Tuesday, February 28, 2012

other updates this week...

The Charleston Correctional Crew is back working this week on our new hardwood floor on the 2nd floor using recycled hardwood from the building along with native hardwood flooring, cut and donated by Sam Brown.  They are doing a great job!
Dave Pearson (our DRDC VP) went and got another load of flooring from Sam today to keep the guys working through the end of the week!

I want to thank Prez Roger Brawn for all his work too... He opens and closes the Fossa building most days for the crew and runs tools back and forth to Tillsons.  Plus, he has to listen to me complain, get excited, just vent and keep me calm :)

Tomorrow, Wednesday, Feb. 29, Jeff Nichols from Maine Rural Partners is coming to interview me, farmer & DRDC Board member Ernest Rollins and some of the Charleston guys for a video & info on their website.
I will let you know later where it will be, but it is for their InspireME feature.

Tomorrow afternoon, one of the engineer firms made an appointment to see the Fossa Store to put in a bid for the "bad" wall that is leaking to be added to the RFP going out later in March for a General Contrator(s) to finish the inside.

I am getting excited again so see our project moving forward again.  This take 2 steps forward and 1 back is getting very old!  
I really hope for a summer opening!!!!

New Newsletter format

I have been procrastinating on creating a nice template on either Constant Contact or MailChimp.  Walter B. said I should give MailChimp a try, so finally I got to it.  I read directions and more tutorials, imported almost 100 names & emails, worked and reworked the template and finally came up with something that I think represents the Dexter Community Farm Project, Dexter Regional Development Corp and Fossa Store.  
Some of the great features are:  I don't have to send out 3 email groups anymore; it comes with great stats; and once the template is done, just fill in the content the next time. Yippeee
Hope you like it....

If you are reading this and would like to be added to the Newsletter/email list, email me at
 judy@DexterFarmProject.com and I will add you.

Click here to view the new newsletter

Tuesday, February 7, 2012

postponed meeting tonight

Hey all...
Hope you are having a good winter and staying away from the flu season...  Well I have good/bad news.
There is no meeting tonight.  We are assessing the situation of our leaking wall in the new part of the building at the Fossa Store and how we are going to proceed. 

Dave, Roger and I are going to check out the adjoining building next door tomorrow, which is the culprit that is creating out leak where the  building connect and also getting a splash back creating and additional leak. 

The architects apparently did not consider that designing the new part of our building the same way it was, would leak just like it did before.  Hummm????   It is very depressing, but it will be fixable! 

I met with the roofing contractors, the General Contractors, a construction adviser&  Dave in December and they all went up on the roof and took lots of pictures. 

You can see the pictures (click Piscasa photo album).

The rain/moisture comes off the Dexter Cafe building and then goes in their wall, then leaks into our wall. 

So, we may have to take our wall down and bring it in a little bit;  while water proofing the outside as they build it up.  We will loose a  little floor space, but better to get it fixed and no be beholding to our neighboring building forever. 

BUT, we will have to have an engineer redo the plans to reconstruct this plan.

Good news is, Jason has the bids ready to go to start construction, but we have to get this water problem fixed first (or the solution) so that it can be fixed as we work inside.
We are still aiming at opening this early summer, but these are the dark
days before the sun shines!  It is going to happen~!!!!

The DRDC board of directors will be meeting next week and figure some of this stuff out and we will be bringing it to the rest of the Farm Project members in March.  I will let you know.
I will be calling the directors today, or you can call me. 

Stay warm and talk with you soon.