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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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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