1. ASMFC reviews eel population, sets Maine’s 2018 quota

    The Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission’s (ASMFC) American Eel Management Board reviewed the results of the 2017 American Eel Stock Assessment Update, which indicates the resource remains depleted. The assessment updates the 2012 American Eel Benchmark Stock Assessment with data from 2010-2016. Trend analyses of abundance indices indicated large declines in abundance of yellow eels during the 1980s through the early 1990s, with primarily neutral or stable abundance from the mid-1990s through 2016. Total landings remain low but stable.

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  2. Rollover

    A flatbed 18-wheeler carrying slabs of concrete rolled over while navigating the steep corner where Route 1 passes Route 191 in East Machias. No one was injured. Photo by Sarah Craighead Dedmon

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  3. Bill to fund Bucks Harbor prison moves forward

    On Thursday, Oct. 26 a 10-member panel of legislative leaders allowed a bill to keep Downeast Correctional Facility (DCF) in Bucks Harbor open an extra 18 months to move forward in January. The bill, sponsored by Rep. Will Tuell (R-East Machias), would provide additional funding to the beleaguered prison while policymakers develop a long term solution.

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  4. UMM welcomes new athletic director

     

    by Ben Ferrandi

    Christopher Hart’s sports background is impressive. He holds a B.S. in Athletic Administration from Endicott College, has experience with the Hartford Wolf Pack, “... a semi-pro hockey team in Hartford Connecticut,” he said, and in June he began as the new athletic director for University of Maine at Machias (UMM).  

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  5. Bay Ridge Student Council at work

    Mrs. Lemieux, Student Council Advisor at Bay Ridge Elementary, lends a hand as Student Council members add more sand to the sandbox on the lower end. Submitted photo

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  6. Book boxing for charity

    Two Mormon missionaries joined many Porter Memorial Library volunteers last Saturday for a group book-boxing party. The books, left over from the library’s annual August book sale event, will be taken by nonprofit Better World Books. Library director Lee Downing said that new donations are already coming in for next year’s summer sale, which typically contains more than 10,000 volumes. Photo by Sarah Craighead Dedmon

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  7. CDC urges cautions with power outages, generators

    With widespread power outages expected to last a few days following the recent storm, the Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is reminding residents how to safely use portable gas-powered generators and providing food safety tips.

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  8. Installation of live nativity

    The Living Nativity was installed November 5 for its 5th Christmas Season on the steps at Centre Street Congregational Church UCC in Machias. Installers this year were Harper Dean, Jim Jackson, Thornton Land,  Greg Maxwell,  Stuart Swain and Lin Warren. This annual gift from the church to the community is increasingly popular.  It will be “live” for 2 early evenings in December.  There will soon be a sign on the church and the Nativity which tell which dates it will be live.

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  9. Whitneyville Library news

    It’s been an exciting week as groundwork for the new library has begun.  The land is being prepped for the next phase of the project.  Architectural plans for the library have been finalized and the land work can now begin.  The building which will be 4,000 sq. ft. in size will house the Whitneyville Public Library and the library’s Whatnot Craft Shop. Completion of the project will be sometime in spring/summer of 2018.

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  10. Columbia News

    This past week I have not been out  much except to drive the bus. On the half day of school I got to visit with Hulda Peterson in Harrington; it was a nice visit and we almost got caught up on news in the area.

    Everyone was out due to illness on Monday night’s genealogy class so I got the chance to visit the knitting class for a bit before returning home. It probably was a good thing as I was coming down with this cold that is going around. Both of us here have it, I just wish those kids of mine on the bus had not given it to me.

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  11. Harrington News

    Lobster fishermen are taking in their traps now.  The season is coming to a close.  It was a fast season, not quite as good as last year.

    Sincere condolences to the family of Louise Emerson.  She was a lovely lady and will be missed.

    Wreath-making season is upon us. There have been many loads of brush being delivered to Worcester Wreath in town. Winter is not far behind.

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  12. Wesley News

    Ron T. has been seeing deer in their fields. Andrea and Stan K. put up new posts and fencing around their garden of winter rye but they had a moose take down most of it when it walked through.

    We took a ride into Chain Lake but had to pull a tree out of the road with a rope. 

    The camps were fine but a tree came down by Blaisdell’s house and tore the electric box off the house. Our power just blinked off and on a couple of times. We were lucky.

    Linda and I took Halloween candy to school for the kids’ party.

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  13. Activity at Sawyer Memorial Congregational Church

    Steeplejacks were still working on the 100+year-old spire of Jonesport’s Sawyer Memorial Congregational Church last week, removing old wood before capping it for the winter. The bell is stored in a nearby barn. Last Saturday, church volunteers put on a craft fair and luncheon to boost the belfry fund.

