Inmates paint cabins in Sandwich

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Barnstable Sheriff’s inmate Jason Frazier is busy painting a cabin located on the grounds of the Sandwich Recreation Department, which is tucked into the woods along with department headquarters and related outbuildings.  There are more than three dozen cabins and ancillary structures on this location off Meetinghouse Lane, and Frazier and crew painted about half of them.

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Isiah Martin hits the underside of the front-peaking roof of another cabin.  Ten will require pressure power-washing before paint can be applied and the rest paint only.  They got their last coat more than 20 years ago, according to Recreation Department program coordinator Tricia MacDonald, “so I guess you could say it was time.”

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Some of the roofs, like the one you see here, were also coated with leaves and moss.  The inmates took care of that as well, so consider this a “before” roof not an “after” roof.  That’s inmate Michael Bryant working on the camp’s restroom building.

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That’s Bryant again, only this time he’s moved on to one of the cabins.  The “before” part of the photo (cabin’s front side) and the “after” part is now easy to spot.  MacDonald says the chief beneficiaries of the newly brightened cabins will be the Sandwich kids who attend the department’s summer day program.  One hundred and sixty did in summer 2015.

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Inmate Timothy O’Neill needs all his six-foot-six frame to hit the high spots here.  The inmate help, using the state’s “independent sector value of volunteer labor” as a metric, come to between $4,000 and $4,500, money MacDonald acknowledges “was certainly not in our budget.”
Media release and photos furnished by Barnstable Sheriff’s Office

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