Old age must embrace A new reality

This column was originally published in the May 18, 2016 edition of the MVNO. Ms. Leubecker is on vacation. 

Because May is Older Americans Month, it’s the perfect time to really take a look at this aging business. Because if you’re a senior citizen you’re clinging to the cusp of trail-breaking, reality-show, scary change.

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Arsenic Abatement Program offers relief

by Sarah Craighead Dedmon

High levels of arsenic continue to be found in well water. But how do you know if it’s in your water? And what do you do to fix the problem, particularly if you’re of lower income?

The Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention’s wellwater.maine.gov website explains why it’s important to test your water and how to do it. And if the results show arsenic levels greater than 10 ug/L, MaineHousing’s Arsenic Abatement Program offers financial assistance to eligible households to remedial the problem.

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Bikes for Books program rewards school-age readers

Photo: Bikes for Books is a program to encourage youth reading that was sponsored in the Moosabec area by Jonesport Masonic Lodge #188. 28 students in the area’s two elementary schools were awarded  with bicycles on May 11. Students submitted coupons for books they read and the winners were drawn at random.    Photo courtesy Shirley Beal

by Nancy Beal

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Harrington, Columbia, Addison, Welsey

Harrington

I would like to welcome our new edition to our family.

Dianne Tilton is very happy to announce the arrival home of her son and wife and children.  Mr and Mrs. Barrett Tilton and their children are relocating to Woodland, Maine. He is a licensed engineer and will be employed at the mill. It is very exciting for his family and friends

It is nice to hear that Ronie and Carroll Strout are on the mend. They have both been on the sick list.

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Jonesport-Beals school budget of $1.56M approved

Photo: Voters in Moosabec CSD approved $1.56M for Jonesport-Beals High School without discussion on May 11.

Photo by Nancy Beans

by Nancy Beal

Two dozen residents of Beals and Jonesport took a half hour to approve the Moosabec CSD budget of $1,563,061 for Jonesport-Beals High School. The meeting was held in the school gymnasium on May 11. There was no discussion and no dissenting votes were cast.

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Moosabec board names 2017-18 coaches, debates credit card

by Nancy Beal

The Moosabec CSD board that governs Jonesport-Beals High School met May 11 following the CSD budget vote approving a bottom line of $1.56 million for 2017-18, and turned its attention to coaches and policies.

In response to a question, Principal Michael Kelley told the group that most positions had had only one applicant and, if there were more than one, he made a recommendation. There were no changes in personnel, and the following persons were approved with only one abstaining vote:

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Machiasport moves toward clam conservation

by Sarah Craighead Dedmon

Machiasport moves toward clam conservation hours, seeding

The Machiasport Shellfish Committee chair Mike Murphy attended last week’s meeting of the ordinance committee to discuss changes to the town’s shellfish ordinance. 

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Bay Ridge Elementary news

In recognition of Maine Clean Water Week, Cutler’s Bay Ridge Elementary School participated in a poster competition that was open to students in Grades 1 and up.  The theme of the competition was, “Why Water is Worth it to Me!”

Out of more than 500 entries submitted from around the state, three of the winning submissions came from Bay Ridge Elementary School.  

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Memorial Day celebration in Addison

Friends of the Church on the Hill in Addison are sponsoring the Memorial Day celebration in Addison again this year. It will begin on the lawn in front of the Mayhew Library at 10 a.m. The Coast Guard Station at Jonesport will supply a colorguard. VFW Post 11553 will take part as well as a chorus, the Ladies’ of the Addison Fire Department and students from Addison.

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Crafters line up for Margaretta days

The Mall at the University of Maine at Machias will be the site of the Margaretta Days Festival and Craft Fair on Saturday, June 10 from 10-3 p.m.  A varied program is being planned to include encampments of Native Americans and re-enactors, live music, storytelling, games, period food, a children’s play area, plus live demonstrations of colonial occupations. Also adding to the festivities of the day will be a variety of crafters will be on hand displaying and selling their wares.  

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