Save the dam petition

On behalf of our Save the Dam Falls Committee, I would like to thank the hundreds of Camden voters who have already signed our petition “to protect, preserve, maintain, and repair” the Montgomery Dam near Harbor Park.

Our goal is to prevent the needless destruction, or removal, of this historic dam, and the beautiful waterfall that cascades over it and into Camden Harbor. It’s heartening to discover that so many of our neighbors agree with us, that the dam and waterfall are part of Camden’s identity, that they should be preserved and cherished for future generations.

Our plan is to keep collecting more signatures over the winter, to keep informing Camden residents about why the dam and waterfall should be preserved, and to make sure the voters of Camden get to decide what they want.

Ray Andresen

Camden

Stick to the issues

As a resident of Camden with property on the Megunticook River’s lagoon above the Knowlton Dam, I’ve been trying to keep up with the ongoing debate about opening up the watershed by removing some of the river’s old industrial obstructions, most specifically, the Montgomery Dam that creates the falls at the head of the harbor. To better educate myself about this complicated and increasingly contentious issue, I have read the Interfleuve Report, attended Select Board Meetings and the Open-Air Workshop in the Harbor Park on Oct. 14, and been present at several meetings of the Save the Dam Falls Committee.

I’ve also tried to read as many as possible of the opinion letters on the matter in various local media and have been surprised by the tone of a lot of pro-removal pieces, which have often, for reasons I don’t understand, accused Dam supporters of dishonest statements and tactics. Also bothersome is the tendency of many pro-removal letters to introduce irrelevant issues into the discussion, such as sea level rise (no connection with the Montgomery Dam), sea fish access (compatible with the Dam through fish ladders), the library park wall (a matter for the library trustees, not the town), etc.

I think that it would be helpful if, in the future, the supporters of removing the Montgomery Dam would stick to real watershed issues and leave out the inclusion of above-mentioned irrelevant matters. They should also put an end to their attempts to defame the supporters of keeping the Montgomery Dam (who, from my encounters with them, are all well-meaning and sincere people with rational reasons for wanting to keep the dam). Such arguments are not doing the pro-removal cause any good. Let’s just stick to the real issues.

Charles Graham

Camden

Thanksgiving Holiday Dilemma

We solved a Thanksgiving Holiday dilemma. Normally a great day of celebration bringing family and friends together is now complicated by Covid-19, vaccines and yes, politics. Plans were in place for this year’s big day after the disappointment of having to cancel the traditional gathering last year. Thanksgiving 2021 was back. How exciting — then the thought of family and friends clustered around home, hearth and table became a concern. There was a new twist to the day brought on by news reports of increasing virus counts and hospitalizations. What is a family to do? It was time to regroup recognizing everyone in the clan was not in perfect health or in perfect politics. Thanksgiving was to be a day where everyone would bring a favorite side dish from an old family recipe to share. The hosts as usual were to provide another perfectly cooked turkey from French & Brawn. Plan B went into effect. A Thanksgiving Family Grab & Go. Guests will now bring their side dishes a few days in advance of the Holiday to the Burgess’ home. Then on Thanksgiving, double back to pick up a complete specially packaged Thanksgiving dinner with all the trimmings and dessert to take back home to enjoy. Holiday candles are even provided. Success is on the horizon for a 2021. A Thanksgiving Grab & Go. We have even managed to avoid the politics. Happy Thanksgiving from all of us. Enjoy.

John & Linda Burgess

Camden Hills Realty