Delivering more than meals

As a volunteer Meals on Wheels driver out of Spectrum Generations’ Belfast Center, I deliver meals each week to seniors who have limited access to the outside world. Through the program, I am able to help them age gracefully in place and combat food insecurity by providing individuals along my route with at least one warm and nutritious meal for each day of the week.

In addition to delivering meals, an equally important part of the job is to conduct wellness checks, and make sure that my consumers, many of whom become close friends, are doing well. For many, I am the only contact with the outside world each week, so my regular visits are so important.

For example, while I was out delivering meals one day, I realized that a gentleman along my route wasn’t feeling well, but he hadn’t gone to the hospital because he had nobody to look after his dog while he got the care that he needed to get better. I was able to drive him to the hospital and make arrangements for his dog to be looked after while he was away. I was then able to drive him home from the hospital and reunite him with his beloved pet.

As a Meals on Wheels volunteer driver, I am able to make such a difference to so many housebound seniors in our community. I just love being able to reach out to people, help them and show them that they are cared for and loved. My regular visits, company and warm meals provide them with hope.

If you would like to join me in volunteering to do this important, rewarding work, contact the Spectrum Generations Belfast Center at 338-1190. Together, we can help Waldo County’s aging population remain comfortable in their own homes.

Marie Kaplowitz

Montville

Gratitude for Midcoast business generosity

Thanks to the generosity of several Midcoast businesses, Adas Yoshuron Synagogue’s Annual Christmas Day Community Dinner, served takeout-style at St. Peter’s Episcopal Church, was a huge success.

I’d like to thank Fred Ribeck, of Ribeck Design in Rockport, for designing our poster. Thank you, Chef Patrick Cazemajou of the Atlantic Baking Co., for donating desserts and salads. Thank you, John Barnstein, owner of Mainely Poultry, for donating the turkeys. And thank you, Melissa Kelly, chef of Primo, and your staff, for not only cooking the turkeys and the entire turkey dinner, but packaging it, delivering it to St. Peter’s, and donating your time and work. Two hundred delicious meals were prepared and distributed to guests who came to the church and to Midcoast hospitals and emergency service organizations.

Linda Garson Smith

Belfast

Greenwashing

In The Journal’s Jan. 6 article about the city’s efforts to address the state AG’s concerns about their use of eminent domain, Ms. (Kendra) Caruso notes that the city plans to create a conservation easement of its own for that property: “The (conservation) easement will be written to allow protection over the intertidal area while permitting Nordic’s right … to place its pipes across the property….”

Creating a conservation easement for the purpose of making it possible for a corporation to denigrate the delicate shoreline zone, laying its effluent pipes for colossal pollution of Belfast Bay, is the most blatant example of greenwashing I have ever seen. Yes, “Keep your eye on the ball,” Belfast residents, indeed.

Susan Cutting

Belfast