Letters, July 13, 2017

Jul 13, 2017

Throw-away society

I see the house in back of Duval's is to be torn down this fall.

Instead of doing that why don't you offer it free to someone who has land and would move it to that land?

That would be a right and kind way to help someone with needs.

We are very much a throw-away society.

Look at our roads and highways littered with trash and liquor bottles and cans. I even picked up a used unmentionable while cleaning my road the other day. I also have found a crack pipe in a pack of cigarettes and syringes also.

Where is our society heading?

D. Paradis

Belfast

A Celtic farewell

I am writing to let you know, as a supporter of the Maine Celtic Celebration, that I will be stepping down from the board of directors at the end of July.

Having been involved in the celebration since its inception and serving as president for the last 10 years, it has been rewarding to watch it grow to become Maine’s premier traditional Celtic music and cultural festival.

Honestly, there could not be a better city and venue to host the Maine Celtic Celebration than Belfast. The assistance and support we have received from City Hall and the local community, combined with the amazing park spaces (with those views!) that have been created at Steamboat Landing and Belfast Common, I am convinced, are a major contributor to our success.

I could not count the number of people who have fallen in love with our city while attending their first celebration. Each year we receive dozens of unsolicited compliments on the parks, the harbor, and the city itself from folks visiting Belfast; please know the years of hard work around town have not gone unnoticed!

I also offer a special thank you to the local business community, who have provided so much financial support to the celebration over the years.  As a small business owner I know how many causes come knocking on your door asking for donations, and I am grateful to all of you who have written us a check or donated a raffle item or provided food or your time and service in support of the celebration. It can be difficult to ask for this sort of support but you’ve made it easy for me and I truly appreciate your willingness to give year in and year out.

As for the future of the celebration, we have a strong board of directors and a great group of volunteers working year-round planning the event, and I am confident it is in good hands and will continue to prosper in the years to come. I will remain in the background (way back) as an adviser to the board when needed, but I think they’ll do just fine without me!

I will close by saying I hope you have had a chance now and then to enjoy part of the celebration, and that you believe it has become one of the many, many things that make our city by the bay such a great place to live. I continue to be humbled by the crowds we attract for a weekend in July and the recognition we receive for our festival. Here’s to another great summer, and the 11th annual Maine Celtic Celebration!

Bob MacGregor

President, Maine Celtic Celebration

Thank you

Thank you to MaryAnne Kinney, Michael Thibodeau and the Maine Legislature that just passed LD 1504, a Republican-written solar bill, by overwhelming majorities in the House and Senate.

We still anticipate the need for you and the Legislature to override the governor’s expected veto of this bill, to prevent the Public Utilities Commission’s radical rule, scheduled to take effect on Jan. 1, 2018. That rule would cost all Maine ratepayers about $2 million in additional unnecessary meters and other costs. Maine cannot afford to let that happen.

The solar industry in the United States is growing rapidly but unfortunately Maine is missing out on hundreds of solar jobs because of uncertainty caused by state’s lack of a reasonable and effective solar policy.

Fortunately, the Maine Legislature just adopted LD 1504 with a bipartisan super majority, enough to override an expected veto from Gov. LePage. This solar bill will protect consumers and jobs alike. It will also prevent the PUC from enacting its unprecedented new tax on homes and businesses that use solar electricity that they generate.

I was very pleased to learn that my state representative, MaryAnne Kinney, and state senator, Michael Thibodeau, voted to support the solar bill. I appreciate their votes and urge them to stick to it when the veto override vote occurs.

Maine is already behind on solar power. We cannot afford to go backwards and we certainly cannot afford millions of dollars in new fees and ratepayer costs. I thank both Rep. Kinney and Sen. Thibodeau and urge them both to stick to their position when they vote to override a veto.

Deb Avalone-King

Brooks

Threads of Hope

For all of you in Belfast, I want to make you all aware of a thrift shop we have in Belfast. We started it to pay it forward into the community. Everything is donated and we keep our prices very low to help people in Belfast or surrounding areas but there are a lot of people who don't know we are there still.

We are at 21 Patterson Hill Road, inside Beacon of Hope Church. We re-open July 13 and will be open Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. We sell clothes, fill a bag for $3, unless otherwise marked. Lots of great deals other than clothes too!

All of the money we raise goes to our food pantry to keep that going. Our new location is out back of Beacon of Hope; drive out by the loading docks.

Pastor Laurie Hall

Winterport

Tree fodder farming

Due to hungry animals, I am regretful to be again past deadline for a press release. My early morning computer time has been occupied with responding about the Tree Fodder Seminar, “Farmers Can Climb!” happening this week (see 3streamsfarmbelfastme.blogspot.com), then I find myself racing to be on time for milk pick-ups by the lease group, and then the goats need me to climb trees for a few hours, or wander with them. I just provided about 150 lbs. of red oak and white birch cuttings to the five does from two young trees, and electrified a new pasture paddock. With their bellies now round, I get to type!

I am farming in a way that was conventional a hundred years ago, and for 6 or 8 thousand years before that (except for these handy electric fence wires, of course). Because fodder trees aren’t already established here, I can really get mired in the work in my 3 Streams Farm woodland. It can get lonely (though I do have very thinking and friendly animals). So the Tree Fodder Seminar this week is my birthday present to myself!

