Rain defrosts the deep freeze

Heavy amounts of rain flooded many roads in Washington County last week, loosening up the ice and pushing the large chunks onto the banks of our local rivers and ocean shores. 

This photo was taken in downtown Columbia Falls on Point Street on Pleasant River. Photo courtesy of Leslie Howe

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Leading Maine progressives endorse Jonathan Fulford for Congress

Several key Maine leaders are among those endorsing Jonathan Fulford, Democratic candidate for Congress in Maine’s 2nd District:

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Editor's Desk

During the large storm that hit our region on Thursday, Jan. 4, the Lubec brining shed collapsed and the Machias River climbed high into the parking lot between Helen’s Restaurant and the town dock. In recent months, we’ve seen that water come up and over the dike frequently, and according to Professor Tora Johnson at the University of Maine at Machias, these events will increase in frequency as time goes on. 

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Letter to the Editor - RAISE Family Caregivers Act

On behalf of the 178,000 unpaid family caregivers who reside in our state, AARP Maine applauds Senator Susan Collins for her leadership in sponsoring the Recognize, Assist, Include, Support, and Engage (RAISE) Family Caregivers Act.  AARP was pleased to endorse this important legislation and we thank Senator Collins for her efforts to work on a bipartisan basis to support family caregivers here in Maine and across the country. 

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Letter to the Editor - Medical expense deduction

Recently, Americans who had high healthcare costs faced a big tax increase just because of their medical expenses. Senator Susan Collins was one of several leaders in Congress who fought back against the measure. She and her colleagues helped to ensure the medical expense deduction was maintained, including restoring a 7.5 percent income threshold for two years.  This allows families to deduct large expenses like wheelchairs, prescription drugs and home care costs.

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Why do these New Year’s resolutions always mean restrictions?

When each new year rolls around it brings a slew of resolutions -- almost always destined to fail and almost always designed to be a lifestyle subtraction. Taking off pounds or giving up drinking probably head most of these vows for the coming year -- but whatever the resolution, why a negative, why is something being taken away? 

Why not promise to be kinder, pay it forward, do something good for somebody else, if not daily, weekly? Why not a positive, which these resolutions never seem to be.

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Collins, King support for bill to protect net neutrality

U.S. Senators Susan Collins and Angus King today released a joint statement outlining their support for a bipartisan Congressional Review Act (CRA) resolution to restore net neutrality, which the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) repealed in December:

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Guest Voice - Results of Machias Area Fishermen’s Survey

by Rep. Will Tuell

At long last, here are the results of my fishermen’s survey. I had planned to do an analysis of every question, but this cold has kind of gummed up the works, so I’m going to try and hit on a few things here.

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Cobscook Outing Club starts Sunday, Jan. 28

Know a high school student interested in learning more about ways to explore the outdoors during winter? Curious about how to get into rock climbing? Wanting to give sea kayaking a try? The Cobscook Experiential Program has just the opportunity.

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Eastport Arts Center features historical music, Winter Sea Birds of Passamaquoddy Bay

The Sunday afternoons  series, a winter offering of informal and interactive programs every Sunday at 3 p.m. at the Eastport Arts Center, will feature local music educator and musician Kris Paprocki on Jan. 21. Historical and traditional music of Downeast Maine is the focus of Paprocki’s presentation, titled “I Hear Washington County Singing.” In the past, working men and women wrote, sang, and recited songs and poems describing their everyday lives. Paprocki has researched extensively to find songs and poems written in Washington County.

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