To the Editor: Affordable Care Act (ACA)’s Open Enrollment

If you do not have health care coverage through an employer or a government program, such as Medicare or Medicaid, the time to review and purchase health insurance is here.  The Affordable Care Act (ACA)’s Open Enrollment period is now underway and this is the only time of year when Mainers who purchase their health insurance on the open market can make changes to their coverage.  Mainers from Madawaska to Kittery only have a few weeks to take advantage of this opportunity as ACA Open Enrollment ends on December 15th. 

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Columbia News

The weather has changed again with the colder weather this week, I guess winter has come. I imagine the cooler weather is better for the hunters.

Congratulations to my grandson Konner Strout of Harrington in getting his first bear on Saturday the 11th. Maybe next week he will get his deer.

Carroll and I both were at the doctor on Monday and I found out I had bronchitis after all and got some medication to get me on my feet again. I think I am now on the mend.

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Machiasport School Board discusses EasyCBM, state budget

by Sarah Craighead Dedmon

Fort O’Brien Elementary School Principal Sue Almendinger opened last week’s meeting of the Machiasport School Board with updates on a new venture to increase collaboration between teachers and parents. “We held a planning night for parents to come in and join us in an EasyCBM partnership,” she said. “Parents come in to learn how to read data, and what they can do about it.”

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Harrington News

Do you smell it?  Yes, the beautiful aroma of the brush going into the wreaths.That means Christmas is very close. I hope Santa is resting up for his trip this year!

Mike and Tracey are buying tips to make their wreaths! Time sure does pass by fast when you are having fun.

It is really lovely to see the lights on at Joan and Dick Meserve’s home now.  They were wintering in Florida. I for one missed them. Welcome home!

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Island Readers & Writers brings Megan Frazer Blakemore to BES

by Nancy Beal

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Community Calendar

Upcoming events

Church Bazaar, Cherryfield Congregational Church, River Road, Cherryfield on Saturday November 18 from 9 a.m.  to 1 p.m. Crafters, Christmas items, baked goods including a cookie table, and white elephant table.   

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Haddock Chowder lunch served at 11 a.m. with biscuit or cornbread, beverage and dessert bar for $6 .

Sauerkraut Workshop with Anne Hopkins, November 19, 1 p.m., Eastport Arts Center

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Immigrants in Maine: A demographic and economic profile

The American Immigration Council released data on Maine’s immigrant population and their contributions to the state. The Maine state fact sheet includes data on population size, educational and citizenship attainment, English proficiency levels, and data on undocumented immigrants and Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals recipients in the state.

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Senate Aging Committee warns of scams targeting veterans

Veterans Day is a day set aside to honor the sacrifices made by our nation’s veterans and their families. Yet, there are scam artists who target these men and women as potential victims and who try to capitalize on patriotism to rob all Americans of their hard-earned money.

As Chairman and Ranking Member of the Senate Aging Committee, U.S. Senators Susan Collins (R-ME) and Bob Casey (D-PA), have made fighting fraud against older Americans a top priority.

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Rose M. Gaffney principal’s update

by Joyce Fragale

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Quoddy league fall baseball

by Phil Stuart

Back in the days of the Quoddy Baseball League, it was not uncommon for the league playoffs to take place in September and some years they even stretched into October.

Recently a teammate of mine on the Machias Bruins for ten years, Dickie Norton, dropped off a photo of the 1970 Machias Bruins baseball team. Dickie was a great teammate and one of the best clutch hitters that I had the privilege of playing with in my ten years as a member of the Machias Bruins.

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