ROCKLAND, Maine — In the world of wine, a jeroboam is a double magnum, equal to four regular bottles. The word had a different meaning at the Rockland Public Library Spelling Bee Tuesday night: victory.
Evergreen Home Performance’s Drafty Bulkheads won the Bee when their only remaining competition – the Lincoln Academy Hippomonstrosequipedeliaphobics – misspelled jeroboam in round 32. The Drafty Bulkheads missed jeroboam too, but that was beside the point. Bee rules allow teams to buy their way back in twice, and Evergreen still had an ace up their sleeves.
“We actually considered the correct spelling,” said Drafty Bulkhead Elise Brown, who is Evergreen’s Development Director, “but we just weren’t sure. Luckily, it ended up not mattering.”
It wasn’t the only time a misspelling didn’t matter. Judges called a do-over in the first round, when only one team – the South School Stellar Spellers – spelled piccalilli correctly. “I was instructed not to take you down that fast,” said Bee Mistress Angela Pomerleau, “so, my bad.”
All eleven teams sailed through the next few rounds, with words like marina and haddock making their jobs fairly easy. “It’s like asking a bunch of New Yorkers to spell subway,” quipped Master of Ceremonies Mary Bumiller. “I’m really proud of you.”
By the time the Drafty Bulkheads – Elise Brown, Cree Hale Krull, Ham Niles, and Svea Tullberg – accepted their trophies, the Spelling Bee had raised almost $1000 for the Rockland Public Library. “We’re so proud to support the Library this way,” said Brown. “Evergreen has always tried to be a good neighbor, and the Library has a special place in our hearts.”
The Rockland-based energy efficiency audits and contracting company spent six weeks insulating and air-sealing the Library this winter, cutting the building’s draftiness by 50% with improvements estimated to save Rockland taxpayers more than $10,000 every year. In a special presentation at the Library, Tuesday, April 10 at 6:30 pm, Evergreen will explain how the company diagnosed the historic library’s efficiency problems, designed a comprehensive improvement project that will pay for itself in less than seven years, and spent 1000-workhours air sealing and insulating with minimal disruptions to library patrons. All are welcome.