Ash supports Baker

I will be supporting Lewis Baker to represent Belfast, Northport and Belmont in the race for House District 43. Erin Herbig is a nice young woman. I, however, support Lewis Baker for a number of reasons. Lewis’ experience in serving on various boards and committees is very important, given the difficult issues facing state government.

I have served with Lewis on the Belfast City Council over the last two years. I have seen his ability to work with his fellow councilors to solve problems facing the city.

I believe that Lewis will work to reach across party lines to achieve bipartisan solutions to the many issues that the state will be dealing with.

I hope you will join me in voting for Lewis Baker as the representative for District 43.

Walter Ash

Mayor, city of Belfast


Herbig ‘will make a difference’

I am pleased to be writing in support of Erin Herbig as representative for House District 43, serving Belfast, Belmont and Northport. I find Erin to be energetic, determined and reliable.

I feel her commitment to serve will continue to benefit our community once elected. Erin’s quest for quality programs and services centers on enhancing the quality of life for area residents. Her enthusiasm and dedication to service symbolize progress and positive change for the state of Maine.

Erin has been instrumental to Maine students by exposing them to the benefits and opportunities to further their education. I feel Erin will work diligently to ensure Maine students have employment opportunities in their home state. I am very impressed with Erin’s commitment to youth as well as her drive to better our community.

Erin has demonstrated outstanding leadership skills by serving within a wide range of organizations. I know she will make a difference.

Sharon A. Reed-Hall




I don’t doubt that you have had an experience with God, or that you have felt Him. But we’re not really talking about feelings; we’re talking about Truth. When anyone goes in the direction of righteousness, there is always relief. When anyone does the truth, there is always a measure of freedom, or lifting off of the heavy weight, but salvation comes through the atoning sacrifice of the Son of God, and that sacrifice was once in eternity. That’s not even a matter of feeling; it is a matter of Faith.

The cleansing blood of Christ went all the way backward to the garden of Eden, and all the way forward to the last soul who will respond to the Gospel; to everyone who will believe and obey His covenant plan. This salvation is a process, a process that was completed 2,000 years ago on the old rugged cross.

For us, it is a road, with the end of our Faith being the salvation of our soul. Many need to learn to enjoy the journey. Your battle isn’t against others or even things. It’s a battle over the name of the only begotten Son of God. And His Name is Jesus! (Which translated means “Jehovah is become my salvation”).

The Bible, in Acts, chapter 4, verse 12, says: “Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved.” If you fight this battle and begin to grasp this revelation, almighty God will work in your life as never before. Through His death, burial and resurrection and nothing else, except your Faith.

Faith is like the action word of believe (Hebrews 11:1) As Christ died on the cross; we die to self and to sin daily. As Christ was buried, we are buried in Him in baptism. As Christ rose from the dead three days later, we have a promise of being born again (that is the supernatural presence of God Himself alive inside you).

The apostle Paul said, “For I determined not to know anything among you, save Jesus Christ, and Him crucified.” I challenge you, the reader, to not just be a reader or hearer, but to become a doer of the Word of God. And to exercise your Faith in God that releases something from both you and Him that will bring you to a whole new level.

Pastor Warren Heath

Crossroads to Calvary



Soup Kitchen shares gratitude

“Appreciation is a wonderful thing; it makes what is excellent in others belong to us as well.” — Voltaire

The Belfast Soup Kitchen Board of Directors, staff and the guests we serve, would like to thank everyone who shared their “excellence” and provided the funds needed to continue to feed those in need. The response to our plea for help in the Aug. 16 article [“Cash-strapped soup kitchen seeks salvation”] certainly demonstrates the compassion in the Waldo County community! We are now poised to meet our immediate financial needs, keeping the Soup Kitchen’s doors open to all, while we plan future fundraising strategies.

Please accept our heartfelt gratitude for your generosity. Donations may be sent to Belfast Soup Kitchen c/o Camden National Bank, Main Street, Belfast, ME 04915. Volunteers are also needed. Contact Alex Allmayer-Beck at 338-3105.

Belfast Soup Kitchen

Guests, staff and board of directors


Thank you, supporters

Under a beautiful blue sky and surrounded by gentle crisp breezes, Future MSAD 3 board members and supporters welcomed 18 teams of golfers to Future’s seventh annual Golf Tournament. The event was held at Country View Golf Club in Brooks Sept. 11.

We would like to take this opportunity to extend a grateful thank you to our friends, neighbors and fellow board members who helped make this annual fundraising tournament such a huge success. We especially want to thank our tournament co-chairs, Barrie Fernald and Shirley Caler.

We thank the team members for their full day of participation. We thank our many supporters for the wonderful contest prizes that were donated. We thank so many vendors and local businesses who supplied us with food. We thank the Mount View High School Golf Team for being our guests at the tournament. We thank Mount View students who showed up to help.

We thank Ansel, our assistant pro for the day, who helped the teams with their scores. We thank the Country View staff for being so helpful. Most of all, we thank our awesome, dedicated board members and helpers who worked like a well-greased machine to solicit hole sponsors and prizes, register the teams, explain the contests, monitor the holes, provide snacks, set up for lunch, man the grills, display and distribute the prizes and do the cleanup at the end of the day.

