Stories behind their art

Waterfall Arts held a discussion of Tidal Art by several artists and I mention only a few.

Susan Metzger showed night photos which could have been bound by dismal black frames. Instead they were enlivened by mats held with small black clips like wings, allowing the images to expand in your mind across the white wall.

A large print of a seal by Julie Crane took her hundreds of hours of careful carving, research, special paper and ink to transport us to an offshore view of deep water contrasted to humans' onshore tangle. Such a large-scale print takes dedication with huge risk of total loss.

Sandy Weisman used the tide to create a series of books and her barnacles are art to touch, set on your favorite stone and even read. The material feels like shell and has strings with distinct knots. We read snippets of loveletters from James Joyce to Nora Barnacle that are part of the interior and mouth of a creature that can never embrace another barnacle.

As a painter, I understand the hours invested to create something others may ignore. Artists' talks help us grasp the stories behind their work.

Yet what we find comfortable and beautiful in today's art, decor and design continually evolves as artists like these push back old walls.

The show lasts until July 20.

Leslie Woods

Montville

Thoughtful, hardworking

I am very pleased and proud to endorse my friend, Erin Herbig, for the Maine State Senate, representing Waldo County (District 11).

Erin has served as a state representative (representing Belfast, Northport and Waldo) and also served as House majority leader. She is experienced, thoughtful and hard-working.

Erin is a real "people person." Her enthusiasm is infectious. She communicates well with people and she wants to solve problems and get things done.

Erin is a "local person" and is responsive to local problems, projects and groups.

Small towns and rural areas need representatives who experience and understand their particular issues. As a retiree, a homeowner, a mother, a grandmother and community member, I appreciate Erin’s work to lower property taxes by restoring municipal revenue sharing and adequately funding public schools; offering student debt relief; expanding high-speed internet to rural areas; supporting a community college center in Waldo County; supporting families with affordable childcare, health care and paid family leave.

I have admired Erin’s support of local businesses; tirelessly visiting businesses (large and small) all over Waldo County. She listens (Erin is a good listener); she asks questions and offers support.

One important issue Erin has been fighting for is better access to services for our fellow community members with autism and intellectual disabilities.

I couldn’t cast my vote for a more hard-working and responsive candidate.

Diana Hauser

Unity

Maine needs to attract businesses

I am writing in support of the proposed Nordic Aquafarms project to build an innovative land-based Atlantic Salmon production facility in Belfast. I noticed that a small, vocal group of people have expressed opposition to the project, and I feel it necessary to express my very different perspective.

As a chemical engineer working in the Midcoast and Central Maine regions, I have struggled to find work opportunities in the midst of the failing paper industry. I am eager for Nordic Aquafarms to open!

This is exactly the kind of cutting-edge, environmentally friendly business that Maine needs.

As internet advertisements, online content and digital textbooks continue to replace the products historically produced using paper, the need for paper manufacturing has taken a steep decline. When I graduated from the University of Maine at Orono in 2003, the paper industry was at its peak (just before the decline) and 15 years later has reached an all-time low. An industry once the heartbeat of this state has been reduced to a mere shadow of its former self.

I used to work for one of these paper mills. I have a daughter who goes to school in central Maine. Now, there are very few employment opportunities that will not require me to relocate my child to a new school system. So, I wait. I have taken a local job in procurement working for an organic seed company. Very few manufacturing opportunities exist in the region where I live. When I heard about the potential for Nordic Aquafarms to open in Belfast, naturally it piqued my interest.

I began researching Nordic Aquafarms. I found that they are a company based in Norway that has a very good reputation. I met Erik Heim at a recent town meeting discussion and found him to be a genuine, thoughtful, intelligent, honest person. I met some of his staff, and they also were very competent people that demonstrated professionalism, aptitude and transparency.

I feel that Maine needs to attract businesses to our state. We have too often been a “not in my backyard” sort of state. This mentality needs to change if we are to develop an economy which can provide job security for our children so that they can stay in Maine and have employment opportunities after they graduate from trade school or college. The production and manufacturing sectors are essential to the future success of the Maine economy.

Maine may be experiencing growth in locations like Portland and points south of there but the Midcoast, Central Maine, Down East and Northern Maine regions have shown stagnant growth for decades. Instead of inventing all kinds of negative impacts, let’s focus on the facts and positive, constructive communication. All industry is not bad. Let's let our permitting agencies do their jobs and continue to participate in the dialogue that Mr. Heim and his company have engaged us in.

The Nordic Aquafarms project will create many exciting new opportunities for people like me and many others with different levels of training and skills. Let’s help this project succeed instead of spending our energy coming up with reasons why it shouldn’t.

Tracy Washburn

Palermo

Adopt an animal from Peace Ridge

Looking to add a furry new member to your family? Peace Ridge Sanctuary in Brooks has several wonderful dogs and rabbits up for adoption, some of which have waited years to find their forever family. You can learn all about them and read about the sanctuary’s adoption process on their website.

