Letters to the editor, The Courier-Gazette
Pints for Paws a success
On Nov. 13, Trackside Station Restaurant and Loyal Biscuit Co. teamed together to host a fundraiser, Pints for Paws to benefit the Pope Memorial Humane Society of Knox County. It was the fourth time the businesses partnered for the cause.
Once again, the evening exceeded our expectations. In just three short hours on a Tuesday night, almost 200 people came through the doors, enjoyed dinner, purchased raffle tickets, bid on auction items and, like the name says, enjoyed nearly 200 pints of beer to benefit the shelter. The evening raised $1,600 for the shelter and we filled a trailer with items on the humane society’s wish list with items such as bleach, paper towels, cat and dog food, toys and more!
In total, since beginning the fundraiser for the shelter in April 2011, Trackside and Loyal Biscuit have raised $5,589 to help the area’s animals.
We would like to thank the following for helping us to have an amazingly successful night: Paddy Mills, Fletcher Hall, Jen Chapman, Peter Gray of Federal Distributors & Shipyard Brewing Co., Courier Publications, Maine Eastern Railroad, Lupine Collars & Leads, Clear Conscience Pet, Friendship Trap Co., Owls Head Transportation Museum, Blue Buffalo, J. Edward Knight Insurance, Knight Marine, All Aboard Trolley and Limousine, Eastern Tire, Hammond Tractor, Harbor Hounds, Goose River Golf Club, Loyal Biscuit Tug ME Toy Co., Fidelis Biscuit Co., Canine Country Club, Dena's Barefoot Book Nook, Maine Lobster Festival, Marti Stone Photography, Limerock Inn, Jen Blood, Captain Jack Lobster Boat Tours, Jeff's Marine, Weruva, Nature’s Variety, Fuller Auto Mall and Schooner Bay.
Also, we owe a big thank you to our respective staffs for their help with the event.
Due to the continued success of this event, Trackside and Loyal Biscuit Co. plan to host their fifth Pints for Paws event in April!
Again, thank you so much to everyone that attended and who helped to make this night successful!
Mike and Kelly Woods
Heidi and Joel Neal
Thank you all
Our fall sale for 2012 is finished and was quite successful. We have presented Coastal Opportunities with a $5,600 check, which represents the proceeds from the sale. Our workers and shoppers were as wonderful as usual and we couldn’t have had such a successful sale without you all! Thank you! For the first sale ever we had two sponsors. Allen Insurance and Financial as well as Bangor Savings Bank offered their help this year and we greatly appreciated their participation. Thank you both! Thank you too to Renys of Camden who allowed us to borrow some of their equipment for displays. It was a big help. A big thank you also to the John St. United Methodist Church who take all of our unsold clothing to their outreach program in the northern part of the state. It is truly a comforting thought to know our good quality, gently used clothing is staying in the state of Maine.
Our spring sale is slated for May 18-20, 2013. We will be selling spring and summer clothing at this sale, but you can drop off any season, good quality clothes with no rips, stains, or missing buttons or non-working zippers at any time at Coastal Opportunities on Limerock Street in Camden.
If you have questions, comments or suggestions or would just like to volunteer some time, please give me a call at 594-5429.
Co-Chairman, Cash For Clothes
Thanksgiving Day is over and was enjoyed by many families across America. Our military troops also enjoyed. Now Christmas lights go up in many towns and cities across our nation.
Santa Claus will be here before you know it, putting smiling faces on many children at home, and sad to say, in our children's hospitals across the nation.
Others will be having Christmas without their father because he is in the military service, but mother does a fine job with children without the father being present for Christmas.
Remembering community leaders
When my wife Jan and I moved from Dover-Foxcroft to Camden back in 1998, my primary focus was my new professional role as the executive director of the, then named, Camden Area YMCA and now Penobscot Bay YMCA. As many will remember, the challenges were numerous for the Y and certainly within our Midcoast communities at that time. Many times that first-year many of my own challenges would require me to call upon my faith in God and to rely upon my inner desire to succeed with the many tasks at hand. One evening after celebrating my first Thanksgiving in the town of Camden I witnessed my first sense of community within the Midcoast region — the giant star on top of Mt. Battie. What a wonderful and inspirational sight that beautiful star provided on a dark and lonely evening. The challenges I was facing, along with many other people in the community, for the need to have a YMCA that would serve thousands of others throughout a much larger region and without the necessary financial resources was a tremendous burden. I, for one, will be ever so grateful for the work of the Camden Lions Club membership, especially individuals like Bob Oxton who maintain the daily vigilance of keeping the light burning every night and during all types of weather and adversity. This star brings my faith in God into something, that at times, I cannot explain. Each of us who benefit from this beacon during the holiday season probably see the star in a different and special way. One thing I can say is that when the star appears for my first sighting of the season, I feel at home and connected with my community.
