I remember taking valentine cards every year to all my grammar school classmates. And every year now I give a lovely card to my wife asking her to be my valentine, often accompanied by a gift of some sort. But this year I’m working on a radical idea. What if, instead of asking someone or ones to be my valentine, I concentrated on being a valentine for another person? And, rather than my wife or my adult children, what if I tried to be an anonymous valentine for an unknown neighbor who really needs a valentine to help them in a really difficult circumstance?
It started with a bold vision. In 2004, Karen Kleinkopf, a mom and first-grade teacher, became motivated to create a change in the community. She saw a need for children in our schools to start eating more nutritionally dense foods and stop eating the foods that were making the community and the world obese. With help from Amy Winston, the Lincoln County Economic Development Office director, they worked together to create a nonprofit organization that would reach as many members of the community as possible and educate them about healthy eating. FARMS was born.
Growing up in Whitefield, I was incredibly lucky to experience a school environment that, even as children, we knew was special. Our little elementary school was the envy of nearby towns, and I am eternally grateful to all the good people involved, who gave me and so many others this exceptional experience.
To accompany our many snow flurries this year, Alna has also seen a flurry of recent controversy over K-8 school choice. In my view, much of it has been fueled by incomplete information. Alna’s student numbers have certainly risen in recent years, but this rise has been driven almost entirely by a natural phenomenon: our town’s birth rate. Restricting K-8 school choice will have little impact on our education costs. Restricting our residents from having babies? Now there’s an idea that could make a difference!
There’s no doubt that the New England Patriots’ 10th Super Bowl game on Sunday will be one for the books. Each championship game they’ve played in the last 17 years has come down to a nail-biting margin of six points or less.
The Medomak Valley Community Foundation (of which we are both honored to be board members) received a cruel and unanticipated blow from the Waldoboro Board of Selectmen at its meeting last Tuesday evening.
I am 12 years old and live in Richmond. Photography is one of my interests and I absolutely enjoy it as a hobby, hoping to have either photography or ornithology as a career sometime when I am older.
In an incredibly forward-looking policy, the nation of Kenya last fall enacted the most stringent law against plastic bags in the world. Kenya has joined 40 other countries, including China (2008), Rwanda (2008), Italy (2011), and France (2016), in making plastic bags illegal.
My wife, Heidi, and I had no business being out last Wednesday night and I am not talking about the weather. True, it had stormed most of the day, but by the time we were ready to drive to Damariscotta, the roads were mostly clear. A few weeks before I had heard about an open house at The Lincoln County News. It was scheduled for that evening as part of a Business After Hours event for the Damariscotta Region Chamber of Commerce. Having no real connection with either, I wasn’t sure why, but I knew I wanted to attend.
As one of the Whitefield parents who spoke at the “contentious” RSU 12 school board meeting on Dec. 14, I would like to clarify some of our concerns and requests that were brought to the meeting. Though I do not claim to be the voice of all of the parents in the community, I have spoken to enough of them to know that the thoughts presented here are not unique, and our family is not alone in our concern.
As a member of the Bristol Dam Advisory Committee and former selectman, I feel it is imperative that the residents of Bristol should be fully informed of the findings of the dam committee. Our mission was to investigate, with the aid of the Wright-Pierce engineering firm, ways to increase fish migration to the headwaters of the Pemaquid River. As noted in the LCN for the past months, the committee has worked on three options.
The recent arrival of snow is a clear sign of winter and the holiday season. One result is that people everywhere tend to band together a little bit more, knowing that while there may not be peace on earth, home, at least, can be a place of security and reassurance. While world events seem sometimes as if we were all afloat in the same small boat on a storm-tossed sea, our own personal port in heavy weather can be a very safe place indeed.
In the new year, we will likely be asked to vote on a series of options regarding the future of the Bristol Mills Dam and fish ladder, which are both in need of significant repair and severely limit the passage of alewives upstream. I’m writing to encourage residents to become as educated on the subject as possible before any votes are cast.
We commend the leadership of the Sheepscot Valley Regional School Unit for its open and proactive response to community concerns about Whitefield Elementary School.