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  14. New bus to BES

    The Beals and Jonesport school system took delivery of a new bus last week. Jonesporters approved a three-year, one percent loan of the purchase price of $83,873 from their surplus. The 77-passenger Thomas bus will be parked at Beals Elementary School, whose student body proudly posed with it on delivery day.  Photo courtesy of George Crawford

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  15. Personal property in Jonesport: to tax or not?

    by Nancy Beal

    Jonesport selectmen returned to the subject of taxing personal property at their Nov. 1 meeting. Last month, they had listened to a presentation by business tax exemption specialist Joe Salley from Bangor, who explained ways in which personal property — lobster traps, equipment and machinery — could be taxed without adverse financial effects on either taxpayers or the town. Currently, Jonesport does not tax personal property.

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  16. Bridge beginnings from Beals to Jonesport

    The new bridge to Beals began last week with work on the approaches. Here, earth was removed on the Beals side to replace the 90 degree turn off the old bridge with an angle much less acute for the many tractor trailer trucks that come from the mainland. On the Jonesport side, the old house that Eddie Hagan used as a wreath shop was torn down to widen Bridge Street and provide room for power lines.

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  17. Community Calendar

    Upcoming events

    The Women’s Health Resource Library (WHRL): Poets and publishers Valerie Lawson and Michael Brown, of Resolute Bear Press in Robbinston, will host a reading and book-signing for the “Three Nations Anthology: Native, Canadian & New England Writers,” joined by several of the poets, essayists and short story writers who contributed to this acclaimed new volume. Friday, November 10, 6 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.

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  18. PBSO brings Broadway Downeast

    The Passamaquoddy Bay Symphony Orchestra (PBSO) is 10 years old! To celebrate this milestone, the orchestra is delighted to present its first-ever Broadway Pops concert on Nov. 17 at 7 p.m. in Eastport at the Arts Center; on Nov. 18 at 3 p.m. in Machias at the Centre Street Congregational Church; and on Nov. 19 at 3 p.m. at the Calais Congregational Church.

    Receptions will follow each performance. The reception following the Machias concert will be provided by Pat’s Pizza. 

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  19. Drawing workshop continues in new venue

    Eastport Arts Center’s weekly Drawing Workshop  has moved to a new venue, workshop leader Joyce Weber’s Eastport studio. The group will continue to meet on Wednesdays from 7-9 pm. The workshop includes a combination of life drawing, facial studies and drawing the clothed figure, and offers a learning experience for beginners and, for more experienced artists, an opportunity to hone their drawing skills. No prior experience is necessary. Participants may either pay 

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  20. Lewis Carroll’s Alice: Down the Rabbit Hole

    The Grand continues its tradition of live community theater with a new piece based on Lewis Carroll’s “Alice” stories- Alice: Down the Rabbit Hole. The play will run one weekend only —  Friday, November 17 through Sunday, November 19, 2017. Tickets are on sale now at the box office.

    For more information on the production, or to become a member of The Grand call the box office at 207-667-9500. 

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  21. Pembroke Library presents songs and stories for a sea-gazed wanderer

    On Wednesday evening, Nov. 8, the Pembroke Library will present Stephen Sanfilippo in a concert of chanteys, ditties, ballads, Gospel songs, hymns, poems and stories that capture the romance of the sea without hiding the hardship its hardships. Stephen has collected and performed traditional maritime songs since the early 1970s, blending his interests in history, hard knocks workers’ songs, and dreamy ballads that carry the singer to faraway places and long ago times. A U.S.

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  22. First Annual Milbridge “Lit-Fest” continues with haiku, author readings

    The Sunrise County Arts Institute (SCAI) continues the “First Annual Milbridge Lit-Fest,” its celebration of writers, good writing, and delicious reading.

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  23. Clippers end regular season

    by Phil Stuart

    The  University of Maine at Machias (UMM) Clippers men’s soccer team ended it’s regular season at home Oct. 21 against the powerful University of Maine at Fort Kent Bengals.

    The Clippers took a quick 1-0 lead over Billy Ashby’s Bengals when Lorenzo Segura scored at 6:38 on a Rudy Hassen assist.

    The lead was short lived as the Bengals would score five unanswered goals to take a 5-1 lead into the halftime break.

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  24. Downeast Trio Wins Tourney

    by Phil Stuart

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  25. Raiders clinch top volleyball spot

    by Phil Stuart

    The Washington Academy (WA) Raiders Volleyball squad virtually assured themselves of a spot in the first ever Class C state championship game with a 3-2 Oct. 17 win over Woodland on the Dragons’ home court.

