Rotary Auction continues through Thursday

14 years ago

Rotary Auction

continues through Thursday

By Scott Mitchell Johnson

Staff Writer

PRESQUE ISLE – With their first successful night of bidding behind them, Presque Isle Rotarians remind community members that they have two more nights to bid on items during this year’s 63rd annual Radio/TV Auction.

The auction, which features more than $50,000 worth of merchandise up for bid, will be held Wednesday, Dec. 1 and Thursday, Dec. 2 from 7-10 p.m. live from the Northeastland Hotel in Presque Isle.

This year’s highest dollar item – valued at $2,679 – is a Honda snow-thrower with hydrostatic transmission and electric start donated by Katahdin Trust Co. and Harry’s Motor Sports.

Other unique items include a pellet stove donated by S.W. Collins Co., two portable infrared heaters donated by TD Bank and Lynox Welding Supply, a storage building from Lowe’s, and a scooter from Griffeth’s Lincoln Ford Mercury/Griffeth Honda and North Street Auto.

“We’ve got some really great three-night and one-night items that pushed the total value up there,” said Jeff Pangburn, who co-chairs the auction with Joy Barresi Saucier. “We’ve got a wide variety of items and things that people are going to look to buy.”

Rotary Club President Floyd Rockholt said this year’s auction will raise money to support several worthwhile causes including the Francis Malcolm Science Institute, the Northern Maine Museum of Science, C.A.N.C.E.R., Easton School Department, Northern Maine Veteran’s Cemetery, Mark & Emily Turner Memorial Library, and Aroostook Football.

“Funds from this year’s auction will also support many other community projects throughout the entire year through the Rotary Youth Fund, Scholarship Fund, General Fund, and World Community Service Fund,” said Rockholt.

“In addition to this year’s auction, the Presque Isle Rotary Club’s Special Project is to help raise $20,000 to repair the roof of the Catholic Charities of Maine’s Food Distribution Center located in Caribou,” he said. “This center is used to distribute food to pantries throughout The County and thus affects thousands of county residents in our area and beyond.”

The eighth annual Presque Isle Rotary Art Auction continues through Thursday night, as well. This year, the Art Auction is giving more airtime and bidding time to each piece by having them numbered as one-night items. Instead of the audience bidding on half-hour items, now they will have the whole evening. This will allow the annual “Rotary Resident Artist” and each one-night item to receive a bit more focus and attention from the camera. Of the art submitted, three pieces have been selected for three-night items and will have coverage over all three nights.

This year’s “Rotary Resident Artist” is a veteran to the auction, Tom Cote of Limestone. A Maine woodcarver, he has participated in the art auction for the last six years.

This year the auction can be heard on Big Country 97 (96.9 FM) and seen on Time Warner Cable Channel 9.

Hoping to reach an even broader viewing audience, the annual Radio/TV Auction is going high-tech.

“We’ll have a live streaming webcam of our quote board on our website (, and photos of our items posted on our Facebook page (63rd Presque Isle Rotary Club Radio TV Auction),” said Pangburn. “We’re trying to utilize all our options including social media.”

Bidders can call 764-6181 or 1-866-902-2003. Successful bidders will be notified following the last half-hour of each evening. They can pick up their items at auction storeroom, which this year will be at the North Street Plaza, Suite 15, next to Pat’s Pizza.