Ice Hill South hearing short on people, long on opinions

by Nancy Beal

A feud among neighbors on Ice Hill South, a short lane running from Main Street to the bank of Moosabec Reach that has been an irritant facing Jonesport selectmen for nearly a year, prompted a public hearing last week on whether to abandon the way and eliminate the town’s obligation to maintain it. The feuding parties include four seasonal residents  who favor abandoning the lane, and a retired couple who have made Jonesport their year-round home and who don’t.

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Jonesporters approve school loan for roof repair

by Nancy Beal

At a special town meeting April 11, a handful of Jonesporters authorized their school department to borrow $79,800 from the surplus account to repair the elementary school roof. A roofing job done four years ago has begun to leak and school officials fear that mold might begin to grow if the repairs are not done promptly.

The repayment plan consists of two annual payments of $40,800 which would include a minimal amount of interest to cover any loss the town would experience because of the loan. The vote to grant the loan was unanimous.

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Tide Mill Farms awarded $50,000 agricultural grant

Tide Mill Farms in Edmunds is one of five operations that have been awarded grants by the Maine Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry. Tide Mill will receive $50,000 of the $187,735 awarded by the state.

Tide Mill Organics will use the funds to improve its organic poultry processing plant in Washington County to become a State-Inspected Processing Facility and to develop value-added products, such as ground turkey and chicken, poultry sausages, and pet food.

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William R. “Bill” Fraser Albany Township

William R. “Bill” Fraser, 70, of Albany Twp, died April 9, 2018 at the Maine Veterans Home in South Paris.

Bill was born April 26, 1947, in Harrington, Maine, son of the late Ritchie Francis Fraser and Winifred (Steele) Peabody of Jonesport.

He was a graduate of the class of 1966 Waltham Vocational High School in Massachusetts.  

A veteran of the Army,  he served in the Vietnam War.          

Bill worked as a carpenter and owned his own business, Sideline Carpentry, after having been a millwright at General Dynamics (fomerly GTE) for 15 years. 

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Allen William Hall Machiasport

Allen William Hall, 77, of Machiasport, Maine and Zephyrhills,  Florida, went home to be with the Lord on Sunday, April 8, 2018 after a brief illness.

Allen was born in Machias on December 13, 1940 to Gordon and Mary (Wood) Hall. He spent his childhood growing up in Kennebec, which he always considered his home no matter where life took him.

He was an Army veteran, worked at many odd jobs including clamming, carpentry and as an electrician. He made his career as a civil employee at NATS in Cutler, retiring after 35 years of service.

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Edith Louise Heter, Ashland, Ohio

Homes of Atlanta, passed away peacefully on March 12, 2018 while under hospice care. 

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Aubrey “Skip” Vaughn Carter Machias

Aubrey “Skip” Vaughn Carter, 73, died April 4, 2018 at a Machias hospital surrounded by his loving family. He was born in Lubec May 26, 1944 the son of the late Vaughn Aubrey and Christine Mae (Farmer) Carter.

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Captain Arthur E. Totman Machiasport

 Art was born on July 17, 1938 in Bath, Maine to Captain Arthur Loring Totman and Ruth MorseArthur Elisha Totman (Captain Art), 79 years of age, died April 7, 2018 at the  Marshall Health Care facility in Machias after a brief battle with leukemia.

He married. Jean A. Goody of Bath on December 21, 1956.  Art enlisted in the National Guard and went on to serve four years in the United States Air Force. After being honorably discharged, he signed on to work for the Federal Aviation Administration in Bucks Harbor, retiring as the site supervisor in 1995.

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MMHS announces top honor parts for the class of 2018

Machias Memorial High School Principal Brian Leavitt is pleased to announce the honor parts for the graduating class of 2018. 

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Youth Job Fair at UMM

Savahna Schmauderer of Savy Designs in Machias stood by her table of breathtaking cakes and offered decorated cake samples, making her table extremely popular with the children.

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