Letters, Camden Herald
On behalf of Trekkers, I would like to extend my sincere appreciation to everyone who participated in our most recent fundraising event, “Trekkapalooza 2013.” In true Trekkers’ style, a community of volunteers and dedicated supporters helped contribute to the success of this event. We are grateful to all of them for helping us determine this year’s “Bus Band,” for enjoying some great local music, sharing some fun skits and raising money to support local students in the process.
Thanks to everyone who made this event possible. Special thanks go to The Strand Theatre and their staff for the wonderful venue. Thanks to the amazing musical talents of the six bands: Djump!, Indoblue, Just Teachers, Pig Knuckle, Sideways Highways, and TMW. Thanks to Peter Jenks for supplying the pizza; to our judges: Janelle Brooks, Ken Pride, Josh Dulac, Justin Bennett; and to all the volunteers and the planning committee for making everything run so smoothly.
We are especially grateful to all our local sponsors, and encourage everyone to support these area enterprises: Bangor Savings Bank, Boothbay Lobster Wharf, Camden Cone, Carroll Plumbing, Clark Island Construction, Eastern Tire & Auto Service, The Grasshopper Shop, Harbor Road Veterinary Hospital, In Good Company, Jeff’s Marine, Midcoast Music Academy, Monhegan Boat Line, Penbay Solutions, Planet Toys and Waterworks Restaurant.
And, of course, we want to thank everyone who came to enjoy the event itself.
Our congratulations go to the members of “Just Teachers,” a group of local educators who were crowned “Trekkers Bus Band of 2013.” We are already looking forward to next year’s event, when the community can come together again to enjoy the competition as “Just Teachers” defends their crown during Trekkapalooza 2014.
Beware of radon
January is National Radon Action Month and the American Lung Association would like to raise awareness of how radon can affect your lung health. Many may not be aware of what exactly radon is; radon is a colorless, tasteless and odorless gas that is found in soil and forms radioactive by-products which eventually can damage tissue inside your lungs and cause lung cancer. Radon enters your home, school, or office building through cracks in the foundation or even through pipes and/or the water supply. People who have private wells are more at risk than people with community water supply.
Prolonged radon exposure is the second leading cause of lung cancer after smoking. There are countless health risks to those living inside a home with high levels of radon. According to EPA, smoking combined with radon exposure is considered a severe health risk.
Testing your home is the best way to find out whether you are being exposed to high levels of radon. The Lung Association sells inexpensive radon test kits, available at LungNE.org/products or by calling 1-800-LUNG-USA.
Jeff Seyler, President & CEO
American Lung Association of the Northeast
Grateful for support
I want to thank the Knox County community for their thoughtful and generous support of our Help Heat Homes program with their contributions in our donation containers and also by mailing us checks.
We will have another fundraising event this Friday, Jan. 25, at the Elks Club in Rockland from 5 to 8 p.m. with spaghetti and meatballs, salad, bread and desserts. Good music will also be played during the event. Donations are requested for $ 6 per person.
I also wish to thank the Courier Publications and reporter Jenna Lookner for the article which was done on our efforts. As a result of the article we received a check for $100 from an individual in Massachusetts who happened to see it while in our area. We also received another check for $1,000 from a very generous donor as a result of the article.
Lastly, we received a donation from a group of thoughtful and caring nurses at Pen Bay who supported our efforts rather than exchanging Christmas gifts.
We are truly blessed in our community to have so many caring and thoughtful folks. If you wish to have other information, please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org