Exclusive interview with Lubec’s brining shed

After collapsing off its pilings during a storm on Jan. 4, the Lubec brining shed sailed itself under the International Bridge to land on Campobello Island, where it rests today.  The event has sparked strong emotion and controversy on both sides of the border.

Once we learned that we could speak directly to the Lubec brining shed via its Facebook page, we submitted a formal interview request. Though the shed went to pieces over the weekend, it found time to respond to our query.

What was life like when you were a young brining shed?

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Harrington News

This has been a lovely day, warm and all.  I hope it stays nice before the snow comes again. It is hard to believe this is January.

There are still a few lobster boats not hauled up yet.  I will stop worrying when they are.

Ronie Strout just stopped by for a visit.  She was showing me photos of different places around here in earlier days.  It sure brings back memories.

It is unbelievable how the snow disappeared  after the rain. The weatherman is predicting more snow this week.

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Wesley News

Met up with Clint and Karen a week ago at the grocery store in Machias before the big storm. Clint was crazy as ever but in a good way and Karen looked great. I have one snow bird hanging around the bird feeders with all the other birds. Even had a few redpolls the other day, they really are hungry. 

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Whitneyville news

A special Town Meeting will be held at 6 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 8, 2018 to approve the transfer of funds to clean up the town’s trailer debris on Middle Street.

Dog licenses are available at the Town Office or by contacting the Town Clerk.

Maine state law requires all dogs receive a rabies vaccination and be licensed.

All residents in the Dan Hill Brook neighborhood should be aware that there have been two dog bite incidents requiring medical attention and a dog has been killing neighbors’ livestock there as well.

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Columbia News

What a week we have had with the temperature first being below zero and then as high as 50 degrees above. We just don’t know what we will get from one day to another; but at least we know how to survive when we have snow, rain and wind coming at us. We just hunker down and keep the wood stove burning for whatever may come to us.

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Whitneyville Library news

Last week librarian Patricia Brightly shared over 200 books with Rose M. Gaffney and Jonesboro Elementary School teachers. Patrick Yee’s Winter Rabbit was read aloud to 6 classrooms.  Every two weeks Patricia visits these schools sharing books with 14 classrooms and reading aloud. This service began in 1972 and is still going strong.

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Cherryfield and Milbridge news

Kevin Pinkham of Milbridge has been selling smelts for 15 years and as the new season starts up, I had a chance to catch up with him. “People are happy to see them again. They haven’t seen them for three years. The smelts come out in the wintertime and maybe the first days of spring. That’s the only way you can catch them, through the ice. Not in brooks or streams, as they stay in the larger bodies of water,” he said. “When I caught my first smelt of the night, I hollered to my son in his shack.

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WA Raiders varsity swim defeats GSA Eagles

Washington Academy varsity boys’ swim team defeated the George Stevens Academy (GSA) Eagles during a meet held at the University of Maine at Machias on Friday, Jan. 12. The score was WA boys 62, GSA boys 42. 


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King, colleagues urge administration to renew the opioid public health emergency declaration

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Senator Angus King (I-Maine) joined 10 of his colleagues in sending a letter to President Trump, urging him to renew the opioid public health emergency declaration. 

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Senate leaders warn of widespread flu activity

U.S. Senators Susan Collins (R-ME) and Bob Casey (D-PA), the Chairman and Ranking Member of the Senate Aging Committee, are warning older Americans about this very active flu season. During a telephone briefing today, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) said in the first week of January 2018, every state in the continental United States was listed as having “widespread” influenza activity… that’s the first time this has occurred in 13 years.  In addition, the CDC reports that currently the highest rates of influenza hospitalizations are for those aged 65 and above.

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