Report to Casco Bay Families on Arena

Due to unexpected delays in the construction process, the Casco Bay Arena will not be operational for the 2014-15 season. To avoid incurring additional borrowing costs, we will complete all of the site and foundation work, and suspend construction operations until April 1, 2015. The completed Arena will be delivered no later than September 30, 2015.

This is a very difficult decision, but we believe it is consistent with our ethical and fiduciary obligations to the Casco Bay Hockey Association and its members. There are two reasons for our decision.

First, the recent construction delays would result in the rink slab being poured in December. The slab would require a 30-day curing period during which it should not be exposed to below-freezing temperatures.   Although we all want to skate on the rink this winter, we do not believe it is feasible to protect the curing slab from freezing temperatures and we cannot take the risk that the structural integrity of the slab could be compromised.

Second, the delays will shorten 2014-15 operational season for the Arena. This would significantly limit our revenue from the Arena and might require a capital infusion from Casco Bay Hockey Association. In light of our need to raise $150,000 for our final construction budget, we do not believe exposing Casco Bay Hockey Association to any additional financial risk merely to open the Arena for part of this season is prudent or consistent with our fiduciary duties.

These delays are in no way attributable to PATCO, Scott Dugas Excavating or Rink Specialists. Our construction team has been outstanding, and along with Bangor Savings Bank, is committed to completion of this project. We merely had a tight construction schedule with little room for any construction delays.

We believe that the temporary delay of the project is in the best interests of Casco Bay Hockey Association and is consistent with our ethical and fiduciary obligations to our members. The good news is that we have secured all of our permits, approvals and financing, all of our site work, footings, and foundation will be completed shortly, and we will be ready for final construction in the spring.

During the upcoming season, we will continue our fundraising campaign. We need to raise $150,000 to fill our funding gap. Thank you in advance for your understanding and generosity in supporting our Arena.

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Step 6: Installation of Footings and Foundation Started

The construction of the Arena is moving full speed ahead, and the outlines of the building can be seen as the footings and foundation perimeter have been poured. Click below to see a time lapse of the pouring of the footings.

We need your support more than ever.

We presently have a gap of $150,000 necessary to complete the Arena. If we do not raise this money, we cannot complete the Arena. We desperately need additional pledges and donations.

You can click on this link to make a donation online with either a credit card or a Pay Pal account.

If you would prefer to mail in a donation, checks should be made out to “Casco Bay Hockey Association” with a clear memo stating “Casco Bay Arena Donation” and mailed to our primary mailing address: Casco Bay Hockey Association, PO Box 7482, Portland, ME 04112.

To make a pledge, please respond to the comment box below. In the comment box, please state the amount of your pledge and how you would like the pledge to be recognized. If you have any questions regarding pledges or fundraising, please contact Marco Giancotti at Marco.Giancotti@ubs.com.

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Step 5: Financing Closed for Casco Bay Arena; $150,000 Must Be Raised to Complete Arena

On September 15th, the most important step in our construction process was reached–financing for the Arena was closed with Bangor Savings Bank, CEI, Inc. and Greater Portland Council of Governments.  To see a time lapse of Weeks 2 & # of the construction project, click below:

With the closing of the construction loan, the foundation work can begin, and the rink systems will be installed.  The pre-engineered steel building has also been ordered and will be delivered for construction on October 13th.

But, there is a caveat.

We presently have a gap of $150,000 necessary to complete the Arena.  If we do not raise this money, we cannot complete the Arena.  We desperately need additional pledges and donations.

You can click on this link to make a donation online with either a credit card or a Pay Pal account.

If you would prefer to mail in a donation, checks should be made out to “Casco Bay Hockey Association” with a clear memo stating “Casco Bay Arena Donation” and mailed to our primary mailing address: Casco Bay Hockey Association, PO Box 7482, Portland, ME 04112.

To make a pledge, please respond to the comment box below. In the comment box, please state the amount of your pledge and how you would like the pledge to be recognized. If you have any questions regarding pledges or fundraising, please contact Marco Giancotti at Marco.Giancotti@ubs.com.

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Casco Bay U12 Girls Featured by USA Hockey

Casco Bay Mariners U12 Girls

Casco Bay Mariners U12 Girls coached by Scott Matusovich

Casco Bay is a Leader in Growing Girls’ Hockey in Maine
09/12/2014, 4:15pm EDT
By Mike Scandura – Special to USAHockey.com

The Casco Bay Hockey Association’s girls program is a proud feeder for high school girls’ and co-op teams in the state of Maine.

“We draw from a number of towns,” CBHA Director of Girls’ Hockey Scott Matusovich said. “In Maine, there are 16 girls’ high school hockey teams. Casco Bay feeds at least six of them. There also are at least six or seven co-op teams that we feed.

“There are plenty of girls who will pick up soccer when they’re freshmen. But that’s not the case with hockey. We’re trying to grow the game at the younger ages so we won’t have co-op teams.”

As part of this mission, Casco Bay has established a reciprocal agreement with the high school girls players and coaches.

“The high school coaches take an active role, and some of their players serve as student coaches,” Matusovich said. “They help us at practices. They have a great interest in helping us because it helps them. It’s a pretty good relationship.”

According to Matusovich, the CBHA is the largest organization of its kind in Maine. It expects to have at least 170 girls registered for its 12 teams in 2014-15.

“One of the reasons is that we offer more levels,” he said. “We have travel teams, house teams and a travel-B option for girls who don’t want to make the travel commitment but want to play a few more games.”

Even though Maine has a strong hockey tradition, the Casco Bay administrators and coaches remain vigilant in their efforts to bring more players to the game and more girls into their girls-specific programs.

