Letters, Camden Herald
Don't 'create a terrible precedent'
We whose names appear below have become aware of the proposal by the Fox Hill Real Estate LLC., to the Camden Planning Board requesting a change in the Coastal Residential Zoning District Ordinance, They want to create a commercial, for profit, alcohol and drug abuse facility on Bay View Street.
We are totally against this proposal primarily because it would create a terrible precedent for the entire town of Camden. The Planning Board over the years has carefully protected residential neighborhoods from commercial incursions and as a result Camden’s residential neighborhoods have been able to retain their charming character. The Planning Board also has had a high standard of public safety for the town’s residential neighborhoods. In this regard, approving the FHRE LLC proposal would be totally inconsistent with the Board’s stated goals.
The proposed Fox Hill alcohol and drug abuse facility should be located in a more logical and appropriate location in the Camden/Rockport/Rockland area. We understand that there are many such potential locations which if chosen would eliminate the necessity of a rezoning change. Thus a precedent that would threaten all residential neighborhoods in Camden would be avoided.
We strongly recommend that the Board upholds its admirable record, and rejects the Fox Hill Real Estate LLC proposal.
Mr. & Mrs. Peter Blake
Ms. Carrie Cameron
Mr. & Mrs. Winfield Padgett
Mr. & Mrs. John Phelan
Mr. & Mrs. Frank Scofield
Mr. & Mrs. Rupert Scofield
Ms. Debbie Tucker & Mr. Charles Stifter
Wonderful recipe for success
What a wonderful recipe! Take eight beautiful kitchens, add 16 talented chefs, mix in some magnificent Maine weather, and invite more than 550 guests. That was the recipe for another successful Merryspring Kitchen Tour on Aug. 7.
We have staged this annual fundraiser since the mid-1990s, but we could not do it without the super support and cooperation we receive from everyone in our Midcoast communities. This year we would especially like to send a merry thank you to all of our gracious hosts, talented chefs/caterers, generous sponsors, terrific tour-goers and the wonderful cadre of volunteers who made the 2013 Kitchen Tour another resounding success.
President, Merryspring Nature Center
Alumni board offers thanks
The Board of Directors of the Camden High School Alumni Association would like to thank the 200 alumni and guests who attended the 108th Banquet at Point Lookout on Saturday, Aug. 10 . A special thank you to all the donors and sponsors for their generous contributions.
The highlight of the evening was the Special Recognition Awards. CHS alumni members Gianina Ames, Frank Rankin and Parker Laite were each presented with a plaque recognizing their outstanding service to Camden and the surrounding communities over the years. Vicki Fletcher accepted a plaque in honor of her father Paul Putnam.
The silent auction was a huge success, thanks to all the donations from alumni and local businesses.
Renewal of friendships, entertaining games, excellent service and the spectacular setting all contributed to make the evening one that was a great success and enjoyed by all.
A big "thank you" to everyone who attended, and to those who contributed, to the huge success of the 2013 Alumni Banquet.
CHS Alumni Associatioin Board of Directors
A huge thank you
We would like to extend a huge “THANK YOU!” to the city of Rockland and all of its citizens for once again hosting the annual Maine Boats, Homes & Harbors Show on the second weekend in August. Some 7,500 people came to the show and the city from all over the state, New England, and far beyond. We are grateful, as always, to everyone who has helped to make it an ongoing success, and were thrilled to orchestrate the event, which was the eleventh annual.
The weather was beautiful Saturday and Sunday, and even Friday’s rainy deluge did not deter visitors, clad in foul weather gear of all kinds. Nearly 250 exhibitors set the scene, including more than 60 boats in the water, plentiful land exhibitors, and 150 exhibitors in tents for a tremendous display of the breadth and diversity of fine, Maine-crafted products. Great crowds turned out and healthy sales were reported by vendors, from boats to furniture commissions.
We are pleased to recognize the following sponsors of the 2013 show: Awlgrip/Interlux, Bangor Savings Bank, Baxter Brewing Co., Bell’s Furry Friends Photography, Cannell, Payne & Page, the City of Rockland, Custom Float Services, Dock Works, Epifanes, Fixtures…Designer Plumbing Showroom, Hunt Yachts, Loyal Biscuit Co., Maine Boats, Homes & Harbors magazine, Marsh USA, Sea Bags, Time Warner Media, and US Harbors. As always, the show was presented by Maine Boats, Homes & Harbors magazine.
Many organizations also deserve special thanks. The Maine Lobster Festival was once again instrumental in ensuring a smooth transition between our two events. Rockland’s Harbor Master, Ed Glaser, and his team on the waterfront were stellar. Thanks to all the Harbor and Buoy park businesses for sharing the waterfront space: Paul Benjamin of the North Atlantic Blues Festival and Time Out Pub, Captain Jack, Morning in Maine, The Pearl Restaurant, and Two Toots. The Rockland Police Department, Chamber of Commerce, and Maine Lighthouse Museum were helpful as always. The West Bay Rotary again ran the entrance gates with professional ease and a welcoming spirit. Joe Nelsen and his Knox Legion baseball team did yeoman duty as our recycling and trash picker-uppers extraordinaire. Redzone Wireless assisted with the Wi-Fi.
More thanks go to the young sailors from the Rockland Community Sailing program for a Saturday appearance in the inner harbor. Bay Chamber Concerts, the Coastal Children’s Museum, Dena’s Barefoot Books, Farnsworth Art Museum, Penobscot Marine Museum, the Apprenticeshop’s Rockland Community Sailing Program, Sweet Tree Arts, and artists Beth McKinney and Trelawney O’Brien, all provided hands-on activities for the younger set.
World Championship Boatyard Dog® Trials thanks go to: Sea Bags of Portland for recycled sail cloth tote bags; Loyal Biscuit Company of Rockland for toys and treats to fill the bags; Jeff’s Marine for the Nor’East Boat used by the judges; Custom Float Services of Portland for a float for the trials; and Bell’s Furry Friends Photography of Hermon for capturing the canine antics. Parade participants included the Puffin Project, P.A.W.S. Animal Adoption Center, Pope Memorial Humane Society of Knox County, and the newly crowed Maine Sea Goddess and Crown Princess. Thanks also to our judges: Dr. Bjorn Lee of Pen Bay Veterinary Associates in Rockport, and Dale Dyer of Custom Float Services; and to our emcees: Mike Joyce and Alan Sprague of WERU FM’s monthly radio show “Boat Talk.” Heidi Vanorse Neal from Loyal Biscuit Co. wrangled dogs, and Scott Perrow of Perrow Audio provided the sound system. And a warm round of applause to our canine contestants and their handlers as well!
Countless individuals pitched in to help the show run smoothly, from our grounds crew and dedicated individual volunteers. We couldn’t do it without the whole team, so if we neglected to mention anyone, please know that we appreciate all who helped.
Last, but far from least, we’d like to thank ALL the community members and visitors who welcomed us, the 250-plus show exhibitors and their crews, and all of the show attendees to Rockland. Many folks from afar make this event a destination each summer because they find such a warm welcome here, and we heard so many compliments about the midcoast, the show, and our community.
We look forward to seeing you all around town this fall and for many years to come. Folks are always welcome to stop in and see us at our offices at 218 South Main Street… once we’re back from vacation! Happy summer, all.
All best wishes,
The Maine Boats, Homes & Harbors team