Investing in community

Last month Machias Savings Bank recognized the work of eleven Maine-based nonprofits for  their exceptional community-focused efforts and advancement, bestowing them with the bank’s annual Community Reinvestment Development Grant Awards. 

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Jonesport planners to meet

by Nancy Beal

The Jonesport Planning Board will meet at 7 p.m., Tuesday, Nov. 21 in the town office to consider applications from Daryl Young and Carol and Daniel Colby to renew a permit issued October 18, 2016 for work on the Fire Road, and from Brian Hoops, represented by Jim Carver, for a house and garage attached by a breezeway on Flake Point Bar Road.

The town office will close at noon on Wednesday, November 22 in observance of Thanksgiving.

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A strange burial

Perhaps one of the strangest stories about a cemetery was found in a little booklet entitled “A Brief History of Cutler and Some Interesting Incidents,” written in 1976 by the late Jasper Cates and Arlene Dennison.

Hidden, almost forgotten, in this record on a gravestone in the old Cutler cemetery is one of the strangest and most touching events in Cutler’s history.

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Veterans Day, all year long

by  Ruth Moore

As an honorably discharged veteran, I will have seen 30 years of Veterans Days come and go this year, and one thought has always been in the back of my mind — why do we need a special day to remember our military service and sacrifices for our country? Shouldn’t our service be celebrated every day for the freedoms and liberties that our country’s citizens enjoy?  

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The Editor’s Desk

Last week was full of patriotic activity as people came together to celebrate the service of our local veterans. According to the Veterans Administration, Maine, Alaska and Montana are tied for the highest amount of veterans per capita, at one in 10. Veterans were feted and thanked with school breakfasts, luncheons, music and community suppers. I observe that Washington County has an incredibly strong service ethic, and so it comes as no surprise that we know how to revere it when we see it.

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Letter to the Editor - We need honest information from an honest lawmaker

 As of Thursday, Nov. 9, neither of Bruce Poliquin’s workers in his D.C. or his Bangor office knew what Poliquin’s position on the estate tax is.

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Letter to the Editor - Mobile spay neuter clinics new to Machias. 

The recent Nov 5,6,7  first time, cats only event for Machias area residents was originally scheduled for two days. However, because it booked up within a few days, a third day was added. The overwhelming response resulted in a waiting list.

In the end 95 animals, a mix of pets and community cats both stray and feral, were seen. They ranged from super cute two-pound kittens to a 16 pound very unappreciative tom cat.

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Nutcracker to be performed at University of Maine

The Robinson Ballet Company of Bangor will bring Tchaikovsky’s beloved holiday classic, The Nutcracker, to Downeast Maine with a pair of performances on Saturday, Nov. 18 at the University of Maine at Machias.  Performances will stage at the university’s Performing Arts Center at 3 and 7 p.m. 

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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 at 255-8860 for more information.

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Library to show “Wonder Woman”

The public is invited to a showing of the new “Wonder Woman”  movie at the Henry D. Moore Library and Community Center in Steuben.

 The movie will be shown 6 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 18, which is a change from the usual Friday night time.

Before she was Wonder Woman, she was Diana, princess of the Amazons, trained to be an unconquerable warrior. 

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Celebrating Robert Coles’ service

WW2 veteran, Pearl Harbor hero, and hometown celebrity Robert P. Coles, Jr. was celebrated last Friday, fittingly on the observation of Veterans Day. He was 93. A remembrance service took place at Machias Memorial High School, followed by a full military honors interment at Longfellow Cemetery in Machias. See more photos on page 7. Photo by Bill Kitchen

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Local legislators gear up for Medicaid expansion battle

by Ruth Leubecker

Maine made history last week, becoming the first state in the nation to pass Medicaid expansion by citizen referendum. 

Gov. Paul LePage, who has vetoed Medicaid expansion five times, vows to stall this win at the polls by mandating the legislature to find the funding before he will allow implementation. 

The fight to give health-care coverage to over 70,000 uninsured Mainers has been a lengthy and bitter battle, marked with heart-breaking stories and the fierce needs of many deprived daily of care.

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AOS 96 seeks to remove non-consolidation penalties

by Sarah Craighead Dedmon

In the final hours of Maine’s 2018-19 budget negotiations, the governor’s office inserted language into the biennial budget  that would reduce funding to schools which do not consolidate into one of nine to twelve new School Management and Leadership Centers (SMLCs). 