“It’s a challenge sometimes to get girls away from boys’ hockey at the upper ages,” admitted Matusovich. “One thing Casco does is offer different levels and also think outside the box, because some of our girls’ teams play against boys’ teams.

“In my opinion, Casco does things the right way. We’re trying to grow the program.”

CBHA Team Administrator/Director Rachel Pargeter has her own take on why girls are interested in joining the association.

“The focus is on girls playing together and building self-esteem regardless of height,” she said. “It also builds confidence. There isn’t treating anybody differently, because they’re all girls. Having them play together pulls up the level of competitiveness. It allows the girls to collaborate and build a better team.

“Scott has worked very hard to develop the program. The program has vastly expanded and is accommodating more girls than it used to. Statewide, the girls programs are getting stronger as the competition gets better.”

Pargeter also credits Matusovich with his ability to instill a positive attitude in the girls and to instill expectations that are high, but not so high that they’re unrealistic.

Then, according to Pargeter, there’s the matter of coaches.

“One of our selling points is the quality of the coaching in the girls’ division,” she said. “It’s known around the state to be very good.

“The girls are very smart and play with their heads so they’re able to play a mentally tough game. And, again, because Scott has such a positive attitude, it carries down to the coaches.”

Because the CBYA has grown so much, ice time has become scarcer and the organization has begun a funding drive to build a new facility — the Casco Bay Arena in Falmouth. The new arena, which will cost $2 million to construct and is expected to open in December, will be a combination of “old-time” rustic rinks and state-of-the-art technology.

The arena will use solar energy for heating, which is expected to make it “energy-neutral” within the first six years. To that end, Energy Maine gave CBYA a $50,000 grant.

In addition, the association already has obtained $120,000 through donations. Pargeter is confident the association can raise the remaining funds needed.

“There’s a tremendous amount of interest in hockey in this state,” she said.

Currently, the CBYA utilizes rinks at North Yarmouth Academy, the Portland Ice Arena and the Falmouth Family Ice Center. But by having a rink of their own, players and their families won’t have to skate at the crack of dawn or stay up late in order to attend practices and games.

“Because we’re a large organization, we’re competing for ice,” Pargeter said. “But we have enough money to go forward. Any more we raise is going to lower our debt service.”

The article’s link can be found at

http://www.usahockey.com/news_article/show/419217?referrer_id=752796

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Demo & Site Work Begins; Pledges Needed to Complete Construction

On August 18th, demolition and site work finally began.  Last week, Scott Dugas Trucking & Excavation leveled the site, and began excavation work so that the foundation and slab can be poured.

For a time lapse of the first week’s worth of work, click below:

To complete the Arena for the 2014-15 season, we desperately need additional pledges and donations.

You can click on this link to make a donation online with either a credit card or a Pay Pal account.

If you would prefer to mail in a donation, checks should be made out to “Casco Bay Hockey Association” with a clear memo stating “Casco Bay Arena Donation” and mailed to our primary mailing address: Casco Bay Hockey Association, PO Box 7482, Portland, ME 04112.

To make a pledge, please respond to the comment box below.  In the comment box, please state the amount of your pledge and how you would like the pledge to be recognized.  If you have any questions regarding pledges or fundraising, please contact Marco Giancotti at Marco.Giancotti@ubs.com.

Thanks to Sam Marjerison of Yarmouth Digital Media, and a Casco Bay Bantam, for the producing the time lapse video.

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Final Pledges Needed to Complete Construction

The Casco Bay Arena was recently featured in a Portland Press Article by Mark Emmert, which can be found at:

http://www.pressherald.com/2014/08/07/new-hockey-rink-opening-in-falmouth

We are in the final stages of the financing process and need to show our lenders that there is support for the Arena.  We need to secure $150,000 in pledges for donations to make the Arena a reality.

You do not need to give any money at this time.  We just need a pledge that will you donate a specific amount by December 1st.

The speed with which this project has been proposed, planned and approved is unprecedented.  If we want the Arena to be operational for the 2014-15 season, we need to reach this pledge goal.  Please consider making a pledge today.

To pledge money, please respond to the comment box below.  In the comment box, please state the amount of your pledge and how you would like the pledge to be recognized.  If you have any questions regarding pledges or fundraising, please contact Marco Giancotti at Marco.Giancotti@ubs.com.

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Site Work to Begin; Arena Featured on WGME with Dave Eid

Fundraising

We have reached our first goal of raising $100,000 to begin construction, and demolition and site work will begin this week.  However, we still need to raise $150,000 to complete construction.  The Casco Bay Arena can only be finished with your help.  If you were waiting to make a contribution, there is no time like the present. Please support the Casco Bay Arena today.

You can click on this link to make a donation online with either a credit card or a Pay Pal account.

If you would prefer to mail in a donation, checks should be made out to “Casco Bay Hockey Association” with a clear memo stating “Casco Bay Arena Donation” and mailed to our primary mailing address: Casco Bay Hockey Association, PO Box 7482, Portland, ME 04112.

If you would like to make a different type of donation, such as securities, please use the contact form below and we will contact you directly.

WGME's Dave Eid

Dave Eid of WGME

Dave Eid’s Feature

WGME Sports Anchor Dave Eid will be featuring the Casco Bay Arena on Channel 13’s telecasts tonight August 4th at 6 pm, 10 pm, and 11 pm.  Board Arena Members Wes McCauley and John Veilleux were interviewed for the piece, which can be found at http://wgme.com//sports/features/local-sports/stories/new-ice-arena-falmouth-649.shtml.

 

 

 

Casco Bay Coach and NHL Referee Wes McCauley

Casco Bay Coach and NHL Referee Wes McCauley

 

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