BUCKSPORT — Officer Eric Marcel and a handful of other Bucksport officers are trying to give up their razors for the month of November as a fundraiser for the town’s food pantry.
Each officer donated $20 to Bucksport Community Concerns for No-Shave November. Deputy Chief Dave Winchester, Officer Matt Schmidt, Officer Steve Bishop, Officer Eze Van Buckley and Officer Ernie Fitch are all participating.
However, it remains to be seen if everyone will last the entire month.
Four days into November, there were issues.
Public Safety Director Sean Geagan has donated to the cause but gave in and shaved on Monday.
“I had almost a beard going then I had a Fu Manchu going and I looked in the mirror yesterday and said ‘I can’t go to work like that,’” Geagan said. “It was my first day in the new job.”
He was recently promoted from police chief to the newly created post of Bucksport public safety director.
Plus, there are events coming up later in the month, he said. The swearing-in for Geagan, Winchester and Deputy Chief Mike Denning is on Nov. 14.
The department has two officers graduating from the Criminal Justice Academy on Nov. 27.
“I’m not liking it, but I wanted to show I was participating,” said Marcel, who usually sports a goatee but is attempting a beard.
His wife isn’t crazy about the extra facial hair, he said, but “my kids kind of like it.”
No-Shave November started in Chicago as a fundraiser for cancer research but since then, other charitable groups have borrowed the theme to raise funds for their own projects.