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Wednesday, November 22, 2017
  • Dear Senator Thibodeau; Now that the people of Maine have once again confirmed their support for Medicaid Expansion with an overwhelming vote, it’s time to make it happen. I am wondering what your plan is to implement this voter mandate. . . .
  • Over 110 community and customer volunteers worked from October 18 to November 2 at the Belfast Boathouse to make Window Dressers interior storm windows for residents of Waldo County. We would like to express our huge gratitude . . .
  • For those on the outside, it may not be possible to really know what it’s like to be a drug addict. People can try to explain how they feel, or the fear or shame they experience every day because of their addiction. But until someone has . . .
  • Penobscot Language School in Rockland recently held a fund-raiser, “It’s About Time!” The event featured a French meal, prepared by Chef Manuel Mercier of the Youngtown Inn, paired with wines from Easterly Wine of Belfast. . . .
  • On Tuesday, October 24, I had the opportunity to go behind the scenes at the Maine State Prison for the graduation of six inmates from The Liberation Institute’s yoga program. (I attended the graduation with Rev. Andy Stinson, Second . . .
  • Kno-Wal-Lin Auxiliary is sponsoring our sixth annual Christmas Trees for Warmth. We are looking for hats, mittens, gloves and scarves of all sizes, either handmade or store-bought, to be hung on our trees. These items will be distributed to . . .
  • Deer Foot Farm in Appleton will be hosting its fifth annual Wreath Making for Hunger. We provide the greens, rings, bows and wire to make your own wreath for your home. You decide what your wreath is worth and make a donation to the . . .
  • Appleton Library’s 2017 “Bikes for Books” summer reading program was a great success. I would like to thank the Union Masonic Lodge 31, and particularly Mac “Tim” MacArthur and Gary Roberts for this accomplishment. The Union . . .
  • Waldo County Woodshed has been providing free firewood to those in need of home heating assistance for three years. Through countless hours of volunteerism, financial and hardwood donations, The Woodshed has established . . .
  • On Tuesday mornings a group of local knitters calling themselves “Knit Happens” has been meeting at the Thomaston Library to share knitting yarn, hints, patterns and skills. Newcomers to this craft have learned how to knit from . . .
  • To all of the Grace & Grit event coordinators, volunteers, donors, sponsors and participants, thank you from the bottom of our hearts for the amazing event that was the Grace & Grit 5K. Words cannot express how much the outpouring . . .
  • In early August of this year, I attended the Maine Youth Wilderness Leadership Program. A flagship program for youth, the Maine Youth Wilderness Leadership Program is designed to cultivate and inspire the next generation of Maine’s . . .
  • Purchasing a used vehicle and later learning it has been flood-damaged can be very problematic and lead to costly issues down the road. Worst yet, these vehicles can be unhealthy to occupy because of mold and bacteria growing . . .
  • Let’s first talk about what we do agree on about the cruise industry. First, boutique ships. It appears the community agrees the smaller ships are a good fit for Rockland. Visitors enjoy a leisurely two day stay with easy on . . .
  • I have spoken to a number of fellow Rockland residents and there is pretty clear agreement about what we want for our city. We want a vibrant community with a high quality of life with well-paying and secure jobs. We want the . . .
  • Consumers for Affordable Health Care (CAHC) celebrates tonight’s strong victory for health care and coverage for all people in our state. Given the results on Question 2 in today’s referendum election, CAHC calls on Maine’s . . .
  • It has again become painfully clear in the most recent mass murders and the lack of subsequent public debate on gun violence that one of the greatest frauds inflicted upon the American public is the gun lobby’s version of the Second . . .
  • Incredible, awesome performances. The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui is a story we need to remember always.
  • This is an update to my Letter to the Editor (see The Free Press, 10/12/17) and my follow-up inquiry to the Board of Pesticides Control [about pesticides being applied to the grass at Quarry Hill in Camden on September 5]. . . .
  • Recent political attacks on women’s preventive and medical care, birth control and abortion, are concerning people young and old. Most people know that abortion was legalized by the Supreme Court in 1973 (Roe v Wade). Birth control . . .
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