Ridge Runners members raising clubhouse funds

Posted Sept. 16, 2010, at 11:41 p.m.
Last modified Jan. 29, 2011, at 11:50 a.m.
JOE ?SONNY? PELLETIER, a member of the Chapman Ridge Runners Snowmobile/ATV Club, installs one of the lights under the eaves of the club?s new 34-foot by 70-foot clubhouse. Work on the new building is nearing completion. In addition to a large meeting room, the clubhouse features a kitchen, men?s and women?s restrooms, and an entryway. Staff photo/Scott Mitchell Johnson
JOE ?SONNY? PELLETIER, a member of the Chapman Ridge Runners Snowmobile/ATV Club, installs one of the lights under the eaves of the club?s new 34-foot by 70-foot clubhouse. Work on the new building is nearing completion. In addition to a large meeting room, the clubhouse features a kitchen, men?s and women?s restrooms, and an entryway. Staff photo/Scott Mitchell Johnson

CHAPMAN, Maine — If you build it, they will come. And if you’re lucky, they’ll come help build it.

The Chapman Ridge Runners Snowmobile-ATV Club is closing in on the completion of its new 34-foot-by-70-foot clubhouse located at 94 Town Hall Road. Ground was officially broken April 12.

“Things have been going very well,” club President Mickey Maynard said of work done this summer, mostly by a core group of three to five members. “We’re probably 80 percent done on the inside, and the exterior is about 95 percent done. All we need to do on the outside is some window trim, landscaping and finish the siding on one gable end. The outside will be done within a couple of weeks. The majority of the interior work will be drywalling and finishing up the kitchen.”

The interior is primarily tongue-in-groove knotty pine. The main room measures 34 feet by 45 feet.

“We’ll have meetings here, suppers … any kind of a function will go on in this room,” Maynard said. “The kitchen, which features a new cook stove and other appliances, also includes a pantry and a utility room, plus the new clubhouse has both a men’s and women’s restroom, as well as a 10-foot-by-16-foot entryway.”

The club outgrew the former meeting place, which is 23 feet by 39 feet and located just a stone’s throw from the new building.

“Our new clubhouse, which has in-floor heating, will be heated all winter,” Maynard said. “Interestingly, our new clubhouse will be heated using hot water from our groomer barn. We have a wood boiler and we burn scrap wood that we pick up from the trails and that makes the hot water that will be piped underground into this building. We do have a backup oil furnace in case we have a winter where there are no blow-downs, but we wanted to try a ‘green’ approach.”

Maynard said since the more than 100-year-old former clubhouse is a historic building, the club will not tear it down.

“It is a landmark for Chapman. It’s an old, one-room schoolhouse, and people want to see it stay,” he said. “We’ll keep it up and keep it sitting there. We’ll probably use it for cold storage.”

The club is looking to raise additional funds to finish its new home.

“We’d like to get some furnishings — tables and chairs — donated to us, if at all possible,” said Linda Pelletier, one of the club’s 70 members.

A fundraiser yard sale will be held 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday at the clubhouse. A lunch of hot dogs and desserts will be available to purchase. Anyone who wants to donate nonclothing items for the yard sale may bring them to the clubhouse before Saturday.

“Funds are very tight,” said Maynard, noting that the project has had a few major contributors including Buck Construction. “We’ve gone through what we could borrow toward the building, which was bare minimum. While the majority of the labor has been donated, the materials cost probably a little under $100,000. We still have work to do, so money raised from this point on will be used to finish the project.”

Maynard said the building will be “100 percent completed” by March or April and available to rent, but the club hopes to have an open house in November and likely will hold its October meeting there, as well.

Anyone who wants to contribute to the project may contact Maynard at 764-1236.

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