NAPA honors Lane’s Charlotte crews for community service
Workers at Lane Construction’s Charlotte asphalt plant in Washington County have won the National Asphalt Pavement Association’s 2011 Community Involvement Award.
The company’s Polar Bear Dip team raised more than $1,900 for the Ronald McDonald House by jumping into the icy Atlantic in February.
Workers raised thousands more for causes including the Relay for Life and Down East Hospice. They also took part in Moosehorn National Wildlife Refuge’s annual clean up, as well as in the spring cleanup of the Charlotte Cemetery.
“We are located in one of the most poverty-stricken areas in Maine, and our employees love to come together and give back,” said Margaret Cheney, the plant’s assistant office manager. “Lane tries to be a neighbor in our communities. Our employees, their wives and their children always look forward to the next event; it’s a big family atmosphere that brings everybody together.”
Lane also bought and assembled new basketball backboards, rims and nets for Charlotte Elementary School and purchased new softball and cross-country uniforms for its athletes. Employees also bought a new book for each of the school’s 30 students.
The Bangor Daily News reported that one project Charlotte Elementary students wouldn’t likely forget was Lane’s “Gutter Party,” held at the school in 2011. Lane employees filled a 12-foot-long gutter with ice cream and toppings, allowing students and family members to concoct their own sundaes.