Celebrating 150 years of The Camden Herald

By The Editorial Board | Mar 28, 2019

This year marks the 150th anniversary of The Camden Herald, first published in 1869.

There was a time, not too long ago, when we were not sure we were going to make it this far, but fortunately, in 2012, under the new ownership of Reade Brower, The Camden Herald returned and has continued to serve the communities of Camden, Rockport, Hope, Appleton and Lincolnville.

It is an honor and a privilege to bring the people of the Midcoast their news, community events, arts, sports, obituaries, opinion and advertisements each week in print form and online at knox.villagesoup.com.

Many things change over time: the number of people working here; the location of the buildings; the names of the editors, owners and reporters; and where the publications are printed. But the mission remains the same, to provide fair and accurate coverage of local events and to take stands on important local issues on the editorial pages.

The Camden Herald is part of the larger Courier Publications team, which employs about 40 people in the Midcoast. We continue to put out three traditional weekly newspapers each week and run two online websites, and we could not succeed without support from readers and advertisers. So we would be remiss if we failed in this edition to say thank you to the community that has supported and kept The Camden Herald on newsstands all of these years.

We invite you this week to mark the anniversary by reading Assistant Editor Susan Mustapich's in-depth and informative feature article on the history of The Camden Herald.

We also invite you to email us your thoughts, letters, memories and historical information about The Camden Herald to news@villagesoup.com, or snail mail us at 91 Camden St., Suite 403, Rockland, ME 04841.


Support for urgent care clinic

The possibility that Pen Bay Medical Center may open an urgent care clinic in part of the former J.C. Penney space in Rockland is being welcomed by the public.

Pen Bay's president has cautioned that the hospital is only studying the feasibility and no decision has been made by the Board of Trustees.

Access to a less expensive alternative to the emergency department at Pen Bay has been cited as a priority by citizens for years.

Pen Bay's parent corporation -- MaineHealth -- has urgent care clinics in Portland and Boothbay Harbor. These clinics can offer extended hours, longer than a typical physician's practice does.

There will be a cost to opening such a center and Pen Bay has only this past year gotten itself out of a financial hole. But the benefit to such an additional service should be weighed against those costs.

Community members must let the leadership of the local health care system -- Coastal Healthcare Alliance -- know what they think about such a proposal. Only then can the board make a fully informed decision.


Pingree right to focus on climate change

About a week after students in Camden joined young people from around the world in marching for action on climate change, one of our national and local political leaders brought a similar message to our business community.

U.S. Rep. Chellie Pingree, D-Maine, showed herself to be both relevant and on the right side of history when she said action must be taken now to deal with climate change.

Pingree spoke March 20 before the Penobscot Bay Regional Chamber of Commerce at the Samoset Resort.

She said Congress can no longer debate whether climate change is happening or whether humans are contributing to the rising temperatures.

"My granddaughter turns 8 today. I don't want her asking me years from now why I didn't do anything," Pingree said.

This echoes remarks from the local teens who are advocating action now and who fear climate change will have a negative impact on their lives and the lives of their children. The Maine Teen Advocacy Coalition is organizing a larger climate march in downtown Camden for April 20. And still many adults turn deaf ears to the cries of their children, and even criticize the next generation for its political engagement.

Pingree noted that the Gulf of Maine is warming up faster than nearly any ocean waters in the world and that will have a significant harmful impact on the state's vital fisheries. She said that as the waters warm, lobsters will head north and be caught in Canada.

Coastal communities are already seeing higher storm surges, she said.

Pingree, who has been in Congress since 2008, called for more federal support for renewable energy projects. The past eight years of Republican control of Congress, with the past two in which both the White House and Congress were held by Republicans, has seen the United States lose opportunities to be in the forefront of renewable energy, Pingree said.

We agree with her assessment: "We've been going in the wrong direction."

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