1. Calais Regional Hospital Files for Chapter 11 Protection

     

    By Pierre Little, Publisher and Managing Editor

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  2. Machias selectboard gets to work on adult use marijuana ordinance

     

    by Sarah Craighead Dedmon

    Last winter, Machias voters overwhelmingly approved an ordinance allowing medical marijuana sales in Machias. Now, the Machias Board of Selectmen is preparing language for a recreational, or adult use, marijuana ordinance that would govern its sale, should residents vote to adopt it.

    In 2016, Maine voters approved a referendum legalizing recreational marijuana. At that time, Machias voters narrowly opposed the measure, with 501 opposed and 486 in favor.

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  3. As towns leaving PRSWDD set deadlines, district hires attorney

     

    by Nancy Beal

    The issue of when and how Jonesport and Columbia Falls would separate themselves from the Pleasant River Solid Waste Disposal District, a topic that has received regular attention since those towns voted last March to step away, came up only tangentially at the district board’s regular monthly meeting September 9, but a new face heralded that it would surely come up again.

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  4. The Munsons reflect on 41 years delivering the MVNO

     

    by Sarah Craighead Dedmon

    After 25 years in the car sales business, Dalton Munson decided to retire. He ran an advertisement in this newspaper thanking his customers, closed the doors on Munson’s Auto Sales and sat back to relax. That lasted about 15 minutes.

    “A little while went by, and I got a little bored, not too much to do,” said Munson. “My wife picked up the newspaper one day and read in there where they were looking for someone to deliver the paper.”

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  5. Broken pipe releases farmed salmon into Bay of Fundy

     

    by Jayna Smith

    The Atlantic Salmon Federation (ASF), a Canadian organization whose mission is to conserve and restore wild Atlantic salmon and their ecosystems, announced last week that its researchers have removed 58 aquaculture-raised salmon attempting to enter the Magaguadavic River through the St. George, N.B. fishway.

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  6. CRH stresses key points in final offer

    by Ruth Leubecker

    Although resolution is allegedly close at hand, Calais Regional Hospital and its nurses remain locked in position. Despite attempts to find common ground, mediation remains unsuccessful, and lately nonexistent.

    When asked about a possible next date for talks, DeeDee Travis, CRH vice president of community relations, claimed several days ago, “This is our final offer.”

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  7. Happy Birthday, Ginny Foss!

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  8. New superintendent in Jonesport/Beals, new hires

     

    by Nancy Beal

    Lewis Collins of Hallowell has taken over the reins in the superintendent’s office at Union 103, and reported to the two elementary school boards September 11 that he was “getting out and about…and learning who’s who and what issues are important to everyone.” Union 103 is made up of Beals and Jonesport Elementary Schools and Jonesport-Beals High School.

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  9. Machias students receive backpacks full of school supplies

     

    by Sarah Craighead Dedmon

    Machias elementary school students had a little something extra to be excited about at the beginning of their new year. During their first week of school, every member of the student body was presented with a brand-new backpack full of school supplies and complete with their name on a luggage tag.

    Rose M. Gaffney Elementary School teacher Lizzy Douglas said that the 350 backpacks were a gift from Ruth’s Reusable Resources, an organization she reached out to when she first heard of them earlier this year.

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  10. The making of the scrubs

     

    by Wayne Smith

    When you think of the word “scrubs’, one might picture someone wearing them while working in the emergency room of a hospital, maybe doing surgery on a patient that’s just been in an accident and the ambulance has just brought them in. Yet it couldn’t be farther from the truth, in this instance.

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  11. Performers sought to act alongside Ed Asner

     

    Two performers, one male and one female, age 13 to adult, are sought to act alongside

    Ed Asner in the political comedy God Help Us, to be presented Oct. 12 at 7 p.m. and Oct. 13 at 3 p.m. at Eastport Arts Center. These are non-speaking roles, but acting is required. The performers, who will portray angels, will also be the stagehands during the production.

    Those interested in these roles should email chris@eastportartscenter.org by Sept. 20, using the word ‘angels’ in the subject line, or call (207) 853-4650.

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  12. The Nature of Phenology: Fall tomatoes

     

    by Joseph Horn

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  13. Rep. Golden hosts congressional hearing on rural broadband at UMM

     

    by Sarah Craighead Dedmon

    As the first week of school came to a close, something unusual took place in Machias. Two U.S. congressmen sat behind microphones in a University of Maine at Machias classroom. A television camera focused on the congressmen, one of them swung a gavel, and so began a formal U.S. congressional field hearing.

    The subject? Rural high-speed internet, or lack thereof.

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  14. Decreased revenues, bad winters lead to East Machias tax increase

    by Sarah Craighead Dedmon

    As their property tax bills arrived in the mail, East Machias residents began calling the town office asking what caused their taxes to go up this year. The town’s mill rate rose from 19.75 mills in 2019 to 25 mills for 2020.

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  15. Still time to vote for two local filmmakers

     

    by Sarah Craighead Dedmon

    Kelly Hinkle and Ryan Malagara made two different films, but they made them for one reason — to show off the region they love.

