CALAIS, Maine — Representatives of the Grand Masonic Lodge of Maine and St. Croix Masonic Lodge No. 46 recently staged a ceremonial cornerstone laying for a new Boy Scouts of America building under construction in Calais.
Grand Master of Masons of Maine James Ross and other Grand Lodge members re-enacted the same ceremony performed by George Washington to lay the cornerstone of the White House in 1792.
The new building at 48 Scouting Way is expected to be completed next year, providing new facilities for Boy Scout Troop 132 and other local youth activities.
“Collectively, St. Croix Lodge No. 46 and the Grand Lodge of Maine have given about $3,000 to this new building and to the Boy Scouts,” said St. Croix Lodge Master Marc Barnard. “The lodge is happy to assist the scouts in attaining their goals.”
“The Boy Scout Council is tickled to death that the St. Croix Lodge has helped so much with this new building,” said Skip McGarvey, a Katahdin Boy Scout Council member. “We appreciate what the Masons are doing.”
State Rep. Joyce Maker of Calais spoke at the Oct. 13 event, thanking the Masons for their support.
“It was exciting to see the cornerstone laid for the new Scout hall and the involvement of the Masons in this adventure and to be able to watch their symbolic ceremony,” she said. “It is important for all of us to pay it forward, and this certainly was the day in Calais of paying it forward for our youth.”