We are so thankful for the many contributors to our present campaign for athletic enhancements at Mount View. We have some pretty ambitious plans for the coming year, and this golf tournament is just the beginning of our efforts. Thank you for your support and thanks for being a part of our fund-aising endeavors.

Paula Miron and Marsha Shibles


Future MSAD 3


Terrific tea in Stockon

On Sunday, Sept. 12, my daughter, Rachel Kneeland, and I attended a very special event at the Stockton Springs Community Library. The library produced a traditional British afternoon tea. The settings in the Library were colorful and beautiful, with linen tablecloths and napkins, china and silver, and a lavender floral arrangement.

The wait staff wore the traditional black and white and served with a smile. The tea is a three-course mini-meal of bite-size savories. The first course was tiny sandwiches of cucumber, curry cream chutney, and three others. This was followed by light and fluffy scones served with lemon curd, clotted cream and strawberry marmalade. The dessert was a selection of six very tasty treats, including a chocolate-covered strawberry, pecan tassie and shortbread cookie for each person at the table.

Each place was marked by a name card and the menu was on the table, along with a pot of tea with its own cozy. There was a table of ‘tween young ladies who sat near us and fell into the charm of the situation along with the rest of the ladies who attended.

The volunteers who organized this event and then carried it off without a hitch are to be commended. While an afternoon tea is not unheard of, it isn’t often we see a function that is so cultured and historically accurate. I know there are too many volunteers to be mentioned, but I do believe that the Afternoon Tea committee deserves copious applause and appreciation for their efforts.

Next year, I will definitely dress up for the occasion, as did a number of the attendees. It isn’t often we can use the adjective “delightful,” meaning “full of wonder and joy.” But this Afternoon Tea was truly unique and I know that all of us who were present at the event on Sunday were delighted.

Veronica Magnan

Stockton Springs


‘Run for the Hills’ says thanks

Coastal Mountains Land Trust’s second annual Run for the Hills in Belfast Sept. 11 was an unqualified success. Over 100 entrants in the 10K competitive run and 5K walk/fun run enjoyed perfect weather on a beautiful but challenging course that passed three CMLT preserves in Belfast and ran parallel to the proposed Passy Greenway before finishing at the east end of the footbridge.

As with all successful endeavors, the run was made possible by the combined unstinting efforts of many institutions and individuals. The city of Belfast was very supportive, and Jim Bell of the Department of Parks and Recreation, Chief Jeff Trafton and other officers of the police department, and EMT Fred Ehman of the fire department ensured that the physical requirements for running an efficient and safe event were met.

Bank of America was not only the run’s major sponsor, but its team of runners raised over $500 for the land trust’s work in the area and was the top dollar team. Waldo County Health, Peg Worth, Realtor, and Liberty Graphics supported the run as T-shirt sponsors.

Grand prizes for the fastest male and female runners were donated by William Armstrong, Massage, and Kristen Burkholder, Massage. Belfast and area merchants contributed generously for other prizes: Bay Wrap, Belfast Maskers, Bennett’s Gems & Jewelry, Beyond the Sea, Brambles, Colburn Shoe Store, Colonial Theater, Darby’s, The Good Table, The Green Store, Heavenly Socks Yarns, Left Bank Books (Searsport), MacLeod’s Furniture, Mr. Paperback, Out of the Woods, Out on a Whimsy, Perry’s Furniture, Perry’s Nut House, Purple Baboon, Reny’s, Scoops, Silver Scissors (Camden), and Yo Mamma’s Home.

In-kind contributions were generously made by the Belfast Co-op, Communication Graphics (Carol Gillette), Hannaford’s and Mathews Bros. Waterfall Arts shared its facilities, including parking, for the registration process. Harbor Hill once again made available its beautiful terrace overlooking Belfast harbor for the refreshments and awarding of prizes, and residents assisted in welcoming run participants and volunteers.

Volunteers are the unsung heroes of events like the run. Over three dozen members of the land trust and other area citizens contributed in countless ways to making the day a success. Thank you all. The money raised by Run for the Hills will support Coastal Mountains Land Trust’s work in preserving our beautiful area for generations to come.

Mary Rackmales, chair



Common concert appreciated

Everything was just right Sept. 6 on the Belfast Common. The sun was just the right degree of warmth; the comfortable, refreshing breeze coming off a picturesque Belfast Bay with its moored boats sitting serenely on calm water. A perfect backdrop for what the participants and audience alike hope is the first of many concerts that are put on by the churches of Waldo County. Coordinators of the concert were Mike and Shiela Dassett and Gary Palmer.

An appreciative audience, about 35 people of all ages, sometimes listening, sometimes singing along, lounged on blankets and lawn or folding chairs while the praise teams of three local churches, the Midcoast Christian Fellowship of Belfast, The First Baptist Church of Belfast and the Lord of Glory Fellowship of Northport, as well as some special singers from out of the audience, played and sang from noon until 4 p.m.

The audience was mostly locals, but there were a few from farther away, such as a couple from Orland and their son and granddaughter visiting from Virginia.

Merleen Palmer