I feel a concern over our streets, especially Cole St. and Mason St., we have to be realistic, sidewalks covered in mounds of snow, (for skidoos)! We have to go out in the middle of the street in order to get in and out of area businesses!! Not to mention try taking a walk and see how unsafe these areas are for all concerned, (especially the aged and disabled) who live in these area! Where are our concerns for pedestrian safety issues? I'm all for progress, but at who's expense?
Then we have people who need to get out and have their vehicles blocked with mounds of snow. Hello, did I miss something did I hear the grounds man of a housing complex say it's not his problem, it's the guy who plow's, and or the city, o.k. then the police are called it's not their problem!!! It's not the family members problem, yet no one will help! I for one am sick and tired of all the bull, one lady I won't mention names, was told when she moved into the housing complex she'll not have to worry about shoveling or iced areas on walk ways and life would be so much easier a simpler life!
Lets face it Berlin is no longer a City, it's a Town with (City Capitalisim). I hear people talking about how we no longer have the Berlin Mills, Issacson Steel, Car Freshners ect.ect. The list continues on Buildings our ancesters built 1OO's of years ago, gone flattened. empty lot's. We have become a City where our children no longer want to put down roots! Our City, (town) has become an age home, filled with our loved one's who have no voices! They are afraid to speak up, they are from another era!! How many of our parents born in the early 1900' s really feel safe and secure or have a voice? Come on people be not afraid for we do have voices and if you can't get out due too age or a disability pick up the phone and call city officials! Changes will only happen if other's speak out, I'm only one voice but together we can make necessary changes, like take back our sidewalks throughout Berlin The City that Tree's built. Yes I do feel we can be a City if we work together!
May God who knows all things be with us for together we are not alone.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 09 January 2013 19:57
My thoughts for the coming years:
Why are the newspapers and television so focused on the thrill of the killers of innocent people that make the news daily.
I believe that all the killers in the world should never be publicized, so much so that I cannot stand to watch any more news.
Why is there so much violence in everything from games to movies, have we become so cold and cruel that we have become immune to kindness and wellbeing of everyone around us.
Some of the people in government are not doing what’s right for the people they are letting their ego’s and pride make the decisions for them.
Is that all the world needs is more wars, bigger government, bigger businesses ruling our lives, I believe that our world was a much better place when small businesses were providing jobs, homes, and a better understanding of our neighbors and friends meant to all of us.
We need to save ourselves from total destruction, to be united again, to also be able to buy products that will stand the test of time and be made here in our own country, by the people that need the jobs to survive in our own country.
Too many people want too much to make themselves feel better, why not use those wants to make someone else feel better and more worthy.
Everyone deserves a home, food, love and understanding and most of sympathy.
Why can’t we stop making excuses for so many people who are capable of working instead of giving them a check every month so they can live better than the people that are trying to do what is right and getting up every morning going to work or are out looking for a job and taking care of their families.
So many people can’t be sure of job security today because the companies the bigger they are could care less about them or their welfare when they fire them from a job they love and enjoy and do very well is taken away from them because they have stayed at their jobs for many years that the company feels they can keep more of their profits if they fire them even though they were always on their jobs faithfully daily.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 09 January 2013 18:52
Thank You from Little Folks
The Little Folks Christmas Shoppe committee would like to thank all of the individuals and organizations involved in the success of this year’s event which was held on Saturday, December 15, 2012. All of the hard work, time, and effort of the many volunteers along with the many donations from individuals, local and area businesses, and national sports teams enabled us to make Christmas a whole lot brighter for almost 300 children and their families. By providing these children with an opportunity to purchase gifts (new items at very low cost) for their moms, dads, siblings and even grandparents, the children were experiencing the joy of giving – a basic premise of the spirit of Christmas.
The committee also wants to recognize the many individuals and organizations who volunteered their time and talents in helping to either call volunteers, price items, set up, take down, register the children, work as an ‘shopping helpers’, wrap gifts, cashiers, table monitors, security, sell raffle tickets, or bake goodies for the parents. Some of the local organizations involved this year were: Knights of Columbus, Gorham Seniors, RSVP, BHS Key Club, the BHS Girls Basketball team, and the GHS Community Service Group. Thanks also to the many individuals who volunteer, some year after year, once they experience the joy that this event brings to all the children who attend.
Each year the number of people volunteering for this event has grown, allowing us to serve hot chocolate to the children and their parents as they wait patiently to begin shopping and to provide a speedier shopping experience. Volunteering has become a multi-generational experience as we have grandparents, parents and now teens working the event. Another heart-warming effect is that when calls begin for volunteers, many of the Shoppe’s previous shoppers who have past the age limit now want to volunteer to work at the Shoppe.
The committee has already begun planning for next year’s event, our 10th anniversary, hoping that it will be even bigger and better and will continue our mission of spreading the spirit of joy and giving in the Christmas season. Please know that you are in our thoughts and prayers and that our wish for you is a Happy, Healthy and Prosperous New Year.
Little Folks Christmas Shoppe Committee.
Last Updated on Monday, 07 January 2013 17:29
Whenever there is a tragedy it is remarkable the way people pull together to support each other. In the case of our home fire we have experienced that generosity and kindness first hand.
First and foremost we are so grateful that our loss can be categorized as "things". We are extremely grateful for the sand truck driver that stopped and called "911" for the emergency crew and firefighters on the scene, for the American Red Cross representatives, for the neighbors that took us in, for our families both near and far that called, brought clothes gave us a place to stay and offered a warm hug. In the coming months there will be much to sort through, but for now we want to thank each and everyone for your care and concern, kindness and generosity during a fragile time, we are truly blessed!
Karen and Norman Villeneuve
Last Updated on Monday, 07 January 2013 17:00
Thank you, Berlin Head Start Staff
Last Updated on Friday, 04 January 2013 14:45