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A successful artist-entrepreneur with a vocation for encouraging others

Molly Haley with her Marblehead Handprints briefcase

It was their love of sailing that first brought Molly Haley and her husband Ed Freitag to this part of coastal Maine in 2007. Then, in 2013, they made a commitment to spending significant time in St. George when they bought a small seasonal residence on Water Street overlooking Tenants Harbor, where they moor “Primetime,” their Beneteau 49. But sailing isn’t the couple’s only passion or reason for enjoying this area. This past April they were among the key supporters of the Island Institute’s 6th Artists and Makers Conference, an annual event whose aim is to serve Maine’s art-based businesses. For Haley, in particular, encouraging artist-entrepreneurs in whatever way she can has become a true vocation, one that stems from her own personal experience as an artist-turned-business owner in the 1970s.

At the time, Haley was living in Marblehead, Mass., teaching art to middle- and high-school students, as was common in those days for many art majors with a college degree (in her case from Skidmore College). What launched her into the business world was pure happenstance—an invitation from the Marblehead Art Association to teach a class in silk screening. Afterward, one of the students, Kathy Walters, expressed interest in learning how to silk screen on fabric. From that point forward it was a cascade of developments, decisions and lucky connections that made the company Haley and Walters founded in 1970, Marblehead Handprints, a legend in the artisan retail world.

They started experimentally, creating their own designs and hand printing them in Haley’s kitchen and back room. The decision to try silk screening on canvas—something no one else was doing—proved providential. “I’ve always been product-oriented,” says Haley, “so as soon as we had started making our fabric I wanted to make something out of it.” The two began churning out tote bags in various sizes and other creations, holding little open houses in Haley’s home to show their wares.

Next came the official launch of Marblehead Handprints and setting up a shop in downtown Marblehead. Haley was 28.

“As we got into it, I realized that the kind of designs we were doing were the kind of things I had been doing during my senior year at Skidmore—the two-dimensional work with positive and negative designs,” Haley says. “I was also drawing on a fabulous color course based on the work of Josef Albers that I took. And these two aspects of my Skidmore training turned out to be the basis for the business Kathy and I created. We did things in colors we liked and our scale at first was pretty big. Later, when Laura Ashley came out and started doing what we were doing, making things that mixed and matched, but using a smaller scale, we listened and made some adjustments to our scale.”

The business became something of a cottage industry, involving dozens of people, mostly all women. They employed stitchers, hand printers, and shop help. “If someone came to us with an idea for a product, we gave them some fabric and said, ‘Try it out.’ Eventually we bought stuff from them.”

A key feature of the business was that Haley and Walters never went to machine printing. “When we first started printing in my back room it was a maximum of a couple of yards at a time that we could print and we would roll the fabric up as we went and it wasn’t always very technical with the lining up of the pattern. But people liked that, they could see the overlap and know that it was hand printed that way. We were experimenting with a lot of different types of fabric, but we ran out of space and couldn’t keep up with production even after we narrowed down our designs. We finally went with hand-printer mills in Massachusetts. Over the years we used six different hand-printer mills in the northeast.”

Marblehead Handprint products weren’t cheap, Haley freely admits. “At the time our stuff was expensive because we had to pay people who lived in the U.S.—there wasn’t some big factory in Puerto Rico or some other place. But buying our products was an investment for the purchaser—we didn’t have planned obsolescence. Our products were made to last.” By way of proof, Haley pulls out her own Marblehead Handprints briefcase, made before the business closed around 1994 and still showing virtually no signs of wear. “We used real heavy canvas that was very hard to print on,” she notes.

Haley and Walters went wholesale early, in 1971. “We thought let’s go wholesale, so I called Saks Fifth Avenue and I got an appointment. When we got there with our little dog-and-pony show, the buyer wasn’t there, but we ended up in the vice president’s office and I guess we charmed him because he bought from us—bought for all their 22 stores! We thought uh-oh, this is when we really need to be serious about the business and so we went to the bank.”

