Tuell previews bill to keep Bucks Harbor prison open

Earlier this week, Rep. Will Tuell (R-East Machias) previewed his bill to keep the Downeast Correctional Facility in Buck’s Harbor open for at least one more year.

 “Things are moving forward,” Tuell said. “Several of us will be meeting with the prison’s Board of Visitors later this week to discuss the case for keeping DCF open. And Monday I’ll be going to Augusta for bill signing day. That’s when I’ll be asking other legislators to sign on to the prison bill and formally submitting it for next session.”

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Christmas joy is all around, help yourself

Wafting wood smoke and soft snow falling signal this special time of year. And if you’re lucky enough to have big windows looking out on birches and deer, you’re lucky enough.

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Candidate Thibodeau visits Downeast

by Sarah Craighead Dedmon

Michael Thibodeau has a lot to think about this time of year. His family business is the only producer of snow shovels in Maine, so he keeps an optimistic eye on the weather. “Get on down to Pineo’s, because Snowmageddon is on the way,” he said, laughing. 

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A Christmas story

One father’s letter to his daughter

Dear Tracy,

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Sweet Christmas memories

Kendall Archer  and her cousin Kendall worked very carefully to decorate their family’s Christmas tree. Kendall’s mother Alison said that holiday traditions are very important in the Archer family. Photo courtesy Alison Archer

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Dear Cat Lady is here to help our local cats.

Over the last year more than 100 stray cats were spayed with the efforts of former Animal Control Officer Bob Seelye, myself and other concerned Machias residents.

Most of these cats were not wild, but simply former pets trying to survive on the streets after whatever sad story left them there. 

So why are there so many stray cats in Machias? Folks are not getting their cats spayed and neutered.

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Jonesport’s Ice Hill South still a slippery slope

by Nancy Beal

The first Downeast snowstorm has come and gone and the issue of who will plow a side road in Jonesport leading from Main Street to Moosabec Reach is still unresolved. David Wardwell, the only year-round resident of five who have houses on Ice Hill South has asked the town to settle a dispute in the area arising from some decorative granite boulders that the town’s snow plow contractor says prohibits him from plowing the congested neighborhood.

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Wesley News

The Memorial Park looks good with the wreaths on stones for veterans for the holidays.

Washington Academy students helped Maine Veterans Project and Wallboard Supply Co. replace a roof for Byron Norton in Wesley on Friday, Dec. 8. They were able to finish the roof on Monday.

Snow started here in Wesley at 2 p.m. on Saturday. The first snow of the season, about six inches.

Maddy and Jenn were in Ellsworth in both their vehicles to get their oil changed before the snow started there.

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Harrington News

Winter seems to be upon us.  It seems to be quite cold now. What do I expect?  Florida weather?  It would be nice, but Maine is wonderful.

Tim is doing urchins now.  That is a cold job.  Nothing summer-like here until next June.

Seeing the news report on the “Wreaths Across America” makes us all feel so proud of the volunteers delivering the wreaths to put on Veterans’ graves.  Worcester Wreath is doing a wonderful job!

Our granddaughter had a slight car accident in Cherryfield.  It was a door bender. We have to get a new door. No one was hurt.

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Whitneyville Library news

As Jimmy Stewart said “It’s A Wonderful Life”...and this year at the Whitneyville Public Library it sure is a wonderful life.  2017 has been a year of wonderful surprises as dreams have be realized.  As we celebrate the wonderful holidays we give thanks to everyone that helped support us in all that we do and will continue to do in 2018.

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