1. Rockweed case continues as Acadian Seaplants files motion with Maine Supreme Court

     

     

    by Sarah Craighead Dedmon

    On Thursday, April 11, attorneys for Acadian Seaplants filed a Motion of Reconsideration with the Maine Supreme Court. The motion asks the Court to reconsider its recent decision in the case of Ross v. Acadian Seaplants, which found that “rockweed attached to and growing in the intertidal zone is the private property of the adjacent upland landowner.”

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  2. Machias Memorial seniors finish unique academic rite of passage

     

    by Sarah Craighead Dedmon

    Covering topics as diverse as Nutrition for Infants, the Evolution of the Ford Mustang and Seasonal Employment in Downeast Maine, area seniors have just completed their Senior Exhibitions, a rite of passage at Machias Memorial High School. Students choose their subjects and their mentors early in the school year, then conduct their research all year long before delivering a formal presentation for their final grade. Every MMHS senior participates in the seminar, which is conducted as part of the English program.

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  3. Arise Addiction Recovery celebrates three years and a permanent home

     

    by Sarah Craighead Dedmon

    Fundraising is a regular part of Arise Addiction Recovery Director Paul Trovarello’s job because it takes a lot of money to run a 12-bed residential addiction treatment center. But starting last week, the house that serves as the Arise home base is one less thing they’ll have to pay for.

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  4. Milbridge Theatre fundraising surpasses $300K

    by Ruth Leubecker

    For many decades the hub of its community, the Milbridge Theatre, as part of a lively comeback, recently announced an ambitious summer season as well as an impressive milestone in its capital campaign.

    “The CF Adams Charitable Trust gave us $20,000 for a matched challenge,” explained Richard Bondurant, chair of Gateway Milbridge and the Milbridge Theatre Project. “We have recently topped $300,000 in fundraising, and now the building fund has $200,000. We have a goal we want to reach by September, and a second goal to reach by 2020.”

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  5. Jonesport war memorial, food truck law, IGA repair

     

    by Nancy Beal

    The site of the original Jonesport-Beals High School on Jonesport’s Main Street is currently being used to store various sizes of crushed granite going into the construction of the new bridge to Beals Island, but from 1968 to 2016 it housed the old brick school building—and a war memorial standing in front of it. Prior to the demolition of the high school, the memorial was moved to the library lawn. Now, some in town want to see its replacement back on the old location.

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  6. House approves bill to rename Columbus Day to Indigenous Peoples Day

     

    by Jayna Smith

    A recent vote in the Maine House of Representatives has approved the bill to trade what we know as Columbus Day for a tribute to Native Americans--Indigenous Peoples Day. The vote count in this initial approval was 88-51.

    Columbus Day, recognized as a federal holiday on the second Monday in October, remembers the anniversary of Christopher Columbus’ arrival to the Americas on October 12, 1492. In today’s times, most know that the holiday is a controversial one.

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  7. Senator King presses interior nominee on offshore drilling

    Last week U.S. Senator Angus King (I-Maine) questioned Acting Secretary of the Interior David Bernhardt on a number of environmental issues important to Maine people, including the possibility of offshore drilling in the Gulf of Maine, the status of the Katahdin Woods and Water Monument, and Senator King’s legislation to address the National Park Service’s $12 billion maintenance backlog. Senator King’s questioning came during a hearing in the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee to consider Acting Secretary Bernhardt’s nomination to serve as the permanent Interior Secretary.

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  8. Democrats are trying to tax heating fuels and gasoline

     

    by Rep. Jeff Hanley (R-Pittston)

    Living in Maine is more expensive than many parts of the country. Our size and location require Mainers to pay more to heat our homes in winter and to travel longer distances to and from work.

    In spite of this fact, Maine Democrats in the legislature seem to be relentless in their pursuit of taxing our fuels. They are seeking to tax home heating fuel, our propane, kerosene, diesel, gasoline and other fuels.

    They are intent on taxing every conservable thing we need in our daily lives.

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  9. Finding love after retirement

     

    by Wayne Smith

    If you pay attention, you can see Paul and Margie Toussaint driving the streets of Milbridge. In the summertime, Paul’s smile lights up everybody’s day for whoever he sees while he’s walking down the sidewalk. They might get a hot cup of coffee at the local coffee shop. Maybe even a donut- just for good measure. You might even see them at the free dinner every Sunday in Cherryfield called the Downeast Table of Plenty. Often, they are in the lobby of West Manor working together to  put a puzzle together.

