New year, no debt: Tips to manage and pay down your debt faster

Millions of Americans are struggling to overcome personal debts, which can have a ripple effect in many other facets of their lives. From meeting monthly bills to dream vacations to homeownership, debt can stall many life goals.

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BHS recipient of Davis Family Foundations grant

The Beals Historical Society Executive Board is happy to announce receiving a grant award from the Davis Family Foundation (DFF). The grant funds will be used to complete the electrical work at the new “Cold Storage Area” building. The DFF is the society’s largest contributor and we much appreciate their continued support and trust in our most worthy cause.

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Court News

Sarah Fredericks of Baileyville, Maine: Theft by unauthorized taking or transfer on 6/12/2015 in Baileyville.  SNTC date 11/08/2017, Fine $150, Restitution $90.  GLTY

Jason J. French of Harrington, Maine:  Operating after habitual offender revocation on 2/25/2016 in Harrington.  SNTC date 11/6/2017, Washington County Jail 7 months, 25 days, probation revoked.  PV

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Hire-A-Vet Campaign offers employers veteran recruitment, retention training

Maine’s Hire-A-Vet Campaign is offering businesses attendance at Military Culture 202, a no-cost training seminar to help employers recruit and retain veterans to their workforce. A panel of employers, including IDEXX, Eastern Maine Healthcare Systems (EMHS) and the State of Maine, will also share their best practices for recruiting, hiring, and retaining veterans during the seminar. Two dates are available: Jan. 25 at Bangor Savings Bank, 5 Senator Way in Augusta, and February 1 at the Greater Portland CareerCenter, 151 Jetport Blvd. in Portland, each from 1 to 4 p.m.

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Moosehead Lake Togue Derby

by V. Paul Reynolds

Cabin fever? An ice fishing derby can bring your temperature down.

 There are a number of popular derbies that take place annually throughout Maine. Fishing and fellowship, the hallmark of these winter events, mixed with friendly competition to snag the biggest fish – and the biggest prize- make for a fun time.

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$1M pledged to create longest trail in the world

by  Lura Jackson

In a momentous occasion for outdoor recreation enthusiasts, New Brunswick Premier Brian Gallant announced on January 3rd at the Garcelon Civic Center in St. Stephen that the province is committing $1 million to connecting St. Stephen with the Trans Canada trailhead in St. John. The connection is a key part of a larger vision that will see the Trans Canada Trail connected with the East Coast Greenway, thereby creating the longest trail in the world.

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Lubec’s brining shed collapses, sails to Campobello Island

by Sarah Craighead Dedmon

One of Lubec’s most prominent landmarks has fallen into the sea, and then set sail upon it.

The brining shed, part of the McCurdy Smokehouse complex on Water Street, collapsed during the blizzard of Thursday, Jan. 4. 

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Task force report to pave way for opioid bill

by Ruth Leubecker

Focused on urgency and bipartisanship, this upcoming legislative session is predicted to come up with a new bill that will incorporate the findings of its task force.

The Task Force to Address the Opioid Crisis was appointed in March 2017 and given one year to study and make recommendations for aggressively tackling the unprecedented epidemic that continues to ravage Maine. “This new report is the possible basis for a new bill,” said Rep. Will Tuell last week.

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3rd Annual Lobstah drop a success

The 3 rd  Annual Downeast Lobstah Drop was again challenged by frigid temperatures and blustery winds, causing the cancellation of the bonfire and fireworks. Unhampered, the New Year’s Eve events, held at Washington Academy this year, went off without a hitch. The star attraction was once again Audio Body, shown here with kids from the audience playing their roles as human electronic instruments, and closing the show with a surprisingly low-tech but mesmerizing day-glo rope display. Photos by Bill Kitchen

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School and community show support with ‘Bulldog Strong’ message

by Sarah Craighead Dedmon

After a semester characterized by loss, fear and heartache, Machias Memorial High School (MMHS) students wanted to create something positive to stand above the negativity. The concept of “Bulldog Strong” was born after Rose M. Gaffney (RMG) fifth grader Keagan Stevenson was killed in a car accident on Dec. 14. [ See “Machias schools grapple with bomb threats, fatalities,” MVNO Dec. 20.]

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