Christmas begins Downeast

Maine balsam wreaths are an iconic symbol of Christmas around the nation, but most especially here in Washington County where we don’t only decorate with them, we make them. More ideas for locally-sourced gifts can be found in our Shop Local Directory, starting on page 12. Photo by RJ Heller

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Lynx sweep UMM Clipper squads

by Phil Stuart

The New Hampshire Technical Institute’s (NHTI) Lynx women’s and men’s basketball teams were both victorious over the visiting University of Maine at Machias (UMM) Clipper teams Nov. 12 in Concord, New Hampshire.

The Clipper women went into the contest with a 3-1 record, and were able to stay with the Lady Lynx for most of the game.

NHTI led 14-12 after a quarter before pulling away over the next 10 minutes. The Lynx outscored UMM 26-10 to go into the halftime break on top, 40-22.

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Bay Ridge Elementary School 1st quarter honor roll

Grade 5 High Honors: Avery Cates, Max Cates,Reese Crosman, Michael Taylor. Honors: Ethan Cates,Paige Cates, Kisuhs Dinsmore,Lillie Radley.

Grade 6 High Honors: Anna Patterson, Drew Taylor. Honors: Ben Griffin.

Grade 7 High Honors: Abby Fitzhenry. Isabel Cates, Sarah Moulton. Honors: Shane Feeney, Lucas Cates, Kate,  Taylor, Marissa Cates, Sarah Neal

Grade 8 Honors: Raeanah Reynolds, Kashman Feeney, Cami Bryant, Madison Sylvain.

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Rose M. Gaffney Elementary School 1st quarter honor roll

Grade 8 High honors: Alexander Keene, Isabel Lamb, Rowen Luuring, and Izabelle Manning. Grade 8 Honors: Kyle Anderson, Dakota Brown, Cheyenne Gandy, Brandyn Holland, Grace Maker, Damien Noke, Kailee Parker, Kaiden Preston, Angie Scribner, Zeta Spencer, Mileena Sylvia, Yulinka Warren, and Andon Wood

 Grade 7 High honors: Brookelyn Matthews. Grade 7 Honors:

Margaret Allen, Jacey Barabe, Desaraye Beal, Hayley Bishko, Jackson Bunker, Jaida Case, Ian Conlin, Emily Fletcher, Kaitlyn Guptill, Luna Lord, Tia Murphy, Aidan Preston, Elisha Sternberg, and Elizabeth Wright.

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Community Calendar

Upcoming events

Annual Christmas Party - December 3,  Sunday 3 p.m. to 5 p.m., in The Gates House Parlor. The Machiasport Historical Society invites the public to join us in our traditional 1800s style celebration with mulled cider, holiday treats, music, and carol singing.  (344 Port Road/Rt. 92) .  This is a family fun celebration to kick off the Christmas Season!

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Christmas homes tour anchors a day of Eastport events

The 8th Annual Eastport Homes Christmas Tour, a holiday market with crafters at the Welcome Center, a visit from Santa Claus, a Christmas tree lighting at the Port Authority Building , lighting of ice candles (weather permitting) along the downtown stores and the breakwater, and a return of The Festival of Lights for Eastport’s boats, as well as a fundraiser for the Fuel Fund, Yule Fuel will all occur Saturday, Dec. 2.  Sunday, Dec.  3 is the snow date for the home tour.

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Whitneyville Library news

The Friends of the Whitneyville Public Library are getting ready for the Dec. 2 DECH Auxiliary Craft Fair that will be held at the Rose M. Gaffney gym.  Selling their handmade chocolates and crafts, the Friends of the Library are looking forward to another great fair.

This week Librarian Patricia Brightly visited Rose M. Gaffney and Jonesboro Elementary Schools with books. She read aloud to selected classrooms “The Wish” by Elle van Lieshout.  260 books are being shared with 13 classrooms. Last week Patricia shared 80 books with the Wesley Elementary School.

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Columbia News

On Saturday, Nov. 18 Carroll and I took our grandson Konner out to ride the barrens looking for a deer. We traveled many miles and did not get to see one. We did see a few birds and other small animals on our travels. Later Carroll and I attended the public supper at the Narraguagus Snowmobile Club. It was a full house for their first supper and it was nice to chit chat with them all.

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Harrington News

It sure is  cold today!  I believe I will be wearing my sweater for a while..  I am lucky my mother used to knit sweaters, mittens, scarves and many other warm items!  Does anyone still knit?

Today, Eric Fernandez and his son Luke of Elliot, came down to pick up wreaths.  His sons, Zak and Luke have grown into very nice young men.  I feel honored to have been part of their lives.

Wreathing has started out here in the barn. Tim and I miss being a part of it.  We did it for over thirty years.

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Wesley News

Wesley Fire Department was called out when a car went off the road in Devereau Township. A person was life-flighted out. 

Stan K. is back from Rhode Island where he was visiting with his mother.

Richard Z. dog sat for Charlie the poodle last Saturday while Blanch and Jene M. went to Bangor to meet up with relatives to go out for an early Thanksgiving get together.

