Will post notice

In her letter to the editor (Herald Gazette, May 4, 2011), Patrisha McLean raised valid concerns about the need for Coastal Mountains Land Trust to notify users of its Rheault Trail, off Molyneaux Road, about the application of chemical pesticides on the private blueberry fields over which the trail passes. We agree that visitors should know when agricultural management chemicals are being applied to these fields. Though we have posted notice in prior years and at times closed the trail when agricultural management actions were taken, we did not receive notification that an application of fungicide was scheduled for early May and thus did not post notice or close the trail at that time.

We remain committed to ensuring that the Rheault Trail is properly posted so that visitors are aware of the use of chemicals on the blueberry fields. Currently, we are working with the owner of the blueberry farm to develop a farm and trail management plan that will establish management actions and confirm the procedure for providing the public with notice of such activities. Visitors to the trail in the future will find signs alerting them to any farm activities relevant to their safe enjoyment of the trail.

McLean’s letter also suggests that we should require that farmland under conservation easement be managed by organic practices. We support and encourage land owners to use organic methods. On land we own and farm, such as at the Beech Hill Preserve in Rockport, we are using certified organic blueberry practices. However, we do not own the land over which the Rheault Trail passes. We hold a donated conservation easement on this farmland which allows for agriculture as long as such activities are in compliance with current best management practices issued by the University of Maine Cooperative Extension Service or the U.S. Department of Agriculture Natural Resources Conservation Service. These practices include the use of approved agricultural chemicals. As a result, under the terms of the conservation easement we hold, it is simply not within our legal rights to require organic practices on the farm. The easement conserves a broad set of public benefits beyond the farmland, including more than 70 acres of forest, several streams within the Megunticook watershed, incredible scenic views to the surrounding mountains, wildlife habitat, and public access to a beautiful place to hike.

As a final note, it is important to remember the landowner’s extraordinarily generous donation of the conservation easement and trail right that was made to Coastal Mountains Land Trust in order to permanently protect and allow the public to enjoy the natural, scenic, and agricultural resources of this beautiful property. Looking ahead, we will continue to honor that generosity, encourage responsible farm practices, and provide notice to users of the trail when necessary.


Ian Stewart, stewardship director

Coastal Mountains Land Trust



Glimmer of Glamour thanks many

The Board of Directors of the Teen and Young Parent Program of Knox, Lincoln and Sagadahoc counties, would like to thank the many businesses, community members and practitioners for making the Fifth Annual Glimmer of Glamour fundraiser a huge success. Special thanks to Cheryl Michaelson and Mike LaPosta for their hospitality at the Berry Manor Inn and the music provided by Grace Simonson, Arthur Poulos and Joyce Hillman was wonderful.

Thank you to the many practitioners for sharing skills: Joanne Bailey-Alexander, Guys and Dolls; Gretchen Barratt, Gretchen’s Just Right Touch; Polly Beck, reflexology; Rocki Camber, Absolute Styles; Cassie Camber, foot pressure point massage; Patti Spaulding, Mid-Coast Aesthetic Enhancements; Ananur Forma, astrological reading; Debbie Gagne, spiritual reading; Kathleen Hastings, LMT; Cathy Knowles, LMT; Nancy Mason-Allen and Laura Collard, Sogno Salon; Susan Miller, reflexology; Amy Mitchell LMT, Lucy Pincince, reiki; Becca Swan and Dee Tidd, LMT.

Thank you to the community members for all their time and efforts: Pat Smith, Brooke Hallett, Frances Bray-Bateman, Jordon Stephens, Ruth Griffin, Claudia Williamson and Corinne Wilson.

Thank you to all the local businesses for their gracious donations: Amalfi’s, Bridal Bouquet Floral, Cedar Street Preschool, Chamber Jewelers, David Scriven-Crowley, Savage Oakes Winery, Domino’s Pizza, Downeast Magazine, Davene Fahy, Guys and Dolls, fourTWELVE, Just Friends, Jensen’s Pharmacy, Lindsay Street Flowers, Mid-Coast Family Dentistry, Northport Music Theater, Pen Bay YMCA, Planet Toys, Rockport Marine, Shepard’s Pie, Skin Klinic & Day Spa, Splatter Kids, Smile Concepts, Swing and Sway Dancing, Tim Hortons, The Market Basket, Shaw’s, Hannaford, the Brown Bag, Bells and Whistles Catering, Party Fundamentals, Farnsworth Art Museum, the Grasshopper Shop, Heartfelt Farms, Hoboken Gardens, Rock City Coffee, Thomaston, Yoga Studio, Thrive on Wellness, Waterworks Restaurant, Chartrand Imports, Mid-Coast Aesthetic Enhancements, the Royal Academy of Music, Black Parrot, Maine Gold Pancake House, Serenity and From This Day Forward Make-up Service.

The following groups were a wonderful support of getting the word out to the community: Amanda Austin on WRFR 93.3 and 99.3, Village Soup/Herald Gazette, Midcoast Beacon/Maineville, the Free Press, WERU 89.9 (radio station), Bangor Daily News, the Coastal Journal.

Your contributions are critical to the success of our program, again thank you.

TYPP Governing Board of Directors


Fashion show thanks

WRFR would like to thank the following businesses and individuals for making WRFR’s Third Annual Fashion Show and Silent Auction a success.

Thank you to the ladies of Heavenly Threads, Helen Kuhl, Jean Cox, and Melissa Chapman,  for assembling another classy collection of vintage and contemporary clothing for the runway. Thank you Sierra, Johanna and Dee, of the Grasshopper Shop, for lending your cute clothes, shoes and accessories for the evening since 2009!