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  10. Youth theater group presents Arthurian spoof

    Eastport Arts Center’s Children’s Theater Workshop will present a comedy, “Of Kings and Coconuts” on Saturday, April 20 at 3 p.m. Featuring a cast of 14 ranging in age from 7 to 27, the show pokes gentle fun at the legends of King Arthur and his knights. Participants include: Rachel Bailey, Marion Look, Tucker Thompson, Kali Wallander and Kieran Weston from Eastport; Siobhan and Roy Duffy and Wren Fraser from Perry; Cadence and Zephyr Nickerson from Pembroke; Owen Leavitt from Pembroke and Trescott; and Erin Harrell, Ivy Owens and Liam Rouleau, from St. Stephen, New Brunswick.

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  11. Vacation week screening of ‘Ralph Breaks The Internet’ Vacation week screening of ‘Ralph Breaks The Internet’

    The Grand concludes it's 2018-2019 season of matinees for families during school vacation weeks (sponsored by The City of Ellsworth & Morton’s Moo) with the crazy sequel to one of the most popular animated movies in years “Ralph Breaks the Internet- in 3D!” See this great family film the way the directors made it to be seen- through a state-of-the-art digital projection system- on the Coastal Eye Care giant screen.  See it any other way... and it wouldn't be Grand! “Ralph Breaks the Internet” screens daily at 1 pm from Monday, April 15 to Friday, April 19.

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  12. Felting weekend offered in Eastport

    Eastport Arts Center will offer back-to-back wool felting workshops with Audra Christie on Saturday, April 27 and Sunday, April 28, from 12:30-4:30 pm. Wet Felted Fiber Beads will be Saturday’s offering; Wet Felted Vessels will follow on Sunday; attendees may pick one of these workshops or attend both to score a 25% discount.

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  13. Wrestling event to support Arise Addiction Recovery set for Machias on Saturday, April 13

    Victory Championship Wrestling will be in Machias on Saturday, April 13, in support of Arise Addiction Recovery, a Christian residential drug treatment facility. Tickets purchased in advance through Arise directly benefit the charity.

    The event will be held at the Lee Pellon Center and doors will open at 6:30 p.m. and the bell will sound at 7 p.m. To purchase tickets call (207) 271-7060, or message Arise directly through their Facebook page by visiting: www.facebook.com/ariseaddictionrecovery.

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  14. WA teacher completes NYC Half Marathon

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  15. Without any shelters, how do we handle homelessness Downeast?

    by Sarah Craighead Dedmon

    A single mother whose landlord turned off her heat, an inmate recently released from Washington County Jail, an elderly veteran living in his truck, an addict with nowhere to go for the night — all true cases of homelessness in Machias just within the last six months. What do we do — and what can we do — when we encounter homelessness here in Washington County?

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  16. PRSWDD board to decide transfer station fate April 9; Jonesboro stays in; Beals to vote April 8

     

    by Nancy Beal

    When the Pleasant River Solid Waste Disposal District (PRSWDD) board of directors met March 25, four of the six towns that make up the Route 1 transfer station in Columbia Falls had held votes on whether to stay with PRSWDD or leave.  By a vote of 113 to 43, Addison, which had been the lead town in founding the district in 1993, opted to stay in.  Columbia also voted to stick with PRSWDD, but voted no money for it, pending the outcome of other towns’ votes.

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  17. Recovery Resource Fair looks beyond addiction to a community that supports lasting and thriving recovery

     

    by Sarah Craighead Dedmon

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  18. Nurses fight to hang onto seniority

    by Ruth Leubecker

    Faced with unsustainable financial losses, Calais Regional Hospital in its most recent move to slice costs, continues in mediation to allegedly cut back on its senior nurses’ benefits.

    Negotiations between CRH and the Maine State Nurses Association, according to the nurses, are focused on pay cuts, decreases in time off, and other benefits related to seniority. The hospital administration counters that CRH goals will always be delivering high-quality patient care and maintaining financial responsibility.

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  19. DOC opposes reopening of Machiasport prison, suggests Route 1 sites in East Machias, Machias

    by Sarah Craighead Dedmon

    One of two buildings which just left a contentious local debate has been thrust back into debate with a revelation from the Maine Department of Corrections. Instead of advocating for the reopening of the shuttered Downeast Correctional Facility in Machiasport, the DOC is now looking at building a pre-release center at Blueberry Ford in Machias or at SuperTEK in East Machias.

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  20. ‘Beauty’ pageants a thing of the past

     

    by Jayna Smith

    What used to be called “beauty” pageants are few and far between nowadays. Many of today’s pageants focus not on beauty, but on qualities and skills such as academics, public speaking, and community service. Such is the case with the upcoming Miss Eastern Maine Pageant.

