Volunteers gather to paint Jonesboro vet’s home

by Sarah Craighead Dedmon

After they were married, Dwight Whitney’s parents received a house and some land as a gift from his grandfather. The only hitch was that the house and land were separated by one third of a mile and a large hill.

Whitney’s grandfather said, “It’s no problem, I’ll move the house up for you.” He used a team of oxen, rolling skids, rope and a large set of blocks. After a few days he had relocated the home, chimney and all. “You tell somebody to do that today, they’d say it can’t be done,” said Whitney. 

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Jonesport and Beals school news

by Nancy Beal

At their Sept. 5 meetings, the school committees for Beals (BES) and Jonesport Elementary Schools (JES) dealt with resignations, hirings, coaches, and the borrowing of eighth graders for the high school volleyball program.

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Jonesport’s Sunrise Care manager receives award

Sunrise Care Facility is pleased to announce that Julia Alley, business office manager, has been chosen to receive the 2017 Maine Health Care Association Celebrating Excellence in Caregiving Award.  Julia has been employed at Sunrise Care Facility for 23 years.  Throughout her many years of service, she has served as a C.N.A., a C.N.A.-M., the Dietary Manager and in her current role as the Business Office Manager. 

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Jonesport to consider food sovereignty ordinance

 

by Nancy Beal

When next a town meeting is held in Jonesport—whether special or annual next March—voters will be asked to vote on a food sovereignty ordinance. Such a town law, if passed, would give individuals the right to sell agricultural products they produce at home that are not inspected for or subject to state licensing requirements. Such transactions would be legal between the producer/processor and a buyer when the product is sold for home consumption and not for resale.

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Four new faces at Jonesport Elementary School

by Nancy Beal

A flurry of resignations at Jonesport Elementary School last spring—the principal and three classroom teachers—has caused the board to scramble this summer to fill four empty positions. This was done at their August 16 meeting.

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Community Calendar for August 23, 2017

Upcoming events

SEQUELA at Faith UMC, Columbia on August 25 at 7 p.m.  All welcome.  Lots of singing and Worship.

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 INTERNITY will be holding a Benefit Lobster Dinner and Chinese Auction on August 26 at the East Machias Fire Department to help raise money for Veterans Programs in Washington County.  Tickets are available at the MBACC office, the East Machias Town Office, Archibald’s, the American Legion, and Bold Coast Cannabis; or people can call 546-1405 to buy pre-buy tickets.

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Where will Jonesport-Beals bridge workers live and eat?

 

Parking for fishermen at the Jonesport marina is at the breaking point for fishermen who have no place to tie up their skiffs and outboard boats. A committee is looking into alternate sites and funding, but so far little progress has been made. Photo by Nancy Beal.

by Nancy Beal

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Tibbetts low - bids Jonesport road work

 

by Nancy Beal

At their August 2 meeting, Jonesport selectmen opened bids on work needed on portions of town towards that had been identified, marked and listed by Jonesport contractor Jim Carver. Old House Point Road he called “one of the worst in town.” Others on the list included Beal and Bluenose Streets, Ice Hill North, Moosabec/View and Ledge Streets and Rockwell Lane. For each, he indicated the type of work needed: ditching, shoulder work, bush hogging and, paving.

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Jonesport’s Kelley’s Point Cemetery gets attention

by Nancy Beal

Jody Alley came to the July 26 Jonesport selectmen’s meeting to raise the possibility of reviving a small cemetery on Kelley’s Point. He told selectmen that it was weed choked and that the fence needed replacing. He wanted to know if there was money available to “make it look respectable.”

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Freeport firm low-bids Beals bridge project

by Nancy Beal

Although the Maine Department of Transportation (MDOT) website did not show an award for bids on the Beals Island bridge replacement at the end of last week, information on the site indicated that the Freeport firm of CPM Constructors was the low bidder on that project. The state opened the bidding in Augusta on July 12. On the same day during the weekly selectmen’s meeting, Selectman Billy Milliken said that he had already been contacted by the job supervisor in connection with hiring local labor and housing for out-of- town labor.

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