Rockland seeks donation for fuel aid fund

Rockland seeks to help Coast Guard as no-pay day looms

By Stephen Betts | Jan 08, 2019

Rockland — City government and the local food pantry are offering aid to Coast Guard members and their families as the partial government shutdown continues.

There are more 100 Coast Guard members assigned to Rockland. There is a Coast Guard station as well the Abbie Burgess, Thunder Bay, and Tackle.

The Rockland City Council discussed assistance to the Coast Guard personnel during the Council's Monday night, Jan. 7 meeting.

The city has had a heating assistance fund through donations for the past several years for the public in need of aid.

"There are a ton of young Coast Guard families with little children who live paycheck to paycheck," Councilor Valli Geiger said Monday night.

City Manager Tom Luttrell said he would be attending a meeting of the Rockland Coast Guard City Commitee and would raise the issue with the Coast Guard representative in attendance.

The manager also asked Tuesday for donations for the city fuel aid fund to help replenish when it is used.

Rockland has been designated a Coast Guard City since 2008 because of its support for and close ties to the Coast Guard. The Coast Guard has been located on the Tillson Avenue peninsula since shortly after the end of World War II.

The partial federal shutdown began Dec. 22. The Coast Guard personnel received pay on Dec. 31 for work performed prior to that date. But no pay will be issued Monday unless an agreement is reached between President Donald Trump, who demands more than $5 billion to build a wall along the border with Mexico, and Congress.

Federal workers are paid every two weeks.

The Area Interfaith food pantry has also put out a notice that it is ready to assist Coast Guard families.

The food pantry is located at 70 Thomaston St. in Rockland. The hours are Monday, Wednesday or Friday 9:30 a.m. to noon (food/heating vouchers available) and Wednesday 5 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. (food only).

The pantry asks people to speak with the front desk to get help (identification will be needed).

Household members may come for food once per calendar month. The amount given is based on the size of your family, and is enough for about three days. That usually includes frozen meat, fresh produce, baked goods, and eggs, plus canned and boxed food from the shelves.

If you need some help with heating, AIO works directly with the heating companies who accept its vouchers.  The organization may be able to order up to 100 gallons of heating fuel for your home.

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Comments (4)
Posted by: Kendall Merriam | Jan 08, 2019 12:10

Whatever happened to Senator Susan Collins' assurance the Maine Coast Guard would get paid during this Trump-fostered shutdown? Oh, I forgot, she's a Trumpeter...

Posted by: Francis Mazzeo, Jr. | Jan 08, 2019 11:04

The POTUS sure is making America great again. I was raised in an era that one supported the president regardless of party, but this one is a disgrace to this nation. We need young voters to see that a person without  scruples is never elected as commander- in-chief again.

Posted by: Doug Curtis Jr. | Jan 08, 2019 09:42

Absolutely ridiculous. These men and women put their lives on the line every day to help and protect us. Regardless of what you think of POTUS he can solve this problem with the stroke of a pen by putting them under the US Navy.

Posted by: Jeff Sukeforth | Jan 08, 2019 08:53

I thought there was a stipulation the USCG was to get paid, either way, good on Rockland for helping out.

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