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Searsport Campground Helps Raise Money For Pine Tree Camp 

The folks at the Searsport Shores campground spent the weekend raising money for the Pine Tree Camp a summer camp for children and adults with special needs. The weekend’s activities were coordinated by Bob Lafontaine who has been raising money for the Pine Tree Camp, for a long time, most notably with the annual snowmobile egg ride from Levant to Newport every February. This year he decided to extend the fund raising efforts to the summer months.Astrig Tanguay is one of the co-owner’s of the Searsport Shores campground and says she was excited at the opportunity to help out. “The snowmobiler’s weren’t able to raise as much money this year because there wasn’t much snow. So his idea was let’s take advantage of the sunshine and do the same thing so he pulled this together and he did it every step of the way,” she says.They called it the 50’s and 60’s weekend with activities including everything from an antique car show to a pancake breakfast and finishing up with a hula hoop lesson on the beach. “I didn’t think, where as this is the first year, that this would be this big but we’ve had a lot of help from the public, and the campers here. a lot of the campers said i want to help,” says Lafontaine The weekend wrapped up with a giant game of Twister. “I’ve never seen a Twister game like this. It’s the largest and the most original. what we’ve done is we changed the size of the dots and scattered the colors so people could reach further and the little kids would have a bit of an advantage over the older people,” says Tanguay.The goal for the weekend was to raise $1000 and they more than doubled that amount which is enough to put a smile on all the faces around here as well as on the faces of the campers who will benefit from their efforts. “Just knowing that more people can go to camp because we’re having fun is just a double blessing. we couldn’t ask for better,” says Tanguay.Organizers want to stress that the weekend wouldn’t have been possible without the help and generous contributions of their sponsors: Bangor Savings Bank, Family Traditions, The Hideaway Diner, Belfast Variety, Anglers in Searsport, Captain Shorties, Searsport Auto, North Country Whitewater Rafting, Outdoor Sportsmen, and Tozier’s Family Restaurant.