Letters to the editor — The Courier-Gazette

Dec 12, 2013

Festive occasion

The annual Community Thanksgiving Dinner at St. Peter's Episcopal Church in Rockland was a great success this year. The members of St. Peter's provided most of the food and financial donations for the purchase of additional supplies.

In addition I want to thank Atlantic Baking Company, Hannaford, Rockport Diner, Sweet Sensations, Wal-Mart, and two boys from Rockland Boy Scout Pack 214 for their contributions to the dinner.

We were able to feed 190 meals on site and send out 85 more for a total of 275, the largest number to date. This could not have been accomplished without the help of 69 volunteers from all over the area. The good-natured camaraderie was infectious and made every task light. Whether people came to eat, volunteer or for fellowship their needs were met and their hearts were buoyed. It was truly a festive occasion and gave me much to thankful for.

Lucia C. Elder




Thomaston Mall

Each year for nearly 20 years John Upham has, without fanfare, led the charge to light up the Thomaston Mall at Christmas time. Whether volunteers show up to help or not, John goes ahead anyway. In the freezing cold, he places 17,000 lights on several trees and makes sure they stay lit. He makes sure that those 30 little trees placed on the mall especially for Christmas stay standing. The Mall is beautiful, especially this year, and we are grateful. Thank you, John. You’re totally awesome!

Patricia Hubbard

Jane and Chris Farthing

Diana L. Beach

Nancy Carter and Ed Basco

Sandra Haimila and Jeff Carty

Davene and Chris Fahy

Connie and George Beasley

Sheilagh and Neal Guyer

Christina Banks

Mike Mayo

Jana Goddard and Wes Todd

Wiley Todd

Chris Todd

Julie and John Russo

Nancy Griffin

Heidi Machson

Nancy Baker

Karen and Dan Clarke

Sandra Freeman Orluk

Elaine Spieler and Bryan Jones

Daryl and Bill Hahn

Susan and Frank Devlin

Amy Ferlauto

Kathy Daley

Daria Peck

Margaret and Peter McCrea

Prudy and Phil Netzorg

Polly Armstrong

Louise and Bill Burke

Gail Ladd and Pete Schiot

Valerie and Mike Garrigan

Joan and Wayne Linscott

Marjory and Sumner Kinney

Tracy Sala

Frances and Galo Hernandez

Suzi Barbee and Vic Hotho

Valerie and Jeff Allis

Corinne Ervin

Betty and Jim Watts

Mimi and Gerry Zwick

Dena and Jonathan Davis

Emily and Peter Jenks

Kathy and Jim Cuthbertson

Eve and Olof Anderson

Gail and Percy Robinson

Ursula Kruse-Vaucienne

Elizabeth and Jeff Simms

Nancie Burton

Mariellen and Jon Eaton

Mary Simoneau

Anna M. Carney

Marla and Joe McGeady

Chris Harjula

Carolyn Whitaker

Mallory and Max King

Shirley and Greg Hamlin

Joan and Richard Vargas

Lynn and John Snow

Karen Wincapaw

Elizabeth and Howard Greenberg

Sally Brooks

Betsy and Chris Rector

Lucy and Hank Carey

Mickey McKeever

Muriel Pinkham

Anne and Brian Perkins

Janet Bosworth

Ruth and Jim Carney


Pints for Paws

On Nov. 18, Loyal Biscuit Co. and Trackside Station teamed together to host their 6th Pints for Paws fundraiser to benefit the Pope Memorial Humane Society of Knox County.

The evening far exceeded our expectations and raised more money than any of our previous Pints for Paws events. In just three short hours on a Monday night, more than 200 people came through the doors, enjoyed dinner, purchased raffle tickets, participated in the silent auction and, like the name says, enjoyed 270 pints of beer to benefit the shelter. We are excited to say that we raised $3,230!