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Beals church razed

The 113-year-old Beals Advent Christian Church came down last week, the victim of too much mold and mildew to be worth preserving. The congregation has been worshipping in a newly built youth center behind the parsonage on Elm Street for some time. Photos by Nancy Beal

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UMM Clipper mens’ basketball start the season 2-1

by Phil Stuart

The University of Maine at Machias (UMM) men’s basketball team has gotten off to a 2-1 start under third-year coach, Troy Alley. UMM opened its 2017-18 season on the road against the Southern Maine Community College Rams on Oct. 29.

Both Yankee Small College Conference rivals played on even terms throughout most of the game. 

The contest was tied 39-39 at the break. UMM managed to hold off the Rams and outscore them 38-34 over the final 20 minutes to squeak out a 27-23 decision.

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PVC and Aroostook League honors athletes

by Phil Stuart

Six of our eight Washington County high schools belong to the Down East Athletic Conference.

Seven of our eight high schools belong to either the Penobscot Valley Conference (PVC) or the Aroostook League.

At the end of each sports season — fall, winter and spring — the top athletes are honored for their athletic achievements and some for their academic achievements.

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Calais Blue Devils dominate in volleyball

by Phil Stuart

Two-time defending state champion Calais dominated the year’s Downeast Athletic Conference selections in volleyball.

Ann Scott’s club played four of their players on the all conference squad. The Blue Devils All Stars were Faith Tirell, Twyla Smiley, Abby Condon, and Kylie Donovan. The Blue Devils started off the season at 1-3, and went undefeated the rest of the way to finish 14-3 and a second state title in as many years.

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A Downeast winter wonderland

This series of winter photos of Machias and East Machias were taken by Ken Tudor using 35mm slide film. The year was 1976, and Machias shopkeeper Bob Allen made some of Tudor’s work into postcards to sell in honor of the nation’s bicentennial. Allen ran The Rubicon Card & Gift Shop, which occupied the Nash building on Main Street in Machias. Photos courtesy Ken Tudor

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Gift ideas for sportsmen

by  V. Paul Reynolds

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Court News

Jessica Sockabasin of Melbourne, Florida: Fugitive from justice on August 9, 2017 in Pembroke. EXOR.

Jessica Sockabasin of Perry, Maine: Possess softshell clams less than 2 inch 10-20% on August 2, 2017 in Robbinston. SNTC Date 8/2/2017, Fine $300. GLTY.

Daniel Bard of Bangor, Maine: Fish violation of number, amount, weight or size on July 23, 2017 in T6-R1 NBPP. SNTC Date 8/28/2017, Fine $120. GLTY.

John A. Polk of Machiasport, Maine: Violation of scallop rule, chapter 11 on February 3, 2017 in Edmunds. DISE.

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Frogtown Puppets’ holiday show returns to Ellsworth

The Grand begins its family offerings for December 2017 when the Frogtown Mountain Puppeteers present their annual take on everyone’s favorite holiday character, the Grinch, on Friday, December 1 at 6 p.m. and Saturday, December 2 at 1 p.m. (directly after The Downtown Ellsworth Christmas Parade). 

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195th Army Band’s concert band brings the gift of music to The Grand this season

On Sunday, December 3, at 2 p.m., The Grand presents, live on the Stanley Subaru Stage, the return of the renowned 195th Army Band’s Concert Band, this time playing “Songs of the Season”. Admission for this live music event isfree. The Ellsworth American is a media sponsor for this wonderful event.

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William C. Gardner - Marshfield

William C. Gardner, born on April 1, 1925 in Marshfield, died November 17, 2017 at Maine Coast Memorial Hospital, Ellsworth after a brief illness. He was a WWII veteran.

 Bill worked for Herbert Hanscom Construction and St. Regis Paper Company for many years.

 Bill was predeceased by his wife of more than 60 years, Arbine (Jordan) Gardner and sisters Arlene Gardner and Etta Bowker.

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Karlene Kelley Hale North Monmouth

 Karlene Kelley Hale, 74, beloved journalist, author and extraordinary friend to neighborhood children, died peacefully Nov. 22 at Central Maine Medical Center in Lewiston after a long fight with COPD. 

She was born in Machias on March 11, 1943, the daughter of Karl F. Kelley and Dorothy (Burnham) Kelley.

Karlene earned a bachelor’s degree from the University of Maine in 1965 and a master’s degree from Tufts University while her first husband, Charles Washburn, was earning a law degree at Boston University.

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Social security options for divorced spouses

Dear Savvy Senior,

As a divorced woman, am I entitled to my ex-husband’s Social Security benefits? I was married for 14 years and would like to know how this works.  

Happily Divorced

Dear Divorced,

Yes, you may very well be eligible for divorced spouses Social Security benefits if you meet certain criteria. Here’s how it works. 

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Washington County Community Café and Meals on Wheels for Dec 2017

Fri., Dec. 1: Cheese and beef macaroni, mixed vegetables, wheat bread, dessert.

Mon., Dec. 4: Beef goulash with elbow macaroni, sliced zucchini, wheat bread, dessert. 

Tues., Dec. 5: Pork fried rice, shredded pork loin, Asian vegetables, wheat bread, dessert.

Wed., Dec. 6: Pasta primavera, green beans, wheat bread, dessert. 

Thurs., Dec. 7: Chicken and scalloped potatoes, peppers, onions and turkey bacon, wheat bread, dessert. 

Fri., Dec. 8: Chicken picatta, rice pilaf, green beans and cauliflower, wheat bread, dessert. 

