Game Loft says thanks

The Game Loft/I Know ME Programs would like to thank Hannaford Supermarket of Belfast for their donation of Halloween candy. This year COVID-19 made it impossible for many kids to enjoy the annual ritual of trick-or-treating. Instead the Game Loft/I Know ME staff and volunteers did “reverse trick-or-treating” for kids by delivering bags of treats to more than 100 households across Waldo County.

This is an extension of the “Care Bags” program we run weekly to give farm produce, canned goods, books, and other materials to kids and families served by the Game Loft/I Know ME. Reaching out to kids during this period of isolation prevents depression and allows us to maintain contact with our kids.

Thanks to all the volunteers who have written postcards, packed bags, and helped in numerous other ways. Thanks to your help during the pandemic we show kids that they are not alone.

Patricia Estabrook

Founding Co-Director

The Game Loft/I Know ME

Blackberry Picking

A woods road draws late summer afternoon

Down through kaleidoscopic green; the sun

Lounges in hazy patches on the ground.

Abandoned apples ripen now for deer,

And young pines graze these pastures more each year.

Only a family graveyard holds its own,

Behind bleached flags of veterans, and stone.

Ghost guardians of the farms they built, these keep

Watch over scattered cellar-holes, and reap

Full memories of autumn leaves, the sound

Trees make in winter wind, or perhaps one

Spring evening long ago under the moon.

Go softly down old woods roads; sometimes they

Will lead you home by someone else's way.

William Leavenworth


Health care workers, like veterans, embody spirit of sacrifice

As we mark Veterans Day, I am reminded of the many veterans who served our country in war and peace and now serve as care team members at Pen Bay Medical Center and Waldo County General Hospital.

This doesn’t surprise me. The call to service — to do work that benefits other people and the community at large — is the hallmark of the life our veterans lived during their time in the military. It makes sense that they would answer the call in civilian life, too.

The pandemic has highlighted this calling more than ever. Take, for example, Hannah Parenteau, RN, BSN, who normally works as a nurse in the Stockton Springs Regional Health Center. Earlier this year she volunteered at some risk to herself at the Tall Pines long-term care facility in Belfast when it was struggling with a COVID-19 outbreak. This meant she would have to isolate from her husband and children and serve a 14-day quarantine before returning to work at WCGH.

When asked why she was willing to make these sacrifices, Hannah’s response exemplified the spirit of both our veterans and our care team members.

“When I joined the National Guard, I raised my hand and pledged to defend my country,” Hannah said. “As a nurse, I’m just as committed to defending my community. It’s what all of us signed up for and it’s what makes being a part of WCGH so rewarding.”

For our veterans, our nation was important enough to endure long separations from their families, miss the births of their children and, at times, suffer the horrors of war. Their spouses endured career interruptions, changes of address and a disproportionate share of parental responsibilities. Their children too frequently changed schools and moved away from friends. They made these sacrifices to benefit a nation. And we are grateful.

We are fortunate to count so many veterans among our ranks. For me, their daily example of service is a reminder of why we all entered health care in the first place. Please join me in thanking them for their service to our nation and for their ongoing commitment to our community.

Dr. Mark Fourre


Coastal Healthcare Alliance


In support of Gov. Mills

In response to the letter to the editor from last week criticizing Gov. Mills for speaking negatively about Donald Trump, I would like to remind some folks about Donald Trump’s behavior. Do we really want to look to him as a role model?

Let me say first that I completely trust Gov. Mills with the safety and the health of the people of Maine. We are in good hands with her as our leader, and with Dr. Shah and his staff handling the pandemic in Maine.

Last week’s letter references role modeling and respecting others. Should we respect someone who is trying to upend our elections? Should we respect someone who insults other leaders, including governors and mayors of our country? How do we respect someone who has downplayed the pandemic by telling us “we’re turning the corner” or “it will be over soon” as the cases are reaching record highs, as the deaths continue, and as hospitals across the country are struggling once again with limited space and equipment to treat the sick?

Donald Trump is not a role model for our children, or our country. He has demonstrated repeatedly that he is not deserving of our respect. Gov. Mills (and any other leader in our country) has a right to express her feelings about Donald Trump.

We now have a new leader who is trustworthy and honest and one who cares about all of us; a president that we can respect, a president who will be respected by other leaders of the world. He is a leader who is not self-centered and egotistical, but is focused on us, the people, all the people, no matter political affiliation, no matter race or ethnicity, sexual preference, gender, religion, no matter economic status. We can look forward with hope to a more united country.

Tim Rose