Wesley’s holiday tree festival expands to Pellon Center

Last year’s first Wesley’s Tree Festival provided 29 trees on display for festival-goers to view and study and bid on, with winners taking all the gifts under their chosen tree(s).

Held in the East Machias  Municipal Building, it was an exciting, fun-filled occasion -- unfortunately, often with standing room only and definitely not space for additional trees.

The tree festival this season, therefore, will be held in Machias at the Pellon Center. As of November 21, over 45 businesses have committed to trees, and the goal of 50 seems entirely plausible.

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Representative Henry Bear joins race for 2nd Congressional District seat

State Rep. Henry John Bear of the Houlton Band of Maliseet Indians announced Tuesday that he has joined the Green Independent Party.

Bear is the second member of the Legislature to enroll in the party this year, joining state Rep. Ralph Chapman of Brooksville, who became a Green in September.

On Wednesday, Bear followed up that announcement by stating in a press release that he is kicking off a campaign to run for Maine’s 2nd Congressional District. In the release, Bear stated he would work toward a “safer and more inclusive world community.”

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Lepage: ‘We must not be fiscally irresponsible in implementing Medicaid Expansion’

The following is a transcript of Governor Paul LePage’s weekly radio address.

 It took a lot of work to balance Maine’s budget, bring fiscal responsibility to state government and restore our rainy day fund. Expanding Medicaid must maintain a balanced budget, protect our reserves and not raise taxes on hard-working Mainers.

 For seven years, I have made very tough decisions to move Maine from poverty to prosperity. My administration has always put forth budgets that provide services to hard-working taxpayers at an affordable cost.

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WaCo Children’s Chorus Pie-zilla

Faye Carver (right, foreground) leads a team of parents of the Washington County Children’s Chorus in a “pie-zilla” at Jonesport’s Community of Christ church. Last week’s two-day bake-a-thon, in which the families turned out 307 apple, pumpkin and toll house pies, was a fundraiser for the chorus; trip to France next summer. Carver is the head chef at the CCC, and her grandson, Noah, is a chorus member.

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Eastport Arts Center welcomes gingerbread house decorators

The Eastport Arts Center will again offer its popular Gingerbread House Decorating Party at 3 p.m., Thursday, Dec. 7. Participants young and young-at-heart are welcome to gather and decorate, whether as family teams or individuals. Young attendees should come accompanied by a grownup helper; solo adults are also welcome to join the party. The class fee is low and, participants are asked to bring a bag of decorating candy to share.

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Attorney General Janet Mills decries FCC repeal of net neutrality rules

Attorney General Janet Mills decries FCC repeal of net neutrality rules

Attorney General Janet Mills decries the proposal of the Federal Communication Commission (FCC) to repeal the “net neutrality” rules put in place by the Obama administration that maintain important consumer protections for Internet service customers and an open Internet.

The proposal of the FCC will allow Internet Services Providers to slow or block access to certain sites or mobile applications, upending the idea of “net neutrality” that has allowed ideas and commerce to flourish across the web.

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Chorus to Premiere John Newell’s “Children of the Light”

Quoddy Voices, a community chorus formed in 2014, will present concerts on Friday, Dec. 8 at 7 p.m., and Sunday, Dec. 10 at 3 p.m., at the Eastport Arts Center. The group’s program is titled “A Light in the Darkness” and it will feature the first performance of director John Newell’s recent work “Children of the Light.” The work is a nine movement cantata for chorus, soprano and baritone soloists, and piano for four hands, which “celebrates the light universal and the unity and dignity of all beings,” according to Newell.

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Beals church razed

The 113-year-old Beals Advent Christian Church came down last week, the victim of too much mold and mildew to be worth preserving. The congregation has been worshipping in a newly built youth center behind the parsonage on Elm Street for some time. Photos by Nancy Beal

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Wesley News

Wesley Fire Department was called out when a car went off the road in Devereau Township. A person was life-flighted out. 

Stan K. is back from Rhode Island where he was visiting with his mother.

Richard Z. dog sat for Charlie the poodle last Saturday while Blanch and Jene M. went to Bangor to meet up with relatives to go out for an early Thanksgiving get together.

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Machiasport celebrates the holiday this weekend

The Town of Machiasport invites you to an open house to be held on Friday, Dec. 1 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Come meet, greet and see some of the recent improvements made to the Machiasport Town Office. 

Also, a Christmas tree lighting ceremony will be held later that day from 4  to 6 p.m. featuring none other than Santa Claus and Mrs. Claus and some toys for the kids and refreshments, and of course a beautiful tree filled with lights for the holiday!

The Machiasport Town Office is located at 8 Unity Square, Machiasport. For more information, call 255-4516.

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