Shouldn’t Stockton have a say?

I am puzzled, as well as quite appalled, by the fact that residents of Stockton Springs are not being allowed a voice in the proposed 22.7-million-gallon liquefied petroleum gas tank to be located in Searsport.

Living on Cape Jellison, the threat of imminent danger as well as the problems with roads being overloaded with traffic as well as destruction of our roads is as of much concern to those of us living here as they are to residents of Searsport. It is said that 288 trucks a day will be using our rural roads to transport this fuel to parts far away from here. This is not just a town matter.

There is no safety buffer zone noted. There have been safety issues with the other four tanks of similar large size in the U.S. and safety preparedness seems to be non-existent. They claim to be bringing jobs to the area, but they are very few and would likely be filled with people they brought in who are “expert” in the managing of a facility like this.

Other things to consider are noise pollution from the facility and the 18-wheelers, air pollution from flare (108 tons a year), 24-hour light pollution, threats to the natural environment, destruction of tourism and related jobs, destruction of property values (would you buy a house in this area is this were to happen?) and a monstrous traffic problem (already overtaxed by the summer influx of visitors).

I have been told that one successful business in this area will close up and move away if this were to happen. This business employs 30 people, which I believe is more than the jobs proposed for the area by DCP.

I have no desire to interfere in the affairs of another town but this is something that concerns the residents of most of this Midcoast area and I believe all of us should have a voice in helping to decide whether or not this is a good thing for our community or something that will likely threaten the very essence of our chosen life in this beautiful, rural, simple area of Maine.

We need to make sure the Army Corps of Engineers do an intensive study of the likely environmental impact and let the Searsport folks know that we need a moratorium to study the impact of this hugely disruptive commercial enterprise. Thanking you, one and all, for taking notice of this.

Peri Tobin

Stockton Springs

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Former Thorndike official wants more information

I have been a selectman in the town of Thorndike on-and-off for more than 30 years and have prepared many annual town reports. There has been a lot of talk about town finances recently. I decided to go through a collection of town annual reports for the past 10 years.

During my time, we didn’t have a town hall and the meetings were held at my place. I was careful to balance our accounts down to the penny. We let everybody know what accounts the town had, what we used the money for and how much was in each account from year to year.

In the last 10 years I noticed that financial information has changed, and a lot of accounts have been lumped together. We haven’t had a treasurer’s report since 1994, and we haven’t had the auditor’s report in several years included in the town report. This bothers me, because how do citizens know how our money is being handled?

Anyone who has done any bookkeeping knows that when you start lumping accounts together, it gets harder to track and keep an accurate accounting of the town’s money. I just submitted a letter to the Board of Selectman in Thorndike to show them how to write a treasurer’s report. Hopefully they will include more information in the town report.

I signed a petition calling for a forensic audit for the town of Thorndike because we can’t keep our heads in the sand and hope for the best. Maybe nothing is wrong and the audit will be a good accounting to start fresh from. But if something is wrong, we will know where our mistakes are and can fix them before we have bigger problems.

Laurel Drew

Former selectman

Thorndike

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Searsport residents thank ‘supportive community’

To residents of Searsport:

As some of you may know, we had a serious chimney fire here Saturday evening, Feb. 11. Today, we consider ourselves among the luckiest people in town — not because we had a fire, but that we still have our home of 48 years.

Without the professionally trained police, fire and ambulance departments we have here in Searsport the outcome would have been devastating. Watching the men and women of the Searsport Fire Department put into action the hours of training they undergo was nothing short of amazing. Every person knows his or her role and performs the expected tasks at the highest level of efficiency.

The presence of the police and ambulance crew was a comfort for us and the fire department personnel. We are fortunate to live in a town that supports our emergency services and the training they undergo to serve our citizens when a need arises.

In addition to fighting the stubborn fire, the crew stayed with us until they were sure we had heat for the night. You don’t get that kind of caring everyday. We also appreciate our daughter for all her help, our friends who came to offer a place to stay, and the calls from many the next day with offers of anything we needed.

We cannot imagine ever living in a more supportive community. We thank you one and all!

Faith and Don Garrold

Searsport

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Thanks to a ‘caring and supportive community’

On Jan. 21, the Searsport Elementary School hosted a benefit supper and live auction for Jordan Alberts and his family to help with the cost of his medical needs. The event was a huge success. thanks to everyone who donated food, auction items, and time helping.

We would like to thank the following businesses and church groups for food donations: Belfast United Methodist Church for great desserts, Searsport Congregational Church for Bill Zito’s famous spaghetti sauce, North Searsport Methodist for the outstanding salads, and Swan Lake Grocery for the great-tasting bread and spaghetti.

We would also like to thank the following businesses for their support in donating items for the auction: Barb Cook’s Massage, Making Waves, Comfort Inn, Ocean’s Edge Restaurant, the Searsport Grasshopper Shop, Tozier’s Family Market, Swan Lake Grocery, Coastal Cuts & Family Hairstyling, Coastal Trading & Pawn Shop, Coastal Auctions, The Cat Haven, Dodge Corner Bait Shop, Hamilton Marine, Just Barb’s, Searsport Motor Company, Silkweeds, Dunkin’ Donuts, Angler’s Restaurant, Safe Harbor Massage, Walmart, EBS, Viking Lumber, Sunset Beach, Rollies Cafe, New Waves, Ruby Tuesday, and Tom Ordelt. We hope we have not missed anyone.

