Letters, Camden Herald

Jan 31, 2013

Rabbits, and their human helpers, thank you

I'd like to thank the more than 265 people who have already signed my petition opposing the use of rabbits for food, especially those who made such supportive comments. Thanks also to your newspaper, which covered the protest and helped raise awareness of the plight of rabbits.

Special thanks also to the Camden Police Department, especially Chief Gagne, who answered many questions about the nuances of First Amendment rights and helped protect those rights.

And to those restaurants that do not serve rabbit or are considering taking it off the menu, thank you!

Wendy Andresen



Winterfest success

Camden’s Winterfest celebration last Saturday, Jan. 26, was a perfect example of what to do on a winter’s day, and a perfect use of Camden’s Amphitheatre. A crowd of skaters, families, ice carvers, and onlookers came out to enjoy the brisk air, live music, hot food, and kids’ activities inside and out. There was an astonishing amount of community support behind the Winterfest, and I would like to thank each and every one of the organizations and individuals who contributed to Winterfest this year.

First, the food crew: Lisa Tapken, Bridget Qualey, Beverly Scott, Maggie Blue, Ladleah Dunn, and Caroline, Laura and Liza Morong. Our Camden restaurants came through in a major way, providing hot food for the volunteers to serve for the very successful fundraising portion of Winterfest in support of the Park and Amphitheatre. The restaurants included Cappy’s Chowder House, French & Brawn, Waterfront Restaurant, Boynton-McKay, Hannaford, Fresh and Megunticook Market.

We also enjoyed invaluable support from our sponsor, The First, and from the Camden Fire Department, Camden Parks and Recreation Department, Maine Water Company, The Friends of the Amphitheatre Ice Rink, Phi Home Designs, Rankin’s, Grand Banks Events + Entertainment, Party Fundamentals, Maine Coast Construction, Pro Rental of Rockport, Windward House B&B, and, of course, ongoing backing from Camden Public Library.

The music team came through with music both indoors and out (!), thanks to John Orlando, Hazel Delehey, Clio Berta, Chloe Isis, DJ Terry Frank and All That Jazz.

Ice carving is still the centerpiece of Winterfest; the sculptures will remain for days and weeks as they slowly melt in the sun. The ice squad consisted of Anita Brosius-Scott, Tim Pierce, Larry Platt, Josh Gamage and Jim Heard.

Special thanks go to Tim Pierce for his love and support of ice carving, and to Michael Roy for his love and support of ice rinks!

The ice carving teams this year included Carver Hill Gallery, the Center for Furniture Craftsmanship, the Community School, the Center for Maine Contemporary Art, Megunticook Rowing, Midcoast Changemakers (Interact Club and The Rig), Midcoast Skaters Association, Station Maine, Watershed School and Windward House.

And members of the energetic and ambitious Winterfest Committee, if not already recognized, include Hank Lunn, Anita Brosius-Scott, Dave Jackson, Lucinda Ziesing, Kristi Bifulco, Amy Hand and Chris Wohler. The wonderful event and the wonderful support buoys us as we start thinking about Winterfest 2014!


Ken Gross, Program Director, Camden Public Library

Chair, Winterfest Committee 2013


Small attendance, big giving

In spite of the very cold evening, I believe the fundraiser at the Elks Club this past Friday, Jan. 25, was successful. Our attendance was down significantly from last year, however, the final results produced total revenue less expense of $1,926.75. This compares quite favorably with the revenue from last year which was approximately $2,500 with more than twice as many attendees. In talking with John Ludwig, manager of the Elks, he said that all fundraisers are down in participation this year as compared to previous years.

I wish to thank all of our folks that helped. Rep. Deb Sanderson and Rep. Jethro Pease and his wife did a great job serving along with Linda Bodnar and John Fochtman and Paula Sutton. Wayne Gray, Katherine Alley and Gene Graves worked the sign in desk. Steve Powell also was most helpful. Cynthia Rosen's daughter and a friend and Deb Sanderson's young lady collected tickets for the 50/50 raffle.

There is no way this event could have possibly been successful without the support of the Emblem Club Ladies and their outstanding gift baskets for the raffle as well as their desserts. Without question the "Brownie Lady" (AKA Linda Bodnar) made a huge selection of her goodies. Last but not least John Ludwig and his staff were exceptionally helpful and understanding of our needs and requests.

Doug Maple and his Sea-Train group provided us with good music and a significant number of dancers enjoyed the opportunity to swing and sway.

Overall I believe that our Knox County Republican Committee has again stepped forward to help those in need within our community and provided fellowship and a good time as well.

Jan Dolcater



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