    Woodland, Calais and Washington Academy were the only three schools with a realistic chance of going deep into the playoffs and with the win, WA should be able to coast into the title game with a Woodland, Calais showdown in the semi-finals.

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  26. Machias Memorial High School is the proud recipient of the MPA State Class D Boys Soccer banner. 

    From left - right: Tyler Wentzel, Matt Gardner, Naveah Skinner, Dallas Moody, Head coach Ty Richards.

    Congratulations Bulldogs!

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  27. Narraguagus Lady Knights, Calais Blue Devils advance in cross country

    by Phil Stuart

    The Narraguagus Lady Knights and the Calais High School Blue Devil boys both finished 5th in the Northern Regional Cross Country Championships at Troy Howard Middle School in Belfast on Oct. 21.

    Those two teams and ten individual runners will advance to the state meet.

    In boys Class C, the Orono Red Riots showed their dominance with a low score of 19. The Riots had three of the top five places and five of the top eleven.

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  28. Rough times for Machias Bulldogs

     

    by Phil Stuart

    For many years, Machias High School and Van Buren High School stood alone as the dominant teams in Eastern Maine Class D boys’ soccer.

    Van Buren fell first and several years later Machias followed suit giving way to Bangor Christian who has had an incredible run over the last decade.

    Since 1965, the Machias program has been the class of boys’ soccer in Washington County and have way more games, more conference championships and more trips to the state title game than any other school.

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  29. Mayflower by Nathaniel Philbrick Viking, 2006

    Certainly you remember — don’t you? Your teacher sitting you down on the day before Thanksgiving vacation and having you go through the lovely thoughts about the first Thanksgiving — which were so far from reality that author Nathaniel Philbrick wants to put us all ship-shape! And he will with his many-paged notes, bibliography and index. Truth is, we all need to get a grip on our actual early history. It was and is not an always easily or happily told tale. Take a look!

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  30. When will medicaid pay for nursing home care?

    Dear Savvy Senior,

    What are the eligibility requirements to get Medicaid coverage for nursing home care? 

    Caregiving Daughter

    Dear Caregiving,

    The rules and requirements for Medicaid eligibility for nursing home care are complicated and will vary according to the state where your parent lives. With that said, here’s a general, simplified rundown of what it takes to qualify.

    Medicaid Eligibility 

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  31. AARP warns of Medicare scams

    Medicare Open Enrollment runs through Dec. 7, and it’s a banner time for Medicare fraud. Beware of ads that promise medical equipment covered 100% by Medicare. Medicare only covers durable medical equipment that is medically necessary with a doctor’s prescription. Don’t share your personal information from someone claiming to be from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), calling to “verify” your information. Need help with Medicare Open Enrollment? Contact your local Area Agency on Aging at 1-877-353-3771 for free assistance.

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  32. John P. Gray Machias

    John Perl Gray, 39, passed away unexpectedly October 29, 2017 in Lewiston. He was born September 22, 1978 in Machias the son of Perley R. Gray and Valerie (Schencks) Look. 

    He attended Machias schools, and went on to work in the family concrete business. He loved spending time with family, especially with his children, John Justin and Sabrina Rose.

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  33. Wayne S. Foss December 18, 1968 - October 28, 2017

    Wayne S. Foss, 48, of Whitneyville, a loving father of three and beloved husband, passed away unexpectedly Saturday, October 28, 2017. He was born December 18, 1968 in Danbury, Connecticut, to Esten Foss and Mildred Reynolds. Wayne graduated from Machias Memorial High School and went on to marry his high school sweetheart, Kim Foss, married for 26 years and together for 29. 

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  34. Leroy Truman Tibbetts Jonesport

    Leroy Truman Tibbetts, 58, passed away at the Down East Community Hospital October 20, 2017, after a brief illness of pancreatic cancer. He was born May 12, 1959 in Jonesport, the son of Truman and Marion (Church) Tibbetts. He lived most of his life in Addison. Leroy will be remembered for riding his four-wheeler around the Basin Road, stopping by to visit with friends.

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  35. Ramona G. Emerson Jonesport

    Ramona G. Emerson of Jonesport passed away September 27, 2017. She was born December 12, 1943, the daughter of Laurence and Hazel (Carter) Tucker.