But going to the bank for two women wasn’t a simple matter in the early 1970s, the era of the Equal Rights Amendment (ERA) and other women’s movements. Both married at the time, Haley and Walters couldn’t even get credit cards in their own names when they started their business. “We weren’t involved in the ERA or any of the movements going on then,” Haley reflects, “it was just what we wanted to do, so we did it.”

Within four years of starting Marblehead Handprints, Haley and her then husband divorced, leaving Haley with two daughters to raise on her own—thankfully, Marblehead Handprints was fully up and running by then. And starting in 1978 people interested in running Marblehead Handprints stores began coming forward. Eventually there were over 20 such stores across the country.

“We licensed the use of our name on a yearly basis, wholesaled to them and did yearly conferences that focused on things like store display ideas and other business topics,” Haley explains. About the same time that this was occurring, Haley met Ed Freitag and eventually married him and moved to Washington D.C., taking over responsibility for such things as trade shows while also commuting to Marblehead to work with Walters on developing new designs, refreshing the look of their most popular offerings and developing new products.

Eventually, after a run of more than 24 years, Haley and Walters began the process of shutting Marblehead Handprints down. At this point Haley began turning her attention to finding ways to share what she had learned as a successful entrepreneur with others, especially women.

St. George resident Kate Johanson has been using her MH knitting bag for 37 years.

“I heard that the American Women’s Economic Development (AWED) program that was part of the Small Business Administration’s Office of Women Business Ownership was opening a business center in D.C. for women needing information about running a business. So I picked up the phone and spoke with the executive director and told her who I was and my business and she said, ‘Oh, I know your business!’ So I ended up volunteering for them doing business counseling.” She eventually was hired for the position of Director of Counseling and Special Programs, which involved developing workshops, recruiting business professionals to do counseling and matching them with aspiring entrepreneurs.

“What I realized in doing that work was that training entrepreneurs needed a different approach from what was offered in business schools—a practical approach of how to put one foot in front of the other and move forward. These people wanted to move and wanted the business information. They were not interested in theory.”

That realization, Haley says, was the inspiration for proposing in 2003 that her alma mater, Skidmore College, set up an Entrepreneurial Artist program in the art department. But it took 10 years for her proposal to become a reality.

“At Skidmore I was going to the business department and to the art department and back and forth, having trouble getting anywhere—there was a lot of resistance to the entrepreneurial program because a lot of the art professors wanted art for art’s sake. Well, that’s fine, but I managed to take an art degree and do a business. I learned business as I went along. And we managed to support a lot of people through Marblehead Handprints, including myself, because I was a single mother for seven years. It wasn’t until the college established the Arts Administration Program that they could see where it could belong.”

In the spring of 2013 Haley and Arts Administration Program director David Howson developed and presented the first Entrepreneurial Artist Workshop. The initiative is now a fully accredited curriculum with such classes as “Business Basics,” intensive field experiences and networking events. More than 300 students have taken advantage of the program so far.

“Through this program students learn how to use their creative ideas in a different way, how to take what you’re doing and turn it into something people will buy. But you have to be a certain personality, I think, and not all artists have the personality to do business. You have to be open to opportunities, you have to start talking to people—and you have to look at your competition, go to galleries and shows, to see how your work fits in. And you may have to bow to the market a little bit. If you continue to go to your own drummer you may not be able to keep up.”

As an afterthought, Haley adds with a shrug, “And the people who just want to paint can paint.”

—JW (The Marblehead Museum is in the process of mounting a show celebrating the 50th anniversary of the founding of Marblehead Handprints that will open June 1, 2020.)

Ready to go full-time—with Ice House Oysters

Toni Small and John Cotton tend their floating oyster farm.