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DMR finalizes 2017-18 scallop season, new licenses on horizon

by Sarah Craighead Dedmon

After the Nov. 8 meeting of the Scallop Advisory Council, the Department of Marine Resources (DMR) announced its final calendar for the 2017-18 fishing season, set to kick off on Dec. 4.

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Art to honor veterans

Rose M. Gaffney Elementary School art teacher Becky Lee worked with Machias students to create one entire wall of patriotic artwork which was displayed during last week’s Veterans Day breakfast at the school. Photo by Sarah Craighead Dedmon

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Machias gunshot victim recovering

by Sarah Craighead Dedmon

A Machias man was shot with a rifle through an exterior wall late on Oct. 8. Machias Police are not releasing the identity of the victim at this time. 

The victim was taken to Down East Community Hospital in Machias where he was stabilized, then taken by Lifeflight to Eastern Maine Medical Center in Bangor. “He seems to be recovering quite well,” said Machias Police Chief Grady Dwelley.

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Centre Street’s Living Nativity dates announced

Centre Street Congregational Church, United Church of Christ, announces the dates for its annual gift of a Living Nativity to the community. This outdoor live tableau, accompanied by narration and Christmas music, will be on display from 4 to 6 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 2, and Friday, Dec. 15.

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An elder service navigator is here for you

by  Natalie Boomer

Food, fuel, transportation, home repairs, utilities, money matters, healthcare and insurance can be stressful to figure out all on your own. Nevertheless, it is a situation many elderly community members find themselves in. Lisa Suarez is here to help with that. 

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Letter to the Editor - A lifetime of service

A lifetime of service

Last Friday we said goodbye, and thank you to WW2 Veteran and Pearl Harbor hero, Robert P. Coles, Jr. He was one of our greatest community treasures. But notably, he was also everything we could have hoped for, and asked for in that role.

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Studying the local economy: 36 years and counting

On December 29, 1981, Gov. Joseph Brennan signed an executive order establishing a “Governor’s Task Force on the Washington County Economy.”

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State Runner-up Lady Raider Volleyball in action shots

Time-out, as Coach Schwinn gives direction to his team.

Good hustle from Jinny Davis getting to the ball at WA.

Teeya Harmon delivers a solid service. Teeya connected for 18/19 serves at the States in MDI, while earning 3-aces.

 

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Ethel Quackenbush Jonesport

Ethel Quackenbush, 97, mother of Connie Wiggin of Jonesport, died November 3, 2017, in Ashland, Kentucky, following a long illness.  She was one of five daughters of Ada Rollins Massacar and Clarion Rand Massacar.   She grew up in Hamburg, New York, and graduated from Devilbis High School in Toledo, Ohio.   

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Robert Palmer Coles Jr Machias

Robert Palmer Coles, Jr, 93, died November 4, 2017 at his home surrounded by family and friends. He was born December 21, 1923 in Bronx, New York, the son of the late Robert Palmer Coles, Sr. and Martha Surburt.

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Juanita Crosby Choukas Hanover, New Hampshire

Juanita (Nita) Crosby Choukas, 87, passed away peacefully at her home in Hanover, New Hampshire on November 11, 2017, surrounded in her final days by her beloved husband of 66 years, Michael Choukas, Jr, her three children, her ten grandchildren, and several of her great grandchildren. 

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Four finalists named for vice president at the University of Maine at Machias

Four finalists have been named for the position of Vice President for Academic Affairs and Head of Campus at the University of Maine at Machias (UMM). Between Nov. 16 and Dec. 6, the candidates will visit both the University of Maine at Machias and the University of Maine campuses.

The search, which has been under way since June, generated over 100 applications. Candidates selected for campus visits, including interviews, presentations, and meetings with campus leaders, community members and students, are:

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Court News

Ryan M. Grant of East Machias, Maine: Operate while license suspended or revoked, prior on June 30, 2017 in Cherryfield. SNTC Date 8/8//2017, Fine $500. GLTY.

Channon J. Jones of Trescott TWP, Maine: Possessing lobster beyond minimum or maximum on June 22, 2017 in Lubec. SNTC Date: 8/2/2017, Fine $2,200. GLTY.

Dennis W. Sargent Jr. of Steuben, Maine: Burning prohibited material on June 5, 2017 in Steuben. SNTC Date: 8/8/2017, Fine $250. GLTY.

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The trail food search

by V. Paul Reynolds

Author’s note: This is part two of a three part column series about my fall elk hunt to Colorado.

Over the years, in pursuit of elk, my sons and I have made a number of backpacking hunts into the Routt National Forest in Western Colorado.

