Jonesport OKs medical marijuana growing facilities; recreational marijuana ordinance in the offing

by Nancy Beal

The Jonesport planning board tentatively approved permits for two medical marijuana growing facilities on Alexander Avenue last month, and on December 18 selectmen voted to grant the necessary town licenses to grow cannabis in the structures. The licensing permits, sought by the Batson family, will each cost $5,000 a year, according to the medical marijuana ordinance approved by voters earlier last year.

Read More

Merger of Wesleyan churches in Beals and Jonesport

by Nancy Beal

Nearly a year ago, efforts began to merge the Wesleyan churches on either side of Moosabec Reach. The old structures (each over 100 years old) were debt-free, but attendance was down, especially on the island. During the last weekend of last January, a “merger exploration” was held, attended by the pastors, the governing bodies and the district supervisor. The following weekend, a town hall was held for anyone who wanted to listen to the proposal and ask questions.

Read More

Jonesport’s “car wash” culvert floods Route 187

by Nancy Beal

Read More

Shuttered Jonesport nursing home will be converted

by Nancy Beal

A small but serious group of Moosabeckers is working diligently to reopen Jonesport’s Sunrise Care Facility (SCF) as a 24-bed assisted living center. SCF, formerly Resthaven Nursing Home, was rescued from a sea of red ink by Down East Community Hospital nearly two decades ago, but in the summer of 2017, the hospital decided that the debt threatened its own finances and, reluctantly, shuttered the home and delivered its residents to facilities in Machias and Milbridge.

Read More

Multi-million-dollar fish farm proposed for Jonesport

by Nancy Beal

A Dutch aquaculture company will be in Jonesport next week to introduce Moosabeckers to what it hopes will be an extensive land-based fish farm that will command scores of jobs without affecting the environment. The company is Kingfish Zeeland, a fish producer already in production in the Netherlands, producing fresh fish that it has branded “Dutch yellowtail” for its citizens and surrounding European companies.

Read More

Jonesport Fire Department substation under review

by Nancy Beal

For the past several weeks, Jonesport selectmen have been addressing the status of their fire department’s substation in Masons Bay. The small two-bay structure was built in the early 1980s to provide fire protection for structures of Jonesporters who lived out of town. It has not, however, played a role in the town’s firefighting plans for many years.

Read More

Jonesport considers Good Citizen Award

by Nancy Beal

Read More

Jonesport selectmen open bids on tax-acquired properties

 

by Nancy Beal

It was not a clash of towns but a clash of cultures that brought Beals Selectman Louis “Tony” Unger to his feet to speak angrily to Jonesport selectmen last week after losing his bids on a pair of tax-acquired properties. On April 17, the Jonesport panel opened, reviewed and voted to award five properties that had undergone foreclosure due to non-payment of taxes. Unger had bid on two of them but acquired neither.

Read More

PRSWDD to stay open—for now

by Nancy Beal

Read More

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.

Read More

Pages