Camden Herald Letters to the Editor Dec. 5

Dec 05, 2019

Supporting the P.A.W.S. Auction Dec. 5

Years ago, my daughter and I gave our next-door neighbor a cat we adopted for him from P.A.W.S.  Mr. Rankin was living alone at that point, but we knew he loved cats because ours had been a frequent visitor to his house, and even had his own designated chair in the living room. Still, I checked with him before heading over to P.A.W.S. and choosing an affectionate older kitty named Abby.

That cat brought Mr. Rankin much joy over the years, and it cheered me to see their mutual bond. These kinds of happy endings are what our animal adoption centers are all about, but it takes all of us pitching in to keep their doors open. That's why I will be at the P.A.W.S. fundraiser on December 5th at the Samoset. I'll be remembering my neighbor, whose smile and wave I still miss, and thinking fondly of the sweet feline who became his good friend.

Vicki Doudera



Thank You!

During this season of thanks - and all year long - United Midcoast Charities is grateful for the generous community members who support our Midcoast nonprofit community.

With the support of our donors, UMC's 2019 grant awards brought our three-year giving to $1.5 million to nonprofits in Knox and Waldo counties.

United Midcoast Charities awarded its 2019 grants to agencies that work to create impact in our four focus areas: food, housing, health and safety, and economic security. A complete list of 2019 grant recipients in each focus area is available on UMC’s website.

We are also grateful to the hardworking nonprofits who turn UMC grants into life-changing support. The 2018 grants provided:

20,600 nutritious meals to food-insecure people in Waldo County

20,000 nutritious meals to food-insecure people in Knox County

Comprehensive reproductive health care to 519 low-income, uninsured, and underinsured Maine people

4,000 hours of bereavement and end of life support to 139 people and their families

Financial assistance so that 80 children from 18 towns in Waldo County can access high-quality care while their families work

236 seniors in need with hot, nutritious meals in their home

Restorative justice services and education to help 198 people retain or recover employability

Free after school and summer programs with free transportation, supportive adult relationships, and nutritious meals for 450 children

In-home nursing services to help 226 low-to-moderate income seniors remain safely at home

A free university course to 21 local adult students

Direct service to 656 people affected by domestic violence

Assistance for 668 clients experiencing homelessness to transition into safe affordable housing

And more – see the entire list on our website:

UMC's year-end fundraising to support the 2020 grant awards is currently underway. We invite you to join us with a contribution toward next year's grants!

On behalf of UMC’s more than 30 nonprofit grantees, Thank you!


Megan Williams

Executive Director

United Midcoast Charities


Congratulations to conservation award winners and thank you to sponsors and attendees

Knox-Lincoln Soil & Water Conservation District would like to congratulate all individuals who were honored Thursday, Nov. 6, at the Knox-Lincoln SWCD 72nd Annual Awards Banquet at Camp Wavus in Jefferson. District friends, partners and the public were invited to celebrate the conservation contributions of Knox and Lincoln county residents and learn about district activities throughout the year.

This year we recognized the following conservationists for their contributions:

Conservation Farm of 2019 — Tony & Marianne Marple of High Meadow Farm, Whitefield

Distinguished Professional Service Award — David Rocque, State soil scientist

Excellence in Forestry Practices Award — CTL Land Management Services, Inc, Whitefield, Gavin Mclain and Kyle Overlook

Volunteer of the Year — Kristi Niedermann, Cushing

This year several local businesses sponsored our Annual Banquet, which allowed us to keep this event affordable for our participants. We are grateful for the following sponsors: The First National Bank; Viking Inc.; ReVision Energy; Sasanoa Brewing; N.C. Hunt Lumber; Camden National Bank; Damariscotta Bank & Trust; Brooks Trap Mill and Mid-Maine Forestry.

Knox-Lincoln SWCD offers educational programming for students and adults; technical services; a spring plant and conservation supply sale and retains historic aerial photos of our region. Along with congratulating our conservation award winners, the evening included a raffle as one of our yearly fundraisers. We appreciate the following individuals and local businesses, who generously donated prizes: Ames True Value Hardware Supply; Hildy Ellis; Fireside Pottery; Fresh Off the Farm; Midcoast Conservancy; Mystic Woodworks; Plants Unlimited; Savage Oakes Vineyard & Winery, and Warren True Value.

Thank you to all who attended our awards banquet and contributed to conservation efforts over the year.


Julie Sells

Knox-Lincoln Soil & Water Conservation District



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