Thank You Graffam Bros. Harborside Restaurant

On Tuesday, March 26, P.A.W.S. Animal Adoption Center was the beneficiary of Graffam Bros. Harborside Restaurant’s Community Connections night. For the past 10 weeks the Graffam family has been donating 50 percent of their food proceeds to a different nonprofit on Tuesday night and P.A.W.S. was very pleased and proud to be chosen as one of the recipients.

The board and staff at P.A.W.S. are very thankful for the $986.24 given to us for the evening and are happy to announce that after adding in the dollar bills and change left in the donation boxes on the bar, more than $1,000 was raised! This is money that will be spent on food and medicine for the cats and dogs in our care and we are deeply appreciative to everyone who came out to support us last Tuesday.

It’s wonderful to live in a community that is so generous to the local nonprofit organizations that are working hard to affect change in the world.

Lisa Dresser

Administrative Director

P.A.W.S. Animal Adoption Center


Keep Rockport library in the village

Last week I attended an informational meeting for the proposal to build a new 14,000 square foot Rockport Library on the former West Street school site. To put this size building in to perspective it is almost four times the size of the current library and is projected to cost between $4.5 and $5.5 million. Yikes, that's a lot of money for our small town of just 3,200 to support. It is hard to understand why we need a new library 40 percent larger than both Camden and Rockland's libraries, whose populations are far larger — 5,200 and 7,200 respectively. Additionally, our population has not grown appreciably since the 2000 census.

Now I know the library model is changing and some would say libraries are now "Community Centers" whereby we need to provide space for childcare, private rooms for people to get tax consultation and legal advice and have large meeting rooms. Maybe we do need some of these services but not on the West Street side. Even the Rockport Library's own focus group unequivocally said, keep the library in the village. Sure, the present site is not without its challenges but it is the right location. The Lucadia Co. has recognized the value of the village and is spending millions of dollars to restore the down town into a vibrant space. Why would we want to abandon our downtown just when it is experiencing a renaissance?

I think the process has gotten ahead of itself and needs to refocus on making the current site work. Just look how Camden made a more difficult site work for them and, for that matter, Rockland and Belfast did the same. They all remained in the center of town. Do you see a trend here? So let's take a pause and at least be offered an alternative to a massive and very costly expansion.

Bill Leone