Be sure to ask about all the animals available for adoption, as there are many rabbits, and a sweet pup named Girlie, who are not on the website. And although the cat adoption program is no longer running, there may still be some cats in need of good homes, so be sure to ask if it’s a cat you’re looking for!

Several adoption flyers featuring Lucy, one of the dogs, have been posted at the Belfast Co-op, but someone keeps taking them down prematurely, making it harder for this beautiful girl to get adopted. I hope the writing of this letter will help all the animals find the loving homes they deserve.

To the best of my knowledge, the dogs still don’t have an outdoor area at the sanctuary where they can run and play off leash, and it would be wonderful if they found homes where they received all the love and space they need to reach their full potential. If you have some extra room in your heart and in your home, please consider adopting from Peace Ridge Sanctuary, and sharing your love with someone who wants nothing more than to love you back.

All the dogs and rabbits at Peace Ridge are anxiously awaiting a forever family to call their very own. Learn more about how you can make that happen at peaceridgesanctuary.org and by contacting the sanctuary at info@peaceridgesanctuary.org.

Rebecca Tripp

Searsport

Punish our neighbor to the south

My wife and I usually go up to Canada once or twice a year. I have no doubt that if I or she did not have proper I.D. (Passport) we would not be allowed to cross the border.

Now I know all you bleeding hearts will get up on your high horse and say that should not apply to those Central Americans massing on our southern border. They want to claim asylum, having escaped the violence in their own country.

The key word here is escaped (past tense). They have escaped. They are coming from a Spanish-speaking country in Central America to a Spanish-speaking country, Mexico. If Mexico will not help them, then why the heck should we?

President Trump should punish severely our neighbor to the south. Slap them with tariffs. Hurt that corrupt government by any and all means and force them to deal with the  migrants they are allowing to travel through Mexico and create the problems we are currently dealing with on our borders.

We can do just fine without avocados, etc., from Mexico.

Leo H. Mazerall

Stockton Springs

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Spare pets fireworks trauma

With the Fourth of July rapidly approaching, Phantom Fireworks would like to remind our friends and customers that some pets adversely react to the lights and noise of fireworks. With a little extra effort, our pets can be spared the trauma they sometimes experience from fireworks.

Phantom Fireworks asks that you please be mindful of the following:

Keep your pets indoors during fireworks displays.

Turn on the TV or radio and air conditioning to help mask the noise of the fireworks. Keep pets in a soothing dark room with light jazz or classical music playing. The idea is to muffle the fireworks noise with something soothing. Close draperies to help soundproof the residence.

Many suggest walking or exercising the pet prior to the fireworks in an effort to tire out the pet in the hope the pet will sleep through fireworks.

Be home or have someone at home indoors with the pet to offer encouragement and support.

Close all windows and doors and block pet doors to prevent escape.

You could try distracting the pet as soon as the fireworks begin by involving the pet in something enjoyable like "fetch."

Prepare a safe area where the pet can "burrow in" to feel safe. Maybe some blankets under a bed or a blanket draped over a small table. Play a radio near that area. Feeding the pet in the area will help the pet associate the area with other good things.

Do not take your pet to a fireworks show or let the pet outdoors while fireworks are being used.

You might consider consulting with your veterinarian several weeks before fireworks season. Some pets may require sedation. The veterinarian could suggest some behavior modification techniques.

Many of these suggestions have come from Press-Enterprise, Riverside, Calif.; Blue Cross for Pets (UK); Pet MD; Humane Society of the U.S.; and The Telegraph (UK).

Phantom Fireworks hopes you enjoy the Independence Day holiday safely and show courtesy and compassion to your pets and animals.

William Weimer

Vice President

Phantom Fireworks,

Youngstown, Ohio

Be the difference. Vote.

AARPMaine and our more than 230,000 members would like to extend our congratulations and best wishes to all the candidates running in the general election in November.

We would also like to remind everyone that November is not that far away. By far the biggest and most robust voting bloc in the state is that of Mainers over the age of 50. The issues impacting older Mainers are of particular importance here in Maine, the oldest state in the country. Whether it’s the cost of living in retirement, access to housing that’s affordable or staying connected to friends and family, AARP Maine is advocating on these issues.

At the national level, nothing is more important to our members than protecting the Social Security and Medicare benefits we have worked all our lives to earn. In Maine, we expect the next Legislature will be asked to deal with health care costs and access (especially for those aged 50-64), prescription drug pricing, and transparency about how pricing is established.

We also look forward to following the election by celebrating November as the first-ever Maine Family Caregivers Month and raising awareness about the needs and challenges of 178,000 Maine family caregivers.

It’s a loaded agenda, and we welcome the participation of all who would serve in elected office.

At the same time, AARP’s "Be The Difference. Vote." campaign encourages all Mainers to make their voices heard. Help us send a strong message to candidates and politicians this election by visiting aarp.org/Pledge2Vote and adding your name. What are the issues of concern to you and to your family? Every vote counts, and together, we can hold politicians accountable regarding the issues that matter.

Rich Livingston

AARP Maine Volunteer State President

Biddeford