Support the March of Dimes

March for Babies May 18
By The Courier-Gazette Editorial Board | May 07, 2014

Many in our community know the joy of bringing strong, healthy babies into the world and raising them.

One of the greatest threats to that process is premature birth, which affects nearly half a million babies each year, including 1,186 in Maine. Many great strides have been made to help premature babies survive and in many cases thrive. However, the best chance a baby has to develop without complications is to be born full-term.

The March of Dimes is the leading nonprofit organization working to promote healthy pregnancy and baby health. With chapters nationwide and its premier event, March for Babies, the March of Dimes works to improve the health of babies by preventing birth defects, premature birth and infant mortality.

Families and business leaders will join together Sunday, May 18 in the March of Dimes annual March for Babies — the nation’s oldest walk fundraiser honoring babies born healthy and those who need help.

This year the Rockland March for Babies event will start at Trackside Station. Registration begins at 8 a.m. with the 3-mile walk kicking off at 9 a.m.

Funds raised by March for Babies in Maine help support prenatal wellness programs, research grants, newborn intensive care unit (NICU), family support programs and advocacy efforts for stronger, healthier babies.

This past November, the March of Dimes issued its annual Premature Birth Report Card — giving the nation a C and Maine the grade of A. However, there is still work to be done right here in Maine.

We urge you to support the March of Dimes in its efforts and support this important event.

The event will be an opportunity to get some exercise in the name of a good cause. There will be a bounce house for children, food, activities and more. Well-behaved leashed dogs are welcome. To register, visit

For the latest resources and health information, visit our websites


Watchdogs encouraged

You may notice in this week's edition of The Courier-Gazette that we have included a listing of local government and school board meetings dates and times. This will be a convenient way for you to keep track of those city council and selectmen's meetings, planning board public hearings and school board debates.

We have noticed a strong sense of public participation in Knox County and the greater Midcoast recently.

New and familiar faces are showing up during the public comment portion of city council and planning board meetings, asking questions and challenging others to get interested and get involved in matters that affect the community.

We have seen strong numbers in terms of responses to online polls and numerous comments on the VillageSoup site.

This is encouraging, so we decided to call this listing the "Watchdog's roundup." Watchdogs in the community and the press keep government accountable and transparent. Let us know your ideas for keeping residents informed at

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