The high cost of wasting time and spinning wheels

By Ruth Leubecker

Human nature is replete with circular arguments and useless propositions that aren’t going to work, even if they become the law of the land.

Obamacare heads the list of a proposition that could work, given half a chance. Many Mainers now have healthcare because of it, and if it should die an ignoble death millions more than ever before will be without it. Nationwide, in fact, 24 million-plus.

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Maple tapping brings sense of tradition, place

Photo: Bill Case built his own wood-fired maple syrup boiler using a barrel fitted with food grade stainless steel pans. Case said he collects the sap into five-gallon buckets until he has enough to light up the boiler, then he finishes it off on his kitchen stove.

by Sarah Craighead Dedmon

When days are warm and nights are freezing, Bill Case empties sap buckets morning and night. “Once it starts, it’s going to keep going until it’s done. There’s no stopping it.” said Case.

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State, federal scallop seasons end

Photo: Seagulls, scallops and a large limited access scalloping vessel make the perfect snapshot of the 2017 federal scalloping season in the Northern Gulf of Maine (NGOM). Before the limited access fleet began fishing in the NGOM scallop management area in 2015, annual scallop landings never exceeded 70,000 pounds. Estimates for the 2017 federal season exceed one million pounds, a figure which prompted concerned Maine fishermen to reach out to Sen. King and Congresswoman Pingree for assistance. NOAA Fisheries closed the area on March 23.

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Time to pay county taxes

by Michael R. Brown

It’s that annual time for individuals to meet our own deadlines for federal taxes, but the machinery for municipalities and unorganized territories has been in motion for three months now, and the governmental entities have until September 1 to meet their obligations. 

Add to that re-drawn floodplain costs, and we all have what others may call value-added amounts. In nearby Canada value-added taxes (VAT) seem like an added burden, but we have them here, too. Refer to the county list for municipal taxes.

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Machias basketball team visits State House

On Thursday, March 23, members of the Machias Memorial High School Boys Basketball Team traveled to Augusta to receive a Legislative Sentiment before the Senate from Senator Joyce Maker (R-Washington), recognizing the team’s recent Class D State Championship victory.

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DMR aquaculture scoping session rescheduled

The scoping session on A2Z Variety, LLC’s proposed aquaculture lease located in Little Machias Bay, Cutler, Maine for culture of American/Eastern oysters scheduled for April 4, 2017, 6 p.m. at A2Z Variety has been postponed.  The scoping session will now be held on April 13, 2017 at 6 p.m. at the Bay Ridge Elementary School, 2066 Cutler Road, Cutler, Maine.

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Unanimous votes to save the Downeast Correctional Facility

by Sarah Craighead Dedmon

The Downeast Correctional Facility moved one step closer to safety last week when the Criminal Justice Committee voted unanimously to restore its funding in Gov. LePage’s two-year budget. The final decision on the facility will not come until the budget is finalized by the legislature in June.

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Emergency Planning to meet

by Michael R. Brown

The next meeting of the Local Emergency Planning Committee (LEPC) will take place at 6:30 pm on April 10 at 28 Center Street in Machias. According to Washington County Emergency Planning Director Michael Hinerman, “This meeting is totally open to the public.” 

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Rockweed verdict issued, but faces appeal

Photo: Rockweed is a prized fertilizer for coastal gardens. Washed-up lines of the brown algae are collected in the spring and fall and added to local garden beds. Acadian Seaplants manufactures a line of agricultural products based on dehydrated rockweed. Based in Nova Scotia, Canada, Acadian Seaplants is privately owned and has estimated annual revenues  between $20 and $50 million, according to Manta.

Photo by Sarah Craighead Dedmon

by Sarah Craighead Dedmon

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Blueberry growers face immigration uncertainty

by Ruth Leubecker

Migrant labor, an accepted, welcome practice in Maine for many decades, now faces many unknowns as a targeted policy in the Trump administration.

While crops ranging from apples to broccoli are coming to terms with this, in Washington County its blueberries that rule the day, and all involved know that it’s not too early to be concerned about the August harvest.

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