    She is survived by her sister, Kathleen Call and husband Fred of Harrington, and brother Glenwood Tucker and wife Charlotte of Ellsworth. She is also survived by her sons Michael Emerson, and Dana Emerson and wife April, both of Jonesport, and daughters Crystal Emerson of Jonesport, and Lori Ann Farnsworth and husband Nathaniel of Addison.

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  36. Milton “Milt” Fuller Machias

    Milton “Milt” Fuller lived the life that many people dream to live.  He was blessed with true love, a devoted family, living in Maine (the way life should be), traveling the world, and lifetime friends.  Milton died peacefully on November 1, 2017 in Machias, Maine at the age of 92.

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  37. Louise Emerson Columbia Falls

    Louise Emerson, 89, passed away November 4, 2017.  She was born March 13, 1928 to Hanford and Edith Grant of Columbia Falls, the third of their four children.  She married Henry Emerson in 1945 and raised three children, Lenora, James and David.  She was a very hard worker, capable, determined, and feisty.  She had many jobs including making wreaths, packing sardines, cooking at Helen’s Restaurant, the Columbia Falls Grammar School, Pleasant River Drive In, and Narraguagus Estates, as a migrant bus driver, and she loved raking blueberries.  Her daughter considered that a form of mental illn

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  38. Aquarium’s right whale team addresses grave concerns for species

    Following a harrowing summer when an unprecedented 15 North Atlantic right whales died in Canada and the US, a team of long-serving and dedicated scientists from the Anderson Cabot Center for Ocean Life at the New England Aquarium headed to Canada last weekend to discuss the status and future of the most endangered large whale species in the Atlantic.

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  39. CRHH and DECH partnering to bring OB/GYN care to Calais

    Staff from both Calais Regional Hospital and Down East Community Hospital in Machias have been working on a plan to provide quality OB/GYN services locally in Calais.  Rod Boula, CRH CEO, and Dennis Welsh, DECH CEO, began discussions with the announcement that delivery services would be ending at CRH.  With all of the logistics of such an endeavor finally worked out, it is exciting to announce that DECH providers Kara Dwight, MD and Christian Inegbenijie, MD will provide office visits in Calais one day a week once clinic licensure is obtained. Dr. Inegbenijie and Dr.

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  40. Court News

    Gloria Bragg of East Machias, Maine: Criminal trespass on June 28, 2017. SNTC Date 8/8/2017, Fine $150. GLTY.

    Dillon Dowling of Machias, Maine: Disorderly conduct, loud noise, private place. SNTC Date 8/7/2017, Fine $500. GLTY.

    Joshua L. Dube of Milbridge, Maine: Operate vehicle without license on June 29, 2017 in Milbridge. SNTC Date 8/8/2017, Fine $100. GLTY.

    Michael J. Soule of Sullivan, Maine: Operating while license suspended or revoked on June 28, 2017 in Machias. DISE.

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  41. Hillary: the horse with attitude

    by V. Paul Reynolds

    Half way down the mountain a creek crosses the road. Approaching the creek, I could tell that the dirt-covered ice was making this horse skittish. At the creek’s edge, Hillary put on the brakes.

    Author’s note :This is part one of a three-part column series about my recent elk hunt in Colorado.

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  42. New Marine Patrol Officers to Serve in Kittery, Tenants Harbor and Lubec

    Three new Marine Patrol Officers have recently been sworn in and will be serving in Kittery, Tenants Harbor and Lubec.

    Matthew Carter of Marshfield, Maine will serve in the Lubec patrol. A former Washington County Sheriff’s Deputy, Carter is also a native of Washington County, having grown up in the Machias area and graduated from Washington Academy. Carter is also currently a Military Police Officer in the Maine Army National Guard.

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  43. Trick or Treat Machias

    More than 800 children made their way through Machias last Friday as part of Trick or Treat on Main Street. One young trick-or-treater was very pleased to be near the fire trucks. Photo by Bill Kitchen

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  44. Proposed Emera rate hike spurs heated comments

    by Ruth Leubecker

    Emera Maine, seeking to build a substation to service island communities, has requested a rate hike likely to add $3.60 to the average electric bill.

    The Bangor-based company has asked the Maine Public Utilities Commission to grant a 12 percent increase on its customers’ distribution rates. This could amount to an overall increase of 5 percent on all residential bills, which would mean a revenue increase of 12 percent to Emera Maine.

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  45. Jonesport to explore using eminent domain

     

    by Nancy Beal

    The process of taking private land to enable emergency vehicles to respond and turn around in a congested private lane off of Jonesport’s Main Street began Oct. 25, when selectmen voted to hire an engineer to look at and design a solution for the tight quarters at the end of Ice Hill South on the banks of Moosabec Reach.

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