Waldo County thanks line, tree crews with early morning breakfast
Belfast — As a gesture of appreciation, volunteers from around Waldo County gathered at Belfast Area High School during the early morning hours of Friday, Dec. 27, to serve a hot breakfast to the crews that had been battling ice and snow to restore power to the state.
Belfast Area Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Dorothy Havey said the chamber was contacted by a representative from Central Maine Power's office in Augusta on Thursday, Dec. 26, to find out if there was a location in the city where breakfast could be served to 500 to 600 workers on the line and tree crews.
Knowing that preparing a meal for 500 or more people would be no easy task in such a short amount of time, Havey said she immediately contacted members of the Belfast Rotary, Lions and Shriners clubs to strategize how they would pull the meal off.
Havey said she also met with local restaurant owners Ryan Otis and Tina Delsanto, who contacted their distributors, to discuss how they could get enough food to feed the hungry workers. She said after meeting with Otis and Delsanto, she made a trip to Hannaford while City Councilor Mike Hurley drove to Bangor to pick up supplies for the breakfast.
Finally, Havey said she harnessed the power of social media and sent out a message via Facebook asking anyone who wished to volunteer to help prepare the breakfast or to help clean up afterwards to show up at the high school at 4 a.m. on Dec. 27.
When she arrived at the high school early Friday morning, Havey said she was not surprised when nearly 100 volunteers showed up to help with the breakfast. She said volunteers came from all around the county including some from Brooks and Jackson to show their appreciation for the work the CMP crews and crews from out of state have done to restore power.
Staff members at the high school helped organize the meal, flipped pancakes and cleaned up afterwards. Havey said staff at Delvino's Grill and Pasta House and Rollie's Bar and Grill helped prepare the food. Local business Out of the Woods also donated real maple syrup to the breakfast, Havey said.
Havey said one of the first groups the volunteers fed Friday morning were workers who were heading to Islesboro to begin restoring power. In total, she said about 200 workers were fed and volunteers boxed up 50 breakfasts to send to CMP's mobile headquarters.
When the workers arrived to eat, Havey said the volunteers cheered and clapped for them to show how much they appreciated the crews working through the holidays to restore power.
“We just wanted to let everyone know how much we appreciate their hard work,” Havey said.
In addition, food was also provided to the Red Cross shelter at Troy Howard Middle School and to members of the Public Works Department and Belfast Fire Department, Havey said.
For more photos of the breakfast go to facebook.com/pages/Humans-of-Belfast/179623292187676.
Ben Holbrook is a reporter for The Republican Journal covering general news.
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