A project that began as an idea last July was realized Aug. 29 with the final installment of funds for the new bleachers that grace the gymnasium at Oceanside High School East.

Camden National Bank presented the OHSE Boosters Club with a $5,000 check to complete the fundraising efforts.

"This is the fun part of my job," said Greg Dufour, president and chief executive officer for Camden National Bank, in presenting the donation.

The bleachers — sporting the Mariners' colors of navy blue and light blue — replace the orange and yellow ones that had been in place since 2000. The 850-seat project cost $22,350 and was made possible by numerous fundraisers, donations and lots of hours of labor.

Courier Publications reporter Beth A. Birmingham can be reached at 594-4401 ext. 125 or via email at bbirmingham@courierpublicationsllc.com.