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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J-B superintendent and joint school board part ways

by Nancy Beal

In a Jonesport Elementary School board meeting July 12, a letter of resignation from Principal Debra Lay was accepted with regret, but was neither presented nor read, as is usual, by Superintendent Beth Anne Lorigan. Board members knew what was in the letter, however, because Lay had sent copies to them. In broad strokes and without giving specifics, Lay pointedly criticized Lorigan and targeted the superintendent as her reason for leaving (see MVNO, July 19).

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Photographs dominate new art show at Jonesport library

 

by Nancy Beal

Nichole Gulowsen is the featured artist in the latest art show at Jonesport’s Peabody Memorial Library entitled “Artists of the Moosabec,” which opened July 15. Gulowsen is the daughter of art committee chairman and Charlene Nelson, a renowned Jonesport bird carver whose late husband, Robert, introduced Nichole to bird carving at the age of 10 after which she went on to win numerous awards for her carvings.

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Weekly Community Calendar

Upcoming events

Machias Bay Chamber Concerts is excited to announce the 2017 summer series. July 11th— Gregory Bliss - paino, Trond Saeverud - violin, Anna Maria Baeza - clarinet, Joachim Woltun. 

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Magic show — 10 a.m. July 12 at the H.D. Moore Library in Steuben. Conjuring Caroll will present children’s show called Building Blocks. Free. FMI: 207-546-7301 or email jbenedict@msln.net.

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Fourth America

Donny Alley dressed up his rental in the old Jonesport System Store and took first place in decorated businesses.

Photo by Nancy Beal

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Jonesport, Columbia, Whitneyville Library News, Welsey

Jonesport

by Nancy Beal

 Jonesport selectmen discussed the cost of clam licenses at their June 21 meeting. Presently, resident diggers pay $80 for the privilege, while non-residents, who obtain licenses through a lottery system, pay twice that. Although the authority to set license fees rests with the town’s Shellfish Conservation Committee, selectmen, noting the gap between revenue and costs of running that committee, weighed in last week.

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Harvard M. Peabody Beals, Jonesport

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Jonesboro biomass plant offline

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JES $1.5M budget approved, up 5%, local share up 11.8%

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The hottest training in town took

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