Camden Herald Letters to the Editor Sept. 6

Sep 06, 2018

Miramant is 'man of integrity'

I was glad to hear that Maine State Sen. Dave Miramant is running for reelection again this year, after his first two successful terms representing our district.

Even in the sometimes-smarmy political climate we face these days, Dave remains optimistic, positive and patient. These attributes are serving him well in Augusta, where he works hard to move discussions beyond party politics to do what is right for Mainers. Dave routinely reaches across the aisle to negotiate good bills and policies that strike just the right balance. His optimism and belief in Maine and our people is unwavering, regardless of the ever-shifting political climate.

With Dave in Augusta, we have a man of great integrity representing us; a man who genuinely cares about our community, its people, and our future. Dave has the aptitude to introduce smart bills that will improve our lives, and the skills necessary to see those bills through to passage.

Passionate in his positions and work to protect the environment, support Maine workers and businesses, promote comprehensive tax reform and improve health care access, Dave is also constantly listening and learning to expand his views and knowledge base. He actively knocks on the doors of his constituents to stay in touch and in tune with members of our community at all levels to help ensure that his actions as our senator are informed by all of us. He is also responsive when his constituents reach out to him, and goes out of his way not only to listen to our issues, but when appropriate, to help problem-solve solutions, as well.

We need state Sen. Dave Miramant back in Augusta, where he will continue to work hard for our community and state. Dave is definitely getting my vote this Nov. 6. I hope he will get yours, too.

Melissa Gates



A big thank-you

The 2018 Camden High School Alumni Association Board of Directors would like to take this opportunity to thank all the sponsors, scholarship donors and auction donors for their generous contributions to the 113th Camden High School Alumni Banquet. On Aug. 10, 165 alumni and guests from far and near enjoyed spending an evening at the beautiful Point Lookout venue with classmates and friends. Background music was provided by Susan Iltis as all enjoyed the delicious buffet.

The silent auction was a success and a big “Thank you” to all alumni and businesses who donated this year. Anyone wishing to donate something of value to the auction throughout the year may do so by contacting David Ames at or calling him at 789-5118.

Clara McGurren, 2017 scholarship winner and Isaac Young, past scholarship and postsecondary winner, spoke about their college experience and they both impressed upon the alumni that they were very thankful for the financial help the scholarship provides to them as college students and their future.

The highlight of the evening were the special recognition awards. Alumni directors honored CHS Alumni who have made significant contributions to the CHS Alumni Association, Camden and the greater Camden area. This year’s honored recipients were Albert Bennett (“51), Grace and Frank Stearns (’51) and Arthur Sprowl (’56). If you would like to nominate a CHS Alumni for future recognition, please contact Rodney Lynch at or drop a note to him at 123 Summer St., Rockland ME 04841.

Our two lucky winners for a free ticket to the 2019 Banquet were Elaine Davis and David Brown. We all hope you will join them next year on Friday, Aug. 9, 2019 for the 114th CHS Alumni Banquet.

Thank you to our President, Diann Robarts Henderson (’63), and everyone who helped make the 2018 CHS Alumni Banquet a big success.

Pam Tibbetts (’66)

Publicity CHS Alumni



Band says thanks for successful fundraiser

The NorthernRain Band concert and Liberation Institute charity fundraiser and silent auction Aug. 26 was a great night. For those who don't know, the nonprofit Liberation Institute teaches yoga to inmates at the Maine State Prison, and also trains prisoners to teach yoga.

First of all, we need to thank all of the great businesses that were gracious enough to get behind such an amazing cause. Your donations for the silent auction went a long way. We were humbled by such an outpouring of generosity that sometimes we don’t see on the surface. Contributing business included Schooner Bay Printing, Samoset Resort, Lord Camden Inn, Rankin's Hardware, 18 Central, Tiffany Studio, Thos Handmade Furniture, The Music Center, Main Sport, The Owl and Turtle Bookstore, K2 Music, Prism Marketing, The Admiral's Buttons, Fresh Off the Farm, Uncle Willy's Candy Shop, Scarlet Smile, Liberty Graphics, Fireside Pottery and Camden Jewelry. Thank you so very much.

Secondly, thank you to The Saint George River Cafe in Warren. Fanny and Ann are always behind anything that helps people come together with one purpose: to love. The food is always great!

The NorthernRain band plans to continue to come alongside the Liberation Institute. There are already whispers of another charity show in Portland. Keep your ears open, and most of all, thanks to the great folks that came out to support all of us. Your support and donations made it all worthwhile. Raising awareness for this great, life-changing nonprofit is the best reward one could ask for. Thank you.

Ty Leah Rainy

John Norwood



Congratulations and thanks

Congratulations to the winners of the 2018 West Bay Rotary Chowder Challenge.  West Bay Rotary would like to thank the Rotarians and their families who worked the event, all of their sponsors, and of course all who attended and helped choose these winners.
1st place - Graffam Bros. Seafood Market
2nd place - The Waterfront Restaurant
3rd place - Sea Dog Brewing Company Camden 

Net proceeds from the event will benefit non-profits and charities.

Deborah Fink


West Bay Rotary


Cone Eaters

My father went to Harvard
My brother went to Yale
And me, I went to MIT
To learn to talk to whales.

So!!! I bought myself a woodlot
And I moved myself to Maine
The land I bought was full of swamp
And the bugs drove me insane.

I don't like nuclear power
I believe in burning wood
I cranked the fire
And left the house
The chimney's all that stood.

I made my way to L.L. Bean's
And bought a new buck knife
We started a fight with a fisherman
And I damn near lost my life.

I raised myself a bird dog
I always let him run
The warden caught him chasing deer
And shot him with his gun.

I tried to fish for lobsters
Off an island in the bay
But every time I checked my traps
My buoys went astray.

Boy, life in Maine
It sure is tough
But I know I'll survive
On granola bars and pine cones
The foods on which I thrive.

Ed. note: The above poem was written about 1973 by the late Jeff Paul and was submitted by his friend Andrea Hart as a memorial to him. She told us Paul grew up in Rockland and worked for the town of Camden for his career as a wastewater technician. He also worked for the Watson family as a caretaker for 11 years with John A. Hart, not to be confused with John L. Hart, one of Jeff's many friends and Andrea's father. Andrea went on to say "Knowing Jeff was loving Jeff and he will be remembered for his dark-satire coupled with his kindness and overwhelming good nature."



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