DMR seeks shrimp trawling vessel for sampling trips

The Department is seeking one shrimp trawling vessel and captain to collect northern shrimp samples in the Maine midcoast area, making at least three trips, and conducting three short tows each trip, beginning in late January, 2018, fishing once about every two to three weeks, until the shrimp are no longer carrying eggs, perhaps near the middle of March. The Department has up to $3,450 (in total) to pay the project participant.

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Another Dirl to replace Steve Carver’s incinerated Bigger Dirls

by Nancy Beal

Chris Smith and his sternman were aboard Smith’s lobster boat, the Pamela Jayne, near Smiths’ Wharf in West Jonesport at sunrise September 8, 2016 when they noticed flames coming from the cabin of a nearby boat. Veteran lobsterman Steve Carver’s Bigger Dirls was on fire. Smith immediately grabbed his VHF radio mic and called the coast guard base, just a half-mile down the shore.

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Guest Voice - Opinion

by Gov. Paul LePage 

As we look forward to the new year, one of the big challenges facing our state is growing our workforce and keeping our economy on a roll..

In 2017, we hit record lows in unemployment and all-time highs in private sector job growth. To meet this demand, our employers need skilled workers.

We are the oldest state. Record numbers of baby boomers are entering a well-deserved retirement. Employers need to replace these skilled workers.

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Editor's Desk

Washington County is its own small world, with a total population hovering near 30,000 people. It is one large community in many ways, in large part due to its communal use of social media. Most Facebook users know that the site can be a blessing and a curse, both a useful communication tool and a black hole where productivity goes to die. I like to use Facebook to keep in touch and find out about local events, but I have certainly lost an hour or two endlessly scrolling through the feed.

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Letter to the Editor - DECH ED is a lifesaver 

On Wednesday, Dec. 20 I had a heart attack. Those of you who know me probably didn’t expect that Wayne Peters would be a candidate for a heart attack, and I certainly didn’t either. Although I’m 70 years old, I am not overweight, I never smoked, I eat a healthy diet, and I work out most every day. However, at about 10:20 a.m I was putting on my boots to take my dog for a walk before I headed off to the UMM gym. The simple act of bending over caused a pressing pain in my chest and some slight numbness in my arms.

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Letter to the Editor - Moose Peak Light restoration responsibility

Editor’s note: In our issue dated Dec. 27, we published an article on Jonesport’s Moose Peak Light. We reported “[AMMBS] is not burdened with restoration of the lighthouse, only the boathouse above the landing ramp.” The following two letters point out that this is not the whole story.

 Dear Editor,

 Your story about Moose Peak Lighthouse being donated to Arnold Memorial Medical Building Society (AMMBS) in Jonesport contains one major error.

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Letter to the Editor - Potential Liability

Dear Editor,

In accepting this gift our board was very concerned with potential liability and obtained good legal advice regarding our responsibilities as the owner.  While we have no legal obligation to restore the light, we do have a duty to the community to help preserve this very valuable part of our history and will be taking that into account over the next several months while developing a plan that best serves the community, the lighthouse and the board’s mission.  

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Somewhere between turbulence and compromise

No, it’s not like being somewhere between East Machias and Bangor, because there is a relationship between these two places. Might be a little rivalry or a snit of some sort now and then, but everyone heads to the city for needed appointments or to buy a pair of socks or … let’s not ignore the beckoning finger of that popular casino. 

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Nonprofit warns of telephone scam

A person using a fraudulent phone number identified as the Maine Community Foundation has made calls in an attempt to solicit gifts from people in Maine.

The caller thanked people for previous gifts and asked them to consider making a credit card gift or another type of gift. These calls are not associated with the Maine Community Foundation and the public should hang up immediately.

Anyone with concerns about similar calls may contact the Maine Community Foundation at (877) 700-6800.

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Wesley News

The wind blew hard on Wednesday, December 27th on top of the hill on Route 192. A few trucks had to wait for the road to get plowed to continue on their route. The wind takes your breath away. 

Carola N. had her son John and wife Sharon come to visit on Christmas day along, with two great granddaughters Sara,  Kendra and a friend. All had a great visit and all made it home safe. Also Carola turns ninety five on the twenty eighth, hopefully she receives at least ninety five cards for her birthday. 

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