Saving lives

To the Editor:

Beloved Mount Desert Island artist and friend Maiysha Somers-Jones and her two beautiful children, Isis and Zeb, were lost recently in a tragic house fire in Old Town.

It was reported that there were no working smoke detectors in the home. The MDI community is stunned and saddened but is already rallying to help generously fund a smoke detector campaign for our friends and neighbors.

Through Thanksgiving week, cash and checks (made out to “McEachern & Hutchins”) will be collected at four MDI locations: the Jesup Memorial Library, the Northeast Harbor Public Library, McEachern & Hutchins Hardware in SWH, and Christopher Walsh in Town Hill.

All funds collected will be used to purchase (at cost, at $20 each) and distribute 10-year lithium battery, sealed smoke detectors to those in need. Distribution will be made in collaboration with local fire departments (free installation is available), the Bar Harbor and Westside Food Pantries, and other community outreach agencies. If you know of someone needing a smoke detector, or if you need one yourself, contact either your local fire department or me at 244-3207 or on the Bar Harbor Barter & Swap Facebook page, and we will make it happen.

Don’t be shy. Ask your family, friends and neighbors if they have at least one working smoke detector in their home. If they do not, offer to get one to them and contact us right away.

And if you do have one, but it might be disconnected or need a new battery, be sure it is in working order today. No one should be without a working smoke detector!

Thank you for your generous contribution to this timely campaign.

Kathe Simons

Bass Harbor

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