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Washington Academy JV Volleyball in action shots

Lady Raider Sophie Bragg elevates to get the ball back over the net.

Nice job sending the ball to the opposite corner by Lauren Hall.

Nice service by Chloe Lyford for Washington Academy.

 

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Chorus to Premiere John Newell’s “Children of the Light”

Quoddy Voices, a community chorus formed in 2014, will present concerts on Friday, Dec. 8 at 7 p.m., and Sunday, Dec. 10 at 3 p.m., at the Eastport Arts Center. The group’s program is titled “A Light in the Darkness” and it will feature the first performance of director John Newell’s recent work “Children of the Light.” The work is a nine movement cantata for chorus, soprano and baritone soloists, and piano for four hands, which “celebrates the light universal and the unity and dignity of all beings,” according to Newell.

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Machiasport celebrates the holiday this weekend

The Town of Machiasport invites you to an open house to be held on Friday, Dec. 1 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Come meet, greet and see some of the recent improvements made to the Machiasport Town Office. 

Also, a Christmas tree lighting ceremony will be held later that day from 4  to 6 p.m. featuring none other than Santa Claus and Mrs. Claus and some toys for the kids and refreshments, and of course a beautiful tree filled with lights for the holiday!

The Machiasport Town Office is located at 8 Unity Square, Machiasport. For more information, call 255-4516.

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Machias Selectboard asks for crackdown on speeding

by Sarah Craighead Dedmon

Concerns about downtown speeding dominated the first part of the Machias Selectboard meeting held on Wednesday, Nov. 15. Selectboard Chairman Warren Gay lives downtown and said that he has recently received numerous complaints about speeding. “Court street is awful and it’s getting worse,” said Gay. “Last night two pickups went by and I doubt they were 10 feet apart, and wasn’t they flying?” 

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Ham radio club re-activates

The Maine Ham Radio Society, formerly called the Narraguagus Bay Amateur Radio Club, recently reactivated after a lengthy inactive period. On Nov. 19, members joined other hams in Milbridge to participate in a ham radio contest and to catch up with old friends and meet new ones. They made contacts from the east to west coasts as well as Canada.

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Down East Hospice welcomes new volunteers

 

After completing a 20-plus hour training, the following have joined Down East Hospice as new hospice volunteers.  If you would like to become a hospice volunteer, we will be having a volunteer training in the spring of 2018 in the Machias area.  For information and to get an application, call 454-7521 ext. 126

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New meeting time for the St. Croix Valley Amateur Radio Club

During the business part of the November meeting of the St. Croix Valley Amateur Radio Club (SCVARC), it was voted to change our meeting time on the third Sunday of the winter months, beginning in January, from the usual 6:30 p.m. to the new time of 5:30 p.m.  

The December meeting, however, will be our annual Christmas dinner, which this year will be at the Nook and Cranny Restaurant. Contact Roger Holst at 207-454-2174 for further information.

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Children’s chorus concerts set for Dec. 3, 10 in Eastport and Baileyville

 

The Washington County Children’s Chorus will present its “Répetoire de France” – Songs in the Holiday Spirit at two locations.  On Sunday, Dec. 3,  they will appear at the Christ Episcopal Church, 21 Key St., Eastport.  On Sunday, Dec. 10,  a repeat performance will be held at the People’s United Methodist Church, Third Ave & Summit St, in Baileyville.  Both presentations start at 3 p.m.

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Harrington Irving thief arrested

 

Cameron Reed, 26, of Machias was arrested on Nov. 25, by Trooper Dana Austin, Trooper David Barnard, Trooper Miles Carpenter, and Trooper Gavin Endre as result of information from Washington County Lt. Timothy Tabbutt.

The Bangor Daily News reported that Reed held up the Irving station in Harrington on Thanksgiving Day using a knife. It is not known how much money was taken. A grainy image of Reed taken by the store’s video camera was circulated widely after the robbery.

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Readers Theater “Christmas Carol” to benefit Machias Food Pantry

A readers theater production of “A Christmas Carol,” by Charles Dickens, will benefit the Machias Area Food Pantry this holiday season. Everyone is invited to the production at 7 p.m., Friday, Dec. 8, at Centre Street Congregational Church, United Church of Christ, in downtown Machias.

Donations will be accepted at the door, with all proceeds going to the food pantry.

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East Machias woman dies in car accident

by Sarah Craighead Dedmon

The Washington County Sheriff’s Department reported that on Sunday, Nov. 26 the Washington County Regional Control Center (RCC) received a 911 call reporting an accident on Route 192 in the town of Wesley. 

The RCC dispatched deputies, the Wesley Fire Department and Downeast ambulance. The Maine Warden Service and State Police also responded to the crash. Upon arrival, emergency crews confirmed a single vehicle was traveling toward Machias, lost control and had rolled over in the roadway. 

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Machias Recreation Area in running for facelift

 

by Sarah Craighead Dedmon

A grant submitted by the town of Machias could help the town make a modern, family-friendly recreation center where the current facility stands at the crossroads of Fremont, Grove, Harwood and Salem Streets, between Route 1 and the Machias River 

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At 97, she recalls simpler holidays of yesterday

 

by Ruth Leubecker

“We always had our own tree, and we were allowed to open one package on Christmas Eve,” recalls Linnie Crane, now 97, of her childhood. 

