Buxton residents are stepping up to the plate to help rebuild the Little League concession stand destroyed by fire on Mother’s Day.

Michele Seal, president of Buxton Little League, said the concession stand at Weymouth Park was completely engulfed by flames when firefighters arrived about 4 a.m. on May 13. The stand had been used the day before.

Losses from he fire also included a refrigerator, freezer, hot dog steamer and a popcorn maker.

“Everything is gone,” Seal said.

The Little League needs revenue from the stand to cover field improvements and to buy equipment. Seal said the stand was not insured.

The Little League hopes the replacement would be operational before the All-Star game for 9-and-10-year-olds on July 6.

Parents, coaches and league board members met Monday at town hall to discuss replacing the stand. Volunteer Shelly Bickford showed the group her design for the new concession stand. She said people liked it, but suggested a few changes to enlarge it.

Little League trustees will need to approve the final design. It will be up to date and up to code, Bickford said.

“I plan on having it up in two days,” said Bickford, who is organizing a team of volunteers.

Bickford has spearheaded a drive, organizing volunteers and donors who are helping the league.

Buxton businesses already committed to help are Littlefield Construction, Buxton Tavern, Skip’s and TruChoice Federal Credit Union, in addition to Hancock Lumber.

“They stepped forward and are rebuilding the concession stand from the ground up,” Seal said.

A lineup of volunteers is ready to work. “A ton of people have jumped at the opportunity,” Bickford said.

Seal said the community has been wonderful and praised Bickford for her effort. “If it wasn’t for her I wouldn’t know what we’d do,” Seal said.

TruChoice is collecting donations and will match each donation dollar for dollar up to a total TruChoice contribution of $1,000. “Even before we opened our doors in Buxton in January,” said TruChoice President Ken Acker, “We were welcomed into this community. Offering up the resources we have to help the kids of this community just makes sense.”

Seal said the state fire marshal was unable to determine origin of the fire because it was so far gone.

Donations to help in the rebuilding the concession stand can be dropped off at the TruChoice Buxton branch at the intersection of routes 202 and 22. Checks should be made payable to Buxton Little League.

Buxton pitches in for Little League


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