BELFAST — Waldo County Triad’s annual auction is set to return, Sept. 9, at the Tarratine Hall building, at 153 Main Street in Belfast. The event was not held in 2020 and 2021 due to the pandemic. Viewing of the items up for auction will begin at 5 p.m. and the auction will start at 5:45 p.m.
“The auction acts as a fundraiser for Waldo County Triad, a group that works to help senior citizens reside in their homes for as long as possible,” Waldo County Sheriff Jeff Trafton explained.
This year’s auction features a wide array of items up for grabs, including a donated canoe, roughly 50-60 gift cards donated by local businesses. This year there will even be a puppy up for auction, though Trafton notes that the winning bid will be looked into to ensure it will be a good home for the pup.
Animals aren’t an uncommon item at Triad auctions; chickens and ducks up for auction in previous years.
There will also be furniture, jewelry, art, a 50/50 raffle, and food concessions.
Moore Septic has always donated a certificate, Trafton said, for a free septic tank pumping.
“We also get loads of gravel, antiques, and there is usually an urn that is donated by one of the local funeral homes,” he said.
What is Triad?
“For those people who don’t know a lot about Triad, [it’s] an organization made up of three parts: one is senior citizens volunteers, second are our social-agency served individuals, and the third part of it is law enforcement agencies.
“Our purpose is to help senior citizens feel safe and secure in their homes, and we try to do programs that help them stay in their homes longer, before they have to move onto a nursing home, or have to leave their homes and live with relatives. That’s the purpose of Triad,” Trafton said.
Services offered by the group include the Friendly Caller program, where a senior can sign up for a wellness check should they be unreachable. Seniors participating in the program have a set time they are supposed to call in to Waldo County Dispatch, and if they fail to make the call, a dispatcher will call them. If they are still unable to make contact, a deputy will be dispatched to conduct a wellness check on the senior’s place of residence.
Part of the money raised goes “to carbon monoxide detectors and fire detectors, we give those away free and they are quite pricey,” Trafton said. “Reflective signs and markings, [are erected] to help law enforcement find them if the need arises,” he said. Trafton said the group tries very hard to ensure they can assist senior without a need for payment.
“We also do a senior day celebration every June, at the Tarratine Hall, where we honor seniors and we have a big barbeque lunch, and social services agencies set up booths to get information out to seniors, Trafton said.
How to donate
For anyone interested in donating items for the auction, Trafton said: “people can donate by contacting me right here at the sheriff’s office, at 338-6786 and we [can] make arrangements to pick up the item, or they can drop it off here at the SO. We do have a set tax deductible certificate, so if [someone] donates something that has value, they can use it in the charitable deductions on their taxes.”
For more information, call Waldo County Triad at 866-426-7555.
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