Many years before Black Friday shopping and Amazon madness, there was a deep appreciation for the simple gift of skating on the pond or venturing into the woods to find the perfect tree.

In Crane’s case, dad Dan Griffin cut down the tree, and siblings Daniel and Pauline were part of the seasonal fun. 

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Stored Solar seeks sustainability in biomass byproducts

 

by Sarah Craighead Dedmon

The price of natural gas hit a 17-year low last year, and projections show supplies will only increase, which could drive prices even lower. This is good news if you’re a natural gas consumer, but challenging news if you’re running a biomass energy plant.

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The next fight for the Downeast Correctional Facility

by Sen. Joyce Maker

Since January, Representative Will Tuell (R-E.Machias) and I have been fighting tooth and nail on behalf of the Downeast Correctional Facility and the local communities that rely on the prison, and we are both committed to continue this effort for as long as we are serving the great people of Washington County in Augusta.

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Editors Desk

There’s a lot to love about small town municipal meetings. Last week I sat in a crowded room at the Jonesboro Town Offices while people from Beirut,Lebanon, Paris, France, Maine and Illinois discussed the possibility of a new venture at the Stored Solar biomass plant. Most of us were in sweaters, one of us was even knitting a sweater, and we sat packed shoulder to shoulder discussing issues of local and global economic and environmental significance. 

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Attorney General Janet Mills decries FCC repeal of net neutrality rules

Attorney General Janet Mills decries FCC repeal of net neutrality rules

Attorney General Janet Mills decries the proposal of the Federal Communication Commission (FCC) to repeal the “net neutrality” rules put in place by the Obama administration that maintain important consumer protections for Internet service customers and an open Internet.

The proposal of the FCC will allow Internet Services Providers to slow or block access to certain sites or mobile applications, upending the idea of “net neutrality” that has allowed ideas and commerce to flourish across the web.

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Eastport Arts Center welcomes gingerbread house decorators

The Eastport Arts Center will again offer its popular Gingerbread House Decorating Party at 3 p.m., Thursday, Dec. 7. Participants young and young-at-heart are welcome to gather and decorate, whether as family teams or individuals. Young attendees should come accompanied by a grownup helper; solo adults are also welcome to join the party. The class fee is low and, participants are asked to bring a bag of decorating candy to share.

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WaCo Children’s Chorus Pie-zilla

Faye Carver (right, foreground) leads a team of parents of the Washington County Children’s Chorus in a “pie-zilla” at Jonesport’s Community of Christ church. Last week’s two-day bake-a-thon, in which the families turned out 307 apple, pumpkin and toll house pies, was a fundraiser for the chorus; trip to France next summer. Carver is the head chef at the CCC, and her grandson, Noah, is a chorus member.

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Lepage: ‘We must not be fiscally irresponsible in implementing Medicaid Expansion’

The following is a transcript of Governor Paul LePage’s weekly radio address.

 It took a lot of work to balance Maine’s budget, bring fiscal responsibility to state government and restore our rainy day fund. Expanding Medicaid must maintain a balanced budget, protect our reserves and not raise taxes on hard-working Mainers.

 For seven years, I have made very tough decisions to move Maine from poverty to prosperity. My administration has always put forth budgets that provide services to hard-working taxpayers at an affordable cost.

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Representative Henry Bear joins race for 2nd Congressional District seat

State Rep. Henry John Bear of the Houlton Band of Maliseet Indians announced Tuesday that he has joined the Green Independent Party.

Bear is the second member of the Legislature to enroll in the party this year, joining state Rep. Ralph Chapman of Brooksville, who became a Green in September.

On Wednesday, Bear followed up that announcement by stating in a press release that he is kicking off a campaign to run for Maine’s 2nd Congressional District. In the release, Bear stated he would work toward a “safer and more inclusive world community.”

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Wesley’s holiday tree festival expands to Pellon Center

Last year’s first Wesley’s Tree Festival provided 29 trees on display for festival-goers to view and study and bid on, with winners taking all the gifts under their chosen tree(s).

Held in the East Machias  Municipal Building, it was an exciting, fun-filled occasion -- unfortunately, often with standing room only and definitely not space for additional trees.

The tree festival this season, therefore, will be held in Machias at the Pellon Center. As of November 21, over 45 businesses have committed to trees, and the goal of 50 seems entirely plausible.

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Senator Collins greets Machias native and former staffer Meredith Cherry

U.S. Senator Susan Collins met with Meredith Cherry, a Machias native, and her fiancé, Matt McLaughlin, in her Washington, D.C., office.  Meredith is the current Policy Director for the Maine Senate Majority Office and previously worked in the Senator’s D.C. office as the Assistant to the Chief of Staff.

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Letter to the Editor

It was so reassuring to read the governor boasting about the $111 million surplus. As your “shepherd”, surely he will see that all the sheep and lambs are well fed and housed and healthy. Your cup runneth over. 

Ken Murray

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Letter to the Editor - Goodbye to a gifted writer

It was with a great deal of sadness that I learned of Karlene Hale’s death today. For years she was a columnist for this newspaper, and many times after her illness made it impossible for her to continue, the calls continued,  inquiring about her.

