Collins, King introduce resolution to designate September 25, 2017, as National Lobster Day

U.S. Senators Angus King and Susan Collins today introduced a resolution that would designate September 25, 2017, as “National Lobster Day.” Senators Jeanne Shaheen (D-N.H.), Maggie Hassan (D-N.H.), Edward Markey (D-Mass.), Jack Reed (D-R.I.), Sheldon Whitehouse (D-R.I.), Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.), and Chris Murphy (D-Conn.) also sponsored the resolution, which recognizes the historic and economic importance of lobster in the United States.

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Deer permit lottery now open

Hunters may apply to enter into the Maine Any Deer Permit Lottery by visiting this website: www.maine.gov/online/nedeer. 

From the list of lottery applicants, the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife will administer a chance drawing to select winners for a Maine Any Deer Hunting Permit. To hunt Any Deer in Maine, hunters must have one of these special Any Deer Hunting Permits.

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WaCo hospitals working to bridge OB/GYN care for Calais patients

Shortly before the public announcement that Calais Regional Hospital (CRH) planned to close its obstetrics program by January 2018 or sooner, Rod Boula, CEO of CRH reached out to Dennis Welsh, CEO of Down East Community Hospital (DECH) to explore what possibilities exist for DECH to provide OB patients in the Calais area with high quality OB and delivery services. 

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2nd Annual Bold Coast Triathlon a riverside success

The Bold Coast Sea & Sky Festival Unconventional Sprint Triathlon was successfully held on Saturday, July 22. The race opened with a 12K paddling leg where participants used canoes and kayaks. The 20 K bike leg came second, and the athletes finished with a beautiful 5K run along the sunrise trail. Race organizers want to offer congratulations to all of the participants.

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Fulford announces run for Congress

Jonathan Fulford from Monroe is running for Congress in the 2nd Congressional district. He released the following statement:

I am running for Congress because it is time for an economy that works for everyone.

It is time for government to invest in the well being of its citizens and build a fair and prosperous economy with jobs that pay enough to live on. We need more freedom and more opportunity to support ourselves, raise our families, and live together in peace and prosperity in our communities.  

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Editors Desk

This week Governor LePage will consider whether or not to sign legislation that would make Maine the fourth state to raise its smoking age from 18 to 21. Last week, New Jersey joined California and  Hawaii in raising the legal smoking age. Should the legislation succeed in Maine, 18-20 year-old smokers will still be allowed to purchase cigarettes under a grandfather clause. 

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Letter to the Editor - Pembroke Historical Society requests help with sardine history project

 Dear Editor,

     I’m writing as program coordinator for the Pembroke Historical Society to ask the folks in our communities for information of any kind about the West Sunset Packing Company sardine cannery that operated many years ago in West Pembroke, or about the sardine fishery on upper Cobscook Bay. The Society is gathering information for a program on Pembroke’s sardine history to be presented to the public in mid-October. 

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Washington County walks on the wild side

by Ruth Leubecker

Thirty-two years of wild blueberry field days have brought a growing number of stakeholders together -- all in the name of nurturing this indigenous little berry.

While everyone agreed last Wednesday at the annual picnic that this year’s crop would be a little below average, it was the price debacle that had small growers more than a little uneasy. “The present pricing makes me hope a big old hail storm will come through,” said one such grower. “Then I won’t have to harvest them.”

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Fundraiser for Perry family declared success

by Ann Carter

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Machias Wild Blueberry Run set for August 19

Healthy Acadia will sponsor the 2017 Machias Wild Blueberry 5-Mile Run/Walk and 1-Mile Fun Run to be held on Saturday, August 19.The Wild Blueberry Run serves as the kick-off to the annual Machias Wild Blueberry Festival, which features hundreds of craft and food vendors, exhibits, and fun, family-friendly activities. Teams must pre-register by 4 p.m. on August 16. Pre-register by August 10 to reserve your “Wild Blueberry Run” T-shirtOnline registration closes at 7 p.m. On August 18.

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