The support we received from the community was outstanding with more than 100 items donated for raffle and silent auction. We would like to thank the following for helping us to have an amazingly successful night: Paddy Mills, Jen Chapman, Fletcher Hall, Melody Godin, Fidelis Biscuit Co., Midcoast Laser Works, Laugh Loud, Smile Big, Maine Boatyard Dog, Stephanie Williams Personal Training, The Animal House, Jarod Bray, Jeff's Marine, Coppola Salon & Day Spa, Courier Publications, Pet Food Experts, Stella & Chewy's, Knight Marine, Rock City Coffee, Natural Balance Pet Food, Cloudstar (the Buddy Biscuit People!), Tipsy Nip Organic Cat Nip Products, Honest Kitchen, Limerock Inn, Rock Harbor Brewing, Maritime Energy, Farnsworth Art Museum, Grasshopper Shop, Eastern Tire, Author Jen Blood, Wag-It, J. Edward Knight Insurance, Archer's On the Pier, Maui the Dog, Federal Distributors, Harbor Hounds, Bar Harbor Bank & Trust , Samoset Resort, New Leaf Construction, Camden Hospital for Animals, Salty Dog Salon, travelMAINE/petMAINE, Rocks with a Twist Design, Embody Massage, Pipyr Photo, BJ McWilliams, Hampton Inn, Thomaston, Art's Marine, Camden Snowbowl, Rockland Kiwanis, Cappy's, Home Kitchen Café, Amy's Pies and Casey's Creative Cupcakes.

Since starting Pints for Paws in April 2011, Loyal Biscuit Co. and Trackside have raised more than $11,000 for the PMHSKC. In addition, Loyal Biscuit sponsored Pints for Paws events held in Camden and Belfast bring the total raised and donated to area shelters to more than $14,000.

We owe a big thank you to our respective staffs for their help with the event.

Again, thank you so much to everyone who attended and helped to make this night successful!

Heidi and Joel Neal, Loyal Biscuit Co.

Kelly and Mike Woods, Trackside Station

Express a success

On behalf of the members of the Kiwanis Club of Rockland, we want to express our gratitude to all those who helped make our 4th annual Kiwanis Jingle Bell Express a success.

With a special nod to the Thomaston Historical Society for their generous donation of their location on Knox Street, [North Pole], and the jolly, red-suited Donald Robishaw, we also received great support in the form of food and beverage contributions, equipment, logistics, performers and behind-the-scenes operations from more than 150 individuals, businesses and organizations too numerous to list in this short space.

After several months of planning, our members and friends of Kiwanis provided a unique experience and created memories for countless numbers of families that made up the estimated 1,500 adults, children and babes-in-arms who rode the Jingle Bell Express over the two nights of activity on Dec. 6-7.

Net proceeds for this event will be cycled back into our community through budgeted club contributions to organizations that provide services and educational opportunities to children and others in need.

Kiwanis is a global organization of volunteers dedicated to changing the world one child and community at a time.

Locally, our members meet weekly for a group meal, to develop leadership skills and to enjoy the fellowship generated by being involved in the ongoing effort to sustain the Midcoast area as a wonderful place to live, work and recreate.

Kiwanis Jingle Bell Express co-chairmen

Katie Tarbox, Kiwanis president, 2013-2014

Marjorie Kinney, Kiwanis past president, 2010-2011


Thanks to Glen Cove Dental

This fall, Glen Cove Dental Associates ran a campaign in their office to help with Oceanside High School’s backpack program. Our backpack program was created by Becky Harjula several years ago when she recognized an unmet need of students not having enough food over weekends. Unfortunately, Becky passed away in November; we are continuing with this program due to the need in our community.

Thanksgiving week, we received bags and boxes full of food, as well as gift cards, mouthwash and toothpaste from Glen Cove Dental Associates. We are so grateful to receive this donation, and want to publicly acknowledge the kindness shown by their office. Their thoughtfulness to help us take care of our students is greatly appreciated and not unnoticed.

Ilmi Carter

School Nurse

RSU 13


Christmas spirit needed

December is Christmas month for the family across America planning shopping for the children and loved ones and a family dinner. Let's get into the Christmas spirit — all we hear about today on the TV news, radio and in our newspapers is about Obamacare. We need a break. Let this not be a "BamaCare Christmas." Let us get back into the Christmas spirit across America. Enjoy your holiday!

Gordon Wotton


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