    “It’s just so everyone can view the film to see the small towns we live in, to appreciate that small-town living that we take for granted every day,” said Hinkle, who lives in Columbia Falls.

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  16. Calais nurses vote to strike

    by Ruth Leubecker

    After a Labor Day, Calais Regional Hospital nurses voted on Wednesday to strike.

    “Unions have been under attack across the United States, and the tech staff at Calais Regional Hospital are bucking the trend,” said Chuleenan Svetvilas of National Nurses United. “In June they voted to join the Maine State Nurses Association, which is affiliated with NNU. The techs joining the union was a Labor Day move that would hopefully be a positive one.”

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  17. William Shuttleworth reaches California—early

     

    by Nancy Beal

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  18. 4-H Tech Changemakers address a growing need

     

    National 4-H Council and Microsoft are working together through the 4-H Tech Changemakers program to empower teens to create opportunities for people to participate in today’s increasingly digital world in unique ways. Tech Changemakers began with 43 teen leaders from 12 communities who invested over 1,600 hours in innovative community projects and digital skills training.

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  19. Linwood’s goes Green

     

    by Wayne Smith

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  20. Whiting Village School pottery program fundraiser a success

     

    by Lauren Koss

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  21. The Nature of Phenology: Black trumpets

     

    by Hazel Stark

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  22. EAC to host Hip Hop Showcase

     

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  23. Gary Magby and The Oceanaires present a benefit concert for the Church Hill Community Center

     

    This night of music will be a memorable journey through the ages with music from Bach and Mozart to James Taylor and Pete Seger. Hauntingly beautiful, archaic folk songs, sacred music, pieces written for and performed within Shakespeare's plays in his time, show tunes and some more recent selections will mark the path we all travel as we enjoy this evening together.

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  24. Costly day for taxpayers as special legislative session falls far short

    by Ruth Leubecker

    “I don’t think much was accomplished this session. One might wonder why we even had one,” said Rep. Will Tuell last week.

    The East Machias legislator said he might’ve just as well stayed on his couch as gone to Augusta and collected a hundred dollars. “Basically everyone went to lunch and got caught up with their friends. It was a waste,” he said. “We were down there (Augusta) from about 10:30 or 11 in the morning until 8 pm. Probably we only had about one and a half hours of talking.”

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  25. Machias prepares for winter with bids, talks town smoking policy

    by Sarah Craighead Dedmon

    At their meeting held Wednesday, Aug. 28 the Machias Board of Selectmen opened several bids including one for the town’s propane supply. That contract will go to the Dead River Company, and the fuel oil bid is being held for further clarification.

    The town’s winter sand supply bid was awarded to By Us, who submitted a bid at the same rate as last year.

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  26. Officials take steps to simplify suicide prevention call

    by Jayna Smith

    According to the National Institute of Mental Health, suicide is the 10th leading cause of death overall in the United States. Three years ago, for individuals between the ages of 10 and 34, it was the second leading cause of death, and for individuals between the ages of 35 and 54, it was the fourth leading cause of death.

    The nation will observe Suicide Prevention Week Sept. 8-14 this year.

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  27. New teachers, trips and tiles for Moosabec students

     

    by Nancy Beal

    As the three Moosabec area schools open this week, the incoming pre-kindergartners and high school freshmen won’t be the only new faces. There are newcomers on the faculties and a few who are switching places, plus a new look in one school and an agenda of trips and visits planned in another.

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  28. Ahoy! It’s the return of the Pirate Festival

    by Jayna Smith

    When the City of Eastport celebrates any event, they do so in a big way, and this year’s Pirate Festival is no exception. Now in its 14th year, the Eastport Pirate Festival gets underway this Friday and runs through Sunday, and there will be plenty to do for pirates of all ages.

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  29. Book Reviews: "Forgotten Tales of Down East Maine" by Jim Harnedy

    by RJ Heller

     

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  30. Carrying on the family tradition

     

    by Wayne Smith

    This is a story about an interview with my uncle, Stanley Smith. He talked about his experience raking blueberries since he was a child and about how, at 72, he still has what it takes to rake blueberries. He and his wife Donna are some of the last pioneers who will pick up a rake and do what has been done since the beginning. Turning back time is what real blueberrying was all about.

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  31. Skyla Libby wins state pageant title

    Skyla Shay Libby, 16, was crowned the 2020 USA National Miss Dirigo Teen for her outstanding commitment to Crossroads and fundraising efforts over a period of six years. A junior at Jonesport-Beals High School, Skyla is a distinguished honor student and three-sport varsity athlete. She plans to attend college for marine engineering and has her own lobster business. She enjoys a variety of community service projects throughout the state and donates a significant amount of her time to volunteer work at Peabody Memorial Library and Crossroads.

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  32. Make A Wish Foundation visits Calais

     

    by Natalie Boomer

    18-year-old Alex Newsome was granted his wish on Tuesday, Aug. 20 when the Make-A-Wish Foundation arranged for him to get  his very own hot tub.

