Letters, Camden Herald

Nov 29, 2012

Men 'for all seasons'

With the recent tragic passing of Camden’s Parks and Recreation Director, Jeff Kuller, for the third time this year the residents and citizens of Camden have had to deal with the loss of another member of the community who was heavily involved with the Snow Bowl and outdoors recreation in Camden. The other two were Donald Gross and Kenneth Bailey. Over the years I had the opportunity to interact with Jeff on numerous occasions, whether it was skiing at the Snow Bowl, as one of our quest speakers at West Bay Rotary, attending a meeting on the proposed Camden Megunticook Riverwalk, or collaborating with him on the Recreational Economy section of the Camden Downtown Master Plan which necessitated hiking up the new cross country trail at the Snow Bowl of which he was so proud of. Literally, he was a “Man for All Seasons.”

In summary, Don, Ken and Jeff personified public service and embodied the spirit that is uniquely Camden. All are surely missed.

Best regards,

Rodney Lynch



Team effort thanks

Christmas By the Sea weekend is a team effort involving many people in our area who contribute time and money to help make this event happen. The Penobscot Bay Regional Chamber of Commerce would like to thank the many volunteers and the businesses who are sponsoring events this weekend. New for this year is that the Camden Downtown Business Group donated funds for the Holiday Tree and the Horse and Carriage Rides. Other event sponsors include Elm Street Printing & Graphics (brochure sponsor), the Country Inn at Camden-Rockport (opening reception sponsor), 2A Architects (Hat & Mitten Tree at the Library), Owl & Turtle Bookshop (Santa's Story Hour), and The Rig and the First Bancorp which are sponsoring the photos with Santa.

Santa’s visits are made possible by Pen Bay Oil (West Rockport visit), Albertson Builders (Rockport Harbor Sponsor), Graffam Brothers Harborside Restaurant (Camden Harbor Sponsor), and the Lincolnville Business Group (Lincolnville Beach Sponsor). The media sponsor for the weekend is Bangor Metro, and Santa is receiving assistance during his swing through the area from Cappy’s Chowder House and the Lord Camden Inn.

We’d like to recognize the following members of the Camden Downtown Business Group who stepped forward to contribute toward their organization’s sponsorship of Christmas By the Sea events: Admiral’s Buttons, Allen Insurance and Financial, Bayview Gallery, Camden Bagel Café, Camden Cone, The Camden Harbour Inn, Camden National Bank, Clean Bee Laundry, Cotton Garden, Cuzzy’s, Flint and Gail Decker, Ducktrap Bay Trading Co., Glendarragh Lavender, Jane Alden, Dave Jackson, Jo Ellen Designs, Once a Tree, Planet, Barrie Pribyl, The Camden Riverhouse, Shakelee, Small Wonder Gallery, Smiling Cow, Stonewall Kitchen, Surroundings, and Theo B. Camisole.

We’d also like to recognize the fact that the Rockport businesses that are hosting Holiday On the Harbor Saturday evening have donated their funds to United Mid-Coast Charities toward purchasing the luminaries that will be lighting up the town.

Thank you one and all! We are looking forward to a successful and festive holiday weekend.


Staci Coomer

Executive Director, PBRCC



A light in the darkness

Please join us as we hold a light in the darkness at the Advent Vigil for Disarmament at Bath Iron Works. We will gather across from the BIW Administration building on Washington Street in Bath from 11:30 a.m. until 12:30 p.m. on the four Saturdays of Advent — Dec. 1, 8, 15 and 22.

We will stand with signs calling for the end of the building of weapons of mass destruction by General Dynamics here in Maine. We stand in opposition to the production of the Arleigh Burke class of Aegis Destroyers and the new Zumwalt Destroyers which will cost more than $3 billion each and are presently under construction in the BIW shipyard. It is time to end the construction of these warships and to begin the transformation to a nonviolent society by using our resources to create life affirming alternatives to our present war based economy.

Please join us for an hour on these four Saturdays in December as we witness in hope for a nonviolent world through disarmament.

Smilin' Trees Disarmament Farm



Cash For Clothes says thank you

Our fall sale for 2012 is over and was quite successful. We have presented Coastal Opportunities with a $5,600 check, which represents the proceeds from the sale. Our workers and shoppers were as wonderful as usual and we couldn’t have had such a successful sale without you all! Thank you! For the first sale ever we had two sponsors. Allen Insurance and Financial as well as Bangor Savings Bank offered their help this year and we greatly appreciated their participation. Thank you both! Thank you too to Renys of Camden who allowed us to borrow some of their equipment for displays. It was a big help. A big thank you also to the John Street Methodist church who take all of our unsold clothing to their outreach program in the northern part of the state. It is truly a comforting thought to know our good quality, gently used clothing is staying in the state of Maine.

The spring sale is slated for May 18 to 20, 2013. We will be selling spring and summer clothing at this sale but you can drop off any season, good quality clothes with no rips, stains, or missing buttons or non-working zippers at any time at Coastal Opportunities on Limerock Street in Camden.

If you have questions, comments or suggestions or would just like to volunteer sometime, please give me a call at 594-5429.

Thank you all!

Nancy Wolfertz

Co-chair for Cash For Clothes

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