Walk for Fukushima

The walkers for Fukushima began their journey in Rockland on Sept. 4 and have been gathering energy and support, including new walkers, along the way. Mie Athearn, a Japanese woman living in Rockland and a native of Fukushima prefecture, has undertaken a 16-day Walk for Fukushima, more than 200 miles, to deliver a message to the Japanese Consulate in Boston appealing to the Japanese government to take stronger actions to protect children from increasing radiation dangers in the wake of the Fukushima Daiichi disaster.

Athearn is joined by her husband, Steven, and Jun Yasuda of the Grafton, N.Y., Peace Pagoda and others who have committed to walk part of the way. The walk partly coincided with a series of anti-nuclear actions in Japan culminating in a “goodbye nukes” rally in Tokyo on Sept. 19. The walkers participated in the Sept. 11 vigil in Portland and in another vigil at Seabrook Station nuclear power plant in New Hampshire on Sept. 16.

Mie is thankful for all the help and support she has received from individuals who have joined the walk, provided food and housing, and transportation of supplies, have organized gatherings, and many other helps during her journey. For more information contact Steve or Mie Athearn, 207-691-6882, sathearn@msn.com, or mkathearn@mail.goo.ne.jp.

A whale of a time

On Sept. 11, the 150 passengers aboard Cap’n Fish’s Whale Watch Pink Lady II spotted a blue whale approximately 15 miles south of Boothbay Harbor. While other species of whales are common off our shores blue whales are not known to travel into the Gulf of Maine very often. The whale appeared to be “logging” or sleeping. Every five to eight minutes the whale would surface to breathe and then return to a shallow depth just beneath the surface of the water. The blue whale is not only the largest whale in the ocean, but is also the largest mammal in the world.

From Vinalhaven’s View

The seas were still running deep swells following a string of eastbound tropical storms, and a lobsterboat was heaved onto the rocks on Vinalhaven. Seaweed and debris is clogging the area, creating navigational hazards out that way.

Kenny back on the docks, down south

The Palm Beach Daily News, in Florida, had a nice article about former Rockport Harbormaster Kenny Kooyenga, who is now dockmaster in Palm Beach. Kenny, who grew up in Red Bank, N.J., around boats, keeps his roots now in Camden, where his family is, but is working for the town of Palm Beach. The marina has 84 slips, according to the Palm Beach Daily News, and the operation is run by the town’s recreation department. The article cites his experience in mediating disputes, including those among lobstermen, and the search and rescue part of the job. The article also said that the Palm Beach town docks earned $3 million last year, with a net income of $2.1 million. How about that, Rockport?

Good luck, Kenny!