Looking for answers in the face of tragedy
The plane crash at the Knox County Regional Airport that claimed the lives of three young men from the University of Maine can only be described as a tragedy.
All three of the men who died were young, bright and full of potential as they were completing their educations and getting ready to move into their careers. Our hearts go out to the families and to their friends at the university. We know that local church congregations have also kept these families in their prayers over the weekend.
This has also been a very tough event for the airport, its employees and management, local pilots and emergency responders.
The situation has raised many questions. Most significant is what caused this crash and how can accidents like this one be prevented in the future?
It's tempting to draw conclusions, given that there was a vehicle on the runway that the plane collided with. However, until we have the preliminary results of the investigation, which are expected sometime in the next 10 days, it would be premature to assign blame or speculate on the exact causes.
Our hope is that the Knox County Regional Airport management will have an open, public discussion about the findings of the investigation and the steps it plans to prevent future tragedies.
Good-bye Waltz Pharmacy
We were disappointed to see the closure of Waltz Pharmacy in Waldoboro, which leaves the town without a drug store to serve the needs of its residents.
Waltz Pharmacy's closing means that people will now have to drive more than 20 minutes to have their prescriptions filled.
The pharmacy also served as a community employer and as part of the town's identity.
These small pharmacies are often places where the employees know all of the local patients by name and know something about their history. They serve their communities very well, but we are seeing smaller stores and operations replaced by larger corporate entities that provide less of the personal touch.
This kind of closure highlights the importance of supporting local small businesses including other kinds of stores and restaurants. If you don't vote with your dollars for that small mom-and-pop operation, you may lose it.
Santa's waiting to hear from you
Santa's elves are busy making toys in the workshop; the reindeer are eating crops of carrots and resting up for a night of deliveries; and all the jolly old elf needs is a wish list — from you.
Santa is reading his email inbox, so send your Christmas letters to firstname.lastname@example.org.
We've created a direct link to the North Pole for your letter, which will be posted on villagesoup.com, and a select number of letters will be printed in The Courier-Gazette and The Camden Herald.
You may also drop off your letter in person at The Courier Publications office at 91 Camden St. Suite 403 in Rockland or 5 Bay View Landing in Camden.
Letters will be accepted until 9 a.m. Friday, Dec. 21. After that Santa may not be able to have time to read them.
Ho, ho, ho and Merry Christmas!