It has taken three years, but John Cotton and Toni Small have finally developed their oyster farm in Ice House Cove to a point where tending the oysters has become a full-time job. “Right now we’ve got about 150 bags of oysters growing and with the addition of this year’s babies, we’ve got almost 300,000 oysters,” says Cotton. “I’ve switched from going out to turn the bags once a week to going every couple of days. By next summer we’ll be able to sell 20,000 or more oysters every week.”

The start-up period for the couple’s business, which they’ve named Ice House Oysters, has taken longer than with other oyster farms, Cotton explains, because of their decision to establish their farm off Howard Head where the St. George River meets the ocean. “Ninety-five percent of all oyster farms are up in mudflats because the water is warmer there—oysters grow faster in warmer waters. So those oysters mature in one or two years. Our oysters are in colder water, so the maturation time is about three years. But we decided to grow ours closer to the ocean water to make our oysters different, to have a different flavor, which they do—they are much more briny than everybody else’s.”

Ice House Oyster’s intertidal lease

Another advantage to choosing the Ice House Cove location for their farm, the couple says, is that the mix of salt water and fresh water that occurs at the mouth of the St. George River provides an especially rich mix of nutrients. That, the couple believes, combined with the fact that during the first year they raise their baby oysters in the intertidal zone, gives their oysters a real developmental boost.

“We put the babies in traditional oyster bags, but they are actually out of the water for a couple of hours each day,” Cotton explains. “That means they rotate every six hours and that gives them the cup shape faster so there’s more meat. After that initial year we take them out to the floating farm.”

Right now, Ice House Oysters are small, a size termed “petites” in the oyster business. “These are usually the most expensive oyster because they are more concentrated in flavor,” Cotton notes. “We will eventually also have larger-size oysters, but it is my feeling that the petites are the best because although they are young, they are still old enough to have a strong shell. It’s also just the right size to have enough meat. And I think they are perfect for beginners because if you’ve never had an oyster, it’s best not to start with some giant thing. I think the main reason people don’t like oysters when they try them for the first time is the feeling in your mouth, a big globby thing. So if you’re a rookie it’s best to start with a petite.”

For Cotton, who has close to 40 years under his belt as a commercial fisherman, turning to oyster aquaculture is crucial to his and Small’s economic future. “We commercial fishermen always looked down on aquaculture, but I think moving to aquaculture is really the only option left to make money in the off season. We used to be able to go shrimping, urchining, ground fishing, and scalloping but we don’t have that anymore. Shrimping is closed, scalloping licenses are closed, ground-fishing licenses are closed and there are very few licenses out for urchining because the resource is so scarce.”

And with climate change, Cotton adds, it is now possible to harvest the oysters in the winter. “Before you had to take a chain saw and cut through the ice.”

—JW (Ice House Oysters are available for sale by the dozen at the Hedgerow Market in Martinsville [8 Ridge Road] and directly from Cotton and Small [207-593-6885]).

Sign(s) o’ the times

Nature bummin’ with Kirk Gentalen

Berkeley’s Polypore

Fall is a wonderful time of the year. Temps are cooling down, brisk breezes roll and flow, and the fungi on the peninsula are announcing their presence with authority. There’s no a better time than the fall to “increase your acquaintancy” with your neighborhood fungi. Significant late summer rains have inspired a mushroom scene that is rich and diverse. Things are looking good.

Even with incredible diversity before your eyes, it can be easy to lose concentration and start to focus on the most lucrative of fungal species—both monetarily and salivatory speaking that is. We are talking about King Boletes (Boletus edulis) of course, and it is only logical to be attracted when in the presence of greatness. In the same vein though, there are connections between other species in the woods based on timing, niches and habitat. With this in mind, “unwritten” (and at times unsubstantiated) rules develop to help make a mushroom seeker’s effort more efficient. The “look two weeks after a significant rain” is an example of such a rule. But one of my favorite fungal rules is the “look for King Boletes when the Amanita muscaria are up.”