She was a gifted writer, and her columns were lively reminiscences about local life as lived long ago -- the dalliances of the time, being served at the curb, lessons from her grandmother and holiday recollections of another time.

She will be greatly missed.

Ruth Leubecker

East Machias

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Letter to the Editor - Thank you MVNO

I want to thank Sarah Craighead Dedmon for her article in the Nov. 2 edition, “Voter’s quick guide to the Nov. 7 Referendum Election.” The article was informative and helped me make decisions. 

Gayle Vaughn-Thiles

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Letter to the Editor - Whose children are left behind?

President Trump and Republicans in control of Congress are pushing hard for major tax cuts before the end of the year. They want a “win,” to show they can get things done in Washington. But who exactly are the winners in these tax cuts? For whom are they getting things done? Answer: the wealthiest Americans, billionaires and millionaires. As Chris Collins, Republican congressman from New York, said: “My donors are basically saying, get it done, or don’t ever call me again.” Wealthy donors want their taxes reduced—or eliminated altogether, as in the case of the federal estate tax.

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Maine Alliance for Arts Education met at the EAC

On Tuesday, Nov. 14, Eastport Arts Center was the host for a Maine Alliance for Arts Education Open House and Conversation with Susan Potters, executive director.  

Parents, students, teachers and community members from Calais to Jonesboro expressed their support of arts in the schools. Student musicians Cora and Ellis Zipperer-Sánchez from Eastport and Cassidy Carr from Calais entertained the guests as they enjoyed an exhibition of student artwork from Calais, Eastport and Perry. 

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UMM’s Nichols wins Maine Music Educator of the Year Award

“Teaching,” says long-time University of Maine (UMM) music instructor Gene Nichols, “is mostly planting seeds and not knowing when or where they might sprout.” 

One of Nichols’ seeds was planted in the mind of Jeff Shaw, a UMM alum who graduated in 2000 with a IFA/BA with a music concentration. “Over seventeen years ago, Gene Nichols and I had a conversation in Machias,” says Shaw, now Executive Director of Maine Academy of Modern Music, “and it started all this.” 

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Personnel changes at PRSWDD transfer station

by Nancy Beal

The staff of the Pleasant River Solid Waste Disposal District (PRSWDD) has experienced several changes lately. The Route 1 transfer station in Columbia Falls is the recipient of household trash and recyclables from Addison, Beals, Columbia, Columbia Falls, Jonesboro and Jonesport. According to meeting minutes, it also receives significant cardboard from Cherryfield, Milbridge, Steuben, and from Wyman’s blueberry business in Cherryfield and Manaford’s grocery store in Jonesport.

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Narraguagus celebrates civil rights

The Civil Rights Team at Narraguagus had a We Are All Human 2017 Tolerance Day display in the front lobby on Thursday November 16, 2017.  If you believed in the following: ‘I pledge to have respect for people whose abilities, beliefs, culture, race, sexual identity, or other characteristic are different from my own’ you were given a tag  saying ‘We are Human’  and signed a large poster in the cafeteria that you took the pledge.   

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Wesley News

New people have moved into town on Fox Hill at Dakota Norton’s house. His sister Chandra and kids have moved into the house. Welcome back to town Chandra. 

May Kay also has a couple sharing her house in Day Black Township

Wesley had a big turnout at voting day Nov. 7, got to visit with people I haven’t seen for awhile. Even felt a little chilly that day, I guess winter has arrived except for the white stuff. Which I’m sure everyone would like to wait awhile longer for that to show up. 

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Columbia News

The genealogy class held on Monday night had a very interesting conversation where you might find some information, the two folks that were there enjoyed the unusual information. I never know how the evening class will go, just depends on who happens to be there.

The bus drivers of the district had their recertification CPR Class on Wednesday evening Nov. 15 at the Narraguagus High School with Sue Dow. It is always nice to be updated on any changes that may have come up.

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Whitneyville Library news

It has been an exciting month at the library with the ground work and prepping for the new library beginning.  The ground work is almost complete with the frost wall up and curing and the drainage going in. It won’t be long and the construction of library will begin with the framing in of the building which, if on schedule, will begin the first week of December. It is a new chapter in the history of the library and one we know John Bodger would be so pleased to see happening.

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Machias Memorial High School announces quarter one honor roll

Principal Leavitt and the faculty of Machias Memorial High School proudly presents the Quarter 1 Honor Roll for academic excellence.  The following students have earned the distinction of being recognized as achieving high honors or honors.

High Honors

Seniors: Meagan Jordan and Farrow McKenna.

Juniors: Madison Conlin and Keely Tibbetts.

Honors 

Seniors: Kaylee Alley, Mckenzie Antil, Jordan Donovan, Amber Heath, Emily Mattox, Katy Nicely, Georgie-Anna Pemberton, Camryn Pennell, Jacob Schors, and Tyler Wentzell. 

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Addison announces Quarter one honor roll.

Mrs. Greene of Daniel W. Merritt School in Addison is proud to announce the Honor Roll for the first quarter. Students making the honor roll achieved all A’s and B’s. Students making high honor roll achieved straight A’s.

 Third grade honors: Autumn Schrader and Carson Bickford.

Fourth grade high honors: Naomi Eyerman. Honors: Lucus Grant, Sarah Kidder, Mercy Machado, Lukas Pounder, Nickson Rusecky,  Bayleigh Thompson and Chase Wright.

