Letters to the editor — The Courier-Gazette
The caption under the picture on page A4 of the Aug. 29 edition says, "Mill Ville-Lermond's Saw, Grist and Stove Mill in Union.
I believe "stove" should be "stave" as the mill sawed lumber.
The slabs in the pile, about knee high, to the right side of the person on the right in the picture, are about the length of the stave used for apple barrels.
Somewhere I have seen a photograph of a huge pile of barrels beside a railroad siding and the caption was something like "barrels waiting for filling" in Union, Maine.
If they were slack coopered barrels, apples would have more than likely been placed in them. If they were tight coopered, then "burnt' or "slaked" lime would have been the product.
There was a foundry in Union, on Route 131, about half way up the hill on the East side from the turn to Thurston Road or Middle Road.
Years ago when it was being torn down, the wooden patterns for the sand castings were placed out on the side yard. Our former public works director David Taylor showed me a cast iron drain cover on Erin Street that came from that foundry.
Fight for your mobility
I came across the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons’ A Nation in Motion campaign while visiting my orthopaedic surgeon this summer. The campaign highlights the importance of fighting for mobility and encourages individuals to share their orthopaedic success stories.
Ask me why it’s important to fight for mobility and I’ll tell you about my many years of living in pain. I needed a hip replacement and I didn’t know it. As a mother of four and a bedside nurse for 37 years, I tend to put my needs last.
For many years, I learned how to deal with the pain, but still faced many sleepless nights. I even took leave of the job I loved because of the intense pain and increasing instability of my hip. I made excuses to my grandson about why I could not climb on big rocks with him. My third son was getting married in June 2013 and I had a serious concern: Would I be able to dance the mother/son dance?
I decided to stop making excuses and sought orthopaedic care. I wanted to move again! Late this spring, I had a total hip replacement. Now, three months post-surgery I’m doing yoga, playing with my grandson and — yes —on June 22, I danced at my son’s wedding to “Godspeed,” by the Dixie Chicks. That is a moment I will never forget.
To say there are thousands of people like me is an understatement. Many of my friends and neighbors will face this same decision when they are unable to move like they want to move. This can be devastating. It was to me. It changed the way I worked, it affected my health and it changed the way I lived and interacted with my loved ones.
Become inspired. Fight for your mobility. If you decide to have orthopaedic care, share your story with others on ANationInMotion.org.
Pick up or stay out
I just watched a woman walk across the street from her home on Erin Street with her dog. Her dog did its business and she walked away. I asked her if she planned on picking that up. She said she was going to get a bag from the box at the entrance to the cemetery. She then proceeded in that direction and then kept on going to her house across the street without picking up after her dog. This kind of thing happens every day and I am sick of it. The cemetery is covered with crap because of nasty, irresponsible people. How hard is it to bend over and pick up after your dog? There is five boxes fully stocked with bags throughout the cemetery, so nobody can use the no bag excuse. Either use your own yard or if you do bring your dogs to the cemetery, pick up after your dogs. People don't want to come to the cemetery and find crap on their loved ones. I have found it on my son and my dad. I have also replaced by son's trees over there three times because of dogs peeing on them. So either pick up or stay out. Sounds simple to me.
I am one of many animal control officers who are now confronting an on-going issue and that is having to check to see if there is space available at the local animal shelter when I have to find a place to secure the animal I have come across.
And this does not just mean cats, dogs, birds, etc. that at present the Pope Memorial shelter on Dexter Street in Thomaston has done everything it can to place all the cats that it has into homes along with dogs and so on. The problem now there is not enough homes in Knox County to place these animals and this does include the state of Maine.
Also the shelter is in the process of getting funds together to build a brand new building that will allow more animals to come in and until this happens the shelter is now having to put animals on hold until such a time as space comes available and this means dogs, cats and so on.
The staff that works there to include all the volunteers do their best everyday to care for all the animals present and this includes all the cleaning that goes on daily to feeding to making sure all the animals present are ready to go out the door.
But the shelter needs help, not only in the area of adoption of a pet, but all the supplies that are needed daily, from feeding to cleaning of all the cages.
To everyone who reads this, feel free to stop in at your local shelter and speak with any staff member regarding what you can do to help out in any area, be it monetary funds, supplies, food or just help in any given area.
Robert J. Robinson
Animal Control Officer
Thomaston, South Thomaston