Letters, Camden Herald
Consider the benefits
I am writing to all residents and others regarding the real life benefits that will be reaped from the project currently being proposed to the Planning Board and hopefully in the near future to all the voters. I am speaking, of course, about the proposed Fox Hill Project, who is requesting a zoning change to open a rehabilitation residential center for recovering alcoholics and addicts along Bay View Street.
My wife, Steva, and I have been residents of Camden for 30 years, raised our boys here, and I have worked with teenagers in the area for all those years as a professional school counselor at Medomak Valley, Oxford Hills, and from 2004 to 2012 as a counselor at Camden Hills Regional High School. The real possibility of having the resources of a top rehabilitation and behavioral sciences hospital, McLean, in conjunction with the Harvard Medical School is something all youth workers in the area would relish. I speak only about the desperate need for increasing the services to our struggling, what is sometimes referred to as our “at risk” kids. I am also on the Board of a new organization entitled Making Change Camden which has as its mission:
“Making Change Camden provides young men and women ages 14-19 in the greater Camden area with a safe, open and confidential gathering space to share challenging life experiences, issues and influences and to move towards positive change individually and together.”
We would be one of dozens of agencies, schools, professional therapists, counselors, social workers, organizations, churches, and all those who work with troubled youth and their families who could and would benefit from having McLean resources at our “beck and call”. When I use the word “resources” I am also including financial. All services for our area youth require a financial base that just does not exist in the amounts necessary today. Fox Hill would allow a connection to other capital resources as well as professional training and assistance that could be mined by area service providers, individually and through groups and organizations.
My wife and I are in solid agreement that this “opportunity” for Camden and the entire Midcoast to tap the vast possibilities only imagined by those of us in the helping professions for youth. There are a thousand other reasons and pluses for our town. There is an underground world of substance use and abuse by young people here in Camden, whether we want to face it or not. McLean would open unimagined and unrestricted resources for us to help our young people. We ask that you support this worthy venture and encourage the Planning Board to send this issue to the entire Board of Selectmen with their support for the change in zoning to allow for this unique opportunity to go forward.
John F. Parkman, M.Ed., CAGS, NCC, NCSC, ACS
A virtuous cycle
During the past three weeks, I have had the privilege to see how well the Midcoast community can work together to maximize individual good deeds. A group of volunteers, “noteworthy,” who support Partners In Health, put on a Tag Sale at the Congregational Church and a Noteworthy Card Sale downtown. Together they raised more than $7,000 to support the salary of one nurse midwife at the new teaching hospital in Haiti, a country still recovering from the earthquake and decades of poverty and disease.
What made it possible was generosity. I want to thank all those who donated to the Tag Sale, and those who promoted it, set it up, shopped, and helped clean up. We thank our anonymous donor, who matches our first one thousand dollars in sales, as well as donates items. Thanks to the staff at the First Congregational Church who are incredibly supportive of our efforts. Additional good news is that after the sale, nearly all of the items got passed on: books went to the Rockport Library Book Sale, household basics went to the Church’s SOS Room, other items went to the Heavenly Threads, Merryspring, the Habitat For Humanity store or to Goodwill.
The Noteworthy Card Sale was made possible by the generosity of the people of P.G. Willey, who loaned us their empty store space on Bay View Street. Tim Seymour donated his graphic design for our poster, the news media gave us the much needed publicity, and of course, the volunteers made the cards, set up , cleaned up and greeted the customers. We thank our loyal customers, many of whom have come to love us year round thanks to generosity of Sondra Hamilton, who sells our cards at Zoot Coffee.
Lastly, thanks to the media for its year round efforts to inform us of the wonderful events of inspiration and thought-provoking entertainment that are available to us. What a wonderful community this is.
Mary Amory and the Noteworthy Card Group
More important than ever
Yesterday morning with an outside temperature of 4 degrees, I stopped at the Burketville Country Store. A Help Heat Homes donation canister on the counter caught my attention. After making my contribution, I realized I wanted to thank the people who sponsor this program. Jan Dolcater, the former Knox County Republican Chairman, started the program two years ago when he learned that LIHEAP funding (low income heating energy assistance program ) was going to be cut and that the impact to residents in Knox County was going to be a problem.
A bit of research revealed that the money collected during the past two years totals more than $65,000. The funds, which have benefited people in 246 homes, are raised from churches, private donations, individuals, businesses, and the outreach canisters that are currently in place in dozens of locations throughout Knox County such as the store in Burketville. I encourage everyone to consider making a donation to the Help Heat Homes program, especially since 100 percent of the funds are used directly for heating oil assistance and administered through PENQUIS.
I wish to thank Jan Dolcater and the Knox County Republicans, who assist and support his efforts, for their spirit of generosity and genuine care for the residents of our area.
With the cold weather here and funding from the federal government for assistance benefits reduced, it is more important than ever to help our neighbors.
