Letters, July 24

Jul 24, 2014

A mystery in Searsport

There's a mystery in Searsport and its not what you might think. It's down on the shore across from Sears Island. The area that has no life. The place where there is no seaweed. The place where there are no creatures in the tidal pools.

The mystery is not what killed off all the seaweed. That was the acid that we discovered in the intertidal mud. It has a ph so low that nothing can live there.

The mystery is not where the acid that killed off all the life came from either. It came from behind the earthen works that sit just above the high tide line. The ones GAC constructed to keep the acid from leaking into the bay.

The mystery is not even who is responsible for keeping the acid out of the bay. This is GAC's property and this legacy waste is their responsibility to clean up and control in the future.

The mystery is, sadly, why won't local and state officials do their jobs. Why won't they step up to the plate and do the right thing and tell GAC it is no longer acceptable for them to allow their legacy waste to pollute our shore and to clean up their mess.

Harlan McLaughlin

Searsport

Concern about Lincolnville schooner mooring

I have a few concern I would like to address in reference to the article titled “Williamson hopes to begin Summertime days sails,” published in your July 17 issue. The article cites “mooring complications.” The mooring permits for Mr. Williamson, for Lincolnville Harbor, were in place in the beginning of June 2014. Harbor Master Mike Hutchings has been waiting for Mr. Williamson to bring a mooring to Lincolnville Harbor since this time and it arrived just last week on Wednesday, July 16. The additional mooring for Mr. Williamson’s transport boat, to bring passengers between the pier and the Summertime, has also been available for use since the beginning of June and has sat empty since that time.

I am concerned that Mr. Williamson has interests in changing the Lincolnville Harbor Ordinance in order to suit his business needs. A harbor ordinance, mind you, that has been praised by the Army Corps of Engineers as one of the best ever written. Mr. Hutchings is simply doing his job as Harbor Master by following this ordinance.

Mr. Williamson seems to intend to utilize this pier seasonally. The commercial fishermen use this pier year round to support themselves, their families and our community. These fishermen are providing products to our community that make Maine what it is. People flock to Maine to enjoy a taste of a famous Maine lobster and other seafood delicacies.

Hopefully Mr. Williamson will be able to run a successful business. Although, another issue that I note in this article is that Mr. Williamson has not yet found a place to sell tickets for his excursions. With just a little research, it can easily be discovered that ticket sales of any kind are prohibited on a commercial fishing pier. Thank you for your time.

Jarica Cantlin

Lincolnville

A vote for Fulford

If you like our Governor, vote for the senate incumbent in Waldo County’s state senate race. If not, vote for Jonathan Fulford for State Senate. I am.

Jonathan Fulford lives and works in Monroe as a Maine carpenter, farmer, husband, hunter, father and grandfather, where his sons and their families operate their own working farm in Waldo County. They don’t think life in Maine under LePage and the incumbent senator is the way life should be for the 99-percent. Neither do I. I am voting for Jonathan Fulford for Maine Senate because I know him as caring, thoughtful, honest, and hard working.

Jonathan will represent all Mainers, and will respect and listen to all constituents without regard to party or persuasion. Jonathan is passionate about protecting the environment and its jobs with fair wages for all. He believes in affordable and accessible health care for everyone. Jonathan will work hard for properly funded public education and its hard working teachers. He will protect full and open voting rights for all citizens and stands as a Clean Election candidate. Jonathan will work across party lines to see Maine’s economy, health care, educational and environmental policies work fairly and efficiently to improve opportunities for all Maine’s citizens and voters.

If you are tired of partisan politics in Augusta, vote for Jonathan Fulford, as the next and best Maine State Senator in Waldo County’s District 11, and begin to enjoy the way Maine life should and will be — for all!

Jeff Smith

Swanville

Acknowledging Joshua Treat

The family of Joshua Treat III would like to thank the person who sincerely wrote in acknowledging Jay for his dedication and contribution in making Searsport Shores Campground a place to visit and what it is today.

The appropriate and correct title for Jay was Chief Warrant Officer of the United States Navy.  Jay was in WWII stationed in the Manus Islands in the South Pacific. He and his men settled the Islands and brought back many artifacts that were part of the early days when he owned Perry's Nut House. He was one of the most interesting storytellers around, talking on his travels and political figures he remained close to, such as The Honorable Senator Margaret Chase Smith and Eleanor Roosevelt.

Jay gave willingly to everything he started. He owned Searsport Shores for many years, along with Perry's Nut House and many other businesses. He helped many locals in business now who were just starting out years ago, making them successful in their own right. He was and always will be the epitome of "the self-made businessman."

In the many years Jay owned and operated his businesses, he welcomed dignitaries, locals, tourists, bikers, hikers, and hunters. He and his family helped settle the Town of Winterport and owned and operated other family businesses. Jay's businesses included customers who thought fondly of him and were considered extended family because to him they were and always will be. They were never "just customers."  I guess you could say that Jay made Searsport Shores what it is today. Again, thank you from his entire family for recognizing one great Belfast and Searsport business person who deserves to be acknowledged appropriately.

