A uniform kindness Shiretown offers free dry cleaning of military garb

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FARMINGTON – While many folks around here support their troops with yellow ribbons and American flags, a local insurance agency has found another, perhaps more tangible way to help out.

Shiretown Insurance at 166 Main St. is offering free dress and/or battle dress uniform dry-cleaning services for active members of the U.S. military. The service is being provided in partnership with Butler’s Cleaners and Laundromat of Skowhegan.

Since Shiretown moved into 166 Main last May, the company has operated a small dry-cleaning service and FedEx shipping service, in addition to what you’d normally expect from an insurance agency. After taking over space that once belonged to the owners of K&J Apparel, Shiretown owner Scott Landry said he wanted to continue providing the services the athletic-clothing store had provided.

Office Manager Nichole Eustis of Chesterville worked as a manager at K&J before the store closed, and knew exactly how to run the dry cleaning and FedEx services. She continues to run them at Shiretown – same location, different decor.

“I kind of joke that I came with the building – we were a package deal,” she said Thursday.

Now, in addition to the regular cleaning service, active members of the military are encouraged to bring their uniforms – dress and/or battle dress– to Shiretown for complimentary cleaning.

Only two people have taken advantage of the offer so far, but Landry thinks that “once they see the price is right,” as in “free,” more people will come.

“We’re just trying to give back,” Eustis said.

“We want to do whatever we can to help those guys and girls,” Landry said. “It seemed like the right thing to do for” them.

For more information, phone Shiretown at 778-5282 and ask for Nichole.

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