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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Food truck owner requests porta-potty in Jonesport park

 

by Nancy Beal

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Jonesport library to hold community celebration

 

by Nancy Beal

 Jonesport’s Peabody Memorial Library recently received a community award of $1,000 from Bangor Savings after library supporters voted for the 100-year-old institution in a BSB-sponsored community service poll. To show appreciation for that support, library staffers and volunteers will host what they are billing as an “End of Summer Community Celebration” this Saturday, September 1, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

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Where Jonesport’s $100K anti-drug money went—or didn’t

by Nancy Beal

At their March 2017 town meeting, prompted by drug activity in the Moosabec area and more than one overdose death, Jonesporters authorized their selectmen to draw up to $100,000 from the surplus fund to secretly combat the problem. The town officials were not obliged to report how the money was used or how successfully until July 1, 2018. On July 25, 2018, Jonesport newcomer Barbara Malcarne, who with her husband, Bill, often attends weekly selectmen’s meetings, asked how the money was used.

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Beach owners, Jonesport selectmen discuss signs

 

by Nancy Beal

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