New Hope for Women thanks those who adopted families

New Hope for Women would like to express our gratitude to the wonderful businesses and individuals who recently participated in our holiday adoption program. This program has been happening for many years and elicits incredible generosity in our Midcoast communities. All in all, we had 12 different partners adopt 16 different families.

The holiday season can be a time of stress and anxiety for families who’d like to provide something special for their children, especially since many of them — even those no longer living with violence — are still struggling financially to make ends meet. Because of the kindness and support shown by these individuals and groups, 16 families could relax, knowing their children would be opening gifts and feeling the joy of the holiday spirit.

With appreciation and thanks to the following:

The Alna General Store and many residents of Alna, The Camden Premier Inns, Coastal Orthopedics, Correct Care Solutions, LincolnHealth-Miles Radiology Department, The McCully family and friends, Mid Coast Hospital Health Information Management, Newcastle Chrysler Dealership, The Time Out Pub, The Winterport Women’s Club-GFWC, and two businesses that wish to remain anonymous.

Hannah Harter-Ives

Services Program Manager

New Hope for Women

Waldoboro comes through again for toy program

As always, the people of Waldoboro have been amazingly generous. Even though I have done this for many years, I am always impressed with how generous the people of Waldoboro are. This year’s Waldoboro Toy Program went very well, with a lot of help from you. As always, I feel very privileged to be part of such a wonderful and generous event.

We provided toys, hats and mittens to 67 children (or 26 families) this year. We started the year with $6,948.43 (as of November 2017) in the Waldoboro Toy Program account, and we spent $478.68 on toys. We raised $2,630.00. We earned $10.50 in interest for 2017. As of Jan. 10, we have $9,540.36. We will be issuing boot vouchers for children who need warm winter boots with what we have left in the account.

This year we had money donated in the names of Gordon and Dorothy Scott. Thank you to all the people who thought of the Waldoboro Toy Program in the name of their loved ones.

I would like to thank the citizens of Waldoboro who helped make this year’s Waldoboro Toy Program come together successfully. I especially want to thank the many children who donated toys so that other children could have a better Christmas. My hat is off to you all. I would like to thank the following people and businesses for their donations: The United Methodist Church and the Methodist Women’s Group, The Masons King Solomon’s Lodge, Meenagha Grange 555, Medomak Valley Senior Citizens, Charles C. Lilly Post 149 – American Legion, John and Susan Morris, Doris and Wallace Prock, Eleanor Smith, The Coastal Christian School students, The Medomak Middle School students, James Pyne, Margaret Smith, Bob Rengle, Bart Seavey, Shirley Woodcock, Mary Logue, Maine Antique Digest employees, John and Pam Blamey, Naomi Mcphee, Millard and Mary Carr, Rachel Genthner, Elaine Robbins, Alica Mortenson, Anna Carney, Ernest McDonald, The Woman’s Club, Leona Farrin, Eleanor Durgan, Robert and Donna McNally, Linda Colbath, The Waldoboro Sno-Crawlers, First National Bank, Susan and Larry Jackson.

Lastly, I would like to thank Pam Rengle for all her valuable help and moral support. I would also like to thank the Waldoboro Fire Department, Waldoboro EMS and Waldoboro Public Works for their assistance. If I missed anyone in the shuffle, I apologize and assure you that all the help was needed and greatly appreciated.

As always, I was greatly impressed with Waldoboro’s generosity, caring and giving. Without your support this program would not be possible. Thank you.

I hope the coming year brings prosperity, happiness and health to you all.

Melody Tracy

Waldoboro Toy Program

Killing lobsters makes them suffer

The Swiss government has banned the common practice of plunging fully conscious lobsters into pots of boiling water, ruling that the crustaceans must be stunned first.

Last June, Italy’s highest court ruled that restaurant kitchens must not keep live lobsters on ice, because it causes the animals to suffer unjustifiably.

Lawmakers are beginning to recognize what science is showing us (and what common sense has told us all along): Lobsters and other crustaceans are not unfeeling automatons. Recent research has shown that crabs are capable of learning and remembering information, just like other animals. If left alone, lobsters can live to be more than 100 years old. They use complicated signals to establish social relationships and can recognize individuals.

From observations of shore crabs that changed their behavior to avoid electric shocks and hermit crabs that rubbed at their own injuries, science has confirmed that these animals also feel pain. In 2005, the European Food Safety Authority concluded that crustaceans are capable of experiencing pain and distress and recommended that steps be taken to lessen their suffering when possible.

We live in a changing world, one in which animals are afforded considerations that they might have been denied in the past. Like us, lobsters and crabs value their lives and do not want to die. And the only way to make sure that we’re not contributing to their suffering is to stop eating them.

Paula Moore

The PETA Foundation

Norfolk, VA 23510