Burst heat pipe means Milford community suppers on hold

MILFORD – The weekly community suppers that have been held at Share Outreach over the past several years and discontinued because of a busted heat pipe will likely resume in February.

Share Outreach opened a new addition at its Columbus Avenue center last year, but a heat pipe burst in the older part of the building over New Year’s Eve sending water all over the floor.

“We went in on Jan. 2 and found it still gushing,” said Share’s Executive Director Christine Janson.

All the flooring in the area of the cooler and freezer, the serving area and the hall had to be replaced, she said, and that meant removing the asbestos under the floor.

The aesbestos is “really why there have been no community suppers,” she said.

Fortunately insurance and a $50,000 Community Development Block Grant that Share had been using for the addition and renovations is covering the costs.

The free Tuesday night spaghetti suppers started in 2010 as a community service project of the Souhegan Valley 4-H Club.

Now the Milford Lions Club, local churches and the Souhegan Transition Network, with the help of the Alisha’s Love Child Foundation, take turns making and serving the buffet-style meals, said Janson.

Alisha’s Love Child Foundation was started in memory of Alisha Zibolis, a 20-year-old Milford woman who died in a car crash in 2011.

“It’s been a nice community builder,” Janson said, and especially nice for church members from various congregations who now get to know one another.

Between 80 to 100 people typically show up for a meal and they are asked to not pay but can make donations if they like.

Share Outreach serves Milford, Amherst, Mont Vernon, and Brookline, providing food, clothing and emergency financial assistance.