Dissolution of Midcoast Lyme Disease Support & Education

As president and co-founder of Midcoast Lyme Disease Support & Education, I want to say it’s been an honor and privilege to serve the Lyme community and public at large for the last 11 years, first as a patient (2009) then as an advocate (2014), with educational events and connecting patients and their families to much-needed resources, for hope and healing. When we first began down this road, we never imagined the places we’d go, opportunities we’d be given and the people we’d meet along the way.

Life (Lyme and other tick-borne diseases) has taken us on quite the journey, from discovery to advocacy, through the valleys to the mountain tops; it has allowed us to help so many, has produced so many opportunities for us to grow and thrive — both individually and as an organization.

With lots of new opportunities in the works — new projects, new relationships, new goals, with new opportunities to serve and educate on a much wider platform and on a grander scale — we can hardly contain our excitement!!

MLDSE will proudly serve out its mission and commitments through the end of 2021, at which point the nonprofit, 501(c)(3) charitable foundation will officially be dissolved (as of Dec. 31) and then … then, we will embark on the next steps of our personal and professional journeys.

We thank all our supporters, our community partners, all the individuals, businesses and organizations who entrusted us with the care of your tick-borne disease needs.

On a personal note, I’ve spoken thousands of times about how and why I became an advocate, how I never set out with the intention of becoming a full-time advocate, taking calls and emails 24/7/365, and what it means to share your story. This will forever stand out as my Why:

“I hope someday I get to meet you and hug you and cry with you. You may never fully know the impact that you have with the work that you are doing but I wanted to call and share one story about one life that you forever changed because of your words and actions.”

Paula Jackson Jones


Festival of Trees Silent Auction

After skipping a year due to the pandemic, on Nov. 27, the Saturday after Thanksgiving, the Friends of Rockland Public Library held their annual “Festival of Trees” Silent Auction. What a wonderful way to usher in the holiday season. We had on display 41 tabletop trees which were very generously decorated by local businesses. Thanks to the support of local businesses, the Friends of Rockland Public Library Board, and our community — who came to admire and so generously bid on trees — we raised over $3,400 on this day. All proceeds from the Tree Auction go directly to support our wonderful Rockland Public Library.

I am overwhelmed with gratitude by the magnanimity of the many businesses that happily agreed to decorate a tree for this fundraiser. Thank you to the following businesses, who decorate trees, year after year: 250 Main Hotel, Archers, Bar Harbor Bank and Trust, Bartlett Woods, Berry Manor Inn, Cafe Miranda, Clan McLaren, Clementine, Curator, Eastern Tire, Eclipse of the Pearl, Farnsworth Museum, Fiore, Flowers by Hoboken, Fresh off the Farm, The Bronze Dolphin, The Good Tern, Granite Inn, The Grasshopper Shop, Huston-Tuttle, In Good Company, Jess’s Market, LimeRock Inn, Main Street Markets, Maine Boats and Harbors, Mia Bella, North Beacon Oyster Bar, Park Street Laundry, Primos, Rock City Cafe, Rockland Harbor Hotel, The Samoset Resort, Seagull Cottage, First National Bank, First National Bank Wealth Management, Trillium Soap, Walking Wool Studio, Wiggins Meat Market, and The Wine Seller.

I also wish to thank the many volunteers it took to run this event so successfully. Thank you to the Tree Auction Committee, those who did the “behind the scenes” work of delivering and picking up of trees. Thanks also to those who volunteered their time to help run the “day of the event” show. We skipped cocal and cookie this year — hopefully by next year the pandemic will be behind us and we can bring back that tradition.

Let’s keep the momentum going; next time you go to the Rockland Public Library, become a Friend of Rockland Public Library. Applications are at the front desk. Pop into the Book Stop to peruse our large selection of gently used books. Joining the Friends of Rockland Public Library many years ago was one of the best “investments” I’ve made. Not only am I closer to the community in which we live, but I also have a fabulous set of friends whose paths, if it weren’t for the library, I would never have crossed. Friendships are priceless, and so are libraries.

Rebecca Albright

President, Friends of Rockland Public Library Board/Tree Auction Coordinator

Rockland Community Thanksgiving Dinner

The Rockland Community Thanksgiving Dinner (RCTD) had another successful meal. This year we served 125 take-out meals. RCTD would like to thank everyone who helped make this Thanksgiving special for all the members of our community. Thank you to St Peter’s for providing the space in which the dinner was prepared and served. Also, thank you to the turkey brigade: Denise Anderson, Joe/Jake/Rebecca Cox, Lucia Elders, Jim and Peg Field, Marty Rogers, and Lael Sorenson. To all the volunteers who prepared and served the meal: Marjorie Arnett, Jane Chatfield, Joe and Jake Cox, Andrea and David Daniels, Lucia and Wanda Elders, Melissa and Patrick Gallance, Brigit McMullen, Debbie Taylor, and Scott Tilton, we offer our sincere thanks. A special thank you to Ginger Lane and the Riley School, who contributed 18 pies and 20 pounds of mashed potatoes and squash. Our community meal was further enhanced by the donations from Hannaford Markets and Pen Bay Medical Center. Our community is stronger because we all work together. We should all be thankful that we live in a wonderful community.

Ron Staschak