By Sheri Duff
The ribbon cutting ceremony for the baseball booth held Sunday, June 29 in Shelburne was a community event. After all, Life Scout Drew Major, who stepped forward to organize and build the celebrated structure, had a long list of local business owners, baseball enthusiasts, friends, neighbors, and residents that collaborated on his Eagle Scout Project and its construction.
Designed by Sweeney DesignBuild, the Americans with Disability Act compliant 14’x14’ structure features a combination scorer’s booth and concession stand complete with sewer service, electricity, running water, and an overhang for protection against inclement weather.
“The new food shack is great,” offered Dick Meunier, who runs concessions with his wife Peg. “We don’t have to pack the food up and take it home every night. We can leave it here. It’s wonderful.”
After a feast of chicken, steak, assorted summer salads, and dessert prepared by the Meunier’s, Wright Caswell introduced Drew, the honored guest, who addressed the invited guests. “Thanks for coming today,” he began. “And thanks to everyone for your support. It took a lot of people, 800 man hours to be exact, over a 10-day period to complete this project,” Drew stated before thanking many individually, “Thanks to my dad, Michael Major, who served as General Contractor; my mentor Wright Caswell; Shawn Sweeney of Sweeney DesignBuild for the design; Scott Ireland of SD Ireland for site work and cement; Tom Stebbins of Stebbins Plumbing for plumbing; Brian Precourt of B&R Electric; Jim Carroll of Rice Lumber for wood, Chris Carlson of Shelburne Water for sewer and water; Rick Lamouge of Lamouge and Sons for garage doors; Essex Rental for use of a Power Lift; Joe Canty of C& C Painting for painting, Ed Hamilton and Forrest Hamilton for roofing; Burlington Recycle for windows; Steve Demaroney; Rob Brangan; Tim Pudvar; Paul Bohne; Chris Major; Devin Major; Elise Major; Olivia Major; Jack Bahrenburg; Mark Sammut, Patrick Whitman; Chris Echo; Cliff Wilson; Dan Morrissey, Andy Richardson; Renee Gagnon; Alex Merril; Pete Gadue; Gary Marcotte, among other generous donors.”
And with scissors in hand the collaborators in attendance joined Drew in cutting the ribbon, officially opening the structure in time to host the Vermont District 1 9/10 Double Elimination Tournament this week.
“My Eagle Scout Project was a really big deal,” Drew noted after the ceremony. “It was a great experience and I had a lot of fun. I’m lucky to live in a community where neighbors help neighbors. Shelburne is a great place to grow up.”