Tractor Trek raises over $6,000

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Tractor Trek raises over $6,000

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Photo courtesy of Michael A. Gudreau

    CHUGGING ALONG in Easton Center during the fifth annual “Memorial Tractor Trek” are members of the Northern Maine Antique Tractor Club, who helped raise over $6,000 for the Hospice of Aroostook and the Aroostook House of Comfort project.

As part of the annual Trek, antique tractors were driven by club members approximately 50 miles throughout central Aroostook County.

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  FS-TRACTOR TREK-DC2X-ALL-39  AS PART OF THE NMATC’S fifth annual Memorial Tractor Trek, participants and community members could make a donation to list the name of a loved one on a “Memory Board.” The Memory Board was mounted on the back of a 1946 Chevrolet farm truck owned and driven by club member Richard Rand, right. With Rand displaying the Memory Board is club member Paul Boulier.

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    THE NORTHERN MAINE ANTIQUE TRACTOR CLUB FS-TRACTOR TREK-DC1X-ALL-39 (NMATC) recently held its fifth annual Memorial Tractor Trek and raised over $6,000 to donate to Hospice of Aroostook and the Aroostook House of Comfort project. Here with club members receiving the funds are, from left: Larry Bull, NMATC board member; Jessica Parady, Hospice of Aroostook team supervisor; Mike Chasse with service dog, Caleb, from the Aroostook House of Comfort; Jane Bartlett, Memorial Trek chair; and Larry Kingsbury, NMATC president. Bull was also recognized as the top fundraiser with $4,305 in donations.

    The Northern Maine Antique Tractor Club (NMATC) hosted its fifth annual “Memorial Tractor Trek” Aug. 26 with just over $6,000 raised and donated to Hospice of Aroostook and the Aroostook House of Comfort project.
    Many thanks go to club member Larry Bull of Washburn, who was this year’s top fundraiser with $4,305 raised, and to all who helped make the Trek a success.
    As part of the annual Trek, antique tractors were driven by club members approximately 50 miles throughout central Aroostook County. The Trek began in Westfield and traveled to Easton, where drivers had a coffee break at a machine shop owned by County SuperSpud. The coffee break was hosted by Hospice of Aroostook volunteers and members of NMATC. The group then continued on traveling several back roads with spectacular views of Aroostook County hills and farmland. A luncheon barbeque, sponsored by the Northern Maine Fair Association, was provided to club members at Big Rock in Mars Hill.
    In addition to pledging the antique tractor drivers, as part of the trek, community and NMATC members also had the opportunity to pledge names to list on a Memory Board in memory of a loved one. The Memory Board was mounted on the back of a 1946 Chevrolet farm truck owned and driven by NMATC member Richard Rand of Presque Isle.
    Tractors driven in the Trek dated from the 1930s to early 1960s, and included Farmall, John Deere, Cockshutt, Massey Harris, International, Ford, Oliver and Minneapolis-Moline tractors.
    Club members who volunteered their time, tractors and equipment were Bull, Rand, Robin Haynes, Jerod Kingsbury, Meredith Folsom, David Plaud, Clayton DeMerchant, Cameron Pierce, Roger Quint, Perlin Bull, Dennis Quint, Keith Boulier, Cheryl Boulier, Paul Boulier, Abram Dow, Zach Dow, Richard Carter, Kenneth Folsom, Barry Bartley, Joe Cheney, Jimmy McCarthy, Wayne Sweetser, Bob Bartlett, Dale Henderson, Alan Williams, Ken Hamilton, George Jacques, James Pelletier, Kurt “Smiley” Blanchette, Tom Berube, Jerry Gervais, Chris Langille and Sonja Langille. Other members included, Sandra Bartley, Patsy McCarthy, Kathy McCarthy, Larry Kingsbury, Ruth Bull, Tina Widdecombe and Jane Bartlett.
    Established in 2008, the Northern Maine Antique Tractor Club is a family-oriented organization with currently over 300 members, focused on the preservation of our rural heritage and restoration of the “old tractors,” equipment and related items that were used in the farming industry by past generations. It is also the club’s mission to build an awareness of our local agricultural heritage to present and future generations in northern Maine and New Brunswick.
    For more information about the Northern Maine Antique Tractor Club, please visit www.nmatc.org. For more about Hospice of Aroostook, log onto www.easternmainehomecare.org and for about the Aroostook House of Comfort project, visit www.aroostookhospicehouse.com.