St. George news

By Sandra Dickson | Oct 12, 2018
Courtesy of: Bryan Pfeiffer A migrating Monarch butterfly, identified as a female, spent an afternoon filling up on nectar by Monhegan’s Lupine Gallery in preparation for her 3,000-mile journey to Mexico.

We are stunned and unspeakably saddened by the sudden death of Cherie Yattaw. She was one of the behind-the-scenes "Office Angels" who have helped keep our town business running smoothly for the past several years. Cherie started working in the assessor's department and then took over the job of office manager when Peggy Black retired.

Recent improvements in the bimonthly town newsletter were due to Cherie's interest and editing skills. She set the bar high, and her loss is felt deeply by everyone who knew her. Our condolences go out to her extended family and many friends.

Civic duty

From a discussion on the importance of nonpartisan funding for journalism schools, this quote seems worth repeating: "Journalism is the first draft of history."

Like certain other professionals -- weather forecasters, for example, who must juggle known facts with educated speculation -- journalists and fair-minded columnists have the task of seeking the truth and trying to get it right. Always.

As a columnist trained in journalism and experienced in news editing, I feel a strong sense of civic duty to report the facts and never allow the lines of fairness to be blurred by political partisanship.

Charged with balancing my opinions on current issues with others‘ opposing views, one issue I believe we can all agree on is the need for honesty, intelligence and good character in our elected and appointed representatives and lawmakers at the local, state, and national levels. They must always put their country, their state and their constituents - all of themselves - ahead of partisanship, power or personal gain.

I hope you’ll remember this when you go to the polls Nov. 6.

Whose turisdiction?

A state statute originally designed to assist small towns with code enforcement has caused confusion and a serious lapse of enforcement over the recent Bean/Wyeth National Electrical Code violation.

While this current stalemate obviously requires a clear resolution and steps to prevent future questions over who has authority over certain building code violations, our St. George CEO or the state fire marshal, we’re reminded that Maine needs a thoughtful, nonpartisan, well-informed state Legislature to avoid passing bills that may cause more harm than good.

Glenmere oil spill

In late September, Anita Siegenthaler hosted a meeting with two Department of Environmental Protection officials, Dan Courtmanch and Alex Pugh, from the Bureau of Remediation and Waste Management, to provide updates on the December 2017 spill of 1,700 gallons of fuel oil at Chris Anderson's property on Glenmere Road in Port Clyde.

Test bores indicate that most of the oil has been recovered, but that some is still slowly seeping downhill underground and may eventually surface in the marsh on Horse Point Road. So far, any threat to two neighboring wells is seen as unlikely, and when the oil, which moves slower than gasoline, reaches the marsh area, the oil molecules will be tiny and well-diluted. For more information, go online to friendsofstgeorge.org.

Les Hyde

A trail dedication and tree planting to honor the memory of conservationist and educator Leslie Hyde will be held Saturday, Oct. 20, from 10 to 11:30 a.m., gathering at the Jackson Memorial Library's School Nature Trail, one of Les's special local projects.

Monhegan

Oct. 1 was Trap Day, when half a dozen local lobster boats took off at gray dawn loaded with gear for the first setting of traps within the two-mile zone around the island. For many, the event was a real “Kodak moment,” for others, the prelude to a feast, as lobsters hastened to be caught almost as soon as the traps hit the water.

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