Elementary School, planting let- tuce and seed potatoes, harvesting garlic scapes at Shead High School and con- ducting a salad dressing challenge. In a blind taste test, the children chose organic carrots and potatoes over non-organically grown produce as being tastier. However, another valuable lesson was learned: A deer chowed down on Swiss chard and tomatoes when the cover of a raised bed was accidentally left open for only 15 minutes! Campers went on a field trip to Tenth Village Farm in Calais, where they visited the chickens, pigs and goats and had the opportunity to feed the animals, try their hand at milking and cuddled baby rabbits. They were then treated to strawberry shortcake. Tenth Village Farm is a small Maine-licensed Poultry and Rabbit Pro- cessing Facility that works with local homesteads and small farms to help them get their products to market as cleanly and professionally as possible. On the final afternoon of the camp, a walk to Raye's Mustard Mill Museum provided a chance to learn about the mus- tard-making process at the 100-year-old Eastport business. To cap off the week, the young gardeners turned to baking, us- ing three different flours to create and sample gluten and non-gluten chocolate chip cookies, ending the week on a sweet note. The afternoon program, which followed the successful "Go Global!" children's morning program at the Eastport Arts Center, hopes to return next year. The LTTB program extends apprecia- tion to those involved in making it a suc- cess, including staff at the Eastport Elementary School, the Eastport Arts Cen- ter and parents of campers for their sup- port.