All proceeds from sales will support these two charities:

Friends of Boston's Homeless

Founded in 1987, Friends of Boston’s Homeless is a 501(C)(3) non-profit corporation working in partnership with Homeless Services of the Boston Public Health Commission to develop and fund innovative, solution-oriented programs to help the homeless move beyond shelter and back into the community as independent citizens. In addition, through advocacy and education, the Friends seeks to increase the public’s awareness and understanding of the realities of homelessness.

The Friends serves to bridge the gap between public sector funding and the current needs of the homeless by providing a vehicle for individuals, businesses, foundations and charitable organizations to be a part of the solution to homelessness.

The Homeless Services network provides basic shelter (bed, shower, food), comprehensive supportive services (health and mental health care, case management, substance abuse treatment and counseling), and, in partnership with Friends of Boston’s Homeless, transitional programs like job training and employment services, adult education and literacy, life skills development, and transitional and permanent affordable housing. Shelters associated with Homeless Services include Long Island Shelter (located in Boston Harbor) and Woods Mullen Shelter in the South End.

The Friends of Boston’s Homeless functions as the fundraising and public relations arm for the transitional programs run by Homeless Services. In addition, the Friends provides technical assistance and expertise in the development of new transitional programs and on-going improvement of existing programs to ensure the current and changing needs of the homeless are met.

John and The A Team have been supporting the Friends for several years. Please visit this wonderful organization’s web site at www.fobh.org and give it your support in any way possible.

 

Restoration of the Fish Ladder at Damariscotta Mills

The fish ladder in Damariscotta Mills, Maine, was built by the towns of Nobleboro and Newcastle in 1807 to provide passage of alewives into Damariscotta Lake for annual spawning. The ladder has deteriorated over time, and the numbers of fish have been fewer. Two years ago a campaign began to restore the ladder.

The US Fish and Wildlife Service and Maine Department of Marine Resources have provided design and technical services to support the restoration project, but the funds raised from the towns and grants and community events cannot meet the six-figure cost. We are joining the grass-roots efforts of Nobleboro Selectperson Deb Wilson to help finish the restoration work.

The address for the project is Damariscotta Mills Fish Ladder Restoration, Town of Nobleboro, 192 US Highway 1, Nobleboro, ME 04555. The website being built is at www.damariscottamills.org.

Consider a visit to Damariscotta Mills, Maine around Memorial Day any year to witness the amazing running of the alewives.