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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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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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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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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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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Jonesport’s beacon bell and belfry restoration

Work on Jonesport’s Sawyer Memorial Congregational Church 100+-year-old steeple continues. Last week, Phase 2 was completed with the removal of the belfry and clock. The bell and remains of the belfry will be capped to keep out the weather while fundraising for a fiberglass replacement continues. A Christmas craft fair is planned for November 4, with a fish chowder/beef stew lunch, silent auction, white elephant sale, hourly door prizes and a grand prize (turkey dinner) drawing at 1 p.m. Photos by Nancy Beal

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Randy S. Blackwood “The Duke” - Jonesport

Randy S. Blackwood, 63, passed away Tuesday, October 17, 2017 after a long illness, surrounded by his family.  He was born June 5, 1954 in Jonesport, the son of Alfred A. “Sonny” and Rosalie E. (Palmer) Blackwood, Jr.

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Jonesport plow contractor: rock work makes Ice Hill South unplowable

by Nancy Beal

The CEO of Jonesport’s plow contracting company says newly installed rock work on Ice Hill South will make it impossible for him to plow the narrow lane “unless something is done.” There was no place to turn around or deposit plowed snow, wrote William “Bimbo” Look, whose company, Sid’s Inc., holds Jonesport’s plow contract.

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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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