When the elevator at 8 Harlow Street was closed down about 18 months ago, we climbed the stairs – four flights of steep stairs – usually more than once a day. It really became a problem when folks wanted to attend the winter programs that we held in our board room but they couldn’t - because of the stairs. After a long search for the right place, I am happy to announce the new office location at 9 Central Street, Suite 201. This is a bright and beautiful space on the second floor right in the heart of downtown Bangor.
Packing up all of our stuff, I wondered if this was really the right decision. How are we going to get everything moved? We have two fireproof filing cabinets, and seven other filing cabinets, a couple of desks, a big boardroom table with chairs, and a lot of records and maps. Can we get all of this stuff down that narrow, turning staircase without killing ourselves? Well, we didn’t think we could do it so we searched for a mover too. Nick with Ron’s Moving & Storage sold us! They could do it for a price we could afford. Friday, August 25th was the big day.
I was reassured that all would be okay when Nick called the day before to see if we were ready. He had answered questions earlier in the week too. Then, all of my reservations went away when I met the crew of five men that moved us. They were absolutely awesome! They worked hard to get the job done quick, but they paid attention to all of the walls around them. It was hot and the climbing was tough, but they had the best attitudes. They were laughing and joking with each other and having a good time. It was amazing to see the teamwork displayed. All of our stuff was inside the new office by 1:15!
Lucy manned the new office that morning in case our phone and cable connector arrived. She got a little bored and called a couple of times to see if she could help in any way. At the time I couldn’t think of a thing but she was definitely put to work when we arrived with all of the stuff! We put a good dent in the boxes and she took away a lot of the empties so we could see what we were doing.
Today I am sitting in an office that has stuff near where it will be, I’ve got a working computer, phone and printer. My scanner is hooked up, I’ve got music playing and my dog, Drifter, is getting acclimated to the new noises and the hardwood floor. Life is good.
Thank you, Bangor Land Trust supporters, for putting up with an office situation that was less than ideal. We sure appreciate your patience. Please stop in and see us when you can. Since I man (woman?) the office alone, I must run out to do errands and the door will be locked. But most of the day on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays I will be here working in the new office space.
For those unfamiliar with Bangor Land Trust, stop in to learn more. We have beautiful trails through places not far away. Stop in for a map or two.