Lobster season winding down

Traps of lobstermen who fish in coastal waters are starting to hit the bank, as inside fishing dries up. Offshore fishermen are still going, hoping for a late spurt to make up for a disappointing year. Despite the low volume, boat prices have been depressed, as the American market is challenged by a Canadian no-tariff policy with the European Union, formerly a consumer of 20 million pounds of U.S. product. Pictured above: the Beals town landing. Photo by Nancy Beal

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DMR reopens lucrative elver lottery

Starting Nov. 15, the Maine Department of Marine Resources will be implementing a lottery to allow at least seven new licenses to be issued for the 2018 season, which starts March 22, 2018.

The lottery, authorized during the past legislative session, is available to Maine residents who are at least 15 years of age by the start of the 2018 season, and who are eligible to purchase an elver license in 2018 because they have not had their right to obtain an elver license suspended. 

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Fr. Gaudreau appointed to St. Peter the Fisherman Parish

Bishop Robert P. Deeley has announced the following priest assignment with effective date noted.

Effective January 1, 2018, Fr. Robert Gaudreau has been appointed temporary pastoral administrator of St. Peter the Fisherman Parish which includes the Holy Name Church, Machias; Sacred Heart Church, Lubec and St. Michael Church, Cherryfield. Service to this parish also includes St. Timothy Church, Campobello, New Brunswick.

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Traffic jam

Beals can now claim the only traffic light between Ellsworth and Calais, after a complex of three was installed on the old bridge and the Beals approach. Last week, work crews tore up the tar on the northbound lane of the Beals end and sent earth moving equipment onto the beach at low tide to shore up the rock bound approach. Traffic at the Beals end of the old bridge is limited to one lane, so travelers will need to add a couple of minutes to their travel time while work progresses. Photo by Nancy Beal

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‘The opposite of addiction is engagement’

by Cathleen London, M.D.

Addiction. It is plaguing our nation. For some it is their dirty secret. For others they scurry away  - not in my town.  Yet these same people do not acknowledge their own struggles. Addiction is not just drugs and alcohol. We are a nation addicted. Just look at our epidemic of obesity. That is food addiction. Look at the number of sexual predators – at least look at the victims – men and women – you have evidence of addiction everywhere.

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Editors Desk

For the third year in a row, the Bluebird Ranch Family Restaurant in Machias is opening its doors on Thanksgiving Day for a communal holiday supper. There is no charge, but donations are gratefully accepted and will go directly to the Machias Food Pantry. Between 300 and 400 people attended last year. The meal will run from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m on Thursday, Nov. 23.

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Farmers need support, not more obstruction

by Jonathan Fulford

 Democratic candidate for Maine’s 2nd District, Jonathan Fulford, released the following statement regarding a delay in an important policy for farmers:

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MaineGrown by Vets label first in nation

The United Farmer Veterans of Maine is honored to announce an agreement between our organization and the Maine Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry to promote and market Maine veteran grown agricultural products. The agreement signifies mutual marketing efforts to promote a new “MaineGrown by Vets” label. The label will offer all Maine veterans the opportunity to showcase their products as a veteran-produced product off a veteran-owned farm in Maine.  

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Celebrating Thanksgiving 2017

Power restored for many and giving thanks for families and togetherness are a few recent things at the head of the thankfulness list in 2017.

But Thanksgiving 2017 is indeed an ominous occasion as everything from health care to taxes looms uncertainly and unsolved ahead. Thanksgiving, especially for those waiting for the food pantry to open, is always a time to realize that it can be tough in the months ahead to focus on giving thanks.

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Ignoring the voters on Medicaid is perilous for Augusta

by  Alan Caron 

Maine voters sent some loud and clear messages on Election Day this year.

First, they sent a clear message on the York County casino vote, which ought to send a message to every self-serving millionaire that thinks he can buy special privileges in Maine with a slick, deceptive campaign. 

Then they sent Paul LePage another loud and clear message by making Maine the first state in the nation to expand Medicaid by popular vote.

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