Wind for Frankfort

In November, the residents of Frankfort will vote to accept or reject a new ordinance on wind development. A draft of that ordinance has been posted at the Town Hall. Its intent is clear: enact overly restrictive rules that will prevent the Mount Waldo landowners from moving forward with a wind project that they want located on their property. It does not “foster the orderly development of wind energy in Frankfort,” as its authors claim.

Mount Waldo has been classified as the best site in Waldo County for the location of four to six utility-scale wind turbines by an independent consultant. What makes this site a better choice over others is the following: there is a road and power line to the top, the site already has existing industrial uses due to the fact that it has three cell towers with red lights, it’s not a backdrop to someone’s lake frontage and it is pretty much non-forested. Also, the distance from the nearest residence is half a mile away, two times that of other facilities already in operation.

We hope that when the town of Frankfort turns out to vote in November, that they vote to promote a project that generates revenue for the citizens of Frankfort, creates much-needed construction jobs, produces non-polluting energy that will limit our dependence on foreign fossil fuel and coal and their association to mercury and other pollutants.

As a Mount Waldo landowner and taxpayer, I urge the citizens of Frankfort to vote “No” on this unjust ordinance. This project will contribute to the people of Frankfort and the whole state of Maine.

Bernard Madden

Millinocket

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Fight back

Wall Street protests and growing media reports show a groundswell of public outrage that will shape the next election. America is in trouble on all fronts.

In their insightful new book, “That Used to Be Us,” Thomas Friedman and Michael Mandelbaum detail what’s wrong with America and how to fix it. Five pillars that made this country great are all in decline: public education, infrastructure, immigration, research and development, and regulation.

As a nation, we have become dumber, fatter, lazier, older, poorer and unemployed. We also have allowed a corporate-run government, paid off by the rich, to redirect most of the wealth against the common good. If we don’t reverse this downward spiral, we will be left behind a developing world to face a bleak, painful future.

We are still a great people. We have used our creative diversity and collective will before to defeat insurmountable odds, and we must do so again now. We have a year to find and elect extraordinary, bold leaders who will face reality, tell the truth and show the way.

Corrupted, partisan obstructionists must be swept aside. We have to bite the bullet and make the investments and fair sacrifices that will restore our leadership in the world.

It will take all of us to do that. Many groups, like the Wall Street demonstrators and the American Dream Movement, are fighting back. Let’s pay attention and support them any way we can, while we still have a chance to save our country.

David Estey

Belfast

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Thanks for ‘our Stonehenge’

This letter is to thank the city of Belfast and Waterfall Arts for the split rock public artwork at the site of the upper bridge on the east side of Belfast. This very dramatic work, marking the Rangeway at a public site, is a wonderful example of public art; a non-obtrusive addition in character to the Midcoast landscape that gently alters our perception of this specific location.

By erecting the split stones on a vertical axis, the work serves as a gateway framing a view of the water and the site of the former upper bridge, and likewise Robbins Road as it courses along the river. It stands as an exclamation point at the tip of the public way and was described by one of the neighbors at the installation (during a chilly rain last Saturday!) as “our Stonehenge” due to its large and imposing size.

The work is a wonderful addition to our East Side neighborhood and we very much appreciate the efforts of all of those who made it a reality.

John and Sandra Moore

Ron and Elaine Kennedy

Louisa Dunlap

Belfast

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HOME needs your help

HOME Inc. is planning to to fill a container to send to an impoverished Guatemalan village in November.

HOME needs your help in gathering common household items desperately needed by villagers of San Juan Comalapa, Guatamala. The project strives to strengthen solidarity between wealthy and impoverished communities throughout the world.

After several years of working on this project, the funding has been acquired and we are charged with the mission of filling this container. HOME hopes that members of our local and extended communities will come together to help us achieve our goal. The following are items we seek for the people in need:

• Bicycles in good working order or easily fixable

• Kitchen appliances, including microwaves, toaster ovens, hot plates, coffee makers, etc.

• Carpentry tools including hammers, saws, sanders, etc.

• Mechanical tools including wrenches, screwdrivers, pliers, etc.

• Farming tools including shovels, picks, axes, etc.

• Shoes for men and children

• Computers/laptops

• Sewing machines

• Clothing for men and children

• Cash donations

Please contact Josh or Rosa at 469-7961 to arrange to drop off a donation or to have us pick one up. Thank you in advance for your generosity!

Cary Huggins

HOME Cooperative

Orland

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KnitMaine-ia crew thanked for support

New Hope for Women sincerely thanks the Women of St. Margaret’s Episcopal Church in Belfast for imagining and producing the fashion show KnitMaine-ia.

The fashion show at Fiber College in Searsport on Sept. 8 was a brilliant success! An impressive $615 was raised for New Hope for Women. In addition to doubling the funds raised last year, 48 pieces of knitwear — including mittens, scarves, hats and toys — were also donated to the organization. The fashions were stunning, the models beautiful, and the narrations informative and witty.

Special thanks to Jillian Liversidge and Sara Brand-New for organizing this event, and the many hours they gave of time and talent. They also served as co-narrators and models. They were spectacular! Thank you to all the Women of Saint Margaret’s who donated and prepared the food for the wine and cheese tasting reception following the show and to Fiber College for hosting the event and assisting with the organization.

Many of the knit items were created by St. Margaret Parish members including: Sara Brand-New, Betty Becker-Theye, Sandy Gregory, Ellen Kenney, Susie Kraeger, Joan Whitlock, Suzanne Smedley and Jillian Liversidge.

Each community event such as KnitMaine-ia helps New Hope for Women promote healthy and safe communities in Lincoln, Knox and Waldo counties.

Richard Ailes, development director

Kathleen Morgan, executive director

New Hope for Women

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Thanks for the birthday bash

I would like to express my heartfelt thanks to all who helped make my birthday a smashing success with such a great party.

I wish to thank my children for planning the party and keeping it such a surprise. I want to thank everyone, family and friends, for all the wonderful cards and gifts which I received.

I would like to thank everyone who brought the food, casseroles, salads, desserts, finger rolls, etc. It was all delicious and greatly appreciated. Everyone knows who you were who brought each item.

I would also say thank you to the Frye Mountain Band who played and sang such great music.

It was a great evening and fun was had by all. Thank you all once again, very much.

Mary Benjamin

Belfast