There is a lot of careful preparation for trips of this sort. The central challenge, as you might guess, is to keep the pack weights manageable without leaving behind critical gear.

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Voting results from Nov. 7 Maine Referendum Election

On Tuesday, Nov. 7, Maine voters went to the polls to consider four ballot measures. The first question asked voters to approve a license for a casino in York County, which failed statewide. The second question asked voters to approve expansion of Medicaid to give medical coverage to residents earning between 100 and 138 percent of the federal poverty level, and it passed. Question 3 asked voters to approve a $105 million bond for infrastructure, it passed.

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UMM volleyball season over

by Phil Stuart

The University of Maine at Machias (UMM) Clippers volleyball team recently completed its 2017 season.

Amy Fritz’s squad compiled an overall record of 8-16 while they fared better in the Yankee Small College Conference with a 6-4 mark.

The team started off with a 3-2 win over Unity at Husson University before dropping three straight to open the season at 1-3.

UMM would win two out its next three matches to improve to 3-4, but non-league back-to- back losses against Fort Kent lowered their record to 3-6.

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Quoddy league fall baseball

by Phil Stuart

Back in the days of the Quoddy Baseball League, it was not uncommon for the league playoffs to take place in September and some years they even stretched into October.

Recently a teammate of mine on the Machias Bruins for ten years, Dickie Norton, dropped off a photo of the 1970 Machias Bruins baseball team. Dickie was a great teammate and one of the best clutch hitters that I had the privilege of playing with in my ten years as a member of the Machias Bruins.

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To the Editor: Affordable Care Act (ACA)’s Open Enrollment

If you do not have health care coverage through an employer or a government program, such as Medicare or Medicaid, the time to review and purchase health insurance is here.  The Affordable Care Act (ACA)’s Open Enrollment period is now underway and this is the only time of year when Mainers who purchase their health insurance on the open market can make changes to their coverage.  Mainers from Madawaska to Kittery only have a few weeks to take advantage of this opportunity as ACA Open Enrollment ends on December 15th. 

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Columbia News

The weather has changed again with the colder weather this week, I guess winter has come. I imagine the cooler weather is better for the hunters.

Congratulations to my grandson Konner Strout of Harrington in getting his first bear on Saturday the 11th. Maybe next week he will get his deer.

Carroll and I both were at the doctor on Monday and I found out I had bronchitis after all and got some medication to get me on my feet again. I think I am now on the mend.

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Machiasport School Board discusses EasyCBM, state budget

by Sarah Craighead Dedmon

Fort O’Brien Elementary School Principal Sue Almendinger opened last week’s meeting of the Machiasport School Board with updates on a new venture to increase collaboration between teachers and parents. “We held a planning night for parents to come in and join us in an EasyCBM partnership,” she said. “Parents come in to learn how to read data, and what they can do about it.”

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Harrington News

Do you smell it?  Yes, the beautiful aroma of the brush going into the wreaths.That means Christmas is very close. I hope Santa is resting up for his trip this year!

Mike and Tracey are buying tips to make their wreaths! Time sure does pass by fast when you are having fun.

It is really lovely to see the lights on at Joan and Dick Meserve’s home now.  They were wintering in Florida. I for one missed them. Welcome home!

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Community Calendar

Upcoming events

Church Bazaar, Cherryfield Congregational Church, River Road, Cherryfield on Saturday November 18 from 9 a.m.  to 1 p.m. Crafters, Christmas items, baked goods including a cookie table, and white elephant table.   

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Haddock Chowder lunch served at 11 a.m. with biscuit or cornbread, beverage and dessert bar for $6 .

Sauerkraut Workshop with Anne Hopkins, November 19, 1 p.m., Eastport Arts Center

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Immigrants in Maine: A demographic and economic profile

The American Immigration Council released data on Maine’s immigrant population and their contributions to the state. The Maine state fact sheet includes data on population size, educational and citizenship attainment, English proficiency levels, and data on undocumented immigrants and Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals recipients in the state.

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Senate Aging Committee warns of scams targeting veterans

Veterans Day is a day set aside to honor the sacrifices made by our nation’s veterans and their families. Yet, there are scam artists who target these men and women as potential victims and who try to capitalize on patriotism to rob all Americans of their hard-earned money.

As Chairman and Ranking Member of the Senate Aging Committee, U.S. Senators Susan Collins (R-ME) and Bob Casey (D-PA), have made fighting fraud against older Americans a top priority.

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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‘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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 - 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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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

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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