Most successful auction yet
P.A.W.S. Animal Adoption Center thanks all of the businesses and individuals who helped the Auction for the Animals fundraiser on Dec. 5 exceed its goals. This is our largest fundraiser of the year and thanks to incredible community support it was our most successful yet.
Thank you to our staff, volunteers, and Board of Trustees for all of their hard work and good humor. Thank you to auctioneer Bruce Gamage Jr. and Becky Gamage who donated their time; to Todd and Sarah Anderson of French and Brawn and to Cappy’s Chowder House for donating delicious platters of food; to Safe Harbor Confections for the chocolate tasting; to Lisa Sojka for her famous Prism Restaurant Tomato Basil Soup; to Rock Coast Rollers who donated home-baked treats and recruited volunteers; to Foglifters Coffees, Teas & Spices for the donated gourmet coffee; to Party Fundamentals for the table donation; High Mountain Hall for the cash bar; and to The Free Press, our media sponsor.
A special thanks to our friends at The New England Real Estate Company for their incredible support for this event and for raising more than $5,000 to benefit P.A.W.S. at their 2nd Anniversary and Community Celebration!
Many thanks to all the businesses and individuals who donated items to our auction: A.E. Sampson & Son, Admiral's Buttons, Amy Dietrich Design, Anchor Farm Antiques, Andrew's Brewing, Co., Archipelago, Bagel Café, Bay Chamber Concerts, Bayview Press, Beauty Mark Spa, Blueberry Farm Alpacas, Brambles, Camden Cakes & Sweets, Camden Garden Club, Camden Hospital for Animals, Camden Jewelry Co., Camden Public Library, Camden Riverhouse Hotel & Inns, Camden Sailing Charters, Cape Air, , The Cashmere Goat, Champion Total Health, Clean Bee Laundry, Coastal Mountain Land Trust, Cutting Edge Salon, Danica Candleworks, Down East Books, Ducktrap River of Maine, Dunkin' Donuts of Rockport, EBS Belfast, EBS Camden, Embody Massage & Yoga, Eric Hopkins, Etienne Perret, Fiore Artisan Olive Oils & Vinegars, Flagship Cinemas of Thomaston, Floor Magic, Foglifters Inc., Francine Bistro, Fresh Off the Farm, Fullers Chevrolet-GMC, Inc., Gifts at 136, Glendarragh Farm Lavender, Global Packing & Shipping, Graffam Bros. Seafood Market, Green Thumb, Hamilton Marine, Harbor Square Gallery, Harley & Co., Susan Hoguet, Hope Elephants, House of Logan, James Lea Clockmaker, Jane Alden, K2 Music, Leonard's, Leslie Curtis Designs, The Leather Bench, Liberty Graphics, The Lodge at Camden Hills, Loyal Biscuit Co., Machias Savings Bank, Maine Gathering, Maine Maritime Museum, Maine Street Meats, Margo Moore Interiors, Marriner's Inc., Marti Stone Photography, Merryspring Nature Center, Michael Good Designs, Inc., Moose Crossing Garden Center, Mount Battie Car Wash, New Leaf Construction, Oakland Park Bowling Lanes, Once A Tree, Ooodles of Poodles, P.G. Willey & Co., Patrisha McLean, Pen-Bay Glass, Inc., PenBay Veterinary Associates, Pet Quarters, Plants Unlimited, Point Lookout Resort & Conference Center, Rankin's Hardware & Building Supplies, The Right Stuff, Rockbound Computer, Rockland Animal Hospital, Rockport Automotive, Rokai: Uncommon Luxuries, Seasons Downeast Design, Shepherd's Pie, Skin Klinic & Day Spa, Stone Coast Crossfit, Strand Theatre, Sunfire Mexican Grill, Suzuki's Sushi Bar, Theo B. Camisole & Co., Tom Fence, Tropical Nails, Twice Upon a Dream, Vanderbilt Beach Resort, Viking Lumber, Wag It! Training Center, Wasses Hot Dogs, Westport Educational Consulting, Whales Tooth Pub, Whitehall Inn, Windsor Chairmakers, Yankee Clipper, Zoot Coffee, Marcia Anderson, Andre Bishop, Paula and Earl Black, Dorothy Cannell, Sue Hopkins and Bob Carter, Tillman Crane, Greg Currier, Gail Decker, Judith Demott, Diana Faciani, Randy Fein, Terry E. and John D. Bunger, James Hunt, M.C. Ingraham, Stephen King, Nancy and Chip Laite, Megan Medica, Leslie A. Miller, Annie Ramirez, Mary E. C. Welch, Annie Ramirez, Chuck and Merry Robinson, Betty Jane Seal, Lisa Sojka and Chris Van Dusen.
Thank you to the Midcoast community and friends from away who came to participate in the auction and support our four-legged friends.
P.A.W.S. Animal Adoption Center