A special thanks to the kitchen crew: Sandy Sylvester, Terri Seekins, Ron and Jan Leighton, Barb Cook, Karen Agana, Mike and Mary V., Robin Johnson, Lisa Manning, Mary Alden and others who pitched in.

Another special thanks to the auction crew: Leane Seekins, Regina Seamans, Carson Crocker, Jeffrey Gilmore, Hillary Gilmore, Diane Gilmore, Alan Crocker and Dan Lizotte.

A great big thank-you to Hillard Gilmore and Roger Robertson for setting up and cleaning up the school after the event. Special thanks to Angela Nevells from Coastal Auctions for helping her sister Diane Gilmore obtain donations for both events and volunteering her time as auctioneer.

Special thanks to all the people who came and showed their support to the family. We are so proud to be a part of such a caring and supportive community.

The staff at Searsport Elementary School

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Alberts family says thanks

We, Jordan Alberts and his family, would like to express our appreciation for the support with the benefit spaghetti supper/live auction held at the Searsport Elementary School on Jan. 21. Everyone’s personal commitment was incredibly helpful and allowed it to be a huge success.

Jordan has had less-frequent and less-intense seizures since we have committed to the Ketogenic diet with Boston’s Children’s Hospital and we are praying for many more good days to come.

We truly appreciate each person’s contribution to our family at this difficult time. Your generosity has made an immediate difference to our family in so many ways. You truly did a wonderful thing showing us we are not alone in overcoming an obstacle and your support means so much.

Thank you to our devoted family, friends and community for their donations, support and prayers.

Special thanks to Linda Bowe, principal, and her great staff at Searsport Elementary. They did so much work to make this a success. Thanks to all the businesses and churches that donated food, and items for the auction. Thanks to all the people who came and helped serve, cook, clean, or did whatever needed to be done.

A special thank you to my aunt, Angela Nevells (Coastal Auction in Ellsworth) and her crew, and another aunt, Diane Gilmore, for their dedication, time, energy in putting the benefit on and making it a huge success!

Gene, Mari-jo, Brooklynn and Jordan Alberts

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Brotherly love

In January of this year, a fundraiser was put on for my nephew, Donnie Heald III, who has Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis.

A great many people worked hard on this project and we would like to take this opportunity to thank them with the utmost gratitude:

Janice Clark, of Belfast, who spent many hours using her knowledge of how to go about this, to keep us all on the right track.

Mike Bowen, of Bowen’s Tavern, who welcomed us all to hold the event at his place.

Rosie Gerry, who put his talent as an auctioneer to excellent use for Donnie.

And a special thank you to Bo Winiker and his big band from Boston who traveled up here to donate their time, and Al Corey’s Band from Bangor with Brian Nadeau, who came down from Bangor the same evening. These men have played music alongside Donnie for years and were more than willing to share their musical talent to help a friend.

Also a big thank you to my husband, Don Heald II, who came up with this idea and worked diligently to bring it all together.

And last, but certainly not least, all of you — friends, family and donors, who made this a rousing success.

Betty Heald, Fred Heald, Don Heald

Lincolnville

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Grendell family says thanks

The family of Preston Grendell Jr. would like to thank the Searsport police and ambulance crew and the doctors at Waldo County General Hospital for all they did to help Preston in his time of need. Despite the outcome, we appreciate all that you did and your compassion.

Laura, Crystal, Tara and Cheryl

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A great Big thank-you

On Jan. 28, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Midcoast Maine held its annual program celebration. This is always a magical event that celebrates the special relationships of Bigs and Littles in our program.

This year, more than 350 Bigs, Littles and family members from four counties attended the event held at the Pen Bay YMCA. The event was the largest ever hosted by the agency and we would like to thank all the wonderful local businesses and organizations that helped make it such a success.

Thanks to the Pen Bay Y for allowing us to use your great facility; to Dominos, Pizza Hut, Dunkin Donuts, and McDonald’s for donating food and beverage for the dinner; to Northern Kingdom for lending us a sound system for the evening; to Cyr Transportation, Luce Transportation, and RSU 3 for providing busses to help get our Bigs and Littles to the event; and to the Maine Center for Integrated Rehab (MCIR) for helping us get all of the logistics ready for the event.

We also thank the Maine Discovery Museum, Midcoast Recreation Center, Flagship Cinemas, Spanky’s Pizza for donating prizes to our award recipients; KDK for printing BBBSMCM hooded sweatshirts for our award winners; and the many volunteers from Rock Coast Rollers and Rockland Kiwanis who helped everything run smoothly.

The Bigs and Littles really appreciated this special night which was made even more special through all of your efforts. Thank you!

Alex Gaeth

CEO, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Midcoast Maine