Deborah A. Ryan

Searsport

Regarding Tom Seymour’s column on the 'food police'

It’s great, Tom, that you live in rural Maine with the space to grow your own vegetables and forage for others and the time to catch fish in nearby lakes and streams. But it’s a tad difficult for families in the middle of New York City, Los Angeles, Chicago and many other big cities and even in densely populated suburbs to grow and catch their own food. It’s a challenge to grow vegetables on an apartment fire escape, find a great fishing spot in one of those metropolises or hunt for rabbits in Central Park

And then there’s the issue of time and financial ability. Hey, even though I work part-time to supplement my Social Security, the prices of supermarket fish, fresh fruit and vegetables really push my budget to or beyond its limits. Single parents or even two-parent families earning minimum wages struggle to get any food on the table let alone the more expensive stuff they may well know would be best for their kids. Free choice is fine if everyone really has the financial freedom to make the best choices. And Michelle Obama is not the only person concerned about increasing medical costs associated with poor nutrition.

By the way, I don’t consider passionately advocating for one’s personal principles a “foot-stomping hissy fit.” Otherwise, some — surely not I — might think that term describes your column.

Denise Goodman

Searsport

A fabulous weekend at Arts in the Park

On July 12 and 13 we were blessed with some of the finest days of the summer, and the people came and enjoyed all there was to offer. This, the 19th annual event, was better and more successful thanks to the support and help from many.

First and foremost the artists, 78 of them, who set up, unpack, smile and chat with thousands of people, some who buy and some who don't, then pack everything up again — without them there would be no Arts in the Park. Thank you!

Also, I would like to pay a special tribute to the all-volunteer Arts in the Park committee, who work together in a happy and cohesive way all year long and then spend the weekend joyfully and tirelessly assisting artists and visitors alike — without them this event would not be the great show that it is. Our Artist of the Year, Scott Perry, has been a regular at Arts in the Park for many years, his wonderful artistic panoramic shot of the Rollie’s block in Belfast was perfect for the poster and other promotional material. Thank you, Jim LeClair for the daily Facebook posts. Then there are the musicians — the Belfast Bay Fiddlers, Aurora Jazz Project, the Bad Daddys, Leaky Boot Jug Band, 195th US Army Jazz Band, and the Uke Group — all of them entertained spectators and vendors alike. The food vendors who kept us happy in other ways — Ye Olde English Fish ‘n’ Chips, The Good Kettle, the Uproot Pie Co., Stone Fox Farm Creamery, and the Game Loft. Thanks to the city for letting us use the beautiful park on the harbor and waterfront, Kathy Pickering, the harbormaster and her crew, Norm Poirier, Gary Palmer and Parks and Rec., the Public Works department. Our security guys, Doug and Wayne; Ray Estabrook, and the Game Loft kids who clean up during the; Scott and Ryan from the Re-Entry Center; our volunteers on the weekend: Del Hickey, Judy Beebe, David Beebe, Mary Ann Long, Lane Fisher, Dale Kuhnert, Kate Bartlett, Carol Good and Fawn Munson. Thanks to John Holmes for allowing us use of his property for artist parking. From a committee of four women, we give a huge thanks to Dennis Urick for installing all the signs, setting up the tents and so much more, and to Malcolm Gater who was on duty for three days in a row organizing all the vehicles and parking. Our sponsors for their donations and contributions, without them we wouldn't have the music or be able to publicize the event as widely: the Bangor Daily, our media sponsor who provided terrific coverage that attracted many; Bangor Savings Bank, Cultured Canines, DelVino’s, Front Street Shipyard, Hannaford, Insight Video Productions, Rollie’s, Smart DataMap Services, Belfast Co-op, Belfast Harbor Inn, Belfast and Moosehead Lake Railroad, City Drawers, Colburn Shoes, Colonial Theatre, Coyote Moon, Cross Insurance, Little River Veterinary Hospital, Dr. John Lewis, Viking, Inc., Camden National Bank, Interiors by Janis Stone, Key Bank, Knox Bros. Auto Parts, Mainely Naturals, Mainely Pottery, Mainely Used Cars, Martha Reeve, Nickerson Professional Associates.

Finally, thanks to those who support the event each year by coming and shopping, eating, listening to the music — we need you. Proceeds from AITP are utilized by Friends of Belfast Parks in support of park facilities and programs.

For more information about Arts in the Park, please go to http://www.artsintheparkbelfast.org, and “like” us on Facebook.

Chris Urick

Arts in the Park Committee Chair

Thanks for supporting the Strawberry Shortcake fundraiser

The organizers of the Strawberry Shortcake fundraiser for the Greater Bay Area Ministerium Interfaith Fuel Fund extend heartfelt thanks to all who supported our efforts at the recent Arts in the Park event on the Belfast waterfront. It was a glorious weekend, with generous crowds in attendance, and the money raised will make a difference in people's lives in our area with their heating costs next winter.

For anyone who missed the fresh strawberries and real whipped cream, donations can still be made to the GBAM Interfaith Fuel Fund, Belfast United Methodist Church, 23 Mill Lane, Belfast, ME 04915. Thanks again. See you all next year!

Pamela Burrows

Belfast

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