April 09, 2020

Down East gratitude

We would like to publicly praise and thank the employees and elected officials of Hancock County who, sometimes risking their own safety and always under adverse conditions, managed to keep the county government and related facilities open and accessible to the public. It goes without saying that residents have experienced a week of severe weather conditions unlike any other in memory.

During this time it was reasonable to expect that our employees would have found it easier to stay home and attend to the details of coping with the storm than to brave the elements and report to work. Yet report to work they did, and because of their dedicated efforts, we were able to keep county government functioning.

To all of you, thanks for a job well done. Dennis S. Damon Walter L. Bunker Vernard C. Crockett III Hancock County commissioners Ellsworth

I’m sure you’ve heard this countless times during the latest course of events we’re experiencing as a result of the worst and most devastating ice storm in Maine’s history, but we just feel compelled to say “thank you” to Bangor Hydro, Bell Atlantic, the Maine Department of Transportation, Gov. Angus King, Rep. John Baldacci and a countless score of thousands of other dedicated, hard-working and unselfish individuals whose efforts have benefitted an undeterminable number of Mainers whose lives have been adversely affected by the “storm of the century.” We commend and salute all of you who have worked so tirelessly on our behalf. Martha S. Lettinger Edward J. Lettinger Gouldsboro

I’d like to thank the many people in Cherryfield for their kindness during the storm crisis. We were evacuated at Narraguagus Estats. My daughter and I were fortunate to be invited into James and Charlotte Fitzsimmons’ home for four days. The workers here did everything possible for us. Thank God for the dedicated people who got together and learned to share.

The heroes of the storm were the Bangor Hydro workers who toiled day and night to restore power, also the out-of-state workers who were brought in to help. Helen Tibbetts Cherryfield

I write to remind Down East people of two services provided them during the recent ice storm. The people responsible for the servces should not be forgotten.

Archibald’s Service Station in East Machias was one of the only business to remain open. As I listened on the scanner, many individuals and emergency organizations were in need of gas and other necessities. By remaining open, they provided excellent service to their community. This without a mention of price gouging.

The second service hardly mentioned was the plow crews who maintained your roads. In particular, Albee’s Construction did an excellent job.

Many other people did their jobs in an excellent manner during the storm and should also be recognized, but when you see the folks from these two businesses, a special thanks for their efforts is truly warranted. Ed Holmes East Machias

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