Letters to the editor, The Courier-Gazette
The treasurer's vote recount which took place Nov. 30 showed the count to be appointed 665 and elected 670. The elected count actually gained one vote. We thank the voters for recognizing the importance of keeping the treasurer's position elected as a stand alone position not under the control of town management.
We also recognize the turmoil that was caused by the appointed/elected issues and the unfortunate public discussion of the current treasurer. Due to medical circumstances, the treasurer was unable to speak and defend herself during the Oct. 16 town meeting. The Tea Party hopes that the recount demonstrates that approximately half of the voting residents in the Nov. 6 election supported the treasurer's position to stay elected.
Union Tea Party attendee
Pantry needs support
The Camden Area Christian Food Pantry needs your help this holiday season and in the year ahead to help those in need. The pantry's resources are being stretched thin by decreased availability of low cost food from the Good Shepherd Food Bank, increased need to buy food at retail prices and an ever-increasing client base.
Up until this year, our major source of food has been the Good Shepherd Food Bank in Auburn. Volunteers have been making weekly trips with our late model van to pick up supplies. It was not unusual to pick up 1,500 pounds or more of canned goods, cereal, frozen meats and other food at 16 cents per pound. However, due to the increased usage by more than 600 agencies, food bank supplies available per agency have diminished considerably. Food at 16 cents per pound is now a trick of what it used to be.
We have been forced to buy food from local sources at an increasing rate and at retail prices. As a result our food costs have skyrocketed. During the last year, we have seen food costs increase by more than 36 percent.
Thankfully, other sources of food have provided support. Erickson Farm's Teen Ag Program provided 2,000 pounds of fresh produce this season. Coastal Mountain Land Trust gave us many quarts of blueberries. Hope Orchards gave us apples. Ducktrap River of Maine gave us smoked fish. Every Saturday and Sunday, volunteers pick up donated bread from the Rockland Hannaford store. Camden's Hannaford store has sold the most Helping Hands food boxes of all Hannaford stores, two out of the past three years, and all those boxes go to our clients. The U.S. Postal Service food drive in May provides major additions of food to our shelves. Every year, local schools and Scout troops every year bring in hundreds of bags of food. The importance of individual food donations cannot be overlooked. We are most grateful.
Other costs are kept low with our 100 percent volunteer staff. The pantry is a 501c3 tax-exempt organization. Please consider sending donations to the Camden Area Christian Food Pantry, P.O. Box 337, Camden, ME 04843. Food donations can be brought to us at 128 Mt. Battie St. in Camden. People in need who reside in Appleton, Camden, Hope, Lincolnville, Rockport, Searsmont, Union and Washington can visit us on Tuesdays, from 8 to 11 a.m. and Thursdays from 4 to 6 p.m. For more information, please visit our website at camdenfoodpantry.org, email at firstname.lastname@example.org or 236-9790.
Jane Bennett, President
CACFP Board of Directors
A team effort
Christmas By the Sea weekend is a team effort involving many people in our area who contribute time and money to help make this event happen. The Penobscot Bay Regional Chamber of Commerce would like to thank the many volunteers and the businesses who sponsored events. New for this year is that the Camden Downtown Business Group donated funds for the holiday tree and the horse and carriage rides. Other event sponsors include Elm Street Printing & Graphics (brochure sponsor), the Country Inn at Camden-Rockport (opening reception sponsor), 2A Architects (Hat & Mitten Tree at the Library), Owl & Turtle Bookshop (Santa's Story Hour), and The Rig and the First Bancorp which are sponsoring the photos with Santa.
Santa’s visits are made possible by Pen Bay Oil (West Rockport sponsor), Albertson Builders (Rockport Harbor sponsor), Graffam Brothers Harborside Restaurant (Camden Harbor sponsor), and the Lincolnville Business Group (Lincolnville Beach sponsor). The media sponsor for the weekend is Bangor Metro, and Santa received assistance during his swing through the area from Cappy’s Chowder House and the Lord Camden Inn.
We’d like to recognize the following members of the Camden Downtown Business Group who stepped forward to contribute toward their organization’s sponsorship of Christmas By the Sea events: Admiral’s Buttons, Allen Insurance and Financial, Bayview Gallery, Camden Bagel Café, Camden Cone, The Camden Harbour Inn, Camden National Bank, Clean Bee Laundry, Cotton Garden, Cuzzy’s, Flint and Gail Decker, Ducktrap Bay Trading Co., Glendarragh Lavender, Jane Alden, Dave Jackson, Jo Ellen Designs, Once a Tree, Planet, Barrie Pribyl, The Camden Riverhouse, Shakelee, Small Wonder Gallery, Smiling Cow, Stonewall Kitchen, Surroundings, and Theo B. Camisole.
We’d also like to recognize the fact that the Rockport businesses that hosted Holiday On the Harbor donated their funds to United Mid-Coast Charities toward purchasing the luminarias that will be lighting up the town.
Thank you one and all! We are looking forward to a successful and festive holiday weekend.
Staci Coomer, Executive Director
Penobscot Bay Regional Chamber of Commerce
My autistic hands and feet
Most kids keep their hands down at their sides, in their pockets, on their pencils or to themselves. Most kids keep their feet still and to themselves.
I have autistic hands and feet. My arms and hands like to flap. My feet like to pace and walk in circles. My arms feel tight and weird when they are still. My hands feel like they need to vibrate fast. My legs feel warm, jumpy and hurt a little. To make the weird feelings go away, I move fast. It makes me feel so much better and pacing helps me think.
When I get the weird feeling in my body, I can push on my legs, I can meditate and breathe deep, press my hands together and think happy thoughts.
When I do these other things I feel better and I won't feel embarrassed around my friends. I will be proud of myself.
Nathan Davenport, 8,
In partnership with many other organizations, businesses, and individuals, the Rockland Congregational Church helped fill more than 100 baskets of food for area folks in need this Thanksgiving. We would like to thank everybody who participated in this endeavor. There are so many to thank that somebody will be left out, but here is just a sample of those who helped: Main Street merchants and the Lobster Festival sent money, Girl Scouts collected food, Boy Scouts and the church Youth Group filled the boxes, Grace Bible Church, Nativity Lutheran Church and the Lions Club all packed boxes of their own, Area Interfaith Outreach helped us get canned goods, individuals donated turkeys and money, and a South Thomaston day care filled a big box by themselves. We are so blessed to live in a community where there are so many big hearts!
It is the generosity of local businesses and individuals in the Midcoast that make it such a great place to live, to work, and to raise a family. We truly appreciate your support! May God bless you all this holiday season!
Community Presence and Outreach Ministry Team
Rockland Congregational Church
Providing for neighbors
The Come Spring Food Pantry would like to give thanks this holiday season to all the people and organizations, who contribute food, money and time to help us provide for our neighbors in the Union, Appleton, South Hope area, who need a bit extra to feed their families.
The Medomak Valley Middle School conducted a huge food drive that benefited the four food pantries in their catchment area. Thank you to all the parents, teachers, and students, who made that happen.
A donation of food came to the Come Spring Food Pantry from the Union Common Christmas Tree Lighting on Dec. 2.
Hammond Tractor in Union had its annual open house and visitors were encouraged to bring food for the food pantries in Union, Washington and Warren.
Thank you to all and may you enjoy this special season of the year.
Carol Watier, Manager
Come Spring Food Pantry.