St. George news

By Sandra Dickson | Apr 13, 2018
Courtesy of: Missy Gill From left, Molly, Natalie, Allison,and Maggie Gill add their pleas for gun control at the March for Our Lives on the Newcastle-Damariscotta bridge March 24.  Allison and Maggie are honors students at St. George School.

The power of voice

Do you ever wonder how the loons that spend their winters along our salty shores know when it's time to travel north to raise a new family on one of our many lakes? How do they know when the ice is out? I ask myself this question every year. And why do some loons stay on the coast all summer? I don't have the answers, but I can tell you that nothing is as wonderfully eerie as hearing half a dozen loons on an April night calling to each other across a still harbor. It's a ritual as ancient as time itself and cannot fail to remind a lucky listener how important it is that we humans do all we can to protect nature and wildlife habitat.

Which brings me to what I call the "Mother Bear Complex." I recognized this trait in myself 50 years ago, when I knew what lengths I would go to in order to protect my young daughter from harm. It is not only mothers who feel this need to protect. Fathers are equally driven, as was shown in the recent March for Our Lives that swept our country and the world in the student-led call for sensible gun control.

The "Mother Bear Complex" basically plays out in three ways: Nourish. Protect. Teach. We see this in all areas of our human lives, in homes, schools, churches, health care, governments, law enforcement, news media, conservation groups and among friends. But nowhere has this been more evident than in the aftermath of the recent school violence that stole 17 young lives. Once again, I applaud our young people who show courage and determination in taking on a problem that the adults have failed to address. To them I say, "We mother and father bears are here for you."

Voting for our lives

The local Mid-Coast League of Women Voters has been resurrected. The League is a nonpartisan, nonprofit public policy educational organization that builds citizen participation in the democratic process through unbiased study of community issues and seeks positive solutions through education and conflict management. Monthly meetings are held in Rockland. The League Education Fund has published "Making Your Vote Count," available at lwvme.org/about_edfund.html or by writing to P.O. Box 863, Augusta, ME 04332-0863.

The Mid-Coast League has been registering new voters among area high school students who are now or will be 18 before the November election and are eligible to vote in the June primary election. The state League recently sponsored a Civil Discourse Workshop in Thomaston and is now engaged in protecting the Citizens Referendum that calls for Maine to implement Ranked Choice Voting. In response to a partisan-led challenge to prevent RCV from taking effect in June, a judge has ordered that the state must honor the will of the voters. Since even well-informed voters may be unclear about how RCV works, the LWV will distribute a booklet in mid-May explaining the process.

EMT graduate

St. George Ambulance Director Amy Dyer has announced that we have a new EMT, Steve Taylor, who has joined our ambulance service. Congratulations, Steve. You have our thanks for joining an important team to help protect the lives of our neighbors.

House numbers

Here is a gentle reminder that visible house numbers do matter. Several years ago St. George asked residents to install house numbers that are visible from the road to aid the 911 Emergency Response system in locating the sources of emergency calls. Since our St. George 911 ordinance does not impose a penalty for noncompliance, I asked Town Manager Tim Polky if that was a mistake.

He pointed out that noncompliance has its own built-in penalty. If emergency responders from the fire department, ambulance service, or police have trouble locating a house where no number is visible, it wastes time spent searching that could be spent saving a life. The numbers need not be elaborate or expensive, although some residents have been artfully creative with carved wood or paint. If your house is far from the road and has no mailbox, numbers can be put on a stake, rock, tree or lobster trap. All residents are asked to add this to their spring to-do list.

Correction

Last week, the Transfer Station list for recyclable items was incomplete. Please recycle paper, glass, metals, plastics and electronics, and donate reusable items to Lisa's Resale Shop.

Comments (0)
If you wish to comment, please login.