Thank you to Cynthia McGuirl, of Dancing Blanket, for bringing your artistic touch to the stage and for the beautiful purses for the auction. Thank you, Orlando Johnson, for bringing your unique designs for a second year and for your support and enthusiasm for the show. Thank you, Gianna Short and Nicole Marie Fuller, of See Line Apparel, for joining us for the first time this year.

Thank you to all of the models: Clio Berta, Devin Fletcher, Katrina Schirrielle, Heather Steeves, Coretta Cooper, Eleanor Greer, Willow Hall, Julia Holt, Hester Khol, Kit Macchi, Gilliad Munden, Sierra Pettee, Leah Simmons, and Kathleen Starrs. Thank you JoAnne Bailey of Guys and Dolls and Maxine Buretta for the beautifully done hair and makeup.

Thank you, Bonnie Farmer Photography, for the excellent photos and Craig Mathieson of Maine Coast TV for filming the event.

Thank you, Joelle Albury and Holly House, for keeping things together backstage. Thank you, Ronald Van Heeswig, for assembling the unbreakable catwalk and co-hosting the event. Thank you, Seth, for joining the stage crew! Thank you, Tom Albury, for lights and sound. Thank you, Gale Albury, for manning the food and Carol Anne Pretzel for taking tickets (and the inspiration for “Right Said Fred”!). Thank you, David Bragdon, for rocking the runway and Clio and Hanna Berta for the beautiful music.

Thank you, Barry Pretzel and Kyle Swan, for the first successful live broadcast of the Fashion Show! Thank you, Jewett Universal Media Productions, for editing the television ad.

Thank you, Ananur Forma, Jo Lindsay and Joe Steinberger for your continued support. Thank you, Angela Anderson Pomerleau, for welcoming us at the Lincoln Street Center for a third year.

Thank you, Kim Hynd, for the decadent truffles, and Cynthia Motian McGuirl and Debbie Loffer for delicious hors oeuvres. Thank you, Amato’s for the pasta, Sweets & Meats and the Brown Bag for the pastries and cookies, and State of Maine Cheese for the cheese!

Thank you, TEA printers, for the posters, flyers, and tickets. Thank you, Village Soup, for the extra advertisement, Holly Vanorse for the Scene article, and the editors of the Free Press for supporting our press campaign.

Thank you, Jim Loffer, for putting together another successful silent auction and all the businesses and individuals who contributed to the auction: fourTWELVE, Glendaragh Lavender The Fragrance Farm, Heavenly Threads, Mind Body Nutrition, Holly Noonan, Rankin’s Hardware and Building Supply, Simply Yoga, Gail Ribeck, Christine Murphy, Willow Hall, Yoga With Rachel Nixon, Ananur Forma, Jonathan Frost Custom Framing, Dancing Blanket, Polly Fink, Small Wonder Framing, Archipelago, The Leather Bench, Camden Bagel Café, Waterfront Restaurant, Jim Loffer, Woodsound Studio, The Owl and Turtle Bookshop, and the Strand Theater.

Thank you all. Without your support we couldn’t have done this for a third year!

Rachel and Joelle Albury

(a.k.a. Jo and Cheech)



Pension is security

For more than 30 years, I served some of the most vulnerable people in our communities. As a licensed social worker, I worked mostly in child welfare but also with adults with mental illness seeking employment. I also worked with adults with developmental disabilities.

Despite the problems, even the dangers and emotional stress, I always considered it a privilege to work for the public good on behalf of the state of Maine. I’m grateful to have had a rewarding career.

When I retired, I thought that I understood what my pension and retirement would be. But now Gov. Paul LePage is trying to take back many of the benefits I earned and thought I could count on.

Although I have worked in the private sector at a few jobs, I will not be allowed to collect any Social Security, either my own or any of my husbands. My pension is my only security.

What the governor is trying to do to retired public workers is wrong. Their pensions are not a piggy bank to be emptied to pay for the tax breaks he wants to give to Maine’s wealthiest residents. I called my state legislators and asked them to pass a balanced budget in which everyone, not just retirees, make sacrifices. Please ask your state legislators to do the same.

Peggy Rice



Not missing the end of the world

Did you hear that a U. S. preacher warns that end of the world is nigh? If you’ve heard over and over for the past 60 years that the world was going to end next week you might agree with me that it’s about time for an updated, carefully calculated end of the world. The preacher has given us a date. So let’s mark it on our calendars to ensure we don’t miss it. I’ll be watching it on television as I’m too old to climb up on the housetop.

The willingness many people have to believe anything if they hear it enough times reminds me that in World War II when American forces were rapidly moving toward Berlin, Albert Speer, German Minister of Armaments and War Production but far from being a Nazi, was busily scampering around the front lines trying to save what he could of the German infrastructure. Hitler had ordered that everything — bridges, factories, houses, barns, food, animals — be destroyed. Speer was risking his life to save millions of people who would starve as a result of a scorched earth. While waiting for a flat to be repaired on his car, he stood at the roadside talking with a farmer (who didn’t realize who Speer was). The farmer said he wasn’t afraid of the advancing Americans. He had heard over and over on the radio that the Wehrmacht had a secret weapon that was going to turn the tide in the favor of Germany at the last minute.

Of course, the Germans were forbidden under penalty of death to listen to any broadcast that originated outside of Germany, so for years that farmer had only heard lies on the radio. Thank goodness that could never happen here.

Anyway, I plan to sit up if I have to because I don’t want to miss this latest end of the world thing, do you?  So far I’ve been invited to an End of the World Party and a Post Rapture Looting, both of which I politely declined. When it’s over, those of us who are left can go back to NASCAR and the Real Housewives of Matinicus.

The humble Farmer

Robert Skoglund

St. George