This year when I come upon this spectacular lighted star, atop of Mt. Battie for the first-time and throughout the holidays, I will be reminded of three heroes of our community that have served each of us in many different ways over the years. These individuals, that I would call shining stars, shared the love of community and the people living within the Midcoast by sacrificing their time, talents and sometimes treasure, while making a difference that will be felt for generations to come. These individuals have passed on during 2012 and now have become part of my memory. A memory that will now be sparked by the light of a single star on top of Mt. Battie and made possible due to the efforts of dedicated community volunteers each night. I pray that others will join me this year, when seeing this star, and give thanks for the work of these three remarkable community leaders — Don Gross, Ken Bailey and Jeff Kuller.
Honored to serve
I would like to thank all those who took the time to vote on Election Day.
I have been honored to serve the people of House District 48 for the past four years and I look forward to the 126th Maine Legislature. I thank my opponent, Michael Collins, for running a positive campaign; and I salute all the candidates who put themselves out there.
And a special note of appreciation to my friend and neighbor Chris Rector who worked tirelessly for five terms and has done truly great work for the people of our region. His thoughtful, creative, and respectful service is a model for all of us.
Rep. Chuck Kruger
A thank you from Gartley
Thank you to all the people that helped me in my campaign for the Camden and Rockport seat in the State House of Representatives. A political campaign is a long road. There are many people behind the scenes, volunteering their time and expertise because they believe in you. It is humbling and I am grateful.
I could not have done this without the support of the Knox County Republicans led by Jan Dolcater and volunteer coordinator Paula Sutton. The two of them tirelessly put together teams to call voters, hand out literature, send out mailers, put out signs, and write letters to the editor. They offered support, encouragement, and conviction.
My friends, neighbors, and community members stood by me as I took on this challenge. They saw how hard I was working and helped in any way that they could. They had coffees for me to meet voters, they drove me around Camden and Rockport for hours so that I could knock on doors, they “liked” my posts on Facebook, they waved signs for me on Election Day, and gave me a “thumbs up” when it seemed I needed it most.
I would be remiss if I didn’t thank Joan Welsh for running an upstanding campaign. Early in our contest, we met and agreed that we would do our best to keep this endeavor above board. I feel that we accomplished this and at the end of the day we both want what’s best for our district. I wish her the best and look forward to her leadership in this complicated role.
Finally, my husband, Will, and sons, Taylor and Cameron, kept me moving forward. It was their enthusiasm and confidence that inspired me to run. Without their energy, unflagging support, and shoulders to lean on, I wouldn’t have had this amazing experience. I have no regrets and look forward to continuing to work for the best interests of the people of Camden and Rockport.
Last month my daughters and I were planning for the unanticipated funeral of my wife, Patricia Chapman. When the funeral home representative asked which newspapers we wished to place an obituary in, we automatically named The Courier-Gazette and the Lincoln County News since Pat had lived in Waldoboro. We were surprised to hear that the Courier would charge up to $75 depending on the length of the obituary, whereas the Lincoln County News charged no fee.
As the publishers of The Courier-Gazette are no doubt aware, those grieving acutely do not haggle over money especially if they believe paying the fee will allow them to honor their loved one with a respectful summary of their life. When I received the Courier's final bill it was 50 percent higher than the quoted price of "up to $75." To say the least, the publishers of The Courier-Gazette should feel regretful for this greedy practice.
If one small town newspaper can charge no fee, why does the Courier need to charge more than a small fee for this public announcement?
[Editor's note: Courier Publications charges $9.95/column inch, plus an additional $10 if a photo is included with the obituary. Obituaries appear online, as well as in The Courier-Gazette and The Camden Herald.]