A group of veterans who humorously refer to themselves as the "shingle monkees" were recognized for their work reshingling part of the Post 30 American Legion building on Pearl Street.

Recently, each was awarded a special shingle with their name, the Post name, the date the job was finished, and a laser cut-out of the Legion Post logo. The one-of-a-kind awards were put together by Roy Marshall, of Camden, and the logos were made by Rob Jones.

Awards were given to Joel Carver, Sandy Lyle, John Hyssong, Geoff Chapman, Dave Masalin, Norm Carver, Skip Pierce, Frank Carr and Paul Satkowski.

Rosey Gerry received a special recognition, a framed photograph of the Color Guard taken at Camden's Public Landing during the 2018 Memorial Day parade.

Over coffee, donuts, and homemade zucchini bread, Carver, Hyssong, Chapman, Carr and Satkowski recently talked about the project. Getting along well, and a generous serving of humor are all part of the glue that helped get the work done.

The project began when a long-term member of the post anonymously donated new shingles for the John Street side of the building. Post member Norman Carver volunteered to organize the project.

The all-volunteer group chipped away at the project working from 9 a.m. to noon several days a week, through the summer.

“We've had a real good crew,” Carver said. The work started with hand-dipping hundreds and hundreds of shingles in clear stain, mostly at Carver's shop in Lincolnville. With the shingles hung up to dry on clothes lines, it looked like a sewing bee, Hyssong said. The old shingles, on the building since it was built in the mid-1960s, had to be pulled off, and new Typar sheathing put on. When crew members reached the shingles near the roof, it was decided that the facia board along the roof's edge had to be repainted, too.

Rob Stewart, who is a carpenter, got the group started on the shingling, and also donated some of the Typar, Carver said. The staging was loaned by Phil Meunier, a retired marine who is now fire chief for the town of Washington. Bob Oxton, Camden's former fire chief and a veteran, donated his dump trailer for hauling off the debris.

The purpose of all of the volunteering and donations was to accomplish the job at a low cost, Carver said. There are other projects the Post would like to do, but money and volunteer help are limiting factors.

The Post has a large, wooden collection box for returnables in its parking lot, that helps pay for items such as the small flags handed out at Memorial Day parades, glow bracelets given out at Halloween, and awards made for high school graduates joining the military.

But the need for a new furnace for the building has now caused the Post to launch a Gofundme campaign for this big ticket item.

Satkowski pointed out that the Post's building is used by community organizations, including a preschool karate class, ballroom dancing class and the Penobscot Pet Pantry. The largest community group event is the semi-annual Cash for Clothes sale to benefit Coastal Opportunities for Adults with Disabilities. The fall Cash for Clothes sale will be held this month, from Oct. 20 to 22.

The building has made a comeback, after serious damage was caused several years ago when a pipe burst, and the lower level flooded. Since then, the daylight basement has been repaired and renovated with new flooring, and painted. It is brightly lit, has new curtains made by Judy Carver, and a kitchen.

Post members often hear about the fond memories people have of the many dances that were once held in the Legion hall. They hope the building will return to its previous levels of activity and become a community center again.

The Post holds regular and special events year round on Pearl Street. All veterans are welcome to stop by Mondays at 9 a.m. for coffee and conversation, and monthly meetings on the first Thursdays of each month, at 7 p.m.

This year the Post hosted and participated in many annual events. Post 30's Color Guard marched in the American Legion Centennial Parade in Bangor on June 16. A  Women's Veterans Recognition Luncheon, held at the end of June was attended by women veterans representing the eras spanning WWII, the Korean, Vietnam, Iraq, and Afghanistan wars and post 9-11. Local businesses pampered the guests with massages, manicures and fruit smoothies, and another 25 area businesses donated raffle prizes. The Post actively recruits women to join its weekly and monthly events.

Every year, Gerry organizes the Memorial Day parades in Camden, Rockport and Lincolnville, and members attend numerous memorial events at local cemeteries. The parades are led by the Color Guard, with members all wearing the uniforms of their respective services.

On Halloween, Post 30 opens its parking lot to all and provides glow bracelets to help make the Pearl Street trick or treat event safer. A Marine Corp breakfast and a flag retirement ceremony are also annual events at the Post, and Post members are available to help with memorial services for veterans.

Satowski mentioned how lucky the post is to have Carr as their leader, who has also served as head of the Camden Historical Society and the Lions Club. Carr pointed out "that the one thing we all have in common is we're all veterans and we all stepped off the bus at basic training."

"All of us take a great deal of pride taking part in all of these ceremonies and being part of this Post," he added.

Also a matter of pride is a national award for overall excellence, out of 170 posts in Maine

Post 30 is located at 91 Pearl St., in Camden. For more information about events and the furnace Gofundme campaign, call Jeff Sukeforth at 691-2270 or go to the War Memorial Post 30 Facebook page.

Editor's note: An earlier version has been updated to correct the spelling of the name of Skip Pierce.