Support for school board candidate

We have known Eliza Haselton for over 15 years and we wholeheartedly endorse her candidacy for the school board representing Rockport. She has been actively involved with her children’s schooling from preschool through high school. She has worked as a frequent classroom and extracurricular volunteer throughout the public system, and was employed as a teacher at the preschool level for five years. She is very knowledgeable of all the grades, their strengths and weaknesses, and of many of the teachers and administrators. She knows how to get things done in a respectful and effective way. She understands the value of a strong, well-rounded curriculum. She believes that organized athletic and artistic programming are essential components of that curriculum. She is a business owner and knows that quality and cost-efficiency of a program are mutually compatible ideas. Over the years, she has also served her community on the boards of Peopleplace, the Ski Club and the Teen Center, and volunteered with Youth Arts and high school hockey. In short, we believe Eliza is the best candidate for this open position and hope many of you will agree and show your support for her at the polls in June.

Taylor Allen and Martha White
West Rockport

Thank you

We want to thank everyone who helped make our Gibbs Library Garage, Plant & Book Sale a huge success. Through the efforts of many hands, and many patrons, we raised almost half of our annual operating budget at the May 14 event.

Our Washington community was tireless in donating time and energy to the garage sale. We had volunteers who spent countless hours digging, pricing, potting plants, sorting, carting, selling and then cleaning up at the end. We want to thank the fire station for allowing us to use their space. A big thanks to Peg and Leo Hobbs for coordinating the plants and Liane Chapman for organizing the books. It was a wonderful community effort and it is really something to make us all proud of our successful library. Last but not least, thank you to all who donated items and especially to those who came and patronized our sale.

Paulette Oboyski, Gibbs Library president
Carol Sloane, garage sale chairperson

Food collection by U.S Postal Service a success

Again area resident have made food donations and the U.S. Postal Service employees have generously donated their time and effort to make the May 14 food collection a success. We estimate that 1,500 pounds of food now rest on the shelves of the Camden Area Christian Food Pantry as a result of the drive.

As we experience higher prices for the food we distribute and increased utilization of our services by members of the communities we serve (Appleton, Camden, Hope, Lincolnville, Rockport, Searsmont, Union and Washington) the addition of the food donated by local folks and collected by the USPS personnel is indeed needed and most welcome.

We can’t name all who contributed food but we do thank each and every one of you. We can acknowledge Camden Postmaster Scott Boardman, Tom Orcutt, who headed the drive, and the Camden Post Office carriers and other co-workers for their part in helping to feed our fellow citizens.

We are open to serve the public Tuesdays from 8 to 11 a.m. and Thursdays from 4 to 6 p.m. Our pantry is located at 128 Mount Battie St. (off Washington Street) in Camden.

Jane Bennett and Pauline Johnstone, co-presidents
Camden Area Christian Food Pantry Board

Stamping out hunger

I want to thank the Lincolnville and Northport residents, businesses, and postal employees who pitched in to make the May 14, 2011, National Association of Letter Carriers Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive an overwhelming success. It is extremely gratifying to see the community and the Lincolnville postal team work together to re-stock the local food pantry shelves and provide assistance to some of our neighbors that may need a helping hand.

The results of the Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive certainly speak volumes about the community’s generosity and the caring attitude of our employees who worked hard to collect those food donations. As postmaster, I see the food drive as a reflection of the tradition and spirit of community service that postal employees demonstrate every day.

Congratulations to the community and the Lincolnville postal team for their efforts on May 14 to help Stamp Out Hunger.

Bradley A. Penniman, postmaster