Thank you for your help

The family of Joshua Clapp would like to thank all of those who took part in the recovery of our son’s body from the Simonton Quarry in Rockport July 27, 2021.

We wish to thank the Camden and Rockport police and Fire departments and those from the Maine Warden Service who worked long hours that day to provide closure for our family.

We are forever grateful for all that each one did. Thank you all so much.

Eric Clapp

Rockport

Change

I grew up in Camden; there have been a lot of changes in the last 60 years. Camden is not the same town I grew up in, but I have long ago gotten used to that. I grew up in a mill town; the men, on break at their work at the Knox Woolen Company, would yell down to us on the sidewalk, “Get a haircut!” The proper response was “Get a job!” Those mill jobs are all gone now; is that a good thing? I honestly don’t know.

It is a good thing, though, that we have a sewage treatment plant. The toilet paper used to wash back and forth in the waves at Sandy Beach at low tide. It’s now called Laite Beach and the water is clean.

I miss having the high school in downtown Camden. I miss that connection with our young people. Is it a good thing they now go to school at a mall outside town? Change is a mixed blessing.

You know one thing that makes Camden extraordinary? The people who live here have chosen to live here. That makes an incalculable difference to my hometown. Camden is a better place because people make a choice and are willing to pay a premium in cold weather and lower wages for the choice of living in Maine.

So, change is not an enemy, change is just change. Sometimes we can choose and guide change. Sometimes we can’t. When we can, we owe it to ourselves to choose wisely.

I’ve been musing on the Montgomery Dam issue. It seems to me gratuitous to destroy something so beautiful and iconic.

Ken Gross
Camden

Foolish Dam Removal Project

I’ve read with dismay details of the proposal to remove the Montgomery Dam at the head of the harbor, and ask myself ‘Why?”

In recent memory (and even more distant memory) there has been no record of the downtown flooding because of the river. Removing the Montgomery Dam wouldn’t relieve that even if there was a chance of flooding. The dam has sluice gates which are opened when the level of the river starts to rise, so there would be no rise in the depth of the river as it goes through town.

To my knowledge, the Megunticook has never been a salmon river. Correct me if I’m wrong. The first dams across the lower river were built in the 1700s just after the town was settled (by the Richards family). They were basically sawmills and later served other water-driven industries until the Knox Mill ceased operations in the late 1980s or 90s.

Has anyone considered the silt buildup behind any of the dams, especially the larger dams?? It’s toxic after all the years of industry along the river. Is that toxic soil going to be dredged up and removed? And to where? And at what cost? Otherwise, it will end up in the Harbor.

I am in full support of clean rivers and opposed to pollution of any kind, but I fail to see how removing these dams will benefit the town of Camden. As said by many before, the river, as is, is a tourist attraction and brings the town revenue. It is an extremely historic area for the town. The river’s mouth is well above sea level, so I don’t see how removing the dams will fend off rising sea levels.

It seems as though the town has received a grant from the Federal Government and is desperate to find a way to spend it.

Jo Ann Simon
Camden