Verizon Wireless disconnects Downeast

by Sarah Craighead Dedmon

Two years after Verizon Wireless announced its expansion into eastern Hancock and Washington Counties, Downeast customers received letters stating that their Verizon contracts would be cancelled effective Oct. 17. 

Downeast customers are not the only ones receiving these notices. According to Verizon spokesperson David Weissman, 213 customers and 455 lines have been cut here in Washington County this month, but a total of 8,500 consumers in 13 states will also lose their Verizon service—19,000 lines in all.

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‘Downeast Cowboy’ named finalist in outdoor adventure film contest

by Sarah Craighead Dedmon

James Hubisz and Kelly Hinkle are the men behind the mask of Downeast Cowboy, an online filmmaking venture that has grown in popularity since 2011 when they made their first video showcasing Washington County. 

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Machias’ Annual Harvest Fair, Wine and Beer Festival set for Sept. 23

The 2017 Machias Bay Chamber of Commerce Fifth  Annual Harvest Fair and Wine and Beer Tasting Festival will be held on Saturday, Sept. 23. It is sponsored by the Chamber, Machias River Brewing Company and The French Cellar.

The full day of fun begins with a Color Dash sponsored by Healthy  Acadia. Registration is preferred in advance but can be made on the day of the event at 8 a.m. The dash begins at 9 a.m. For more information or to pre-register, contact Angela Fochesato at Healthy Acadia, 255.3741.

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Join the fight to lower taxes and help Maine families prosper

by Governor Paul LePage

It is so refreshing to have a president in the White House who truly understands what it takes to create jobs and grow the economy.

From his long and successful career in business, President Trump knows firsthand that a burdensome tax code doesn’t create jobs, it kills them. When he outlined his vision for tax reform last week, I was pleased to see it will help Maine families keep more of their hard-earned paychecks.

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Fall yard work that yields springtime benefits

Lots of people think that their family yards need less attention in the fall, but autumn is no time to ignore your lawn and landscape.

 “What you do now will determine the quality of your family yard next spring and summer,” said Kris Kiser, president and CEO of the Outdoor Power Equipment Institute (OPEI), the international trade association representing more than 100 power equipment, engine and utility vehicle manufacturers and suppliers. 

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Hearing from people across Maine guides my work in Washington

by Sen. Angus King

 During my time in Maine this summer, I visited all of the 16 counties in our state, hearing feedback from Maine people about the issues important to them, their families and their communities. My stops throughout the state once again reminded me that Maine is a big small town with very long streets – we care about each other and our friends and neighbors. Listening to people from Sanford to Fort Fairfield – and everywhere in between – is a breath of fresh air and helps guide my work in Washington.

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Machiasport teen builds toward Eagle Scout rank

by Sarah Craighead Dedmon

Before earning their rank, aspiring Eagle Scouts must accomplish a project that both demonstrates their leadership and serves the community. For his final service project, 17 year-old Caleb Norton chose to build a new greenhouse for the Fort O’Brien Elementary School in Machiasport. 

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Verizon Wireless quietly backing out of Downeast

 

by Sarah Craighead Dedmon

This week, Downeast customers of Verizon Wireless received letters stating that their cellular service contracts would be cancelled effective Oct. 17. The letters were titled “Important information regarding interruption to your service.”

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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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Community Calendar

Upcoming events

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Movie - Friday, Sept. 15 - 6 p.m. - Captain Underpants: The First Epic Movie - Henry D. Moore Library - free admission - refreshments by donation 207-546-7301

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Bean Supper - Sept 16. West Lubec Methodist Church, 5 p.m. 

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