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New Scout Hall Cornerstone Dedication - Oct. 10, 2012

CALAIS, Maine -- The project aimed at building a new Scout Hall in Calais is about five years old and a milestone, or rather, a cornerstone was reached Saturday.

The Friends of Scouts 132 have been looking at the future and part of that includes a new Scout hall.

Tom Parks of the Friends told WQDY NEWS their old building has served them well but there's no bathrooms and no handicapped access.

"We knew we needed something different. There was some talk that went on for a while and we spoke to the city about trying to find where we might be able to locate and it's just progressed from there. We put a board together and got a non-profit status set up, a lot of paperwork and a lot of manual labor," Parks said.

They do have a location.

It's off South Street in a wooded area behind the DHHS building.

Parks said a road was cut into the woods about three years ago.

"We've had a lot of support from local businesses and individuals that have helped us out. We're getting there."

ABOVE: A rendering of what the new Scout hall will look like-SUBMITTED PHOTO

On Saturday, the Friends of Scouts 132 held a Masonic  cornerstone laying for the new hall.

"The cornerstone was donated to us by Mays Funeral Home and Smet Monuments over in St. Stephen," Parks said.

132 has kids that come from Woodland, Calais, Perry, Alexander, all the surrounding areas. 

"This isn't just a Calais initiative," Parks stressed.

"It's for all the local boys and all the surrounding areas and we're open to Canadian children getting involved with us as well."

If you would like to help with this project or would like more information, contact Friends of Scouts 132 President -- Tom Parks at 454-4332 or VP Marc Barnard at 454-0564.