Camden Herald Letters to the Editor Jan. 10

Jan 10, 2019

Thank you to community for supporting Women’s Recovery Residence in Camden

If ever our community wanted to demonstrate its commitment to address the drug addiction epidemic in our neighborhoods, the public support for the purchase of 63 Washington Street in Camden made it very clear:  Our community supports recovery big time!

More than 400 individual donors responded to a plea for help for the Mid-Coast Recovery Coalition to raise $160,000 in only 30 days, to save this historic building to become a women’s recovery home.  The outpouring of support, in addition to the donations, was overwhelmingly positive.  The news that “We did it!” was met with tremendous jubilation.  

In the days that followed, many people offered to volunteer their time and others pledged ongoing financial support to ensure the women’s recovery house is a huge success.

MCRC is already well on its way to developing plans and securing more funding to assure the house is well-run and that the women residents, some living there with their children, can live in an environment in which their recovery can thrive.

MCRC still needs your help.  Only with the ongoing support of our community will this house succeed.  We will need volunteers, in-kind services and further financial support.  At the same time, MCRC is also applying to federal, state and local government sources as well as charitable foundation grants.  

If you would like to donate further to sustain the success of 63 Washington Street, please send donations to MCRC, 411 Main Street, Suite 205, Rockland, Maine 04841.  You may also visit and donate with a credit card.  

Finally, if you wish to learn more about the house and how you can support its mission, please consider attending a community meeting at the Chestnut Street Baptist Church on 29 Chestnut St., Camden on Thursday, Jan. 24, from 6 to 8 p.m.  There is no need to RSVP.  For any questions, call 207-701-1182.  

Thank you.

Ira Mandel, MD, MPH
President, Mid-Coast Recovery Coalition


Were library users exposed to asbestos?

On Jan. 2, your team published an article discussing the discovery of asbestos in the former Rockport Library, which went through demolition back in December. Asbestos tiles and taping were found during the walk-through prior to this library being torn down, and fortunately, Rick Bates confirmed that the asbestos-containing materials were removed properly with no parties being exposed to the deadly carcinogen.

However, is there a possibility that these materials have caused harm to those who occupied the library prior to its closing? I was wondering if there was previous knowledge about these asbestos-containing materials, and if the library staff and those utilizing the library were made aware of the presence of asbestos. Asbestos is the only known cause of mesothelioma cancer, and those who may have been exposed most likely are unaware due to its ability to prolong the presence of symptoms.

I am hoping this information can be addressed, as surely those who have come into contact with this library would like to know the possibility of exposure.


David Haas
Community Outreach Coordinator


Synagogue thanks dinner supporters

On behalf of Adas Yoshuron Synagogue, I’d like to thank the many Midcoast businesses that donated food, gift certificates and greenery to our 29th annual Christmas dinner at St. Peter’s Church in Rockland. We served more than 125 people this year, and sent food home as well .

Here are the businesses we’d like to thank: In Warren, we want to give a big shout-out to Mainely Poultry, which donated eight huge turkeys for our dinner. Thank you to Hampton Inn and Suites in Thomaston. In Belfast, thank you to All About Games, Bangor Savings Bank, The Belfast Co-Op, Darby’s Restaurant, Ducktrap River of Maine, Eat More Cheese, The Green Store, Hannaford, Dr. Michelle Morrow, Out on a Whimsey, Nautilus Restaurant, Rollie’s Bar and Grill and Trillium Caterers. In Lincolnville, thanks to Dot’s and The Red Barn Marketplace. In Camden, thank you to The Allen Agency, Boynton McKay, Camden Hills Dental Care, Camden National Bank, Megunticook Market, Planet Toys, Uncle Willy’s and The Waterfront Restaurant. In Rockport/Rockland, thank you to The Atlantic Baking Co., Bangor Savings Bank, First National Bank, Fog, The Good Tern Coop, Graffam’s Seafood, Green Thumb, Hannaford, Home Kitchen, In Good Company, Laugh Loud Smile Big, Market Basket, Main Street Markets, Maine State Cheese Co., Maine Street Meats, Plants Unlimited, Rock City Cafe, Rockland Savings Bank, Samoset Resort, Seasons Downeast, Shaw’s, Sweet Sensations, T.D. Bank, Dr. David Theriault, Wallace Tents and Waterworks Restaurant.

Please remember these businesses as you do your shopping!

Linda Garson Smith



New Hope says thank you


New Hope for Women would like to express our deepest gratitude to the many businesses, groups and individuals who participated in this year’s holiday family adoption program and helped make it a great success. We appreciate the generosity of these 17 partners who adopted 23 families in need, providing for a Christmas of joy and celebration and demonstrating that there are people in the community who care about them. This time of year can be a very difficult time for many of our families as they struggle to provide for basic living needs and cope with the stress and anxiety of the holiday season. By alleviating the burden of buying gifts, adopters allow these families to instead focus on being present for their children and enjoying their time relaxing during the holidays.


We give great thanks to: The Alna General Store, Bank of America, Bean Maine Lobster, Camden Hills Regional High School-Women’s Student Organization, Camden National Bank, Camden Premier Inns, Coastal Orthopedics and Sports Medicine, Correct Care Solutions, LincolnHealth Miles Radiation Department, Health Information Management and Surgical Services Departments at Mid Coast Hospital, Pen Bay Medical Center Human Resources Department, Rockland Harbor Hotel, Rockland Savings Bank, TD Bank-Shared Service Strategy and Operational Excellence, Paul Burtchell, Natasha, Ken and Estelle Chase, and Nicole Hunt and Family.


Hannah Harter-Ives

Services Program Manager

New Hope for Women


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