Linconville Pulls Together to Make a Big Move
When the town of Lincolnville needs something done, they like to say they’ll be there to lend a hand. After this day, they can prove it.The old school house in town is going from one side of route 52 to the other.It closed in 1947. Now, it’s being repurposed as a library for the town.”This is moving on to a piece of land that used to hold a garage and there was some petroleum contamination that made it unsuitable for building, because you can excavate the soil. So, this project doesn’t do that. We’re putting it right on the original slab,” said Diane O’Brien, president of the town historical society.How their doing it is an event that will do down in the history books for this town.”We’re pulling this library across the road,” said Besty Morrell, a Lincolnville resident.After raising around $13,000, volunteers signed up to help pull it to it’s new spot.”This is what community is all about, I mean the whole thing leading up to it is wonderful all the pie bake-offs and everything just the energy around it and seeing everybody out here,” said Morrell.There were even some there that attended the school before it closed.”I love it. It gives the people a chance to see what’s happened here and gets us all together and it’s real nice. Brings back memories,” said Alton Parker.Watching the people of Lincolnville move the building using people power, is what this town is all about.”We think that having the school moved by hand is a community effort and we love community effort. This is entirely a moving project, a lot of volunteers, a lot of people contributing to aspects of the project. We just felt it was in keeping of the spirit of the operation,” said Paul Cartwright, who engineered the move.An operation that feels pretty good to be a part of.”You just pulled a building across a road! That’s something to be proud of,” said A.J. Silverton.