Belfast legislator lends a helping hand

By Staff | Apr 13, 2017
Courtesy of: Jeff Kirlin Among those who attended Rep. Erin Herbig's event supporting Waldo County Woodshed are, from left, Woodshed board members Dawn Caswell, Jeff Caswell, Bob MacGregor, Bob Hall and Coleen Marsh, with Herbig, right.

Belfast — Over 70 Waldo County residents joined Rep. Erin Herbig, D-Belfast, in a show of support for Waldo County Woodshed during a fundraising event April 5 at Ocean House, according to a press release.

"Due to the efforts of Rep. Herbig and attendees," the press release said, "the Woodshed raised over $10,000 to help restock their supplies for next winter. Generous gifts were also made by several area businesses, including Viking Lumber, Front Street Shipyard, Whitecap Builders, Bangor Savings Bank, and United Realty."

Herbig is quoted as saying, “I could not be more proud or thankful for the support in our community for Waldo County Woodshed. It’s a great feeling to know my neighbors won’t have to worry about being turned away if they need help getting through the next winter, and it’s a perfect example of the things we should be doing to help each other out.”

Originally planned for March 14, the event was postponed to April 5 when a blizzard hit the area. The fundraiser is cited in a Maine Center for Public Interest Reporting story outlining how legislators skirt fundraising rules.

Waldo County Woodshed provides quarter cords of firewood for short-term heating assistance to residents of Waldo County. The volunteer-run nonprofit, with Bob MacGregor of Belfast at the helm, has distributed more than 120 cords of wood throughout Waldo County since September 2016.

According to the press release, the Woodshed’s supply of wood is running low and it needs donations to restock. The Woodshed's GoFundMe page takes online donations year-round. To volunteer or donate firewood, contact MacGregor at 338-2692, or visit

According to a Facebook post, local chefs and Marshall Wharf Brewing Co. provided food and drink for the event.


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