Insulted in Frankfort

I found Eolian’s recent mass mailing to be quite disturbing. After almost a year of being in Frankfort and giving the townspeople vague and misleading answers to their questions, they’ve now decided to hire a professional public relations firm to “reintroduce” themselves.

Here are some of the facts: Eolian has yet to produce a single watt of electricity anywhere. They admit to not having done “a good enough job” of clearly presenting their project to our town. Two of their mass mailings “overlooked” dozens of residents who live in and around Mount Waldo and would be most affected by these massive 450-foot wind turbines.

Heck, Eolian can’t even get the name of our local store in town right, even though they have an office right next store to it. It’s “The Family Country Market,” not the Frankfort Country Market — just like the huge signs on the building say. Now they want us to believe they’ve found their way, are ready to “engage the community” and they’re desperate to move forward with this huge project.

I find it insulting that Eolian thinks the people of this town can be taken in by pizza parties, barbecues, mailings with “project details” and selective office events with paid-for, third-party “experts.” In this way, they can control the conversations and spoon feed us with (non) answers like they have since day one.

Again, they’re showing the townspeople they are not comfortable with an open “transparent” dialogue where they have to give real answers to real questions. The fact of the matter is, Eolian has nothing to point to as an example since they’ve never built anything.

As a community we have to ask ourselves: Do we want our town and the Jewel of Waldo County — Mount Waldo — to be Eolian’s guinea pig? Remember, there’s no second chance. If these turbines are put up they are there to stay for at least the next 20 years.

We need to pass our ordinance, sending Eolian the message that we’re going to protect our town just as the people of Eddington did several months ago when Eolian tried these same tactics there.

Robert Poitras

Frankfort

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Congratulations, Robbins family!

The Georges River Land Trust is delighted to offer our heartfelt congratulations to Jim Robbins and Robbins Lumber Company for being awarded the Maine Department of Conservation Austin H. Wilkins Forest Stewardship Award for 2011.

The Austin H. Wilkins Forest Stewardship Award is the major recognition for landowners and individuals who are outstanding examples of managing working forests in Maine in an exemplary and sustainable way. Governor LePage presented this prestigious award in a ceremony at the Blaine House in Augusta on Sept. 8.

The Robbins family was one of the earliest families to settle in the St. George River valley, and started Robbins Lumber Company in 1881. The company is currently operated by the fifth generation of Robbins, and they own and manage 30,000 acres of Maine forests.

Their Searsmont mill uses the latest high-tech laser technology for creating white pine lumber and other products. They use virtually every bit of wood, down to burning the last scraps to generate their own electricity to run the mill.

The Georges River Land Trust is honored to have Jim Robbins on our board of directors. He brings sustainable forestry expertise, successful business management, and a love of the Maine woods to our work. On behalf of the board and staff, congratulations to Robbins Lumber for winning this much-deserved award.

Gail Presley,

Executive director

Georges River Land Trust

Rockland

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Time to turn in that trumpet?

Do you remember the fun you had playing an instrument in school? Give a child the gift of music and consider donating a used instrument!

The music programs at Frankfort, Searsport and Stockton Springs elementary schools and Searsport District Middle/High School are looking for instrument donations. If you have a flute, clarinet, saxophone, trumpet or trombone in good or reparable condition that is not being used in your home please consider donating it.

You can drop the instruments off at Searsport District Middle/High School, Frankfort Elementary, Searsport Elementary or Stockton Springs Elementary. If you have questions please contact Katie Bailey at 548-2317 (or by email at kbailey@rsu20.org) or Charlene Farnham at 548-2313 (or by email at cfarnham@rsu20.org).

Katie Bailey

Charlene Farnham

RSU 20 music teachers

Searsport

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Big thanks on behalf of small dogs

A very large celebration took place Sunday, Sept. 11, on behalf of rather small dogs of the dachshund breed! Sponsored for the first time by the Friends of Belfast Parks, the eighth annual Maine Wienerfest was quite the spectacle on Steamboat Landing.

More than 700 people enjoyed hundreds of dachshunds as they paraded, pranced and ran their way through several events during a perfectly beautiful Maine afternoon. People and dogs represented many states and dozens of Maine communities. The unexpectedly large attendance reflects perhaps the appeal of these canine companions.

With the help of many volunteers the event proved to be a successful fundraiser for the Belfast Dog Park. Expressions of thanks and gratitude are extended to all who contributed to the success of the day: Norma Whitman for her totally captivating artwork incorporated into the posters and banner; steering committee members Dale Kuhnert, Debbie Hockensmith, Lane Fisher and Carol Bauss for multiple hours and myriad tasks; the city of Belfast for the use of Steamboat Landing and the Boathouse; specialty hot dog maestro Cher Jones and her crew; Pat Skaling for the children’s activity booth; Peggy McKenna for her portrait photography and for donating her proceeds for the day; speakers Mark Hanks, DVM, Barbara Butterworth and Bonnie Raymond; Tim Woitowitz for leading the parade in dog costume and his band the Juke Rockets for live music; the Penobscot Bay Singers for a wonderful food booth with ice cream and homemade treats for dogs and people; Diane Braybook, lively emcee and entertainer; fascinating mime Scot Cannon; attendants at the entrance gate and FOPB sales booth — Gen Garvey, Carol Fritsche, Fran Torresen, Chris Urick, Trish Jakielski; multitaskers Ginny Ford, Nea Farrington-Chase, Carol Visser, Kathy Muzzy, Mike Skaling, and Bob Boulier; Jim Bell for assistance with setting up; Richard Brown for clean-up help; Dale Cross and the YMCA for use of folding chairs; and the retail vendors for their presence and donations — Loyal Biscuit, Royal Canin, Chris Breedlove, Bernadette Monette, and Kyle Edgerly, balloon sculptor extraordinaire. Our sincere thanks to all!

We are looking forward to next year’s Wienerfest, scheduled for Sept. 9, 2012 — save the date!

Carol R. Good, president

Friends of Belfast Parks

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Thanks for the support in Stockton

The Stockton Springs Fire Department would like to thank everyone who attended the supper for Matt “Mugsy” Thornton on Saturday, Sept. 17. Between the supper, donations and 50/50 raffle tickets, more than $1,300 was raised to help Matt during this difficult time.

Brandy Bridges won the 50/50 raffle, but kindly donated the winnings back to Matt.

We would also like to thank Perry’s Store, The Good Kettle, Just Barb’s, Creative Catering, and all the wonderful people who made a dish for the supper to benefit Matt “Mugsy” Thornton.

Stockton Springs Fire Department

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Reader left wondering

One question for David Hurley regarding the mural he has designed for the side of the Family Dollar [“David Hurley sees a boat,” page B1 of the Sept. 21 edition of the Journal]. Whose lips are in your design?

Bob Brennan

Troy