Members of the Belfast Area High School Booster Club are winding up their last couple of years raising funds to replace the concession stand at Bryant Memorial Field. Booster Club Chairwoman Martha Kulikowski said the current concession stand is very old and described the structure as “a dilapidated building whose time has come and gone.”

Booster club fundraisers are often held to purchase new equipment for athletic teams at the high school and to help cover other costs. The particular fundraiser for the new concession stand is selling 50/50 raffle coins, with the drawings to be held throughout the winter sports season. Collectible coins cost $10 for eight weekly drawings, and winning numbers will remain in the drawings. For the first time this year, the group has committed to providing two $500 scholarships to BAHS student athletes.

“Concession sales are an important source of our general fund income," explained Kulikowski.

From years of use, the plywood floors in the concession stand — also known locally as the "snack shack" — are old and out of shape. There are no restrooms or running water, and the outside of the building is deteriorating. When she spoke to The Journal last spring, Kulikowski said it’s difficult for volunteers to work in the building and because of that, it’s getting more challenging to find folks who are willing to work there for athletic events.

“It’s hard to get people to work in there; you have to lug water, there’s no room in there and it’s hard to clean up,” she said.

Back in May of 2012, the boosters set aside $11,000 the group had raised over the previous two years toward the cost of replacing the building. This may seem like a lot, but they are looking at a total cost of about $25,000. This upgrade would double the size of the building, set it further back from the field, and install bathrooms and running water. A benefit golf tournament in Northport was held in August where participants were invited to submit a team to compete or sponsor a hole.

A little night music

The Searsport District High and Middle School Band presented a free winter concert at the school Tuesday, Jan. 15. Members of the Searsport District High School French Club were on hand to serve up crepes prior to the concert to help fund their trip to Quebec next spring.