Welcome Nichole Kalloch

A children’s book titled “ The Little Engine That Could” by Watty Piper, tells a tale of the little train steam engine asked to pull a train up a steep hill, saying “I think I can, I think I can.” It was used to teach children the value of optimism and hard work. When Nicole Kalloch stepped forward as a candidate for Rockland city council, her optimism was contagious. “I think I can,” must be her moto, because she’s now newly sworn in on the Rockland City Council.

For the citizens who’ve become victims the of Oct. 31 flood, you’ll have an ally with Nichole. She loves Rockland as many of us do, and wants to preserve, not destroy it. Nicole will be alone in her fight, unless others on the city council rally around her. She wants to put a hold on new construction, like the wetland on Talbot Ave, until the Wright Pierce recommendations are implemented. Many are facing expensive repairs because of flooding before new construction on this wetland. The Oct. 31, 2021, pictures of the firefly field demonstrated the wetland can’t hold back all the Lindsey brook flow, becoming firefly lake. it’s only going to get worse when the sponge that is presently there is disturbed further.

In the opinion of some of city council, the home owners are solely on the hook for the recent destruction caused by inadequate storm water and sewer runoff. Much of the infrastructure is nearly a century old, which, of course, needs to be upgraded.

During the presentation of the Wright Pierce stormwater study, the Talbot Ave. renovations were listed among the last items needing attention. Many would say the runoff from the Talbot hill should be one of the first to be addressed. Just visit the Facebook page “Friends of Lindsey Brook” for pictures and commentary to see for yourselves.

Welcome Nicole Kalloch to the City council. I think you can, I hope you can .

Beverly Cowan

Rockland

Horch & Habitat making an impact for over a decade

We at Midcoast Habitat are honored to have a long-standing relationship with Peter Horch and Horch Roofing. Over the span of eleven years, Horch Roofing has donated labor and materials for close to 20 Habitat homes in Knox County, as well as part of the ReStore roof.

Many of the roofs have been installed by Peter Horch himself, along with a crew of company employees. Their generosity is an example of the community engagement needed in order for our program to be successful. Partnership and participation with local businesses, like Horch Roofing, enable Midcoast Habitat to construct homes affordably in a continuing unaffordable market. Volunteer labor, and in-kind donations, are always welcome. We take pride in the quality of our home construction, and value the relationships that make it possible. Thank you, Horch Roofing for your steadfast commitment to our cause and the quality product and service you provide.

On behalf of our Habitat Homeowners, we are so grateful. Driven by the vision that everyone needs a decent place to live, Habitat for Humanity began in 1976 as a grassroots effort. Families and individuals in need of a hand up partner with Habitat for Humanity to build or improve a place they can call home. Through financial support, volunteering or adding a voice to support affordable housing, everyone can help families achieve the strength, stability and self-reliance they need to build better lives for themselves. Through shelter, we build strength, stability and self-reliance.

Midcoast Habitat for Humanity has been serving Knox County since 1990. Together with area
businesses, organizations and community, to date we have built 41 houses and assisted 45 families in establishing affordable homeownership.

Midcoast Habitat for Humanity