Dec. 26, 2013

Letters, Camden Herald

Dec 26, 2013

VanSorosin family thanks you

You know who you are……..all those who loved John. I must thank you from the bottom of my heart for visiting the funeral home (a treasure in your midst – Burpee, Carpenter & Hutchins) and for attending the Requiem Mass offered by dear Fr. Dominic Eshikera O.P.(another treasure) at St. Bernard Catholic Church and later at the graveside.

Wasn’t John an incredible man? Have you ever known anyone quite like him? I thank you for all your kind words, your individual stories that involved John, just your presence kept me going. The list is quite lengthy and please know that I hold you dear because you loved John and always will, like I do.

So anyone who was in John’s life – far and especially near – I know you all because John told me about you. Thank you, thank you, thank you and God bless you! Everyone!

Most sincerely, from myself, Jeanne Hunter, and my wonderful family: husband Paul, daughter and son-in-law, Claire and Tom Kennedy and their three sons, Ian, Aidan and Alex.

Jeanne Hunter

Southold, N.Y.


Fox Hill zoning proposal update

Camden’s Planning Board will decide Jan. 2, 2014, at 5 p.m. at Camden Opera House whether they will vote for, or against recommending (to the Select Board) 71 lines of changes to Camden’s current zoning ordinance. These additions would change our zoning laws to accommodate the needs of Fox Hill, LLC’s first proposed tenant, McLean Hospital. Camden’s existing commercial zones already would allow a drug and alcohol rehab facility in and for our community. “Spot Zoning” Fox Hill on Bay View Street to commercial zoning will forever change the nature of this historic neighborhood and set a precedent that carries with it the unfortunate potential to affect all of Camden’s residential neighborhoods. As is, Camden will review and rewrite our Comprehensive Plan in 2014 to place on our June 2015 Town Ballot. If haste makes waste, can this issue be studied in the larger context of our whole community and Camden’s needs, rather than being directed by undisclosed investors as represented by their numerous attorneys and hired guns? Virtually, the only people who spoke in support of this zoning change proposal at the December 12 Planning Board Public Hearing were paid consultants for Fox Hill, LLC.

Dorie Klein



A community thank you

The Pen Bay Celebration Committee wishes to thank all the employees and their families who worked on and attended the recent Pen Bay Healthcare holiday party at the Samoset Resort.

The Committee also thanks the community member organizations who donated beautiful centerpiece decorations for the dining tables. The organizations include: Shelley’s Flowers, Hoboken Gardens, TJ MAXX, Seasons Downeast, Harbor Farms and The Chrismas Greens Shop. Marti Stone Photography offered her photography services to take photos of Santa with children and families for which the Committee is grateful, as well as the many Midcoast businesses who also donated gifts and services for our raffle and door prizes.

All told, families appreciated an uninterrupted evening spent together while kids had fun getting their faces painted, visiting with Santa Claus and making holiday ornaments and cookies. The festivities included holiday music all evening by DJ Jim Leitny, singing performed by the Camden High School a capella group, Upbeats, and traditional carols sung by a group of volunteer Pen Bay carolers who gathered for a month to practice for the performance.

Ever humble and gracious Judy Benner, a 37-year Pen Bay employee and Special Care Unit support partner, was announced as Employee of the Year. Judy was previously honored as Employee of the Month last June.

Many thanks to the community for helping to make this evening special for the Pen Bay family!


Pen Bay Celebration Committee

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