July 1, 2012: It was a warm day at 1:00PM, with a group of dedicated scouters and friends, Nine Mile Island held a ground breaking ceremony dedicating Al Frappier Barn (Al’s Barn). Al has dedicated a vast amount of time and support to Nine Mile Island, spending countless hours cutting grass, toting firewood, cleaning up after storms, plowing driveways, and any other tasks that needed taking care of. The old barn has been in need of replacement for… well let’s just say quite some time. Today marks the start of construction of a 30′ x 40′ pole barn that will have a concrete floor, a heated work area and plenty of space to house the camp’s maintenance “fleet”. The bulldozer was there to start clearing the building site. The new barn will be between the Ranger’s trailer and the Troop 184 site. One very large popular tree stump had to be removed, thank goodness for the bulldozer.
Update – July 5, 2012: The drains were set, gravel placed around the perimeter and the main poles are in place and were being finished as the roof trusses were arriving on a flatbed.