 Fifth Grade high honors: Karli Alley. Honors:  Jennifer Kowalsky,  Dylan Lovejoy, Brayden Kane, Emma Whitmore and Briana Willson

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The Catch literary journal seeks submissions

Writers inspired by the coastal heritage of Downeast Maine and beyond are encouraged to submit their work to The Catch: Writings from Downeast Maine. Submissions of poetry, fiction, essay, and other prose are welcome from new and established writers, as well as from high school and college students. Writers whose work has been published in previous volumes include Ray Beal, Chris Crittendon, Robert Froese, Elizabeth Garber, Valerie Lawson, Carl Little, Carolyn Locke, Paul Molyneaux, Patricia Ranzoni, and Baron Wormser.

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Route One Project to feature musicians of northeast Maine

by Lura Jackson

Even growing up in Northeastern Maine, it can be difficult to appreciate how much musical history and energy is associated with this region. For Chuck White, a musicologist that recently finished an eight-week, sixteen city tour along all of Route One, the significance of Northeastern Maine was evident when he arrived here.

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Sumner wins DAC Soccer Championship at UMM

Brandon Grinnan heads the ball up the field in DAC title play. 

Silas Goldfarb looks for an open teammate while dribbling on the sideline.

 

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Washington County leads in Maine volleyball

by Phil Stuart

Volleyball has been played in Washington County since the seventies, but the Maine Principals Association didn’t sanction the sport until 1997.

Volleyball was primarily a sport played by Downeast Athletic Conference teams and it took several years before it started to grow on a statewide basis.

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Strong start for Lady Clippers basketball

by Phil Stuart

The University of Maine at Machias (UMM) Lady Clippers basketball squad has gotten off to a 3-1 start in regulation play.

Coach Troy Alley’s club played three exhibition contests in Fredericton, NB against the host St. Thomas University Tommies, the Mount Allison Mounties of Sackville, NB, and the Mt. Vincent Mystics of Halifax, Nova Scotia prior to the start of regular season play.

The Lady Clippers hosted the University of New Brunswick Lady Seawolves in a non-conference match-up Oct. 27 at the Reynolds Center.

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VFW Auxiliary Post 11553 news

by Ann Merchant

On Sept. 11, VFW Auxiliary Post 11553 in Harrington held a small reception to welcome National Auxiliary President Dee Guillory from Virginia.  She is making all her visits throughout all the VFW Auxiliaries all through the United States.

Also with Dee were Nellie Farris, who is Maine State Auxiliary President from Belfast, Kim Baldwin, who is past State of Maine President from Franklin,  and Lynn Dunton, State of Maine Chief of Staff, from Livermore, and Kathy Woodward, also past State of Maine President, from Machiasport.

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Machias School Board discusses tuition budget, school activities

by Sarah Craighead Dedmon

A.O.S. 96 Superintendent Scott Porter updated the Machias School Board that he is waiting to hear the new state tuition rates, set to come out in December, which will give them a better idea of how the school is performing to budget. For the Rose M. Gaffney Elementary School in Machias, the district forecasted 95 tuition students — students who attend from towns outside of Machias — but currently has 109. For Machias Memorial High School, the budget for tuition students anticipated 67, and attendance is currently at 65.

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Community Calendar

Upcoming events

Annual Holiday Market - November 25, 10 a.m. - 2 p.m., at Eastport Art Center

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Auditions for Stage East New Year’s show, November 28, 7 p.m., Eastport Arts Center. Questions: brian@schuth.com.

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New yoga classes being offered at EAC

Katie Wilson will be teaching yoga classes at the EAC in November and December. November offerings are on Tuesday mornings and include a Mindful Flow class from 8-9 am and Gentle Yoga from 9:30-10:30 am. Starting in December, Gentle Flow class will be held on Saturday mornings from 8:30-9:30. 

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Auditions to be held for New Year’s show

Stage East, the community theater of Eastport and eastern Washington County, is asking actors interested in appearing in the New Year’s Eve 2017 production to come to an audition/reading on Tuesday, November 28 at 7 p.m. at the Eastport Arts Center. 

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Annual holiday market boasts talented vendors

Eastport Arts Center’s 6th Annual Holiday Market, a shopping wonderland complete with diverse, high-quality goods and homemade hot lunches, will be held on Saturday, November 25 from 10 am to 2 p.m. Merchandise available will include folk art, mosaics, jewelry, carved wooden signs, books, seaglass, rustic home decor, stained glass, beaded earrings, pottery, arts, crafts, sewing and more.

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Rep. Tuell to poll fishermen on issues facing industry

Representative Will Tuell (R-East Machias) is seeking input from area fishermen on a host of topics that could impact the industry in the years to come.

 “I have done my best to serve fishermen since I won a seat in the Legislature,” Tuell said. “Whether you haul traps, dig clams, drag for scallops, or work on the water in some other way, this is your industry, and I need to know what you want in order to best serve our Down East fishing communities, and this survey is the best way I can reach the most fishermen at any one time.”

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Machias Community Christmas Giving Tree

The new Dollar General Store in Machias has chosen The Community Christmas Giving Tree as its charity to support this Christmas season. Here are a couple employees showing off the collection box for donated items. Don’t Abigail Chadbourne and Denise Sprowl look excited for our program! Submitted photo.

