Community responds to Christchurch

On Sunday, March 17, in response to the mass shootings at two mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand, two days before, the people gathered for worship at Nativity Lutheran Church, Rockport, prayed “Move us to end hate and make your world whole.” Believing we can no longer remain silent, we, the undersigned, speak out now to condemn hatred, bigotry, racism and violence whenever and wherever it occurs.

We do so because all people are made in the image of God. We do so because our faith calls us to use our voices for change. We mourn the loss of life in Christchurch. We stand in solidarity with and support of Muslims around the world now living in fear that their houses of worship and prayer may be targets of hatred and violence. We realize that hatred of any sort does not develop in a vacuum. We must reject hate-fueled fear and speak out against white supremacy. We must speak and act in love toward those we see as different. We call upon community members, neighbors, and friends — of all faiths or none — to do the same.

The Rev. Wendy J. Anderson, Thomaston

Lydia Bendas, Union

Steven Bendas, Union

Carol M. Brazier, Waldoboro

Bruce and Sherry Cobb, Union

Sue and Bob Dawson, Tenants Harbor

Linda and Steve Downer, South Thomaston

Suzette Gilbert, Belfast

Donald Gjertsen, South Thomaston

Ken and Beth Guiseley, Hope

The Rev. Elaine Hewes, Blue Hill

Michael Hewes, Blue Hill

The Rev. Bonnie Hoffman, Lincolnville

Arleigh and Byron Huntley, Camden

Tina Huntley, Camden

Elaine Isakson, Rockland

Betty G. Long, Rockland

Theodore E. Long, Rockland

The Rev. Ralph Miller, Rockport

Mimi Moore, Thomaston

Jane Monhart, Lincolnville Center

Julie Moser, Camden

Russell Moser, Camden

Kimberly Murphy, Lincolnville

Dick and Judy Pelletier, Tenants Harbor

Donna Perry, Hope

The Rev. John Rafter, Camden

Michele Rafter, Camden

Richard Scanlon, Union

Harold Shields, Rockland

Stacey Shields, Rockland

Denise and Mark Stadler

Lynne Taylor, Camden

Marty Taylor, Camden

Ann Walker, Owls Head

Frederick J. Walker, Owls Head


Mussel Ridge Hoops says thanks

Over the past weekend, teams from St. George, Rockland, Thomaston Camden and Cushing participated in the 24th annual Mussel Ridge Hoops Tournament. This year’s event was a huge success as usual and would not have been possible without the collective efforts of many, many individuals and businesses. I would like to thank the following for their selfless contributions that allowed nearly 70 second-, third- and fourth-graders to experience first-rate competition and hospitality, while raising more than $5,000 for the St. George Recreation Boosters, who support recreational offerings for the young people of St. George.

Thank you: St. George Town Office staff, particularly Patty St. Clair; St. George School staff, particularly Jan Letourneau, Randy Elwell, Cheryl Worthing and Janet Harjula; St. George Recreation Committee – Missy Gill, Meghan Benner, Gary Minery, Summer Ward, Cassie Kilbride, Jaime MacCaffray, Bryan Morse and Brandon Caron; community members Cindy Hall, Davin Putansu, Dan Miller, Jeanne Andreasen, Gerry Cushman, Michael Cushman; and innumerable people who donated food or their time to help.
Thanks to business sponsors: The Black Harpoon, Beckett’s Auto Service, Wa2Much Trucking, Midcoast Diesel, Benner Tree Service, Maritime Energy, Hutchinson Composites, Brooks Trap Mill, Superior Bait and Salt, Maine Coast Petroleum, The Miller Family, St. George Realty, Port Clyde Co-Op, J.K. Kalloch, G.C. Minery Plumbing and Heating, Granite Gardens, Clark Island Boat, Fuller Chevrolet, Mainely Boats, Hoppe’s Tree Service, Gill Timber Frame, Heal Accounting, Cushman Creative, Monhegan Boat, Strong Agency, Pietroski Electric, Fusion Audio/Video, Trackside Restaurant, Tenants Harbor Fishermen’s Co-Op, P.E. Handyman and Builders, Bean Group Real Estate Network, Hammer Down Construction, First National Bank, Puffins’ Nest, St. George Community Sailing, St. George Community Development, J.D. Miller Construction, TJ’s Lite Excavation, DJ Dan Miller, Linda Bean Vacation Properties, Perle Photography, Wiggins Meat Market, Rockland Ford, Midcoast Duct Cleaning, Neighbor to Neighbor, Onyx Worx Fitness, True Hall Realty, Ridge Forge Metalwork and Maine Printing.

Thanks also to Mark Haskell for his tournament coverage. Finally, a sincere thank-you to the players, coaches and fans for their help in making Mussel Ridge a success. What a great team effort by all involved.

Ben Vail
St. George Parks and Recreation