IN THE NEWS
Powers Roofing, which has been serving Northern Maine for nearly 70 years, has pledged $25,000 towards the enrichment of the proposed state-funded elementary school to be built in Caribou.
The company was founded in 1949 in Caribou by Justin and Jennette Powers, and the Caribou School System has served the children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren of the family. “As a company in its third generation of owners, we are encouraged to see a project of this scale in our hometown and the excitement that comes with it,” stated Powers Roofing President Paul Powers. “The consolidation of four dated buildings into one newly constructed, stimulating space for learning could be the spark that inspires our next generation of Architects, Engineers, Teachers, Bus Drivers or maybe even Roofers.”
The $25,000 pledge is earmarked to support the addition of a second gymnasium and expanded music space that is not part of the state-funded portion of the project. “These additions will provide the community, and most importantly our youth, with a space to grow, learn and engage with each other in a positive way,” added Powers.
IN THE NEWS
A giant snowman at the entrance of AR Gould Hospital in Presque Isle has been the topic of much attention over the past several days. The approximately 28-foot-tall snowman has shown up online in many photographs and has been fun for hospital staff and community members alike.
The idea of creating a giant snowman this year was the brainchild of staff in joint discussions between the hospital’s People Pillar Team and Employee Engagement Focus Group as a way to brighten spirits during this particularly snowy and cold winter season. An oversized Frosty had been made in past years but not recently. They wanted to bring back the tradition and looked to the hospital’s maintenance team to make it happen.
“My guys may have been a little reluctant at first due to the cold weather, but they really got excited as we were working on it. We had a fun time and have a lot of pride in the finished project,” said Woody Shaw, manager of the maintenance department.
“It was very rewarding to see a pile of snow turn into a 28 foot snowman. It was also a great team-building experience for us. We worked together to figure out how we were going to make the snowman and then of course actually building it.
Shaw says his team had some great support from two local businesses, Caron’s Lawn & Property Maintenance, Inc. and Powers Roofing & Sheet Metal.
Scott Caron used his equipment to make the piles of snow to start things off, and he also cleared out the area where the snowman was being built so builders did not need to wade through deep snow. He lent the team a payloader and snowblower for a couple of days. They used the snowblower to continually clean up the area during construction, and used the payloader to move the middle snowball on top of the base.
They had planned to use the payloader to move the head into position as well, but ran into a snag with that plan.
“We built the snowman too tall,” said Shaw. “When we tried to move the head into place, the pay loader couldn’t lift it high enough. We tried to make it work and ended up breaking the first snowball and had to start again.
“We needed a plan B, so we reached out to John Powers to see if he could help us. He and a worker brought over their telescopic lift to help us get the head on,” Shaw said.
Powers estimated that the head weighed about 2,000 pounds, which means the overall snowman could weigh around 15 tons, according to Shaw.
To complete the snowman, the crew used a traffic cone for the nose; lids to five gallon buckets for the eyes, mouth and buttons; and a 35-gallon garbage can for the hat.
With the fun, however, needs to come a bit of caution, said Kevin Reed, safety and security manager at the hospital.
“While we are thrilled by how much interest the snowman has garnered and are glad it is being enjoyed by so many, we do want to caution folks when they stop to take photos. There have been a lot of vehicles stopping on Academy Street and in the emergency entrance to the hospital. Both of these areas see a lot of traffic, including ambulances leaving and entering the hospital campus for emergency patient care,” Reed said.
“We urge people to be careful. Watch where you are parking to make sure you are out of the flow of traffic, and be sure to pay attention to traffic around you as you leave your vehicle and take photos,” he said.