Dixfield Sawmill, one of J.D. Irving, Limited's Maine locations, was recently approached by Regional School Unit (RSU) 56, which covers Dixfield and surrounding areas in Maine. The RSU had been looking to build a new basketball court for school and community use in the town of Dixfield. Basketball has been a very important part of the community and has managed to grow a following, even without a proper outdoor facility.
"I can't thank Irving Forest Products [Dixfield Sawmill] enough for the generous donation to the Dirigo community outdoor basketball court project. The court will provide the community open use to this outdoor facility for recreational use, free of charge. This court will provide another recreational activity for the area youth to help promote healthy lifestyles. Thank you for your continued support of this community and area youth," said Cody St. Germaine, Boys Varsity Coach at Dirigo High School.
| Cody St. Germain, Dirigo High School Boys Varsity Basketball coach and Randy Chicoine, Dixfield Sawmill Manager
This $40,000 project is seeing a $15,000 contribution from Dixfield Sawmill. The brand new courts will be built on Nash St. in Dixfield, next to the high school. While the original plan had hopes of seeing the ball court completed this summer, revised plans are aiming for a completion date of summer 2022.
"We are pleased to be able to support our local community, rich in basketball traditions, to promote healthy lifestyles for the area youth," said Randy Chicoine, Sawmill Manager at Dixfield Sawmill.
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