Jonesport has interim CEO, talks marijuana, allots charitable donations

by Nancy Beal

In addition to having been a founder and president of the Jonesport Historical Society, past-president of the Greenwood Cemetery Society, retired merchant mariner and local historian, Donald Woodward was Jonesport’s code enforcement officer before his tragic passing last month after a battle with cancer. Last week, Jonesport selectmen struck a deal with a long term fill-in for the code officer position.

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Lobster vessel sinks off Jonesport

by Sarah Craighead Dedmon

The U.S. Coast Guard Northeast District used Twitter to break the news that the F/V Overtimer sunk 11 miles off the coast of Jonesport on Sunday, Nov. 15. 

Josh Kelley of Beals is the F/V Overtimer’s captain and Phillip Kilton is its sternman.

The boat was loaded with lobster traps and when it took on heavy waves, it began to sink. The two-person crew donned survival suits and according to a USCG spokesperson got into a life raft before being rescued by F/V Bad Behavior, owned by Richard Smith of Beals.

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Jonesport selectmen on storm drains, solid waste, holiday closures

by Nancy Beal

Jonesport selectmen began trying to get the Maine Department of Transportation (DOT) to fix several storm drains on Main Street well before the DOT paved Route 187 last August. Having no success and concerned that since the new tar was laid the holes are more treacherous than before the paving, they recently wrote directly to the DOT commissioner. Last week, they received a reply.

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Jonesport to explore policing with neighboring Addison, Beals

by Nancy Beal

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Jonesport clammers seek path, not road, to shore

 

by Nancy Beal

On and on for months, Jonesport selectmen have talked about providing access to the shore and clam flats off the Jewett Road in Masons Bay on behalf of the town’s clam harvesters. They have reached out to a landowner in the area, exploring the acquisition of land for a road that would allow them to drive to the shore. Early last month, after sensing confusion about what the diggers wanted, they penned a letter to the town shellfish committee, asking what was actually sought.

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‘Jonesport America’: the making of a town history

 

by Nancy Beal

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Jonesport library: “paddling” for proceeds

 

by Nancy Beal

In 2018, Jonesport’s Peabody Memorial Library offered birdhouses to school students who decorated them and returned them to the library where they were (silently) auctioned off. In 2019, it will be miniature paddles with which the Art in the Library committee hopes to pad their coffers.

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DECH would give Jonesport former nursing home building

 

by Nancy Beal

Billy Milliken said in last week’s board meeting that he had finally received a response from Down East Community Hospital to the town’s request for the former Sunrise Care Facility building and the beds that were in it. (Besides being a Jonesport selectman, Milliken chairs the board of the Arnold Memorial Medical Center, which is eyed as the ultimate recipient of SCF.)

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Jonesporters vote to discontinue Ice Hill South

 

by Nancy Beal

After nearly a year of listening to bickering between the five residents of Jonesport’s Ice Hill South, townspeople voted last week to abandon, or discontinue, the short lane between Main Street and Moosabec Reach. At a special town meeting August 29 and after over an hour of discussion during which anger and frustration surfaced and moderator Jane McMichen admonished speakers to address her and not each other, voters opted by a margin of 18 to six to cede jurisdiction and with it, all town services.

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Jonesport Avenue status questioned by Charles Look

 

by Nancy Beal

Jonesport Avenue: public or private? That was the issue brought to selectmen August 29 by Charles Look who, with his brother Ed, owns and operates a seafood business at what was originally a sardine factory on Moosabec Reach east of the Beals Island Bridge. A recent code violation for an unpermitted paved path and doorstep to a building he had recently built alerted him that the loop road, that he had always assumed was a private way owned by him and his brother, was considered a town road where construction was bound by town ordinances.

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