Maine Veterans Project pioneers new ground through skydiving

 

by Sarah Craighead Dedmon

Rep. Bruce Poliquin (R-ME02) recently appointed Shawn “Doc” Goodwin to his Veterans Advisory Panel as the representative for Washington and Hancock counties. “Doc is a great example of one of these terrific Maine veterans who really understands the issues on the ground,” said Poliquin. 

Goodwin earned that understanding working in service to the vets of Washington County as the president of the Maine Veterans Project (MVP), a nonprofit he founded in 2015 to prevent veteran suicide.

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DEI’s Tilton talks shellfish research, economic development at Rotary Club

 

by Sarah Craighead Dedmon

On Tuesday, Aug. 30, Diane Tilton told the Machias Rotary Club an anecdote that illustrates why the Downeast Institute (DEI) is positioned to become an international destination for scientific research. 

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Volunteers gather to paint Jonesboro vet’s home

by Sarah Craighead Dedmon

After they were married, Dwight Whitney’s parents received a house and some land as a gift from his grandfather. The only hitch was that the house and land were separated by one third of a mile and a large hill.

Whitney’s grandfather said, “It’s no problem, I’ll move the house up for you.” He used a team of oxen, rolling skids, rope and a large set of blocks. After a few days he had relocated the home, chimney and all. “You tell somebody to do that today, they’d say it can’t be done,” said Whitney. 

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Weathervane restoration

Washington Academy (WA) restores the weathervane atop the Old Academy (OA). The OA, built in 1823, was the first building erected on campus, 30 years after the charter was signed in 1792.  The new weathervane is replicated very closely to the original.  Replacing the weathervane is a fitting way to celebrate WA’s 225th anniversary.  Submitted photo

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You are the help until help arrives

by Susan Faloon

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Gov. LePage Appoints Steven McGrath To Director of Energy Office

Governor Paul R. LePage announced today he has hired Steven McGrath to serve as the Director of the Governor’s Energy Office.

“Steve’s experience in the energy industry will help us move Maine forward,” said Governor LePage. “I am pleased he has joined my administration, and I look forward to his insight into this vital policy area.” 

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The Editor’s Desk

This week I had the pleasure of sitting down with Shelbie Ross, a young woman who is preparing to undergo brain surgery to save her vision. I was impressed by her determination to take care of herself, even though it meant reaching out to doctors a plane ride away, we should all be so focused. No doubt her grit and wry sense of humor will serve her well in the months following her surgery. You’ll find her story and ways in which the community hopes to help on page 1.

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Letters to the Editor

With the recent additions of Old Orchard Beach and Stonington, Maine boasts a total of 40 towns and communities to have joined the AARP Network of Age-Friendly Communities (NAFC).  In fact, Maine leads the nation in the number of towns, large and small, that are making a difference in the lives of residents of all ages through creative and collaborative efforts.

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Downeast Salmon Federation announces Sept. events

Maine’s Arctic Char - Sept. 18 at 6:30 p.m. – DSF at 13 Willow Street, East Machias – Join Downeast Salmon Federation and the Native Fish Coalition of Maine to learn about one of the rarest salmonids east of the Rocky Mountains, found only in Maine. Presentation will include historical information about this fascinating fish, population status and threats, conservation efforts and fishing. Presented by Bob Mallard, Northeast Regional Editor and Publisher of Fly Fish America, Registered Maine Guide, writer, author of “50 Best Places Fly Fishing the Northeast,” and native fish advocate.

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Letter to the Editor - The Pandora’s pot of Maine’s marijuana legalization 

 

Dear Editor,

I am writing as one of the 375,668 “No” voters, asking our legislators, the 17 members of the Joint Select Committee on Medical Marijuana Legalization Implementation and fellow citizens to reflect upon the Pandora’s box that commercialized pot will open in our beautiful state. I’ve been a property owner in Maine since 1988 and year-round resident since 2011.

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