Community service

Methodist Conference Home Inc. was honored to receive the Community Service Award at the 2010 Penobscot Bay Regional Chamber of Commerce dinner.

We would like to thank the board of the Penobscot Bay Regional Chamber of Commerce, Bangor Savings Bank, which sponsored the award, and the community at large for this distinction.

For more than 40 years, Methodist Conference Home has been helping seniors, the disabled and low-income individuals in the Midcoast maintain their independence with dignity. We are committed to serving the community through our flagship programs: Knox County Meals on Wheels, Coastal Trans and the independent housing complexes we own and/or manage (Methodist Conference Home, Rankin Center and Stevens House in Rockland, Knox Hotel Apartments in Thomaston, and Deer Ridge Farms in Wiscasset). These programs form a valuable safety net for some of the communities’ most vulnerable residents, providing the services they need to live healthy, independent lives.

At the same time, we are developing new exciting projects like our Midcoast RideFinder, an online and print data base profiling all the transportation options in the area. The RideFinder will be launched in mid June and will help more people access transportation in the region. We are also in the process of changing our name to MCH to encompass all our transportation, housing, meals and support service programs under one unified umbrella. It is a particular honor to receive this award in an area where so many organizations and individuals are doing such good work to meet the needs of the community. Many of our programs would not be possible without the efforts of our dedicated volunteers who deliver meals and drive seniors to doctor appointments.

I would like to thank our dedicated volunteers, staff and board whose hard work, generosity and care are the foundation of our programs.

Lee Karker
Executive director
Methodist Conference Home Inc.

Thunder Bay crew

The Knox Center for Long Term Care would like to thank the crew of the U.S. Coast Guard cutter Thunder Bay, under the command of Lt. Matthew McKeown of Camden, for taking two days out of their schedule this past week to paint the Knox Center’s patient activities room on April 26 and 27. The crew members worked tirelessly – even through lunch one day – to make sure they completed painting the room in the red, white and blue scheme picked out by the Knox Center Resident Council.

This painting project is part of an ongoing sponsorship relationship between the Knox Center and the Thunder Bay, which has been encouraged and supported by the Rockland Coast Guard City Committee and has been in place since October 2009. As part of this sponsorship relationship, crew members from the Thunder Bay visit residents at the Knox Center each month and spend some time getting to know them over a picnic lunch. They have also made special visits around the holidays to join residents for Thanksgiving and Christmas celebrations.

The Knox Center is thrilled to have a relationship with the crew of the Thunder Bay, and our patients thoroughly enjoy the opportunity to get to know the servicemen and servicewomen in our community. Patients and staff alike are cognizant of the positive impact of volunteer work like this painting project – and we want to commend the crew of the Thunder Bay for the excellent job they do helping to take care of our community.

Don Gross, administrator

Knox Center for Long Term Care



WRFR volunteers

Last Saturday evening I had the pleasure of attending (and a resale shop I am associated with participated in) the WRFR Fashion Show held at the Lincoln Street Center in Rockland.

The two facilitators, sisters Rachel and Joelle Albury, who produced this wonderful show, silent auction, music, and bake sale are to be commended for the outstanding work they did as they did so with such finesse and polish for such young women. Their crew was very professional and easy to work with and made it all look so easy and fun.

Thank you WRFR volunteers, I am sure the rest of your audience enjoyed the show and evening of entertainment as much as I did. Now for you out there, make a point of turning your radio dial to your local 99.3 and hear what some of our young people are up too … and some of our not so young folks too.

Helen Kuhl



A huge thank you

This community deserves a huge thank you. Hundreds of people showed up at St. Peter’s Episcopal Church on Sunday, April 25 in support of Elizabeth Biddle and her family. We are deeply grateful for the success of this event and amazed at the collective goodwill generated. You can hang posters, mail a letter, gather donations and cross your fingers – but there is no way to prepare for the response that we received. The event began at 4:30 p.m. By 4:45 p.m., there was a line out the door, the dining room was full and the silent auction room felt a little like the Common Ground Fair (packed). The turnout crowd continued — close to 300 were served and the event was an enormous success.

A small group of Elizabeth’s friends organized this benefit supper and silent auction and from the start the community’s response was overwhelmingly positive. Every call for volunteers, donations and support was met with “Yes!” Every person we encountered was grateful to help, to donate, or attend the event. This was testimony to the generosity of this community and also to Elizabeth’s many contributions over the years as board member, volunteer, pro bono legal counsel and friend.

Special thanks go to Johanna Tutone of Cappy’s who immediately responded with a donation of lasagna for 180, our initial estimate of servings needed. Other local businesses deserving recognition include Atlantic Baking Company and Rock City Coffee Roasters. St. Peter’s Episcopal Church graciously opened its doors and welcomed the event. It was an ideal setting and we are grateful for the generosity.

Unfortunately, it is impossible to individually acknowledge the complete list of donors and volunteers. We thank every person who helped with the supper – servers, set-up people and dishwashers. We also thank those who showed up with a pan of lasagna, greens for the salad or a homemade dessert. The Yentes brothers’ string music was the perfect accompaniment and their willingness to play in that crowded space was most appreciated.

Thanks go to every individual and business who generously donated an item for the silent auction. With over 150 items, we eventually found it necessary to stop accepting donations – a tough decision to make but a good problem to have. To those who helped with the mailing – gathering addresses, stuffing envelopes and especially to all who responded by mailing a check to the fund – thank you!

Finally, to every person who attended the event, signed the guest book, bid at the auction, or otherwise showed your support to Elizabeth and her family – we thank you. You have reminded us of our good fortune. We live in a thriving and tightly knit community, and we are grateful.

MaryBeth Pride

Lee Cote

Melissa Marchetti

Brenda Squibb

Jean Payne


Thanks for recycling

West Bay Rotary Club thanks all of the citizens of the Midcoast and beyond who participated in our very successful community project of recycling electronic waste on April 24 and May 1. Over 1,000 vehicles were off-loaded by energetic West Bay Rotarians. An estimated 100,000 pounds of electronic waste (everything from computer components to televisions large and small, cell phones and microwaves) were disposed of responsibly through eWaste Recycling Solutions, a DEP approved Maine company.

While West Bay Rotary did not benefit financially from any of the items collected, we gratefully appreciate all the generous donations by our friends in the community. The proceeds from the donations will go to local and worldwide charities.

We thank the town of Rockport for allowing us to use the parking lot of the former Rockport Elementary School, the area media for the excellent news coverage we received, and Adventure Advertising and Home Depot for their assistance.

We hope to repeat this event next year.

Gary and Roberta Walker, co-chairmen

West Bay Rotary Club


Rockport hearing

The hearing held recently by the Rockport Select Board had the effect of changing absolutely nothing. The charter still says members “… shall not have business relationships with the town for which they receive compensation.” After the hearing a motion was voted on regarding each of two members. The motion passed for one member, but not the other. Both members were then deemed to effectively remain on the board. If anyone can explain how this wasn’t all done for show, I’d like to hear it.

Kevin Shields



Hot flash

These ladies that want to walk around outdoors bare from the waist up. What is their goal? Small children see them walk down the main streets of the towns and so does the old man sitting on the town park bench. These girls are having a “hot flash.” Let’s leave it to the voters come November. Put it on the voting ballot and let’s see how the ladies in the state of Maine feel about it.

Gordon Wotton