St. Anthony’s Soup Kitchen in Skowhegan creatively continues to serve the community

SKOWHEGAN — The cars continue to line up and roll through, while others walk up wearing masks.

The images of this weekly labor of love look different than they did just eight months ago, but it’s Thursday night, which means a free dinner is available to all who need one thanks to the volunteers at St. Anthony’s Soup Kitchen in Skowhegan.

“It’s going well. Our numbers increase every week,” said Aldea LeBlanc, coordinator of the kitchen.

St. Anthony’s Soup Kitchen, located in the parish hall of Notre Dame de Lourdes Church on Water Street, offered a free, sit-down, hot meal for anyone in need every Thursday night prior to the start of the pandemic in March. The ministry is entirely volunteer run.

“The meals were suspended until early June when the soup kitchen resumed again,” said Nora Natale, office manager at Christ the King Parish, of which the soup kitchen is a part. “Most of the crew was more than ready to see our guests again.”

“The need is so great here,” said Fr. James Nadeau, pastor of Christ the King Parish.

The diners are currently not allowed in the parish hall due to the pandemic, but nobody involved was willing to give up this important ministry that has helped thousands of community members through the years.

Now, volunteers wear masks and practice social distancing, the meals are served in a drive-thru format in the parking lot of the church and other recipients participate through take-out service.

While the delivery methods have changed, what has not is the appeal of the meals, which have included pork chops, barbecue chicken, and many other delectable choices.

“We also provide a vegetable and fruit of some kind, as well as donated desserts and bread,” said Aldea. “The meals are served from 4:30 to

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Contractors Serve as First Responders After Hurricane : CEG

A Bottom Line Equipment Link-Belt 210 with shear attachment works to demolish a commercial building damaged by Hurricane Laura in Sulphur, La.

A Bottom Line Equipment Link-Belt 210 with shear attachment works to demolish a commercial building damaged by Hurricane Laura in Sulphur, La.

Contractors, equipment dealers and the heavy equipment they provide are infrastructure’s first responders when natural disasters hit.

When Hurricane Laura made landfall in Louisiana on Aug. 27 as a Category 4 storm with sustained winds of 150 mph., its destructive path reached the eastern Gulf Coast and made its way as far north as Arkansas, Kentucky and Tennessee. Eventually, Laura’s winds abated and became a tropical storm … but not before leaving extensive damage.

The Lake Charles area was hit hard and heavy damage reached all segments of the community and surrounding areas.

As with all hurricanes, cleanup and debris removal work quickly followed. Clearing roadways is essential so that power companies can assess and repair the damage and residents can return to their homes. Hurricane Laura left nearly one million residents without power.

Bottom Line Equipment, a rental equipment business that has rental locations all along the Louisiana and Texas gulf coasts, is one of the companies playing a crucial role in the recovery effort. It has nearly 200 pieces of heavy equipment out to contractors working on cleanup and power recovery, according to Kurt Degueyter, president of company.

Operating from a base at its Sulphur, La., location, Bottom Line has drawn equipment and attachments from all of its seven locations in Louisiana and Texas to fill the needs of contractors.

Here is where Bottom Line has mobilized equipment for contractors who are working hard to bring normalcy back to the Lake Charles area.

Debris Cleanup

Ten debris management sites (DMS) have been established in the region, where fallen trees and other cleanup debris is hauled for grinding into usable mulch.

The teams of Crowder Gulf

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Clayton Property Maintenance Expands To Serve All Of Sunshine Coast And Caboolture Regions – Press Release

Clayton Property Maintenance Expands To Serve All Of Sunshine Coast And Caboolture Regions

Handyman needs throughout the Sunshine Coast are provided by the professionals at Clayton Property Maintenance. The professionals deliver solid and durable solutions for a wide variety of property-related issues.

Clayton Property Maintenance is pleased to announce that its service area now comprises all Sunshine Coast and Caboolture regions. The professional team works closely with clients to deliver reliable and long-lasting solutions for a wide range of issues. They offer many types of services for homes, businesses, or others, from painting to landscaping to full property renovations. The company has more than 15 years of experience working with private and corporate clients. The service is of high quality and can be customised for the needs of the client.

For customers along the Sunshine Coast, the company can handle a range of problems. These include preparing a home for sale, updating a home bathroom or kitchen, and for body corporate, regular maintenance, and one-off projects. The professionals work with body corporates to provide general handyman services, professional landscaping, installations, and high-quality yard maintenance.

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Hiring the property maintenance team at Clayton means that home and business owners get professional quality work on projects that might otherwise not get done or might be done incorrectly. The pressure of time is especially important when a home has been sold, and projects must be completed quickly in preparation for the closing and leaving the premises. Projects such as a fresh coat of paint, deep cleaning, and yard work take time and specialised equipment, which many clients don’t have.

We have over fifteen years’ experience working with corporate, private, and body corporate clients. We offer high quality, professional services that we can customise to the needs of your property. Maintenance of a property can require a lot of time and effort.

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