It has been some time since we had an official meeting of the group but we continue to exist and things are happening in which I want to share with you.
The RTP will, as mentioned in a previous email, fall under the umbrella of the newly formed RSU #34 Educational Foundation and we are still awaiting word for our tax-exempt ID number. A check in the amount of $100K was deposited into the Restore the Pride account. This money will be used in addition to some other potential funding hopefully in the summer of 2013 to seek out large donors in some kind of matching funds scenario. It is hoped that well before then that our tax-exempt status will be recognized and this long overdue project can be realized. The Foundation group is currently in the initial phases of a few projects that this Restore the Pride group be benefit greatly from. Please keep an ear open & an eye out for information soon in local papers and other social media outlets. Keep the faith folks!
The discussion—then as now—has revolved around the town’s athletic facilities. For flying a kite or throwing a Frisbee, they aren’t too bad. But for suiting up in a uniform with the green and white of Old Town and showing conference rivals what we’re all made of—well, that’s something else altogether.
Old Town’s athletic facilities are woefully worn out and outdated. Old Town rents Orono’s facilities to host track meets. The old crushed stone track—more now like a tote road—was the host facility for a scholastic track meet no more recently than 1985. The football field has no bleachers. Field hockey plays on an already threadbare baseball diamond. Soccer teams play on what should be practice fields across town.
The new plan calls for a new track, new seating for football, and dedicated fields for field hockey and soccer. Renovations for baseball, softball, and the tennis courts are also part of the plan.