2016-06-15 / Community & Local News

Basement project near completion

Maine Forestry Museum


Rangeley Building & Remodeling Derrick McGingy (left to right), Shawn Jacques and owner Mark Gordon. (Ron Haines photo) Rangeley Building & Remodeling Derrick McGingy (left to right), Shawn Jacques and owner Mark Gordon. (Ron Haines photo) RANGELEY — It now looks as though the basement project at the Maine Forestry Museum will indeed be ready for the open house Tuesday, June 21.

The Tuesday volunteer crew has been doing a suspended ceiling and an epoxy floor finish to finalize the entire project.

According to the museum’s Ron Haines, the main reason the museum will be ready is because all three of the construction contractors completed their volunteer work on the major parts of the project this past winter.

Shortly after George Crosson’s Dallas Hill Construction crew finished the sheetrock walls in February, which will be used for the “Dead River Log Drive” mural, Mark Gordon’s Rangeley Building & Remodeling crew, and Christian (Smokey) Raymond and Edwin (Eddie) Collins’ A-1 Builders completed the other two major construction parts of this project. All of these contractors have done their work as a donation to support the Maine Forestry Museum.

Rangeley Building & Remodeling insulated and strapped the last two sections of the basement’s cement walls and finished off those areas with vertical shiplap 10-inch pine boards. All the pine board for all the recent museum work was a donation from Pleasant River Lumber Co. of Dover-Foxcroft, a Brochu family business. Between the strapping and sheathing, Wes Dugan of Rangeley Electric installed the wiring and outlets.

A-1 builders did all the remaining vertically pine board sheathing on the non-cement existing walls. A-1 also constructed two walls to make a furnace/storage room. Jammie Ellis of Dallas Hill Plumbing previously repositioned the furnace to make this area work properly plus donated time to disconnect the water supply to the museum which will be reconnected in a new location so as not to interfere with the planned mural. Dallas Hill Plumbing and A-1 are no strangers in assisting with work at the Maine Forestry Museum.

Wes Dugan, Rangeley Electric, always a “go to guy” for the museum, is also wiring in the new LED lighting system so the volunteers can now do the suspended ceiling. If all goes as planned anyone coming to the open house June 21 between 5 to 7 p.m. will see how all this teamwork has paid off.

“Volunteerism is the back bone of organizations such as our museum and we welcome and need that kind of support to continue,” Ron Haines said.

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