Letters to the editor, The Courier-Gazette

Jan 24, 2013
Emilie Mazzeo's lions have been returned to her Rockland home.

Lions' return

On Nov. 8 you published a letter to the editor for us about our stolen lions. (knox.villagesoup.com/p/letters-to-the-editor-the-courier-gazette/916680?cid=15587443). In response to that article we had so much kindness and concern from so many people. A friend put it on Facebook and it really took off. On Thanksgiving night or sometime into Friday morning some wonderful soul placed two lions on our front steps. No idea who they are from. We were so touched that someone cared enough to do that for us. We had already replaced the old ones but are so proud to have all four of them with their breast cancer bandanas on our steps. Can't explain the happiness they bring us. They keep Natalia close to us and she would think, as we do, that it is so wonderful that so many would care about our loss. God Bless those who left our new lions. Thank you again.

Emilie Mazzeo




On behalf of Trekkers, I would like to extend my sincere appreciation to everyone who participated in our most recent fundraising event, Trekkapalooza 2013. In true Trekkers’ style, a community of volunteers and dedicated supporters helped contribute to the success of this event. We are grateful to all of them for helping us determine this year’s “Bus Band,” for enjoying some great local music, sharing some fun skits and raising money to support local students in the process.

Thanks to everyone who made this event possible. Special thanks go to the Strand Theatre and their staff for the wonderful venue. Thanks to the amazing musical talents of the six bands: Djump!, Indoblue, Just Teachers, Pig Knuckle, Sideways Highways, and TMW. Thanks to Peter Jenks for supplying the pizza; to our judges: Janelle Brooks, Ken Pride, Josh Dulac, Justin Bennett; and to all the volunteers and the planning committee for making everything run so smoothly.

We are especially grateful to all our local sponsors, and encourage everyone to support these area enterprises: Bangor Savings Bank, Boothbay Lobster Wharf, Camden Cone, Carroll Plumbing, Clark Island Construction, Eastern Tire & Auto Service, The Grasshopper Shop, Harbor Road Veterinary Hospital, In Good Company, Jeff’s Marine, Midcoast Music Academy, Monhegan Boat Line, Penbay Solutions, Planet Toys, Waterworks Restaurant.

And, of course, we want to thank everyone who came to enjoy the event itself.

Our congratulations go to the members of “Just Teachers,” a group of local educators who were crowned “Trekkers Bus Band of 2013.” We are already looking forward to next year’s event, when the community can come together again to enjoy the competition as “Just Teachers” defends their crown during Trekkapalooza 2014.

Don Carpenter

Executive Director

Trekkers, Inc.


Help Heat Homes

I want to thank the Knox County community for their thoughtful and generous support of our Help Heat Homes program with their contributions in our donation containers and also by mailing us checks. We will have a fundraising event this Friday, Jan. 25 at the Elks Club in Rockland from 5 to 8 p.m. with spaghetti and meatballs, salad, bread and desserts. Good music will also be played during the event. Donations are requested for $6 per person.

I also wish to thank The Courier-Gazette and their reporter, Jenna Lookner, for the article which was done on our efforts. As a result of this article we received a check for $100 from an individual in Massachusetts who happened to see it while in our area. We also received another check for $1000. from a very genorous donor as a result of the article. Lastly, we received a donation from a group of thoughful and caring nurses at Pen Bay who supported our efforts rather than exchaning Christmas gifts.

We are truly blessed in our community to have so many caring and thoughtful folks. If you wish to have other information, please contact me at jandolcater@yahoo.com

Jan Dolcater



An on it goes

The United States of America has become a nation divided over the ownership of guns and a lot of people are quoting the Second Amendment and the right to bear arms and granted the Second Amendment says it shall not be infringed.

The Constitution of the United States when it was put in place was for a time when the only weapon being used, if you will, was a single-shot musket that had to be reloaded quickly to be used again.

I will say this knowing full well I will make a lot of people mad at me, but I say it is high time that if it can be done by law, to make it a privilege to own a gun, not a right. It is high time for anyone who owns a gun to really stop and think about what that weapon does when it is picked up.

Yes, a gun will not kill anyone being left where it is, it takes a human to pick up a gun for it to kill. But I will ask again, how many guns does one need to own before they say "I have enough."

I will change direction here briefly and say this: Backtrack in time and look where this nation started changing the way it is going when the American Civil Liberties Union came out and fought in court to remove the Ten Commandments from schools, courts and public places and now technology steps in with games that allow our children to play games that kill everyone in site and we say that it does not affect the way our children think.

When we as a nation have done almost everything there is short of saying there is no God and the end result is we as a nation are killing everything in site from our children to the way we think and then some of us ask ourselves "where does it end?"

Now it seems that the moment someone gets killed by a high-powered weapon that can fire more than five rounds in a second, there are those who jump and buy the very same weapon and say "I have mine."

Again I have to ask when is it going to end? The only answer I have to this problem is that it will only come to end when our Lord and Savior steps in when he returns to this earth.

Robert J. Robinson



Adventure to the Amazon

I wanted to thank all those community partners who once again have volunteered access to their facilities during this year’s physical activity challenge in an effort to keep us healthy and active this winter!

It is so important that we as a community are able to provide safe indoor walking locations during the long winter months in Maine. The physical activity challenge, which this year is an “Adventure to the Amazon," is a great example of how our community partners are meeting that need. The CLC/YMCA in Damariscotta, the Wiscasset Community Center, the First Baptist Church in Waldoboro, Hannaford in Boothbay Harbor and Damariscotta and the schools of Jefferson Village, South Bristol, Great Salt Bay, Bristol and Lincoln Academy are all opening their doors to the community for seven weeks from Jan. 14 to March 1. This is not expected or a given for them to participate and shows their commitment to the general health of the community in addition to their own individual missions.

So I ask that anyone who is participating with us this year on our “Adventure to the Amazon” please take the time to also thank our community partners when you are walking at these locations.

If anyone needs to find out exact times that locations are made available you may check out us on Facebook at” Adventure to the Amazon." Remember in order to walk at any of these locations you do need to register with Lincoln County Healthcare Education Office and receive your yellow and green bracelet to present at each location.Thanks all for making Lincoln County a great place to live!

Anni Pat McKenney

Healthy Lincoln County



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