A lovely afternoon

The Teen and Young Parent Program of Knox County held its 4th annual “Glimmer of Glamour” fundraising event April 11. The Berry Manor Inn in Rockland supplied a magnificent venue for our guests to enjoy participating in a variety of spa stations, indulging in fabulous food and wine, and relaxing to the musical talent of community musicians playing in the background. The overall atmosphere was set for a lovely, serene, fun-filled afternoon. We have never seen so many relaxed and happy women! We wish to thank all who did so much to make this event a great success.

First and foremost, we wish to thank our very generous hosts, Cheryl Michaelson and Mike Laposta of the Berry Manor Inn, who donated the use of their lovely inn and its carriage house for the event. The frosting on the cake was their donation of a one night stay at their inn for one of our silent auction items. Without their generosity and assistance the event would not have been nearly as lovely and successful.

Our guests expressed their pleasure for the spa services provided by our professional practitioners, and we would like to thank the following people for their generous donations of time and talent: massages — Kristy Beverage, Hannah DeHoff, Kathleen Hastings and Dee Tidd; skin treatments — Stacy Hall; mini-facials — Susan Kelly and Meghan Wilson; makeover — Trilby Burgess; foot reflexology and treatments — Susan Miller and Cassy Camber; hair treatments — Ann Daggett and Barbara Fournier; reiki — Barbara Thomas; Bowen therapy — Nancy Dell; astrology — Ananur Forma; acupuncture — Jackie George; and manicure — Rocki Camber.

The board provided most of the delicious, abundant and decadent food and we are most grateful for the donation of supplies from Party Fundamentals and Susan Kelly.

We would also like to thank the many people and businesses that donated items and gift certificates to our magnificent silent auction. Those donating included: the Berry Manor Inn, Rheal Day Spa, Swing & Sway, Waterman’s Beach Lobster, Just Friends, Skin Klinic & Day Spa, Thomaston Yoga Studio, the Black Parrot, Leonard’s, Penobscot Bay YMCA, Seaside Salon, the Waterworks Restaurant, Amalfi’s Restaurant, the Samoset Resort, Kate McMorrow, Nancy Dell, Sandy Lowe, Donna Gray-Hanc, Mary Ostherr and Carol Sebold.

A warm thank-you goes out to some special friends of the program who helped wherever needed on the day of the event: Nadine Reimer, Caryn Drapkin, Cindi Staples, Stephanie Fullam, Claudia Williamson, Adrienne Randall and Tina Payson.

A special thank-you to Joyce Hillman, Grace Simonson, Cami Leidenfrost and Arthur Poulos for donating their time and sharing their musical talents with us.

Last but not least, we would like to thank all of the guests who participated in this event and supported our very worthwhile organization. We hope you will join us again next year, when the event will be held Sunday, April 3, 2011.

The Teen and Young Parent Program of Knox County is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to support young parents and their children through the involvement of home visiting parent education, a father’s group, play groups for young children and other social opportunities for young families. For more information on how to become involved in this program, please contact Cindi Staples at 594-1980.

Board of directors

Teen and Young Parent Program of Knox County

Heartfelt thanks

The family of Amon Vaughan would like to give their heartfelt thanks to everyone who showed their support at the Amon Vaughan Memorial Scholarship Fund Dinner. We had an overwhelming turnout at our first scholarship dinner.

We would like to give special thanks to the Appleton Volunteer Fire Department, the Hope Fire Department, the Union Fire Department, the Lincolnville Fire Department, the Camden Fire Department and rescue team, the Appleton Village School, Weavers Bakery, Borealis Breads, the Badger Cafe, Lucinda Russ, the Russo family and the Keller family. We appreciate your contributions.

We also had many beautiful desserts donated for the auction by family and friends and would like to say thank you for the time invested in making them. We look forward to giving out this year’s scholarship in memory of Amon, and thank all of you for making it happen. This is a great way to honor Amon’s memory. We look forward to next year’s scholarship dinner.

The family of Amon Vaughan

Rockport Select Board

Farley and Son have done a great deal for this area, much of it unnoticed and not recognized. Not only do they provide jobs for many people but they are actively involved in the community. Mr. Duke has served on numerous boards at the local and county levels and has provided many hours of service to these boards. The issue before us has nothing to do with personalities: it has everything to do with living within the oath taken by every board member when they take office.

Mr. Farley is serving in violation of Article II, Section 2 of the Rockport charter, which says, in part, “Select Board members shall not hold any other compensated town office or position of employment and shall not have business relationships with the town …” This is further clarified in Article VIII, Section 4-a, which states, in part, “Financial interest means having a direct or indirect stake, or by reason of ownership of stock in any corporation, in any contract with the town, by an officer, director, partner …” Mr. Farley holds the office of vice president at Farley and Son.

Mr. Duke’s situation is completely different. On April 7 he had published in the local paper a notice of a public hearing on an amendment to the town charter. Unfortunately for Mr. Duke, the vote to approve that hearing was not voted on until the 12th; either Mr. Duke acted on his own or he approved a secret meeting where a vote was taken. Either of these is a violation of the charter and, in the case of a vote, state law. This is not the first time this has happened. In March he authorized a vote to add $19,500 for the Camden First Aid Association during a workshop. This is also a violation of state law. This decision has unforeseen consequences as this money, while in the budget, cannot be spent unless a motion from the floor is made during town meeting.

I am truly concerned over Ms. Fogel’s “hardball” comment. In Philadelphia, New York or Boston, for example, politics is often a “game” and there are winners and losers. At the local level, Ms. Fogel does not seem to realize that there is no other “team.” The people she is playing “hardball” with are her constituents, the people who actually voted for her.

Unfortunately, there are no winners, just losers. The board members lose, the people who bring their concerns to the public lose, but most of all, the public loses. The people have to believe that elected officials have the best interests of the people in mind when they take office. They take a solemn oath to protect the Constitution, state law and the town charter. Every time something like this occurs it affects that trust. I can only hope these matters are resolved soon so that the next board does not have to deal with them; the issues won’t go away by themselves.

Gordon Best


Neighbors in need

Volunteers are special people who find personal fulfillment from helping others. As an employee of Spectrum Generations, I see how fortunate we are to have a large pool of volunteers who help make it financially possible to manage many free or low cost programs and services that help maturing and disabled Mainers across Central Maine live independently.

But the need doesn’t end there. There is a big need in our communities for volunteers willing to help their neighbors. Many elderly and disabled Mainers struggle with poor health or disabilities that often make it necessary for them to give up their homes and independence. Some programs and services such at the ones Spectrum Generations provides make it possible for them to stay in their homes, but they still may not be physically able to do a lot of the heavy chores, or have a network of relatives or friends that can drive them to the grocery story or doctors appointments.

Look out your window with new eyes and you may notice that Mrs. Smith’s home is looking unkempt, and you know she is just getting by on her Social Security. Maybe you are just noticing that Mr. Jones’ lawn is overgrown and he has a broken window patched up with plastic. These could be indications that they can no longer do these types of things themselves, and may not be able to afford to hire someone to do them.

There are many ways you can help. Consider dropping by to see if your neighbor could use a little help with the heavy cleaning or mowing the lawn. Pull together a group of neighbors and make a day of washing your neighbor’s windows, or sprucing up their yard. Get your kids involved in helping an elderly neighbor and let them feel the satisfaction of helping others. Work with your town government to set up a program to help the elderly and disabled in your community.

We all get caught up in our own busy lives – working, shuffling the kids around and maintaining our own homes. Lend a helping hand to your neighbors in need and you may find that you get back as much enjoyment as you give.

Holly Couture

Spectrum Generations