Piscataquis County to hold yard sale of excess courtroom furniture

Posted Oct. 21, 2011, at 2:34 p.m.

DOVER-FOXCROFT, Maine — Piscataquis County commissioners will hold an indoor yard sale on Oct. 28 and 29 featuring surplus county-owned furniture that will no longer be needed by the judicial system when the addition to and renovation of the Piscataquis County courthouse are completed.

The state is nearing completion of a $5 million renovation and addition to Piscataquis County’s brick superior courthouse that will house the district and superior courts. The District Court has been housed in a former private residence that has been considered cramped and unsafe, so the addition was considered necessary.

The county has retained Cobweb Corner Antiques, operated by Sandy Welsh of Dover-Foxcroft, to conduct the sale from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m each day in the superior courtroom.

The county has about 100 Moosehead chairs, an assortment of metal chairs and desks, wooden tables and a refrigerator and stove that will be sold, according to County Manager Marilyn Tourtelotte.

Mary Ann Lynch, the Maine judicial system’s director of information, said Friday that about 90 percent of the furniture in the Piscataquis County courtrooms is owned by the county. She said the state does not plan to use that furniture because it is mostly of 1950s and 1960s vintage. It’s “pretty old, decrepit and unusable,” she said.

Of the furniture owned by the state, Lynch said, some will be used in the Piscataquis County Courthouse or other courthouses and the rest will be go to state surplus. None of the state-owned furniture will be sold at the yard sale next week, she said.

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