Pictures worth 1,000 thank yous

A very big and grateful thank you to the kind woman who turned my lost camera into the police station on Tuesday morning last week. It was such a relief to have it back, not only for the camera, but for irreplaceable photos taken. Many Thanks!

Margery Dean Webb

Camden

 

Support vaccination legislation

The Midcoast region is home to many intelligent, highly educated residents. They’re not afraid to ask questions or make their own decisions. In many ways, this is excellent. Unfortunately, it can lead to some poor decisions as well.

For those of us who aren’t educated in the hard sciences, it’s all too easy to believe the negative hype surrounding vaccines and leave children vulnerable to preventable diseases. This not only endangers the children whose parents refuse vaccines, but the elderly, the immunocompromised, pregnant women, and babies who are too young to be vaccinated.

We have a chance to change this. Contact your legislators and show your support of bill HP 464. This bill still allows parents to exercise the freedom of refusal, but it insists that they learn the facts about the remarkable benefits of immunizations first. Armed with these facts, parents can make better decisions for their children, and children can attend school without fear of catching a terrible and preventable disease.

Chelsea Kidd

Camden

 

A thought on gun ban laws

A person steals guns,

(WHICH IS AGAINST THE LAW),

shoots and kills his own mother

(WHICH IS AGAINST THE LAW),

transports these guns loaded

(WHICH IS AGAINST THE LAW),

brings guns onto school property

(WHICH IS AGAINST THE LAW),

Breaks into the school

(WHICH IS AGAINST THE LAW),

discharges the weapons within city limits

(WHICH IS AGAINST THE LAW),

murders 26 people

(WHICH IS AGAINST THE LAW),

and commits suicide.

And there are people in this country that somehow think passing ANOTHER LAW banning guns would protect us from someone like this.

If you haven’t noticed, people like this are not concerned about breaking laws — they only care about fulfilling their own twisted agenda.

The only people that a gun ban law would impact are the law abiding citizens, which will only serve to cripple the ability to protect ourselves.

Gene Graves

Rockport

 

Get involved with budgets

I’m writing to extend an invitation to all of the residents and taxpayers of Lincolnville to attend the final three Budget Committee Meetings of the 2013/2014 town of Lincolnville budget cycle. The dates and topics of these meetings are as follows:

March 19, 7 p.m.: Selectmen presentation of the town budget to the Budget Committee

April 23, 6:30 p.m.: Budget Committee public hearing to discuss both the municipal budget and the Lincolnville school budget

May 1, 6:30 p.m.: Budget Committee recommendations on the municipal budget

This year there are a number of very active and important issues facing Lincolnville residents. These include an expected cut in funding from the state, a significant increase in the annual request from Camden First Aid Association, provider agency funding and the upcoming vote on a change to the town charter that would eliminate the requirement for the town to have a police department.

Attending these meetings will give you the opportunity to have your voice heard on these issues and any other budget issue you might have prior to the Budget Committee making their final recommendation to the town of Lincolnville.

Thank you in advance.

Tom Wilhelm

Chairman, Lincolnville Budget Committee

 

Fiesta Guatemala an incredible success

The MidCoast ChangeMakers would like to extend a huge thank you to those who attended the Fiesta Guatemala on Sunday, March 3, at the Congregational Church in Camden! This event was an incredible success. Many thanks go to the constant support we have received from our community, friends, family, local businesses, Camden Rotary and West Bay Rotary clubs. Because of your support and generosity, we have reached our fundraising goal of $40,000!

We would also like to extend our most heartfelt thanks to our families for their support and encouragement. Special thanks go out to Chloe Isis-Bahoosh and Clio Berta for their brilliant, edgy and creative music and to the CHRHS most prestigious and accomplished a cappella group the OffBeats for their entertaining performance. Many thanks to the team of parents who worked tirelessly preparing a yummy, authentic Guatemalan meal for us to enjoy. Last but not least, thank you to all of the many people and businesses who so generously donated everything from beautiful, original artwork, photography sessions and schooner sails to a basket of yarn for our silent auction.

We have gathered our art supplies and have completed our teaching plan for our multi-dimensional, self-reflection project with the young people of Safe Passage — visit safepassage.org — in Guatemala City. For those of you who are not familiar with the Safe Passage program, Safe Passage provides educational opportunities and integrated health and social development services for 535 children, ages 1 to 21, from about 300 families working in and around the Guatemala City garbage dump. In addition, the program meets regularly with parents, integrates parent volunteer work, and offers Adult Literacy classes for parents.

We will be in Guatemala from March 15 to March 25. You can keep in touch with us on Facebook at facebook.com/midcoastchangemakers. To share our experience at Safe Passage with the community that made it all happen, we will host a presentation later this spring. Keep your eyes open for further information on this inspirational event!

The MidCoast ChangeMakers is a collaboration of The MidCoast Interact Club and The Rig led by Karen Hansen and Nicole Marie Fuller. The MidCoast Interact Club is a community based club and is co-sponsored by West Bay Rotary and Camden Rotary. Interact is a Rotary sponsored nonprofit, nonpolitical, international service organization for 12 – 18 year old youth. The Rig is a meeting place for young adults (in the ninth-12th grade) that provides opportunity for our local area youth to develop connection – with themselves, with one another and with the community.

For more information, please contact the MidCoast ChangeMakers or MidCoast Interact Club at 236-7773 or email midcoastinteractclub@gmail.com. You can contact The Rig at 230-1193 or email therigcamden@gmail.com.

Thank you all so very much!

Abby White

Addie Drinkwater

Allison Warren

Biz Pree

Caroline Albertson

Clio Berta

Dakota Hanke-Ledwith

Ebby LeMar

Emma Berryman-Moore

Hannah Lacasse

Kiera Haining

Lexi Doudera

Lindsey Brown

Madalyn Davis

Maya Sosland

Natalie Hamalainen

Zia Sulick