Community grieves Downeast Pearl Harbor survivor

WWII and Pearl Harbor survivor Robert Coles passed away at age 93 on Saturday, Nov. 4. Coles was a beloved local figure and revered for his heroic role in a game-changing battle. This photo was taken during the Fourth of July Celebrations at Cutler’s Little River Lighthouse in 2015. Photo by RJ Heller

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Machias updates traffic ordinance, emergency plans

by Sarah Craighead Dedmon

The Machias traffic ordinance written in 1971 is slated to receive some updates from the current selectboard. During their Oct. 18 meeting, the board discussed redefining the town’s parking zones. Part of the effort will involve taking measurements and GPS coordinates from landmarks likely to last, such as the bridge, because the existing ordinance defines parking in relation to local businesses, such as Johnson’s Jewelry Store, which are no longer present.

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WBANA aims ‘to turn ship around for growers’

by Ruth Leubecker

As area blueberry growers struggle with the realities of supply and demand, Maine’s official commission this week pledged renewed support.

“We’re absolutely talking about how we can improve things for growers,” said Nancy McBrady, executive director of the Wild Blueberry Commission of Maine. “We’ve got to turn this ship around.”

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Downeast nonprofit uses archaeology, technology to foster love of books

 

by Sarah Craighead Dedmon

Recently students from Pembroke, Perry, Lubec and Whiting took a field trip on the Downeast Ice Age Trail for some firsthand experience of archaeology. The trip blended the old and new as students followed the trail to a place where they could dig for fossils, using the Ice Age Trail’s iPad app to guide them.

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News of the Hannah Weston chapter, DAR

Members of the Hannah Weston Chapter, Daughters of the American Revolution have set aside the month of November to recognize and honor both Active Duty Servicemen and Women and Veterans. First they will recognize our veterans by having as a guest of honor a representative from the Machias Veterans Home during their 11 a.m. meeting and Dutch Treat luncheon to be held on Saturday, Nov. 18 at the Bluebird Restaurant in Machias.

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Jonesboro Harvest Craft Fair slated for Saturday, Nov. 11

On Saturday, Nov. 11 the ladies of the Jonesboro Union Church Auxiliary are holding the Annual Jonesboro Harvest Craft Fair. This year the harvest fair is held at the Chandler River Community Center (next to the Jonesboro Union Church) from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. The fair features local crafters with unique, high quality items for early Christmas shopping. Coffee and homemade donuts are available in the morning. Chili, American chop suey, chili dogs or good ole’ steamed hot dogs and chips are being served for lunch. The church ladies’ baked goods and fudge are available.

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Machias’ DECH Emergency Department ribbon cutting ceremony Nov. 15

The Emergency Department expansion and renovation is near completion.  To officially mark that milestone, Down East Community Hospital will hold a ribbon cutting ceremony.  The ribbon cutting will take place in front of the new emergency department at 11 Hospital Way on Nov. 15 at 11 a.m. Representatives from the USDA, the Legislature, Down East Community Hospital, and other key stakeholders will be present to celebrate completion of the project.

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DEI experiments to conserve the future of clamming

 

by Sarah Craighead Dedmon

One grey afternoon in May, two scientists and a band of commercial clam harvesters trudged into Machiasport’s Larrabee Cove carrying yards of netting, a cooler of juvenile clams and stakes to mark their experiment. 

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Reports of the ACA’s death have been greatly exaggerated

by Sen. Angus King

With the holiday season approaching, I know that many of us are starting to shop for friends and family. But I want to highlight another type of shopping that could have a profound impact on your wellbeing: health care.

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Editors Desk

Last year our pediatrician advised us that warming winters mean we should expect to encounter active ticks 12 months out of the year. I had seen the truth of this years earlier when I found a deer tick walking on my son after a hike through snow-packed woods. But even with the evidence in front of me, I confess I’ve grown lax about performing daily tick checks as the days have grown shorter and (somewhat) colder.

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