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Participate in the true meaning of Christmas

Centre Street Congregational Church, United Church of Christ presents its annual gift of a living nativity scene. This outdoor live tableau, accompanied by narration and Christmas music is displayed from 4 to 6 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 2, and Friday, Dec. 15.

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DECH’s Gift Shop, 46th Annual Holiday Fair provide local shopping choices

The Down East Community Hospital (DECH) Auxiliary has provided the service of a gift shop since the hospital opened more than 50 years ago. The auxiliary’s “shop” began as a gift case, built for the auxiliary by Middle River Mill of Marshfield and located in the hospital lobby. The case has recently been updated and is still in use today, across from the lab, not far from its original location.

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Get ready for the 2nd Annual Hoops for Health

The second annual Down East Community Hospital Hoops for Health is scheduled for Dec. 1-2 at the University of Maine Machias (UMM) gymnasium.  Come watch the boys’ and girls’ varsity teams from Machias Memorial High School (MMHS), Washington Academy (WA), Narraguagus High School (NHS) and Jonesport Beals High School (JBHS) and get your pre-season preview of Washington County High School Hoops! 

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Chamber invites public to Business After Hours Dec. 7

The Machias Bay Chamber of Commerce announces a Business After Hours celebration and ribbon cutting for two of our newest members: Merrimack Mortgage and Fedcap, both located in the US Post Office building at Machias. The dual event will be held from 3-6 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 7. All are invited, especially local businesses who will find a Business After Hours is a great networking opportunity. Come help the Chamber welcome these two new businesses to Machias.

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Machiasport gets green light to purchase Bucks Head acreage

by Sarah Craighead Dedmon

A property which has not changed hands since 1805 will soon become public land in Machiasport. At a special town meeting held on Nov. 6, residents voted to move forward with the purchase of the 23 acres on Bucks Head. The selectboard received notice last week that Land for Maine’s Future (LMF) awarded a $160,000 grant — half the cost of the land — to Machiasport.

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Machias Memorial High’s Model State students

Representing Machias Memorial High School at this year’s Model State event were Hannah Faulkingham, Matti Conlin, Cami Pennell, Farrow McKenna, Kassie Cox, Kendra Johnson, Megan Jordan, Ying-Chieh Chou, Tyler Demerest, Leif McKenna, and Jason Weaver. Congratulations to Matti Conlin on getting her bill passed! Photo courtesy Brian Leavitt

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Career centers to stay open, but funds blocked

by Ruth Leubecker

Although a lawsuit against the LePage administration has jeopardized funding for training centers, the state’s Department of Labor says its career centers will not close.

“We’re in the middle of the Coastal Counties lawsuit,” said Laura Hudson, director of communications for the Department of Labor, “but the career centers are not closing.”

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High court to debate rockweed

by Sarah Craighead Dedmon

Ross v. Acadian Seaplants had its day in the Maine Supreme Judicial Court on Tuesday, Nov. 14, when oral arguments were heard in Portland. 

Originally filed in Machias, the outcome of the case will determine whether rockweed — Ascophyllum nodosum — is the private property of coastal landowners or a marine resource held in the public trust. The case is the first in more than 100 years that seeks to settle the question of who owns the rockweed that grows in Maine’s intertidal zone.

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Open for emergencies

Despite being armed with scissors and not a scalpel, Down East Community Hospital CEO Dennis Welsh cut the ribbon with surgical precision, capping the end of a historic community-driven capital campaign to build a state-of-the-art emergency department. David Whitney, board of directors chair, stood at the far right and anchored the event.  Photo by Bill Kitchen

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Public invited to Gates House Annual Christmas Party

The Machiasport Historical Society invites the public to join us in our traditional 1800s style celebration, with mulled cider, holiday treats, music, and carol singing. This is a family fun celebration to kick off the Christmas Season!

The party is scheduled for Sunday, Dec. 3, from 3 to 5 p.m. at the Gates House, 344 Port Road/Rt. 92, Machiasport. Call Barbara Maloy 

The historic Gates House will be decorated in balsam and candles for the Machiasport Historical Society’s Annual Christmas Party. Submitted photo

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Lobster season winding down

Traps of lobstermen who fish in coastal waters are starting to hit the bank, as inside fishing dries up. Offshore fishermen are still going, hoping for a late spurt to make up for a disappointing year. Despite the low volume, boat prices have been depressed, as the American market is challenged by a Canadian no-tariff policy with the European Union, formerly a consumer of 20 million pounds of U.S. product. Pictured above: the Beals town landing. Photo by Nancy Beal

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DMR reopens lucrative elver lottery

Starting Nov. 15, the Maine Department of Marine Resources will be implementing a lottery to allow at least seven new licenses to be issued for the 2018 season, which starts March 22, 2018.

The lottery, authorized during the past legislative session, is available to Maine residents who are at least 15 years of age by the start of the 2018 season, and who are eligible to purchase an elver license in 2018 because they have not had their right to obtain an elver license suspended. 

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Ignoring the voters on Medicaid is perilous for Augusta

by  Alan Caron 

Maine voters sent some loud and clear messages on Election Day this year.

First, they sent a clear message on the York County casino vote, which ought to send a message to every self-serving millionaire that thinks he can buy special privileges in Maine with a slick, deceptive campaign. 