    While he was working as a camp counselor at the Calais public pool, a limousine pulled up filled with his family to surprise him, along with his friends and campers holding signs that said “Yay Alex” and “We love you.” He was handed a ‘Make A Wish’ T-shirt and a pin that said “Wish Kid” and they took him to see his wish come true.

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  33. Greenhorns Insect and Cider camps coming up

    Join Greenhorns for Insect Camp Sept. 6-7 in Pembroke to learn more about insect habitat and behavior, their ecology, reproduction, population dynamics and impact on agricultural production. Our teachers will cover landscape design, natural beekeeping, learning how to mitigate pesticide impacts and create sanctuaries for these critical creatures on our farms and on our landscapes. You don't have to own land to learn how to help the insects!

    One thing we’ve got in Washington County is a healthy forest edge full of feral apple trees!

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  34. Santa Maria to port in St. Andrews

     

    by Jayna Smith

    A replica of the Nao Santa Maria, one of the most famous ships in history, will be docking at the St. Andrews wharf from Sept. 13-15 and will be open for visiting before its next stop in Portland, scheduled for Sept. 19-22. The visits are part of the ship’s North American tour and this is the ship’s first visit to Canada.

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  35. The Nature of Phenology: Chokecherries

     

    by Joseph Horn

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  36. DOC visits Machias, provides update on Downeast Correctional Facility

    by Ruth Leubecker

    Stakeholders were provided an update on the Downeast Correctional Facility last week when Gary LaPlante, director of operations for the project, visited the sheriff’s office.

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  37. Local events planned to recognize Overdose Awareness Day Aug. 31

    by Jayna Smith

    Last year in Maine, an average of about one person every day--a total of 354--died of a drug overdose. Although the number of deaths from overdose in 2018 decreased from 418 in 2017, according to the Office of the Maine Attorney General, the opioid crisis continues to be a public health epidemic.

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  38. Eastport’s Salmon Festival slated for this weekend

     

    by Jayna Smith

    The 32nd Annual Eastport Salmon and Seafood Festival is set for this weekend, Saturday, Aug. 31 and Sunday, Sept. 1, and attendees will not be disappointed with the jam-packed schedule of events.  

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  39. Kids’ day, concerts, photo-contest calendars top off summer at Jonesport’s Peabody Memorial Library

    by Nancy Beal

    A flurry of activity from concerts to calendars signals the end of summer at Jonesport’s Peabody Memorial Library this week. A celebration of the closing season kicks off from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. this Saturday (August 31), highlighted by the arrival of Bess the Book Bus. Librarian/driver Jennifer Frances has become a familiar figure on the library’s lawn in August, calling kids to board the bus, peruse her supply of publisher-donated new hardback books and pick what tickles their fancies.

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  40. East Machias campaign raises money for unpaid school lunch accounts

    by Sarah Craighead Dedmon

    An online fundraiser set a goal of raising $500 to pay off overdue lunch accounts and as of Monday, Aug. 26 had raised $1,500.

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  41. Growing up with the Blue Hill Fair

     

    by Wayne Smith

    With the Blue Hill Fair coming up this weekend, I thought I would dish out some memories of my own. It always has been a dear place for my family, and all the family enjoyed it immensely.

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  42. DECH welcomes two practitioners home to Washington County

    Down East Community Hospital welcomes Jordan Porter, DNP, FNP-BC, to our Family Practice in Machias. Jordan is a highly trained nursing professional who is happy to be back in Washington County where he intends to do his best to improve the health outcomes for his family, friends, and the community.

    Jordan is passionate about the people of Washington County. He grew up on Gardner’s Lake and has many family members who live and work in the Down East area. He loves the ocean and the rugged coast of Maine.

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  43. 1st Annual Campobello Island Seaglass Festival

     

    by Natalie Boomer

    The 1st Annual Campobello Island Seaglass Festival will take place on September 13-15. This mini festival will include beach walks, seaglass talks, crafters markets and more.

    “This year is a trial run, a ‘soft opening’ to get ideas and feedback for a full festival in 2020,” said Stephanie Anthony of the Island Seaglass Festival. “It will be three days of beach walks and talks, Beachcomber's Bazaars, etc. but on a smaller scale, due to time constraints, than we have planned for future festivals.”

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  44. Celtic concerts welcome award-winning Connla

    Calais Celtic Concerts is very excited to present one of Northern Ireland's best new groups, the multi-award-winning Connla, from Derry and Armagh, at the Calais High School on Saturday, Aug. 31, at 7 p.m. US/ 8 p.m. Canadian time. The doors will open at 6 p.m. EST.

    Hailing from the cities of Armagh and Derry, the group is made up of Ciara McCafferty (vocals/ bodhran), Ciaran Carlin (Flute/Whistles) Paul Starrett (Guitar) Emer Mallon (Harp) and Conor Mallon ( Uilleann Pipes/Whistles).

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  45. Mountain cranberries

     

    by Joseph Horn

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