Happy New Year from the AROOSTOOK ‘House of Comfort’. 2016 was a year of tremendous progress at 18 Green Hill Drive in Presque Isle. We thank North Peak Architecture (Mark Carter) for the beautiful design; A&L Construction (Rick Nadeau); and the many subcontractors – Northwoods Construction; Patrick St. Peter & Sons; Underwood Electric; John Footer Painting & Repair; Soderberg Company, Inc.; Hawkes Acoustical, Inc.; P.D.Q. Door, Sprinkler Systems, Inc.; Holden Cabinet & Millwork, Inc.; and Masse Construction; Sullivan’s Floor Covering & Power’s Roofing & Sheet Metal for using your talents and skills to help bring the AROOSTOOK ‘House of Comfort’ Hospice House to fruition for families in the Aroostook County in the near future.
THANK YOU to all members of the Northern Maine Antique Tractor Club. At their November 5th Annual Banquet and Auction, they presented the Aroostook Hospice Foundation with a $1,000 donation. In the past three years, the NMATC has raised $3,465 for the AROOSTOOK ‘House of Comfort’ project….hospice care is near and dear to their hearts.
This wonderful group consists of over 300 members who are dedicated to promoting our Agricultural Heritage & History in Aroostook County. Their membership includes individuals from Fort Kent to Southern Maine, as well as New Brunswick, Canada.
As these dedicated members make their annual memorial tractor trek, they make numerous and long-lasting friendships with the many people they encounter along the way. Their antique tractors demonstrate the history of the tractors and how they have evolved over time. This is such a great group of individuals who help educate our youth on the history of agriculture in Aroostook County, while raising funds to support the needs of their communities. As they approach each community along their journey, people of all ages welcome them as they stand along the roadside waving and watching as they parade by with their numerous antique tractors.
Each year NMATC raises funds by restoring a tractor and raffling it off by selling tickets wherever they go. Some of the events include their annual memorial tractor trek, plow days, trade fairs, along with family and community events. Much of the funds that they raised have been to support Hospice of Aroostook; AROOSTOOK ‘House of Comfort’; scholarships; and C-A-N-C-E-R, a local group of caring individuals who give support to many in Aroostook County who are battling cancer.
The next time you see someone from NMATC be sure to thank them for all they do for the people living in Aroostook County.
We sincerely appreciate their hard work and support of the AHOC project.
Representing Aroostook Hospice Foundation: Mike MacPherson, Vice Chair; Carol MacPherson, Treasurer; Nancy Duncan, BOD; and Rick Duncan, Chairman. Representing Northern Maine Antique Tractor is Tom Berube, VP and Sandra Bartley, Treasurer.
Our heartfelt sympathy goes out to Mac and the family and friends of Nancy Smith during this difficult time. Her kind and caring heart touched the lives of so many. Because of the love she had for everyone, Nancy, along with her husband Mac, wanted to help others that are facing life-threatening health issues. They chose to do that through their compassion, support, and volunteer work for hospice and the AROOSTOOK ‘House of Comfort’. This beautiful lady will be sadly missed.