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Page 4 THE QUODDY TIDES 9 November, 1984  QUODDY OPINION Reducing causes of cancer This area of eastern Maine seems to have a high incidence of cancer. This would seem a bit strange as it is largely a rural area removed from the dangers of urban pollutants. However, the degree of smoking tobacco appears to be as preval- ent here as elsewhere, and one-third of all cancer and almost all of the lung can- cers are due to tobacco smoking al- though it seems extraordinarily difficult to convey this fact to many smokers. If tobacco smoking should stop, one-third of all cancers would never develop. Another large group are skin cancers caused by long exposure to certain rays of the sun, and they can be prevented by fairly simple precautions. However, this leaves a large group of cancer where the cause is unknown. One of these groups which is very common is gastrointestinal cancer, mostly of the large bowel. There are studies being done in Maine trying to ]ink radon in wells to this type. 1 am participating in a group of I0,000 physicians taking vitamin A to see if it reduces the incidence of bowel cancer. In this issue of The Quoddy Tides is an article about the levels of THM (tfi- halomethanes) in Eastport's water supply. This is caused by the interaction of ch/or- ine and organic material in the water and is said to cause 3 to 40 cases of cancer per 10,000 population at Env/ronmental Ptotection Agency standards of 100 parts per billion. Eastport has had twice to four times (particularly in summer months) the accepted level. It is very difficult to prove cause and effect, but it seems reasonable to make ever), effort to reduce the level of carcinogens we are subjected to. It has been known for al- most one hundred years that some chem- icals definitely can cause cancer. Our incidence of bowel cancer is high. I understand that the level of THM can be reduced and hope something will be done. Rowland B. French, M.D. Eastport l MAll-BOAT REX IV j QUODDY VILLAGE CONCEPT PLAN To the Editor: As a concerned resident of Quoddy Village I would like to thank the Eastport Planning Board for devoting their entire meeting in October to informing and discussing with a group of Quoddy Vil- lage residents, the essential elements of the recently completed Quoddy Village Concept Plan. The Plan was developed as part of the 1984 planning program for the city of Eastport, and was apparently the result of teamwork and joint efforts of the Eastport City Council, who approved the funding; the Eastport Planning Board, who co-ordinated it; and our own City Manager, John Madigan, who assisted in the overall co-ordination of the work, as well as the other groups and agencies who contributed to the planning effort. For the benefit of those who may be unfamiliar with it, the Plan is for the revitalization of Quoddy Village and sets forth the existing conditions and needs; goals and objectives; overall long-range revitalization strategy; and other ele- ments of the Concept Plan, with recom- mended actions for accomplishing the work through 1988. It also cites ways of continuing the work thereafter The group of Quoddy Village residents attending the meeting contributed sub- stantially to the pro and con discussion which ensued and everyone agreed they were glad these initial steps had been taken to improve a potentially beautiful area of Eastport. However, because of the lack of time and in order to obtain an even larger audience of concerned residents at a later date, it was agreed to continue the discussion at the next meet- ng of the Eastport Planning Board which will be held at the Eastport Marine Trade Center on November 14, 1984. I urge all friends and neighbors of Quoddy Vil- lage to attend the next meeting. 1 feel that the above described Con- cept Plan, when fully evaluated could be the start of revitalization, not only to enhance Quoddy Village, but contribute to all of Eastport and put our beloved city back on,the road to its rightful place as one of the most unique and beautiful spots in New England-a place we can all be proud of. Bill Murphy, Quoddy Village, Eastport THANKS TO CITIZENS FOR FINE HALLOWE'EN PARTY IN EASTPORT To the Editor: The Eastport Police Association would like to thank all area citizens for their contributiosn to the Rotary Club's Hallowe'en time at the Eastport Elemen- tary School. According to all reports the Hallowe'en time was a great success in showing the area youth a fun time. That helped to keep them off the streets and out of harm's way. Through the fund raising efforts there was enough money for lots of candy and prizes for four categories of costume judging. . . a big thank you for the fine job that the judges did in the difficult task of chosing winners of prizes when all contes- tants looked so good. One late, but not forgotten note, is a very big thank you to Mary Davis of Third Street, Eastport, for her large dona- tion to the association in our efforts to raise money for the