    The pageant originated in 2006 and welcomes girls and women from all over Maine. Each participates in an interview with a panel of judges with a resume required, much like one would have in a job interview; fashion wear, a favorite among many contestants; and gown.

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  21. Pomping the Office Pooch

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  22. Spring memories

     

    by Wayne Smith

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  23. Out and about in Columbia

     

    by Ronie Strout

     

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  24. Mad as a March hare

     

    by Joseph Horn

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  25. Chamber seeks summer movie sponsors

     

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  26. Caldecott-winning author to visit Downeast schools

     

    It’s not every day that a Caldecott Medal-winning author and illustrator visits your school. But students in five Downeast schools will have the opportunity to meet Sophie Blackall, whose picture book Hello Lighthouse was awarded the prestigious children’s book award in February, this spring.

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  27. Kate Somes receives 2019 Maine Principals’ Award

     

    Kate Somes, a senior at Washington Academy, has been selected to receive the 2019 Maine Principal’s Award, Head of School Judson McBrine announced today. The award, sponsored by the Maine Principals’ Association, is given in recognition of a high school senior’s academic achievement and citizenship. Kate is the daughter of Sara and Adam Somes.

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  28. Kaylee Bosse receives MPA Principal’s Award

    Kaylee Bosse of Harrington, a senior at Narraguagus Jr/Sr High School, has been selected to receive the 2019 Principal’s Award, Principal Lucille Willey announced today. The award, sponsored by the Maine Principals’ Association, is given in recognition of a high school senior’s academic achievement and citizenship.

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  29. Washington County Institute of Technology names Nicholas Mathews ‘Student of the Year’

    Coastal Washington County Institute of Technology Director Brian Leavitt announced this week that Nicholas Mathews has been nominated and selected as the 2019 Student of the Year. Each center or region in Maine, 27 in all, selects one outstanding Career & Technical Education student to represent their school.

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  30. Supreme Court rules rockweed is private property in Ross v. Acadian Seaplants

     

    by Sarah Craighead Dedmon

     

    A long-awaited verdict has just come down for a case heard by the Maine Supreme Court in October 2017. All seven justices found in favor of a group of landowners in what is known here as “the rockweed case.” The finding means that rockweed, a plant which only grows in the intertidal zone, is the private property of the landowners adjoining the coastline, or the “riparian” landowners.

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  31. DOC opposes reopening of Machiasport prison, suggests Route 1 sites in East Machias, Machias

     

     

    by Sarah Craighead Dedmon

    At a public hearing which ran more than three hours on Wednesday, March 27, legislators, former employees and concerned Downeast residents spoke in favor of reopening the Downeast Correctional Facility in Machiasport and Maine Department of Corrections Commissioner Randall Liberty spoke in opposition to reopening the site.

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  32. Machiasport neighbors say ‘no’ to town’s harborside land purchase

     

    by Sarah Craighead Dedmon
    Two years ago the residents of Machiasport voted to purchase land to expand the town’s access to Bucks Harbor, but a recent turn of events has put that plan in jeopardy.

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  33. Police seeking those responsible for cemetery fence hit and run

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  34. ‘Lobster War’ movie tells story of rising international tensions in the contested waters of the ‘grey zone’

     

    by Sarah Craighead Dedmon
    A movie filmed off the coast of Washington County will be shown at the University of Maine at Machias next weekend. “Lobster War: The Fight Over the World’s Richest Fishing Grounds” will be screened at the UMM Performing Arts Center on Saturday, March 30 at 2 p.m.

    The film tells the story of increasing tensions in the waters between Washington County and Canada, locally referred to as “the grey zone.”

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  35. PRSWDD towns split on staying, unsettled on policies

    by Nancy Beal
    Four of the six towns that make up the Pleasant River Solid Waste Disposal District (PRSWDD) have held town meetings at which the issue of staying with the group or leaving was raised and voted upon. The votes were necessary because the old intra-town agreement, which governed the operation of the Route 1 transfer station in Columbia Falls and how it should be paid for, expired December 31, 2018. That lapse forced all the towns in the group to vote on whether to sign a new contract. A “no” vote was equivalent to bowing out.

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  36. Partnering boosts food pantry mission

    by Ruth Leubecker
    Serving more people who are food insecure and covering more territory in the process is the aim of Washington County’s 10 food pantries in 2019.

    “Good Shepherd’s Food Bank is represented at every meeting, and they are very transparent and supportive of the pantries’ efforts,” says Regina Grabrovac, Healthy Acadia’s food program manager. “Our next meeting is June 6 and we welcome any community member who would like to attend.”

