New wild blueberry specialist tackles challenges

by Ruth Leubecker

A month on the job but eager to learn, Lily Calderwood is visiting wild blueberry growers, assessing market diversification and “right now trying to take first steps.”

With a PhD in horticulture from the University of Vermont and a couple of years at the Cornell Cooperative Extension Service, she was hired as the designated replacement of Dave Yarborough, longtime blueberry specialist at the Maine Cooperative Extension Service.

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A Hypocrite on the balanced budget 

A Hypocrite on the balanced budget 

Bruce Poliquin’s web site says he is urging his colleagues in Congress to vote for a constitutional amendment requiring a Federal Balanced Budget.  He points out this is an amendment which he himself signed as a cosponsor during his first week in Congress in 2015.  He states this is a necessary amendment to “… ensure a financially sustainable future for our Nation.”

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Christina Therrien: Ready now for Maine Senate

Christina Therrien: Ready now for Maine Senate

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An expert embraces diverse challenges of aging in 2018

As the first female CEO of the 38-million-member nonprofit AARP, Jo Ann Jenkins is indeed an expert promoting some exciting thoughts about living optimally at every age.

The author of the thought-provoking Disrupt Aging, Jenkins is an outspoken advocate for being comfortable at whatever age one happens to be. When someone mentions 50 being the new 30 and 60 the new 40, she is quick to admonish, “No, that’s not the way it is. Fifty is the new 50, and it looks good. We need to be comfortable with whatever age we are.” 

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Community Calendar

Upcoming events

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April Vacation Arts Camp, ‘Escape to Polynesia,’ April 17-19, 10 a.m.-noon, for ages 6-13. Space limited, email alison@eastportartscenter.org. Eastport Arts Center.

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“Vermicomposting at Home” Build a small-scale worm garage! Ages 6-12. Friday, April 20, 11 a.m. - noon. Please pre-register with Tara at 207-255-3345 to reserve a spot.

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Ice Hill South hearing short on people, long on opinions

by Nancy Beal

A feud among neighbors on Ice Hill South, a short lane running from Main Street to the bank of Moosabec Reach that has been an irritant facing Jonesport selectmen for nearly a year, prompted a public hearing last week on whether to abandon the way and eliminate the town’s obligation to maintain it. The feuding parties include four seasonal residents  who favor abandoning the lane, and a retired couple who have made Jonesport their year-round home and who don’t.

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Jonesporters approve school loan for roof repair

by Nancy Beal

At a special town meeting April 11, a handful of Jonesporters authorized their school department to borrow $79,800 from the surplus account to repair the elementary school roof. A roofing job done four years ago has begun to leak and school officials fear that mold might begin to grow if the repairs are not done promptly.

The repayment plan consists of two annual payments of $40,800 which would include a minimal amount of interest to cover any loss the town would experience because of the loan. The vote to grant the loan was unanimous.

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Tide Mill Farms awarded $50,000 agricultural grant

Tide Mill Farms in Edmunds is one of five operations that have been awarded grants by the Maine Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry. Tide Mill will receive $50,000 of the $187,735 awarded by the state.

Tide Mill Organics will use the funds to improve its organic poultry processing plant in Washington County to become a State-Inspected Processing Facility and to develop value-added products, such as ground turkey and chicken, poultry sausages, and pet food.

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William R. “Bill” Fraser Albany Township

William R. “Bill” Fraser, 70, of Albany Twp, died April 9, 2018 at the Maine Veterans Home in South Paris.

Bill was born April 26, 1947, in Harrington, Maine, son of the late Ritchie Francis Fraser and Winifred (Steele) Peabody of Jonesport.

He was a graduate of the class of 1966 Waltham Vocational High School in Massachusetts.  

A veteran of the Army,  he served in the Vietnam War.          

Bill worked as a carpenter and owned his own business, Sideline Carpentry, after having been a millwright at General Dynamics (fomerly GTE) for 15 years. 

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Allen William Hall Machiasport

Allen William Hall, 77, of Machiasport, Maine and Zephyrhills,  Florida, went home to be with the Lord on Sunday, April 8, 2018 after a brief illness.

Allen was born in Machias on December 13, 1940 to Gordon and Mary (Wood) Hall. He spent his childhood growing up in Kennebec, which he always considered his home no matter where life took him.

He was an Army veteran, worked at many odd jobs including clamming, carpentry and as an electrician. He made his career as a civil employee at NATS in Cutler, retiring after 35 years of service.

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