Letters to the editor — The Courier-Gazette
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
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!
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
Jana Goddard and Wes Todd
Julie and John Russo
Karen and Dan Clarke
Sandra Freeman Orluk
Elaine Spieler and Bryan Jones
Daryl and Bill Hahn
Susan and Frank Devlin
Margaret and Peter McCrea
Prudy and Phil Netzorg
Louise and Bill Burke
Gail Ladd and Pete Schiot
Valerie and Mike Garrigan
Joan and Wayne Linscott
Marjory and Sumner Kinney
Frances and Galo Hernandez
Suzi Barbee and Vic Hotho
Valerie and Jeff Allis
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
Elizabeth and Jeff Simms
Mariellen and Jon Eaton
Anna M. Carney
Marla and Joe McGeady
Mallory and Max King
Shirley and Greg Hamlin
Joan and Richard Vargas
Lynn and John Snow
Elizabeth and Howard Greenberg
Betsy and Chris Rector
Lucy and Hank Carey
Anne and Brian Perkins
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.
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!