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  37. Lighthouses in our school

     

    by Nancy Beal
    Beals Elementary School is lit up with lighthouses this spring in anticipation of a visit next month from children’s author/illustrator Sophie Blackall, whose Hello Lighthouse recently won a Caldecott Medal for the best-illustrated children’s book in 2019. Blackall’s visit will be sponsored by Island Readers and Writers, a group on Mt. Desert whose mission is to bring artists and authors into island and coastal schools.

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  38. UMM mapping tech could help clammers know when to dig

     

    by Sarah Craighead Dedmon
    When the state closes a clam flat because of a biotoxin like Red Tide, communicating that closure is critical for the public’s health, and when a clam flat is ready to be harvested again, communicating that opening is equally critical for a shellfish harvester’s pocketbook.

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  39. Scouts honored with Arrow of Light awards

    On Saturday, March 16, Cub Scouts Pack 125 held an Arrow of Light ceremony and a Crossing Over ceremony. The Arrow of Light award is the highest award a Cub Scout can earn.  Arrow of Light is the equivalent of an Eagle Scout award for a BSA Scout or Boy Scout.

    Pack 125 Cub master Darrell Daniels had the honor of presenting the Arrow of Light awards to Nicholas Hennessey, Linus Patterson, and Blaze Moody. Following the Arrow of Light ceremony, the crossing over ceremony was held. The Cub Scouts crossed over to become BSA Scouts of Troop 125.

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  40. Out and about in Columbia

     

    by Ronie Strout

    What a week this has been for meetings….Monday the 18th my husband and I had an appointment in Ellsworth in the afternoon. After we returned home we attended the supper that the Columbia Cemetery Society sponsored. I later returned for their town meeting.

    Columbia Town Meeting

    They voted on forty five articles with Sonny Beal as moderator and Sharon Tibbetts, Pat Favolize and Sonja Grant as ballot clerks.

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  41. Porter Memorial Library author talk will tell story of Machias son, lost in largest kamikaze attack of WWII

    Author Martin Irons will speak at Porter Memorial Library in Machias on Saturday, April 6 at 2 p.m.

    Irons' book, "Phalanx Against The Divine Wind: Protecting the Fast Carrier Task Force During World War II" recounts the fate of the USS Haynsworth and the rest of the Fifth Fleet on April 6, 1945 during the largest kamikaze attack of WWII. Among those lost that day was Hobart MacLaughlan of Machias.

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  42. The Grand’s ‘Awards Season’ film series continues with ‘Mary Queen of Scots’ in Ellsworth March 28

     

    On Thursday, March 28  at 6 p.m. and, in a special closed-captioned, matinee screening on Friday March 29 at 1 p.m., H&R Block of Ellsworth and Bucksport continue their “Awards Season” series for 2019 with a British historical epic which was twice nominated for the 2019 Oscars- “Mary, Queen of Scots.” See it the way it was made it to be seen- through a state-of-the-art digital projection system- on the Coastal Eye Care giant screen.

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  43. Maine sailor first to celebrate state’s 199th birthday

     

    by Chief Mass Communication Specialist Mark R. Alvarez

    The morning was auspicious, but the weather wasn’t, with a stormy sky, intermittent rain and heavy winds, but for one Mainer, the tradition of planting a flag to commemorate the state’s birthday was going to happen no matter what.

    Navy Master Chief Boatswain’s Mate Ed Bennett climbed to the top of Guam’s tallest peak, Mount Lam Lam, to plant the Maine state flag and celebrate Maine’s 199th birthday, March 15.

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  44. Honoring Vietnam War Remembrance Day on March 30

     

    by Nona Barrett

    Vietnam Veterans Day commemorates the sacrifices of Vietnam veterans and their families and is part of a national effort to recognize the men and women who were denied a proper welcome upon returning home more than 50 than years ago.

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  45. Colorado mourns two soldiers lost in Afghanistan

     

    According to CNN, the Petagon has identified two soldiers killed Friday in Afghanistan.  The two were Spc. Joseph Collette, age 29, of Ohio, and Sgt. 1st Class Will Lindsay, age 33, of Colorado.  

    Collette was assigned to the 242nd Ordnance Battalion, 71st Explosive Ordnance Group in Fort Carson, Colorado, and Lindsay was assigned to the 2nd Battalion, 10th Special Force Group (Airborne) out of Fort Carson.  

    These two deaths are the third and fourth of American troops killed in Afghanistan this year during the U.S.'s longest war, now in its 18th year.

     

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