I am especially tickled to have Eliza Greenman flying in to spend 3 1/2 days with us. Friday, July 14, will be Nut and Pig Day, with Eliza presenting "Exploration and Collection of Obscure Nut & Fruit Tree Genetics for Animal Fodder, Pig Sustenance through Orchard Cleaning, and Pollarded Leaf Preferences of Hogs," 9 a.m. to noon, at 3 Streams Farm, 209 Back Belmont Road, Belfast. Eliza is a former forester, current unconventional orchardist and rabid fruit explorer hailing from the Southeastern U.S. She spent years in Maine cultivating her passions for fruit and nut crops, only to move South where they grow much more easily (and with higher disease/pest pressure). Her interests are in raising livestock off tree fodder while also getting a crop for humans (mostly apples to be turned into fine alcohol). She currently lives on a 600-acre farm near Frederick, Maryland, where she is grafting over federally funded tree plantings into silvopasture with high-value tree crops.

Also on Nut and Pig Day, we will visit Jackson Regenerational Farm, 1:30 to 4:30 p.m., at 881 Lincolnville Road in Belmont. There, Nick Jackson and Sarah Mahan are establishing a Savannah Style Tree Fodder System on which to feed their American Guinea hogs, a Dexter milk cow, a goat, and a large free-ranging flock of Buff Orpington laying hens (thereby feeding themselves, their children and many meat and egg customers). Nick lived at my farm in 2003, as he was building their current home on family land. He then left the state, and spent years employed by Vermont Compost, gleaning much knowledge now applied to the family farm. I am so grateful for their return to our area, and for their willingness to show us what they are doing!

Friday evening of Nut and Pig Day, Moe Martin and Eric Evans will join Eliza Greenman and myself, to present Introducing Unusual Nuts and Fruits into Maine Tree Communities; What Works?, 5:30 to 7 p.m. at 3 Streams Farm. Moe Martin lives on a large part of Hogback Mountain in Montville, where he enjoys obscure fruits and nuts that he has been planting lifelong, and some that his mother planted. Eric Evans is a scientist active in the American Chestnut Society, Maine Chapter, and with wife Laura grows nuts, fruits and vegetables at their home in Camden. Eric will tell us about opportunities for growing chestnuts, the progress of the American Chestnut breeding program, and share observations about hazels, chinkapins, and heartnuts.

This will be an unusual amount of nut (and pig) experience all around one table! If anyone would like to join us, call 338-3301 FMI and to register, and expect to eat some hazels and black walnuts after dinner.

Shana Hanson

Belfast

To Lincolnville customers of MidCoast Solid Waste

Separating your generously donated bottles and cans is the Camden Lions Club’s biggest fundraiser and proceeds go to fund scholarships for our area youth, the CRMS Japan exchange program and Thanksgiving and Christmas food baskets; help to purchase eyeglasses; and provide donations to worthy causes such as Hospitality House, Good Shepard Food Bank, Meals on Wheels, Window Dressers, Life Flight of Maine and guide dog programs just to name a few.

But, did you know that crushed cans and plastic water bottles cannot be redeemed? That plastic gallon milk containers and any container with any dairy product must go in the plastics bins and are not redeemable? That olive oil bottles, canned vegetable cans, plastic food containers, etc., are also not redeemable and should be thrown in the plastic, tin and glass bins? That bottles and cans dropped off with product in them attract flies and have to be poured out?

These are just some of the irregularities that the Camden Lions encounters on Thursdays and Saturdays as they spend volunteer time separating generously donated redeemable bottles and cans. ... Determined Lions make every effort to “uncrush” the cans (not always possible), pour out your remaining soda and throw out the odd bits of trash but this adds more time to the sorting process.

Your assistance with the rinsing, sorting and not crushing of plastics and cans will be most appreciated by the Camden Lions who are already extremely grateful for your donations of redeemables. You will be helping to contribute to many worthy causes in our community.

We all need to take responsibility for our planet and thus need to be mindful of what goes where, what is redeemable or not, sort our waste accordingly and keep unnecessary items out of the landfill. Your cooperation and generosity are greatly appreciated.

Jan Kelsey

Camden Lions Club


Comments (2)
Posted by: Harold Richardson | Jul 14, 2017 09:49

The home was offered for free for many months and no one stepped up to take it.  It was widely publicized as a free house for the taking.  Yes it's a sad thing but the city and state did what they could to save the building.



Posted by: Rebekka Freeman | Jul 14, 2017 09:05

Same Here .. It's an outright shame to destroy a perfectly good building, whether it is original and therefore of more historic value, my thoughts all along have been ... why not give this house, move it at the town's expense or do a fund-raiser, and set it on land owned by Habitat for Humanity who can get it finished off and suitable for occupancy for a family in need of a solid home. This Throw Away Mentality taints the towns image, especially a historical home that could be salvaged and live on... and it does not show a sense of caring for those who would call this house a palace. It sure as heck is a palace compared to some of the places I lived in as a poor Belfast kid !!! Once again, it also seems sad to lose more and more of what us Old Belfast folks have as connections to OUR past.

Dr Rebekka Freeman-Merrithew



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