Letters to the Editor, Oct. 19

Oct 19, 2017

Rockport seeks further responses to library survey

Rockport residents have no doubt noticed the signs around town asking “What do you think?" in reference to the Rockport Public Library. Over the past few days, red stickers have shown up on the signs indicating that the response period for the town-wide survey about the future of the library is about to end. The number of responses so far is quite robust, with almost 1,000 replies tallied by the independent organization carrying out the research.

To all who have already mailed in or completed the survey online, a sincere thanks for participating in the process. For those who have not yet responded, please take the time to complete the survey to help the town have as much data as possible. Paper copies with postage-paid return envelopes are available at the Town Office and at the library, and it is even easier to submit your responses online by going to RockportLibrarySurvey.com.

Even if you do not have strong feelings about the various issues that have been brought forth in the discussion over the past few years, you can let the town know that by completing the survey. In fact, one of the goals of undertaking the survey was to gather information from those who have not been able to attend public meetings to make their views known, or who have not been as involved in the debate as others have. Everyone’s thoughts are important, and the greater the response rate, the clearer the picture of what the citizens want will be.

As your Select Board chair, I am committed to moving forward on the library issue based on the results from the survey. Your responses will be my primary guide in helping to formulate a proposal that the whole town can get behind. I have no preconceived notions about what the results will be, only a sincere desire to make sure that the Rockport Public Library remains an integral part of our town for generations to come.

Thank you for your participation.

Ken McKinley

Rockport Select Board

 

Help find lost dog

I’m asking for your help to find my dog Copper. He went missing over two weeks ago. Copper is a 14-year-old Redtick/Pointer mix. He is red and white brindle with large red patches. He was last spotted on Barrett Hill Road (dirt road where Buzzell Hill turns to Hatchet Mountain Road). Copper has had epilepsy for the past seven years and suffers cluster seizures. I got him when he was four months old. Over the next thirteen and a half years he has been at my side comforting me through a divorce, the loss of a parent, the loss of a significant other, and re-adjusting to a new life. He been camping, boating, swimming, fishing and riding everywhere with me. He was my “best dog” when I got remarried. And again was at my side at a time of need when my husband suffered a stroke. Through thick and thin, he was there. I’d love nothing more than to have him home where he could enjoy the last few years of his life in the comfort he has always had being loved by me, my husband, and his younger fur sisters. He’s been the best dog I could have asked for. He’s good-natured, laid back, and is so funny. Even in his old age he’s such a silly boy. He loves being with people. I’m so worried for him, he’s never run away before. Since he’s gotten older, he’s been content staying in the yard and laying in sun all day. I would greatly appreciate your help in getting him back home where he belongs and where I know he is safe, warm and happy. If you have him or have seen him Please call me (Holly) at 617-640-1472. I appreciate your thoughts and efforts

Holly Campbell

Hope

Comments (1)
Posted by: Mary A McKeever | Oct 19, 2017 17:44

Sadly, sometimes the pound holds strays, but I know you must have checked that. I wish you luck and hope for the best. Hopefully the neighbors will keep alert and perhaps surrounding areas and pounds will be checked.



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