Water main freezes at Share building

MILFORD – In January it was a busted heat pipe. In February it was a frozen water main.

Share Outreach can’t catch a break this winter.

The regular community suppers that the charity organization has been hosting since 2010 had to be cancelled because of the heat pipe, which sent water all over the floor of the older part of the building New Years weekend.

On Feb. 23 Executive Director Chris Janson found the frozen water main, so Share arranged to borrow a 400-gallon tank and hooked it up with a garden hose to the nearby Milford Ambulance Service building.

The water isn’t potable but can be used for all other purposes except drinking.

Last fall the community service organization celebrated the opening of a 2,000 square foot addition to its Columbia Drive building, but the hall and the kitchen are in the older part of the building.

After the heat pipe burst in January, it seemed a good time to begin planned renovations to the hall and the kitchen. Eventually there will be a grand re-opening, said Janson, and the free Tuesday night community suppers should resume on March 24.

“It’s transformed,” she said. “It’s a nice community space.”

The spaghetti suppers started as a community service project of the Souhegan Valley 4-H Club. Now the Milford Lions Club and local churches take turns making and serving the buffet-style meals.

Share provides food, clothing and financial assistance to those in need from Milford, Amherst, Mont Vernon and Brookline.