Elementary School cheerleaders uniforms. The Association is presently running weekly $50 raffles and also a six-week raffle on an overnight trip to Bangor plus $50 expense money. Again, a big thank you to all area citi- zens for their continuing support. Vern Shay Eastport Police Assoc. Across Your Editor's-Desk THE MAGIC OF UNDER- WATER MAINE The November issue of Down East Magazine had an article by Tony Glavin entitled "Wolffish, Lumpfish, Goosefish Gale" which is about the colorful marine life along the Maine coast. The cold, clear, unpolluted coastal waters of the Maine coast, together with swift tides, help sustain a variety of col- orful marine animals. This life has been captured by the colored photographs of divers Stella and Gary LeBlanc, who live in New Hampshire but have been diving at both Cape Neddick at the southern end of the Maine coast and in Eastport at the northern end of the Maine coast. Many of the colored photographs were taken in Eastport harbor and accompany the text of the article. As diver Gary Le- Blanc explains, he uses a strobe light both day and night to capture the colors of the underwater life, which cannot be seen with the naked eye when under the water. The couple dives at all seasons of the year and use an $8,000 Nikonis sub- mersable camera system to take the photographs. The LeBlancs have held slide shows of their underwater photography in East- port and framed and matted colored prints of some of their photographs of marine life are on display and may be purchased at The Tides Shop in Eastport. TIME TO LIGHT THE PILOT The October 17 issue of The Moun- tain Press in Prather, Calif. in Fresno County, had a front page item headed, "Time to Light the Pilot" On the Maine coast the heading intri- gued me since I assumed that a pilot is one who conducts a ship in and out of port or handles the controls of an air- craft. However, the first paragraph read, "It's time to relight your gas furnace pilot light, as cold weather returns." The article proceeded to give instruc- tions for relighting "the pilot". It also - explained that most gas furnaces sold after 1979 do not use "pilot lights" but are equipped with electric ignition de- vices. EXPLORING THE ARCHITEC- TURE OF THE VISUAL CORTEX The November/December issue of Harvard Magazine, besides having an il- lustrated article on Radcliffe women playing rugby, had an article by Robert Kanigel about the work which David Hubel, a neurophysiologist, is doing on mapping the part of the brain that inter- prets the visual universe. "For sheer com- plexity" I21ubel has written, "the cortex probably exceeds any known structure". Hubel and Torsten Wiesel received the Nobel Prize in Medicine in 1981. Thot for a Fortnight "I know of no safe depository of the ultimate powers of society but the people themselves." Thomas Jefferson THE QUODDY TIDES ESTABLISHED: NOVEMBER 1968 Tel. (207) 853-4806 Box 213, Eastport, Maine 04631 Published the 2nd and 4th Fridays of each month at 123 Water St., Eastport, Maine. Editor & Publisher: Mrs. Winifred French Printed at EIIsworth, Maine Composition & pasteup on Deer Is., N.B. Subscription Rates: $14.00 a year in Washington Co., Me. or Charlotte County, N.B. $15 a year outside of these counties Single copy 50 2nd class postage paid at Eastport, Me. 04631 and St. Stephen, N.B. Permit No. 9345 Publication No. USPS-453-220 Asst. Editor - Mrs. Marie Jones Circulation/Advertising - Mrs. Inez Segien Photography - Edward French Book Reviewer- Bea Goodrich Reporter/Librarian - Mrs. Susan Esposito AccountingAdvertising Margaret Jones Consultant - John Pike Grady Member of Main e Press A ssocia tion New England Press Association Still warm fall weather, but the leaves are falling and drying up, the tamaracks are shedding their yellow needles onto golden carpets and the temperatures are dropping at night. Time to put the thermostat up or wood on the fire. In Eastport lilies were in bloom out- side and picked just before Hallowe'en; raspberries and tomatoes were picked outside last week; and marigolds and a few other hardy flowers are still bright- ening some flower gardens. Robert Frost saw symbols of the hea- vens in plain things on earth. His way of fixing an apple was first to cut itin half at the equator, not from pole to pole, so that he could see the star. School children across America will soon have a taste of Maine's wild blue- berries due to the Department of Agricul- ture's recent decision to purchase over four million pounds of Maine wild blue- berries for use in the federal school lunch program this year. NOVEMBER Walk along a country road, You'll surely be amazed Hear the "snap" of the milkweed pods, Seeing dried flowers colors ablaze. Watch the leaves whirl and twirl, As they go into their dance... While Nature's somber farewell song Speaks of their last chance. The hard dirt road beneath your steps, Echol dull sounds of your pace, Wrap the skies of November around you, Wipe the wind-tears from your face. M. J. Garddla Eastport. - .g