Amanita muscaria

Amanita muscaria, aka “Fly agaric,” are easy to identify (tall, yellow and scaly even by mushroom standards) and often can be seen from distances. Driving on Route 131 gets a little more dangerous this time of the year as one is scanning yards and forest edges for A. muscaria while cruising at 45 mph. “Giddypation” levels rise with every muscaria sighting, and some yards are so loaded they inspire “extreme giddypation.” Happy for the Amanitas, but also happy for the Bolete clues they provide. Thanks Fly Agaric!

At the same time, there are opportunities to develop our own folklore guidelines based on local observations. Guidelines to add to the historic fungi knowledge. And once school starts I keep tabs on the “big oak at the end of the road.” This is because the tree has some serious “butt rot” issues caused by a pair of mushroom species that fruit below it. They also happen to fruit when the Boletes are up!

The first is Berkeley’s Polypore (Bondarzewia berkeleyi), the largest polypore mushroom to be found on the peninsula. Polypores are a group of mushrooms whose undersides are full of holes. A Berkeley’s polypore fruiting body is comprised of many overlaying, pale-buff shelves that can measure three feet across! The fungus itself causes “butt rot” in standing trees such as the oak and thus the mushrooms are generally found at the base of hardwoods they are rotting.

Jack O’Lantern mushroom

Not too long after the Berk’s emerge, bright orange Jack O’ Lantern mushrooms (Omphalotus olearius) join the scene. The fungi that makes the Berk’s and the Jack O’Lanterns mushrooms aren’t killing the oak per se, but instead are turning the heartwood at the base, or butt of the tree, back into soil. The heartwood gives a tree strength and stability and is where you can count the rings to age a tree. Seeing the Berkeley’s and Jack O’ Lanterns fruiting so boldly does not bode well for the future of the tree, however. Its heartwood is at the very least compromised, and at the worst the heartwood is mush. That said, “when the Jacks start to glow, a-bolete-looking we must go!” Still working on the wording.

And, of course, there is more going on with the Jack O’ Lantern than just being a reminder to look for Boletes. Jack O’Lanterns earn their common name by being orange in color, and by glowing an “eerie green” at night. This bioluminescent “foxfire” is likely used to attract insects and other dispersers in an effort to “get the spores out!” Foxfire is also very entertaining for human observers, but probably not a reason behind its fungal presence.

And as if that weren’t enough, Jack O’ Lantern mushrooms are poisonous to humans. They aren’t toxic enough to kill you (good news!) , but if eaten, Jack’s will leave you digestively unstable for some time (bad news!). Somehow they are often mistaken for Chanterelles even though Jack’s have gills and Chanterelles have ridges. And the two species don’t really look or act like each other. Getting sick off wild mushrooms is a humbling experience that I would never wish on anyone. Hearing tales of illness and then crossing paths with the culprit can be a reminder to show respect and do your due diligence before pickin’ and mackin’.

And so yes, it is a great time to be out in the woods, seeing the signs and connecting the reminders. Creating some new extremely local (local as in my own head) folklore is fun even knowing these rules are only temporary. Someday the big oak will be gone and we’ll be left to find new “signs o’ the times.”

PHOTOS: Kirk Gentalen

‘Viewing Your Art through a Business Lens’

On Wednesday evening, October 2, the Jackson Memorial Library in Tenants Harbor will host a workshop led by Jenn Dobransky that is designed to help artists and other creative persons achieve business success titled “Viewing Your Art through a Business Lens.”

Dobransky, the microenterprise specialist with New Ventures Maine, a part of the statewide University of Maine system, will discuss what is involved in owning your own business, producing works of art to sell, creating a business plan, and earning a living in Maine’s “creative economy.”

With a master’s degree from Simmons University, Dobransky has been a small business educator and counselor for 10 years, teaching classes and helping individuals who are starting or growing small businesses in the midcoast area. Through the Small Business Development Center, she is certified in business advising by the New England Professional Development Organization. She has also owned and operated a small business in Bath for 15 years.