Then they sent Paul LePage another loud and clear message by making Maine the first state in the nation to expand Medicaid by popular vote.

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Celebrating Thanksgiving 2017

Power restored for many and giving thanks for families and togetherness are a few recent things at the head of the thankfulness list in 2017.

But Thanksgiving 2017 is indeed an ominous occasion as everything from health care to taxes looms uncertainly and unsolved ahead. Thanksgiving, especially for those waiting for the food pantry to open, is always a time to realize that it can be tough in the months ahead to focus on giving thanks.

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MaineGrown by Vets label first in nation

The United Farmer Veterans of Maine is honored to announce an agreement between our organization and the Maine Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry to promote and market Maine veteran grown agricultural products. The agreement signifies mutual marketing efforts to promote a new “MaineGrown by Vets” label. The label will offer all Maine veterans the opportunity to showcase their products as a veteran-produced product off a veteran-owned farm in Maine.  

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Farmers need support, not more obstruction

by Jonathan Fulford

 Democratic candidate for Maine’s 2nd District, Jonathan Fulford, released the following statement regarding a delay in an important policy for farmers:

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Editors Desk

For the third year in a row, the Bluebird Ranch Family Restaurant in Machias is opening its doors on Thanksgiving Day for a communal holiday supper. There is no charge, but donations are gratefully accepted and will go directly to the Machias Food Pantry. Between 300 and 400 people attended last year. The meal will run from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m on Thursday, Nov. 23.

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‘The opposite of addiction is engagement’

by Cathleen London, M.D.

Addiction. It is plaguing our nation. For some it is their dirty secret. For others they scurry away  - not in my town.  Yet these same people do not acknowledge their own struggles. Addiction is not just drugs and alcohol. We are a nation addicted. Just look at our epidemic of obesity. That is food addiction. Look at the number of sexual predators – at least look at the victims – men and women – you have evidence of addiction everywhere.

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Traffic jam

Beals can now claim the only traffic light between Ellsworth and Calais, after a complex of three was installed on the old bridge and the Beals approach. Last week, work crews tore up the tar on the northbound lane of the Beals end and sent earth moving equipment onto the beach at low tide to shore up the rock bound approach. Traffic at the Beals end of the old bridge is limited to one lane, so travelers will need to add a couple of minutes to their travel time while work progresses. Photo by Nancy Beal

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Fr. Gaudreau appointed to St. Peter the Fisherman Parish

Bishop Robert P. Deeley has announced the following priest assignment with effective date noted.

Effective January 1, 2018, Fr. Robert Gaudreau has been appointed temporary pastoral administrator of St. Peter the Fisherman Parish which includes the Holy Name Church, Machias; Sacred Heart Church, Lubec and St. Michael Church, Cherryfield. Service to this parish also includes St. Timothy Church, Campobello, New Brunswick.

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Court News

Todd Wormell of Baileyville, Maine: OUI (alcohol) on March 5, 2017 in Baileyville. SNTC Date 8/14/2017, Fine $700, Wasihngton County Jail 7 days, stayed 8/21/2017, license suspended 3 year, registration suspended. GLTY.

Isaac J. Collins Jr. of Robbinston, Maine: Burglary on February 5, 2017 in Alexander. DISP.

Daniel R. Matonic of Calais, Maine: Theft of services on March 6, 2017 in Calais. DISO.

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Mills joins nations AGs requesting ability to hold pharmaceutical industry accountable

Attorney General Janet Mills joined the National Association of Attorneys General (NAAG) in a letter to congressional leaders, urging them to repeal a 2016 federal law so as to hold drug manufacturers and distributors responsible for the nation’s oversupply of pain killers (opioids).

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David C. Harmon Sr. - Whiting

David C. Harmon Sr., 67, died November 6, 2017 at his home. He was born in Marshfield, Maine on March 18, 1950, the son of the late Walter and Marguerite (Look) Harmon.

He was a graduate of Machias High School and was employed his whole life by A.M. Look Canning Co. His hobbies included brook fishing and camping. He also loved tipping and raking blueberries.

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Shirlie Faye Magee Davidson - Virginia

Shirlie Faye Magee Davidson passed away peacefully on October 19, 2017 in Richmond, Virginia. Shirlie was born February 18, 1927 in Holyoke, Massachusetts. 

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Assistance dogs provide help and love

Dear Savvy Senior

What can you tell me about assistance dogs for people with disabilities? My sister, who’s 58, has multiple sclerosis and I’m wondering if an assistance dog could help make her life a little easier.

Inquiring Sister

Dear Inquiring

For people with disabilities and even medical conditions, assistant dogs can be fantastic help, not to mention they provide great companionship and an invaluable sense of security. Here’s what you and your sister should know.

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CDC encourages screening during Lung Cancer Awareness Month

As the nation recognizes November as National Lung Cancer Awareness Month, the Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) encourages current and former smokers who are at high risk of developing lung cancer to talk with a health care provider about being screened for the disease. Lung cancer is the leading cause of cancer death for both men and women in Maine, and in 2013, nearly 30 percent of all cancer deaths in Maine were due to lung cancer.

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Action shots of Jonesport - Beals Royalette Volleyball

Royalette Reanna Smith digs the service for J-B.

Strong service from Kaylee Ireland.

 

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