Tax bill protesters speak out after guilty sentence

Jessica Stewart, Ridgely Fuller and Sharon Dean of East Machias were convicted last week in Federal Court and sentenced to one day in jail for failing to obey a lawful order. The three refused to leave Senator Collins’ Bangor office on December 19, 2017 calling on her to vote against the tax plan. Sharon Dean traveled to Washington, D.C. in December with Mainers for Accountable Leadership and met with Senator Collins, Ady Barkan and Marie Follayttar Smith. 

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Desk of the Editor

Early Saturday morning I happened to look out my back window and see a heavy frost on my strawberry plants, early enough to hose them down. Being a spring plant, strawberries likely have what it takes to survive a frost. But being an overeager gardener, I wasn’t willing to take that chance. Hosing the plants down before the sun rises and bursts their frozen cells is one way to save them from frost. Checking the forecast and covering them the night before is one step better.

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Accountability, sadly, resembles a lot of Jello, if that

Accountability is a much-bandied-about word in 2018. 

It sounds good and in practice it’s even better, but it remain an elusive thing to grab onto, and to maintain a hold is actually -- apparently -- next to impossible. At the State House, especially during the recent leave-taking of this 128th session, accountability was nowhere in sight.  

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Letter for the Editor - Let’s talk trash

Editor’s note: This letter originally ran in our March 28 edition, but we reprint it here this week  to freshen readers’ memories when they read  the response from the PRSWDD Board of Directors below. 

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Letter for the Editor - PRSWDD responds to ‘Let’s talk trash’

The Pleasant River Solid Waste Disposal District (PRSWDD) is a quasi-municipal, nonprofit organization that was formed more than 20 years ago because towns were under a State mandate to recycle.  PRSWDD, governed by a board of directors, with representatives appointed by the Selectmen of each participating town (Addison, Beals Island, Columbia, Columbia Falls, Jonesboro and Jonesport has been committed to transparency for more than 20 years. Monthly financials and minutes of all Board meetings are sent to member towns and are available to the public. 

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Congressional hopeful Lucas St. Clair visits Washington County Democrats

by Nancy Beal

Lucas St. Clair, one of three Democrats vying in next month’s primary election for a chance to go up against Bruce Poliquin for Maine’s second congressional seat in Washington, addressed Washington County Democrats in East Machias May 6. During his hour-long presentation and while answering questions that followed, he talked about climate change, infrastructure and the economy, farming, health care (including opioids) and his mother.

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Community Calendar

Upcoming events

KinderArts with Tarah Waters, Thursdays,  May 17, 24 and 31, 9:30-10:15 am, for children up to age 5 with caregivers, free, Eastport Arts Center.

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May 18 at 7 pm & May 20 at 3 p.m., Quoddy Voices spring concerts, ‘Something About Love, Eastport Arts Center.

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Cherryfield and Milbridge

The Downeast Table of Plenty, located in Cherryfield, is a place where families and friends can come together and have a free meal on Sundays.

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Columbia

 

The Spring Shop-A-Palooza held Sunday, May 6, at the Harrington Elementary School was a success. There were a lot of nice items to be had, and I was able to get a couple of birthday presents while I was there. Another one will be held in the fall for your Christmas shopping.

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News from VFW Auxiliary Post 11553

On Tuesday, April 10, the VFW Auxiliary met for its monthly meeting.  After the meeting we held elections of officers.  Officers for 2018-2019 are:

President - Barbara Tibbetts

Senior Vice - Ann Merchant

Junior Vice - Addie Alley

Treasurer - Sonya Grant

Secretary - Ann Merchant

Chaplain - Peggy Warden

Conductress - Sharon Tibbetts

Patriotic Instructor - Laura Merrill

Grand - Jeannette Perry

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