The two-hour workshop, which begins at 6pm, is sponsored jointly by the St. George Business Alliance, the St. George Community Development Corporation, the Jackson Memorial Library and New Ventures Maine. Please contact Jackson Memorial Library’s Beckie Delaney at beckie@jacksonmemoriallibrary.org or 207.372.8961 to sign up and reserve your place. Light refreshments will be served.

Letter

To the editor:
“Sal’s Birthday Bash” fundraiser for St. George Ambulance Service on August 24th was again a big success. I would like to thank the St. George Fire Dept. for the use of their tent and facilities, the musicians from the Monday and Tuesday night jams for the entertainment and Dwane Wight for the sound system. I also thank Tim Polky for the pig. I would also like to thank Tim Polky and  Randy Elwell for roasting and carving the pig. I also thank Rick Freeman for roasting and carving the chickens. Thank you family and friends for the side dishes and desserts. Thank you to the kitchen crew for the great job they did. I would also like to thank Walmart, Shaws, Dunkin’ Donuts and Hannaford. A BIG THANK YOU to all who donated to the St. George Ambulance Service.

See you next year,
Sally Long, 96 years young

Native plant corner

Coastal joe-pye with tall tickseed (coreopsis verticillata)

Eutrochium dubium or coastal Joe-pye weed (also known as three-nerved Joe-pye weed and Eastern Joe-pye weed) is a compact version of the much-loved taller, lankier Joe-pye weeds. Generally two to four feet tall with a spread of two feet, coastal Joe-pye leaves are bright green and whorled around sturdy purple stems. The toothed foliage and robust stems are attractive even when plants are not in bloom. In late summer, plants are topped with a frothy crown of mauve-pink flower clusters that are very attractive to butterflies and other pollinators. In our gardens here on the peninsula, Joe-pye is especially important to the season’s last generation of monarch butterflies preparing for migration, and the Vanessa butterflies such as red admiral, buckeye, and American and painted ladies.

This Maine wildflower grows best in full sun with well-drained moist soils, including clay or wet soils. However, it is also more shade-tolerant than many other Joe-pye weed species and its native habitat includes marshes, shores, swamps, bogs, wet meadows, damp thickets, open woodlands and roadsides.

Vanessa atalanta (red admiral butterfly) in coastal Joe-pye

Eutrochium dubium is pest-resistant and its foliage is unpalatable to deer and other herbivores. Deadheading will not stimulate re-bloom so flowers should be allowed to set seed. Joe-pye flowers provide nectar and pollen for bees, butterflies, skippers and many other beneficial insects. The seed clusters are attractive and will feed seed-eating birds and the fluffy pappus seed attachment provides nesting materials.

 

 

Danaus plexippus (monarch butterfly) in coastal Joe-pye

Eutrochium dubium is a beautiful accent in a wildlife or meadow garden as well as a more formal landscape. The plant provides good erosion control as well as magnificent blooms in the late season garden. Try pairing coastal Joe-pye with tall tickseed, tall blue lobelia, black-eyed Susan, rough-leaved goldenrod, New England aster, and tall native grasses such as switchgrass.
Here in mid-coast Maine, we enjoy several other species in this family of related plants including Spotted Joe-pye weed (Eutrochium maculatum), and Sweet Joe-pye weed (Eutrochium purpureum). —Jan Getgood

PHOTOS: Jan Getgood

Gaining an intriguing—and gilded—perspective on history

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Peter Achorn

In 1941, just before the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, the town of St. George ordered Fire Engine No. 1 from Mack Trucks. It was delivered in 1943 with much of its chrome and gold striping blacked out so that, in the case of a possible enemy bombing raid, it wouldn’t be a shiny target.

Long out of service and in disrepair, this interesting artifact of St. George history is the object of a newly launched restoration project to bring it back to the way it looked when it first arrived in town—except that its chrome and 23-karat gold detailing won’t be blacked out. St. George resident Peter Achorn of Fire Gold on the Wallston Road will be seeing to that.

