Letters to the editor, 12/1

Dec 02, 2010

Get Scott home for Christmas

Many of you may remember that Scott Overlock, son of Patrick and Connie Overlock of Hope, was almost killed in a terrible car accident one year ago. He has been making a miraculous recovery at Brewer Rehab and is ready to go home.

A fund was started at Camden National Bank for donations to the Overlock family so that they could ready the house for Scott's return. With seed money from Chestnut Street Baptist Church, and money from a yard sale, a dinner/auction, and many independent donors, the fund was able to accomplish a good portion of the renovations needed. Almost all the exterior work is done and the inside is framed up, but now funds are needed to finish the inside. Scott is ready to come home, and the only thing preventing this is the fact that the family home is not yet ready for him.

If you want to give to a family right here in our own community this holiday season, you can go to any branch of Camden National Bank and make a donation to The Scott Overlock Fund. Let's get Scott home in time for Christmas.

Thank you,
Rick and Debbie Meservey

Note of appreciation

The family of Sabra P. Boland would like to thank the many people from her extended family to her dear friends who were so loving and supportive at the time of her illness and throughout her life as well. We extend a heartfelt thanks for all your support, words of kindness, prayers and food. All of it helped us to be able to focus our attention on our mother during her illness.

We would like to say thank you for the care given to our mother while at Penobscot Bay Medical Center and Maine Medical Center as well as all of the people who helped our mother's transition back home with hospice care. Thank you to Susan Polk, Midge Welch, Sylvia Pierpont and all the staff of KWL Hospice. The visits by the Rev. Jones and his wife were much appreciated. We are so grateful to the Congregational Church Women's Group for the wonderful reception at the church after the service. A big hug and thank you to our mother's dear friends Barbara Carpenter, Lois Teel, Barbara Ellis, Cynthia Wass, Sally Ann Fowler, Bern Liker, Beryl Thompson and her friends from the Medical Records Department at Pen Bay. For Corrine Kinney, words cannot express our gratitude. Your friendship and support of our mother, especially these last few months, was beyond invaluable. Thank you to our children: Sheridy, Dave Jr., Kelly, Sara and Caleb. "Nan" was proud of all of you and loved you dearly. Thank you to our mother's "other children," F.J. and Jennifer O'Hara, Heidi Hooper and Bub Hooper. Your visits to the house meant so much. We know Mom was smiling. Thank you to Walker Hutchins and his staff at Burpee, Hutchins & Carpenter Funeral Home for their compassion. Our mother had a big heart and a big smile for everyone. We appreciated each and every one of you.

God bless you.

Susan Wilcox, Craig Boland and David Boland

Every vote counts

Thank you to all of you who had the confidence in me to give me your vote. The overseas voters played a big part in my victory and I wish to thank them for their votes.

On another note, the win by two votes demonstrates the importance of voting and reinforces the axiom “every vote counts.”

I am committed to represent all of the citizens of Waldo County while keeping the public informed and involved. I am looking forward to working for you and with you.

County Commissioner-elect Betty Johnson

Season for disarmament

As light gives way to darkness, we stand with hope as we hold the Advent Vigil for Disarmament at Bath Iron Works. We will meet across from the Bath Iron Works administration building on Washington Street in Bath from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on the four Saturdays of Advent, Nov. 27 and Dec. 4, 11 and 18. We stand with signs calling for the end of the building of weapons of mass destruction by General Dynamics here in Maine.

Specifically, we stand in opposition to the Arleigh Burke class of Aegis Destroyers and the new Zumwalt Destroyers, which may now cost over $3 billion each. These are guided missile warships that are nuclear capable. When launched, they can only kill indiscriminately. The U.S. Navy now has over 50 of these warships with various weapon systems and these are considered a key component of what is called the Theater Missile Defense System or Star Wars. Could this be the real reason why we can't see a true disarmament treaty?

It is time to end the construction of these warships. Peace is not possible while we continue to spend billions on these and other weapons systems.

So please join us for an hour on these Saturdays before Christmas as we witness to prepare for peace through disarmament. Holding a light in the darkness, stand with us with hope in this season of joy.

Maureen and George Kehoe-Ostensen
Smilin' Trees Disarmament Farm

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