93-year-old Jay woman’s dream of a city gazebo comes true


Jay’s 93-year-old Dot White smiles Tuesday morning as the gazebo she has wanted since childhood is assembled at the Jay Municipal Building. She raised $ 6,965 through donations and fundraisers for about 10 years to fund her long-held dream. Donna M. Perry / Sun Journal

JAY – Dot White’s dream of a gazebo at the municipal building came true on Tuesday morning.

The 93-year-old resident has raised $ 6,965 through donations and fundraising for about 10 years. The city ordered the kit last spring.

The structure is on the city office side of the municipal building.

“It’s wonderful, wonderful,” White said Tuesday as he watched a public works crew put it together. The platform, which is made of a material that does not rot, was laid down on Monday.

On Tuesday, team members Jeremy Richards and Shawn Hiscock assembled durable vinyl railings with pressure-treated lumber

A gazebo, the 93-year-old Dot White dream of Jay, was almost assembled at the Jay Municipal Building on Tuesday. Donna M. Perry / Sun Journal

inside. Public Works Manager John Johnson and chosen person Tom Goding, owner of Thomas C. Goding & Son Building Contractor, provided assistance.

City manager Shiloh LaFreniere said around 2 p.m. the team was putting the roof in place.

The biggest decision for White was where the gazebo opening faced. She opted for an angle facing Route 4 and the entrance to the parking lot.

“It’s a dream come true,” White said.

Ever since she was a little girl, she said in February 2018, she wanted a gazebo. She then said that she wanted it to be built before she died.

There are plans to decorate the gazebo for Christmas, assistant tax collector Lori Shink said.

Dot White, 93, of Jay, left, looks on Tuesday as the kiosk she raised money for is assembled at Jay’s municipal building. Left to right, Selectman and construction contractor Tom Goding, public works manager Jay John Johnson, and crew Jeremy Richards and Shawn Hiscock. Donna M. Perry / Sun Journal

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