Camden Herald Letters the the Editor Dec. 27

Dec 27, 2018
63 Washington Street, Camden

Last chance to save a Camden landmark and to save lives

As of Wednesday, Jan. 2, the home at 63 Washington Street, a very precious and historic house in Camden that served the needs of women in our community for 120 years, may cease tradition of service to the community.  Funds must be raised by the Mid-Coast Recovery Coalition by that date, or the house will be purchased as a private residence.  We all pray that the historic tradition will continue to help deserving women, and their families, struggling with the devastating effects of drug addiction.  This problem affects many local families, where too few services are available to help and this house would make a big difference for them and our community.  This house would literally save lives.

As of Monday, Dec. 24, more than $105,000 had raised but $55,000 more is still need to purchase the house on Jan. 2.

Please help save this Camden landmark and help heal and save the lives of women and children by donating what you can by Monday, Dec. 31. No donation is too small.  Please send your tax deductive donation as a check to MCRC, 411 Main St., Rockland, Maine 04841 or pay by credit card via the website at  We hope that our community can help this very needy and deserving population, especially the innocent children affected.  

Let’s not lose this historic landmark or more lives to this challenging disease.  Thank you.

Ira Mandel, MD
President, Mid-Coast Recovery Coalition


MCRC says thank you for open house

The beautifully decorated 63 Washington St. hosted a joyous open house Dec. 15, complete with angelic voices raised in song, a bevy of holiday taste treats, and plenty of hope and goodwill for Mid-Coast Recovery Coalition’s fundraising campaign to complete the purchase of the property and operate Camden’s historic property as a much-needed residence for women in recovery.

Numerous businesses and individuals contributed to the community event, and on behalf of the Mid-Coast Recovery Coalition board, I’d like to thank the civic-minded owners and staff at Megunticook Market, Fresh Off the Farm, Hannaford, Boynton & McKay, The New Natural, Lowes, Home Depot, Warner Graphics and Adventure Advertising, along with the amazing Kim Murphy and her singers from Camden Hills Regional High School and also the equally sublime singers of VoXX—Voice of Twenty, who filled the Victorian house’s parlor with beautiful Christmas music. We also thank artists and designers June Kincade, Russell Spera and Lara Laffan, who generously donated their work. Merry Christmas and thank you to the many donors who brought checks and the volunteers who cooked and baked goodies for the occasion.

Many readers know that 63 Washington Street's tradition of service to women traces far back in Camden history. However, few know the name “Emma C. Knight,” the leader of a group of 12 local women who went before a justice of the peace in 1886 to formally organize for the purpose of establishing a home for elderly women. Twelve years later, Sixty-three Washington opened, beginning a tradition of service to women in need that MCRC hopes to continue.

Women in that era lived with social restrictions that we no longer accept. Those 12 brave women may have faced opposition just because they were women or because some people preferred to locate the facility elsewhere. I suspect that those founding women wanted the residents and staff of 63 Washington Street to be good neighbors, just as we do now. I told a number of people at the open house about Emma Knight and about my hope to name the rooms in 63 Washington after each of those 12 women if and when the building becomes a recovery residence for women. They liked the idea.

But we have a way to go. Please visit On behalf of MCRC, I thank you all for your continued support.

Ned Bachus


Board member

Mid-Coast Recovery Coalition


A Christmas wish

Camden has been my home all my life. It has always been a caring community. Today there is a project of buying  63 Washington Street by the Mid-Coast Recovery Coalition to enable women on their way to being self-sufficient. With their children, they do need a safe and monitored home to help them on their way. Donations are desperately needed before Jan. 2 to purchase the place. If it were your daughter and grandchild, what would you do? It is a very necessary project for our community, so please open up your hearts and send a donation to the Mid-Coast Recovery Coalition at 114 Main St., Suite 205, Rockland, ME 04841.
This is my Christmas wish to Santa Claus and any elf with a good heart.

Barbara F. Dyer





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