Throwing the book at ’em

For the second year in a row, the telephone company has left my appraisal business out of the phone book. This, after many years of advertising with them, and the assurance after the first year that it would not happen again. They have offered me a pittance for this gross error. On Sept. 2 I will fire them. I will be using my cell phone and email only after that date. Please see my ad published on Wednesdays in this paper, under Appraisals, in the Midcoast Service Directory.

Marvon W. Hupper

Port Clyde


The end of The Elf Network

I am writing to let the community know that the Elf Network, which has provided Thanksgiving and Christmas meals to home-bound patients of Kno-Wal-Lin Home Care and Hospice for the past six years, has closed.

Everyone gets knocked to his or her knees at some point in life. The Elf Network wanted to offer a hand up for the toughest time of the year. The Elf Network dinners, 100 percent donated by some of the best chefs in the area, were designed to be a hand up, not a hand out, and there was always enough food to last these folks a couple days.

We were lucky enough to have many giving souls who helped out over the years, people who stepped up with gifts for those who would have had nothing for Christmas without them. There were drivers who helped distribute all the meals and who got to see the tears of relief. There were a core staff of volunteer chefs who stuck by me for six years, not only donating food but cooking it and creating portions for each family. Back in their kitchens, they didn’t get to see the joy their food brought to so many.

The following folks believe part of sustaining their business is helping to sustain all parts their community. I wish I had the money to do something really nice for these folks, for all they have done for the Elf Network but I do not. Please join me in thanking Johanna Tutone, of Cappy’s Chowder House; Kerry Altiero, of Cafe Miranda; David Cooke and Nancy Wood, of Amalfi On The Water; Melissa Kelly and Prince Kushner, of Primo Restaurant; and last, but least, Mike Smallidge, of The Black Bull.

Those folks have big hearts and are awesome. To me, these folks are The Best Of The Best Volunteers whom anyone could ask for. I am so proud and humbled to know them. I am lucky to call these folks my friends.

It is my hope that Kno-Wal-Lin patients will not be forgotten in the years to come. I enjoyed working with Mike Rich and Prudy Netzorg of Kno-Wal-Lin. They do good work.

Thank you to all who helped make Elf Network for six years. You all did good work!

Betsy Rich

The Elf Network




Let it go

Let’s leave Cindy Blodgett alone. Every time you read about her in the sports pages, the media uses the word “fired.” We all know that, but the media doesn’t have to remind us each time. You are all happy now because Richard Barron is the new girls basketball coach. Let’s give him a little time and see how much progress he will make with the girls basketball team at the University of Maine.

Gordon Wotton