Letters, Aug. 22
Excessive Front Street lighting
We, who live in the residential neighborhood in immediate proximity to Front Street, are extremely disturbed by the recent installation of unnecessary and excessive lighting along Front Street.
For well over three decades, Front Street has been a peaceful and viable pedestrian and vehicular byway without significant night lighting. We request the expeditious removal or major mitigation of the recently installed lighting.
The emitted light is extraordinarily bright and widely cast. It is probably brighter and more garish than along any other street within the city. The appearance created is akin to a big-box parking lot. The large fixtures themselves are out of scale with the charming small town harbor and will require continuing operating expense for dubious purpose.
Part of the beauty of our harbor and parks at night is the night sky. This expansive and powerful lighting now diminishes views of the night sky and the nocturnal harbor. The pleasure of walking along the harbor is now sorely undermined by a walkway bathed in glaring light.
It is incomprehensible that our city has chosen to make a major contribution to light pollution at a time of growing awareness of the problem, especially in Maine. We have even had the benefit of a recent screening at the Colonial Theater of "The City Dark," a documentary by a Maine filmmaker focusing on the growing problem.
Please take immediate action to remedy this eyesore.
William Kao and Judy Kao
Belfast Street Party 'better than ever'
Is Belfast a great place to be or what?! When the fifh Annual Belfast Street Party ended we were reminded of the immortal words of Belfast Broiler Festival organizer Bob Hall: “It was bigger and better than ever.” Every year Our Town Belfast spends months and months preparing for a one night super party where all are welcome free of charge. With a fantastic committee of volunteers, we plan an event with six hours of live music for dancing or listening, food and drink from local vendors to satisfy any appetite, and entertainment and activities for all ages — including adventure rides, face painting, caricatures, tarot, hula hoops and more. Most importantly, we invite the entire community — old and young and everyone in between — to join in on the fun.
Each year the Street Party really has gotten bigger and better. What continues to be encouraging and satisfying is to have the enthusiastic support and participation of so many Belfast area people, businesses and organizations. Our Town Belfast is honored to be trusted more and more by the City of Belfast and the entire business community joining with civic groups like the Lions and Rotary, churches of many denominations, and organizations like The Game Loft and the Waldo County YMCA. Schools and child support organizations help to make this the premier kid friendly event of the year for our area. Planning the Street Party each year is a labor of love — and a lot of work — for our volunteer committee, but having the support of so many others who participate in this event and present something that the community will enjoy means everything to its continued success. Thank you all!
Working together… it works. Diverse groups like the Waldo County Re-entry Program, the Belfast Area Chamber of Commerce, the City of Belfast, the Belfast Highway Department, the Belfast Police department, the Parks and Recreation department, Waldo County, our friends in the media, and far too many are working behind the scenes — before, during, and after the Street Party — to take care of anything from clearing out the cars (Thanks, Phil!) to picking up the trash, making sure the word is spread, and offering support of many kinds.
Thank you to everyone: the army of face painters, those who lent a hand, set up a food stall, allowed us to plug in, moved your cars out of the way, and brought yourself, friends, and family to the party. With everyone lending a hand, and the financial support of the City of Belfast, Camden National Bank, Bangor Savings Bank, Front Street Shipyard, The Juice Cellar (a brand new Belfast business already showing great support for the local community), Rollie’s Bar and Grill, and the Belfast Area Chamber of Commerce, we are able to pull off one fantastic party. Our Town Belfast and the annual Street Party have another excellent partner in Bank of America, which provided more than 50 local volunteers to help run the event.
Put simply, the mission of Our Town Belfast is to boost business and celebrate community in our historic downtown. There are a million reasons to come downtown and, the way we see it, there is no better place to be. If you have not yet been to the annual Street Party, we hope you will read this letter and join us next year!
And speaking of next year… you can rest assured that it will be bigger and better than ever. Help us make it so. We are always looking for additional ideas and muscle to make the magic happen. This year, the volunteer efforts of the Street Party were led by Our Town Belfast’s new promotions chair, Steve Racioppi. Congratulations, Steve, on a great first event, and for doing such an excellent job keeping our team on task and in good spirits the whole way through. To Marjie Byers, Mike Hurley, Cindy Lloyd and Chris Lobley: Thank you for meeting week after week and month after month to bring the party to the people and the people to the party!
Breanna Pinkham Bebb
Our Town Belfast
Montville Field Day a success
Despite the very wet field, the Montville Field Day was a success again this year. The chicken was fabulous, music, cake contest and kids games were enjoyed, and the auction was fun. All the awesome folks who helped pull off this event were present and very much on top of their game.
Thanks are due to so many for the success of the many events and potluck donations. The Montville Fire Department is truly grateful for the community supporting the Montville Field day. See you all at the 38th annual field day!
Montville Vol. Fire Dept.
Thanks for a great car show
Excelsion Lodge no. 151 of Northport would like to thank Blood's Garage, Dutch Chevrolet, J and B Auto, Pray's Homes, Quirk Ford/Chrysler, Viking Inc. and other businesses that donated to the car show held on Aug. 17 at the Blue Goose Center, and to Andrews and Andrews for allowing use of their building.
Thanks also to the participants in the car show and congratulations to the winners. A special thanks to the Masons and their wives who helped and organized this event. Everyone enjoyed great music by Andy Cunningham's True Country Band.