“There are about a half dozen or more of us who work on these projects,” explains Achorn, who says his job will be confined to restoring the painted decorations and lettering on the St. George truck. Specialists in upholstery, machining, plating and other needed trades will also be involved. The work will be coordinated by Andy Swift of Firefly Restoration in Hope, Me., with whom Achorn has worked on fire engine restorations for more than 20 years.

Achorn, whose family has deep roots in this part of Maine, moved to St. George in 1986. Although he graduated from the Philadelphia College of Art, he says he found the art world “disappointing.” So he began exploring other options, eventually taking up sign painting. “I’d always been interested in lettering,” he says, “and I liked working on location.”

Once in Maine, this often meant going to boat yards to paint names on various craft. Having enjoyed working on a fire engine restoration before his move here, it didn’t take him long to make contact with Swift at Firefly Restoration. From that point on a steady stream of fire apparatus restoration projects started arriving in his shop, providing Achorn not only with a satisfying way to practice his art, but also with an intriguing perspective on American history.

Achorn points to a current project dating before the Civil War, a hand-propelled pump wagon owned by the town of Manchester, Vermont. “You can see that the original decoration was applied using yellow paint, not gold leaf,” he notes. “The fascinating thing is how fancy most of the decoration on these very utilitarian vehicles was in the years following the revolution and into the 19th century. And most every engine got a patriotic name—there were a lot of George Washingtons!”

Achorn says that before the advent of steam powered vehicles, which were virtually all painted the familiar fire-engine red, fire fighting apparatus could be painted all sorts of colors—he’s seen ones painted purple, blue, yellow and in two-tone combinations. Greek and Roman motifs were very popular, but sometimes even Egyptian decoration was used.

Another project currently in his workshop are the wheels from a 1870s steam engine owned by the town of Manchester, New Hampshire. “There are six different shades of red in use here,” Achorn points out. Sometimes Achorn has to scrape away many layers of paint before he can figure out what the original colors were. In addition, he frequently has to work from old photographs to determine the exact nature of original decorative treatments. “The factories that built the engines usually took pictures of them when they were completed,” says Achorn. “The problem is that the photos are usually just a side view of the truck, so you can’t tell what the decorations on the back or front were like.”

Each company, he says, developed its own style, so knowing the manufacturer can provide clues. “I never liked history in school,” Achorn says with a laugh, “but I’m fascinated by this.”

Achorn is also pleased to be part of the Town of St. George Fire Engine No. 1 project, although it will be some time before the truck appears in any parades. “Each restoration takes about two-and-a-half years,” he notes—no one on the Firefly Restoration team, including Achorn, is paid to take short cuts on bringing such treasured history back to life.

For more information on Fire Gold, go to www.firegold.com. ­—JW

A gardener for whom bulbs are a heritage

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Rosemary and Jan Limmen

“If you find a blue tulip you’ll be rich!” laughs Jan Limmen in acknowledgment of the fact that there is no such thing as a blue tulip. But in naming their business Blue Tulip, he and his wife Rosemary were claiming an identity that revolves around the fact that Limmen, who was born and raised in the Netherlands, has known the world of flower bulbs and gardening all his life.

“My father was a gardener and worked for a bulb company—he was quite an expert,” Limmen says. As a young man Limmen also worked in the bulb industry. In 1971 he came to the United States on a student visa for a one-year internship at the well-known Behnke Nursery in Beltsville, Md., and ended up staying with that company for 10 years.

“They hired me as a salesman, which meant I had to learn about all the plants very fast so that I could answer customers’ questions. Some people thought my Dutch accent meant I knew more than the others working in sales, but I didn’t. I had taken Latin in school, so the botanical names, at least, came easily.”

