St. John Valley

Wisdom athletes help power up snack shack

ST. AGATHA, Maine — Wisdom High School athletes dig their community so much that they literally dug a trench to help provide electricity to a new snack shack to serve fans at their home games.

The trench allowed for electricity to be run from the old snack shack to a new one, for which community member Curt Heintz donated his carpentry services to build.

The old snack shack is 10 by 10 feet square and the new one is bigger at 12 by 16 feet and more user friendly, according to SAD 33 athletic director Tammie Lerman. It will include much-needed counter space, cabinets and an additional window to allow for people to pick up their food orders.

“I’m pretty excited because now we’ll have room to move,” Lerman said. “The booster club purchased the materials and Mr. Heintz donated his time. He built it at his place and then a big crew of locals moved it to the field.”

Lerman said equipment would typically be used to dig such a trench, but digging it up by hand would be less invasive on the athletic field. The athletes did not have to be asked twice to chip in on the project. 

“We had them bring shovels and asked if they could volunteer their time to help us get this task accomplished. They were more than willing to help,” Lerman said. 

The old snack shack building will serve as a storage unit for soccer and baseball equipment.

“We won’t have to lug things to the top of the field; everything will be right there,” Lerman said. “People are good.” 

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