Letters to The Camden Herald — June 28, 2012
On May 23, our beloved dog Sage went missing while we were out of town. Sage is mostly white with brown patches, a Springer/Brittany Spaniel mix, completely blind and almost completely deaf. We are offering a reward for he safe return.
So far this amazingly resilient dog has been extremely difficult to find and everything is more complicated given her special needs. The second week she was tracked to the western slope of Mt. Pleasant in Union/West Rockport, then spotted and tracked at the north end of Wottons Mill Road in Union. Now, she's been spotted by three different people (two at the same time) on Appleton Road in Union (Route 131 north) near the swimming area on Sennebec Pond as recently as early morning on June 21.
Unbelievable as it my seem, we are sure it was her. Since it is so rare to get a sighting, it is essential to act immediately when she is spotted. If you see her, PLEASE STOP, stay with her, get a hold of her, and call us. She would be very interested in food. She follows the sound of clapping better than a voice. Mornings and evenings she seems to be active.
We are in awe of the dedication and energy of those that have come forward to help. Many others have been touched by imagining what she is going through that even a younger, sighted and hearing dog would find overwhelming. Sage has proven herself to be not as helpless as we feared and even smarter and stronger than any of us could have imagined!
Words fail to express our gratitude. Many people and organizations continue to donate their time and resources — making and hanging posters and signs, placing newspaper advertising, worked social networking, and even more. We thank the businesses and organizations that let us put up "Sage Lost" posters in prominent places. We thank the multitude of landowners that let us search their property, look under their porches and outbuildings, in their barns and comb their fields and woods. Even though we are offering a reward, these people are giving out of the kindness of their hearts. If you are moved to help, email us at: email@example.com (subject line: “Finding Sage”) and we will put you on a notification list. We are not able to answer every email. Please do not go off searching on private property on your own.
While we are sad that all this effort and searching hasn't brought Sage home yet, with this recent sighting, we do know she is alive and not giving up, so we can't either. We have hope that soon she will appear again soon, and someone will take action to get her and call us immediately — anytime day or night, 390-0078 or 785-4165. At some point in the future we will remove the "Lost" posters and hope to let you know she has been found!
Gail and Fred Ribeck
In my thank you letter to the editor dated June 21, I forgot to mention a big thank you to Donee Wyke, realtor.
Education fund established
For the friends of Benjamin S. (Ben) Tolman, who died unexpectedly on Sunday, May 20, 2012, perhaps they would wish to know, an education fund has been established for the benefit of his and Krista's daughter, Bristol.
The Bristol Tolman Education Fund
c/o Camden National Bank
P.O. Box 310, Camden, Maine, 04843
(Attention: Monica Tolman)
We knew Ben for many years. He was a trusted and accomplished craftsman who created a beautiful home for us in Rockport Harbor. More importantly, he was remarkable human being, who became a valued friend. We, like so many, shall miss him greatly.
Merril and Dolores Halpern
A 'toast' to local cafe
My wife, two friends and I kayaked around Camden Harbor June 21 and went by Wayfarer Marine. There were some really interesting boats and we wanted to walk around and get a look at them. We saw a large wooden yacht, the Nordwind, which we were told will be soon heading off to navigate the Northwest Passage. It was built in 1939 and has quite a bit of fascinating history behind it.
Across from where the boat was docked, there was a cafe operated by the marina, called TOAST. Stephanie, the cafe manager, was welcoming and made us all feel right at home. My wife and I had ice coffees and split both a savory toast and a sweet toast...they were both unique and excellently prepared. We sat out on the deck, munching away while watching boat traffic and a mast being put on a yacht, all the while enjoying such an unusual and superb brunch. Everyone we ran into at the marina were friendly and made us feel comfortable poking around the marina. I would recommend checking out the boats and the cafe (open from 7 to 11 a.m.) next time you are exploring Camden Harbor.
Gratitude from pet pantry
On behalf of the Penobscot Pet Pantry volunteers and the people they serve, I’d like to thank the local community for their support of our big yard sale on June 16. The weather was good, the crowds kept coming, and, by pulling in $2,000, we far exceeded expectations. I’d especially like to thank the American Legion for the use of their meeting hall for the sale, E.L. Spear for providing aprons to our volunteers, everyone who donated items, and the various merchants and organizations who let us advertise in their yards and windows.
The Penobscot Pet Pantry gathers food and distributes it to needy families once a month from the Camden First Aid Association building, and we wouldn’t exist without the generosity and help of the community. Thank you.
Founder, Penobscot Pet Pantry
Thanks for dancing
I would like to thank all the adventurous souls who turned out and danced in support of local nonprofits during the eight weeks of “Nia: Dance for Good” and Meg Sideris of High Mountain Hall in Camden for renting her space to the fundraiser for a song. Together we raised more than $650, every penny of which was donated to The Community School; Common Journey; Coastal Mountains Land Trust; University College at Rockland; The Rig; New Hope for Women; Camden-Rockport Animal Rescue League; and Merryspring Nature Center.