After a five-year stint at a second nursery and some moonlighting as a landscaper, Limmen was given an opportunity to work full-time as a landscaper on his own and took it. Jobs were plentiful in the greater Washington, D.C. metropolitan area at that time, he recalls, so the shift proved a profitable one.

Having decided to retire from working in Maryland, Jan and Rosemary bought their home opposite the town ball field on Route 131 in late November 2006, thinking that they would live here seasonally. After adding a barn with space for a shop downstairs and a rental studio apartment above, they decided to live in St. George full time. Limmen continues to do landscaping work, along with raising vegetables for retail sale and helping staff the Blue Tulip garden boutique, which Rosemary keeps well-stocked with goods from 50 different vendors.

Although flower bulbs account for a relatively small portion of Blue Tulip’s total retail sales, Limmen’s identity as a Dutchman inspires a lot of questions about both bulb varieties and methods of planting and forcing. “Daffodils and hyacinths require a bit more time to develop, so I recommend planting them by mid-October—four to six inches deep. Tulips should be planted as late as possible, perhaps in early November—and not too deep, just three to four inches.”

What Limmen likes best, he says, is bulbs planted in a concentrated way to achieve “large masses of color.”

“And I treat tulip bulbs like an annual,” he notes, “because although they will come up year after year, each time they come back a bit smaller.

Summer-blooming bulbs like dahlias and alliums, along with late-season ones like acidanthera, are bulbs Limmen especially enjoys and wishes more people would plant. “They are just so beautiful in the garden,” he stresses.

Although shifting from Maryland to Maine has been a bit of an adjustment—plantings in Maine are less “finely tuned” than he had been used to in Maryland—Limmen says, “I love it here! Life seems freer.”

And for Jan and Rosemary Limmen, that may be the sort of riches that finding their Blue Tulip has really been all about.

For more information about Blue Tulip go to bluetulipmaine.com.—JW

Planning for a worst-case scenario

Autumn has arrived and with it comes the many preparations St. George residents begin to make for what follows—they cut back gardens, can vegetables, stack new deliveries of wood, fill up oil tanks and make sure storm windows are in working order.

cooking SMThe Town of St. George has also been making preparations, but for the worst-case scenario—extreme weather such as an ice storm or blizzard, or a man-made disaster that causes major power failures, flooding or other calamities that last for more than several hours. If something like this occurs, the town’s Emergency Management Director, Tim Polky, will open the large Fire Department Training Room in the St. George Town Office in Tenants Harbor for use as a temporary community shelter.

The facility is equipped with a generator, is “pet friendly” and will be staffed by trained volunteers who are prepared to respond quickly and who live within walking distance. An announcement that the shelter is open will be made by radio stations 102.5 FM WQSS and 103.3 FM WMCM and on the Town of St. George website, which will also have information on road closings, downed power lines and other developments.

Individuals who would like to receive a phone call, house call or assistance in the event of an emergency are asked to complete a Citizen Assist Registration Form which is available online or by contacting Tim Polky at the Town Office at 372-6363.

Letters, September 26

[Ed. note: Angela Vachon teaches strength and function classes at the St. George Town Office that focus on core strength and balance work. The classes run three days a week:  Monday, Wednesday and Friday, from 8-8:45am ($8 per person/per class). Part of the proceeds go back to the town for functions involving the Recreation Department. Vachon has been a personal trainer for almost 12 years, working out of her home in St. George.]

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Our group classes started in 2003!  In October, as we approach our 10th year of strength building together, I would like to take this opportunity to thank all those who have participated and enjoyed the camaraderie group classes can bring.  It has been a fast-moving 10 years looking back, and I am so grateful for your support and trust.  I truly am inspired by our class participants for their dedication and commitment to themselves, our program, and not to mention our community.  We have created many memories together, gotten each other through some life changing events and have built something that is really quite special.  Thank you all for allowing me to be a part of your day, three days a week, not to mention part of your lives.
With fondness and gratitude,
Angie