Thanks for support

We would like to thank all the businesses, neighbors and the community who helped with our benefit supper for Mark Walsh.

With your support, we were able to raise $4,000 toward his medical needs.

Thank you again,

Members of Tarratine Tribe No. 13 IORM

Osceola Council No. 47

Friends of Mark Walsh

Rabbits as pets

Are you thinking about buying your kids one of those cute baby Easter bunnies that can be found in some local pet stores? Please think again.

Baby bunnies are cute and cuddly but babyhood doesn't last long. What will you do when the cute baby turns into a full grown rabbit that may or may not tolerate being held, a rabbit with powerful hind legs that can scratch and sharp teeth that can bite?

Un-neutered males spray and mark their territory. Unspayed females are territorial and may attack little hands that enter the cage. Pet rabbits need to be spayed or neutered. Every summer, animal shelters receive a large influx of former Easter bunnies as they reach adolescence.

Rabbits live 10 to 12 years. Will your child still care for the rabbit after the novelty wears off? Will you? Or will the rabbit spend this summer abandoned in a backyard hutch?

Like dogs, rabbits are social animals and need daily interaction with the people who keep them. Rabbits make great pets, provided you accept them on their own terms. They need a safe and loving environment in your home — not in an outdoor hutch.

Unlike wild rabbits, pet rabbits released into the wild cannot fend for themselves. They do not have the survival skills, and will die.

Older rabbits at shelters have little chance of being adopted because most people mistakenly want a baby rabbit. This is unfortunate because older rabbits make the best pets. Their personalities are already developed, so you can choose a rabbit or a bonded pair of rabbits that will best fit into your family.

Peace Ridge Sanctuary in Brooks provides a loving home for many neglected and abused animals — including horses, donkeys, cows, goats, sheep, pigs and rabbits. Many of our rabbits are available for adoption to people who agree to keep them indoors as part of the family. If you want a pet rabbit, please do some research on the House Rabbit Society website (rabbit.org) and adopt from a shelter or sanctuary.

Peace Ridge will be tabling at the Belfast Coop on Saturday, April 8, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Please come and support this great organization. You can become a Rabbit Sponsor to help with the costs of feeding and caring for all of our rabbits, and learn more about what we do.

Jamila Levasseur

Waldo

Money Matters!

Can a course on financial literacy actually be fun and informative? If you are attending Money Matters!, Belfast Adult Education’s first, free financial literacy course, the answer would be a resounding “Yes”!

The course is facilitated by extremely knowledgeable, experienced financial experts from Bangor Savings Bank and Bank of America who are giving back to our community by offering their services at no cost.

As the program coordinator of Belfast Adult Education, it’s rare for me to have the opportunity to actually take a course due to my hectic schedule. I can’t tell you how glad I am that I made the time to take Money Matters! In just two classes, a total of four hours, I have already learned valuable tips and techniques to help me improve my ability to manage money day-to-day and save for the future.

The course is free and geared toward people of all ages and financial circumstances. I have been impressed by the facilitators’ knowledge and expertise. Their engaging, relaxed teaching style puts everyone at ease, no small feat when the discussion revolves around money — a hot topic for many of us. The informal format of the class also encourages questions as well as sharing of ideas between participants and facilitators.

The upcoming class on Monday, April 10, will focus on how to protect yourself against fraud. While not essential, it’s best if you can call BAE at 338-3197 to sign up. We also hope to add more topics and run the course again soon. It’s never too late or too early to improve your financial literacy.

Carolyn Haskell

Stockton Springs