Jonesporters vote to discontinue Ice Hill South

 

by Nancy Beal

After nearly a year of listening to bickering between the five residents of Jonesport’s Ice Hill South, townspeople voted last week to abandon, or discontinue, the short lane between Main Street and Moosabec Reach. At a special town meeting August 29 and after over an hour of discussion during which anger and frustration surfaced and moderator Jane McMichen admonished speakers to address her and not each other, voters opted by a margin of 18 to six to cede jurisdiction and with it, all town services.

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Jonesport Avenue status questioned by Charles Look

 

by Nancy Beal

Jonesport Avenue: public or private? That was the issue brought to selectmen August 29 by Charles Look who, with his brother Ed, owns and operates a seafood business at what was originally a sardine factory on Moosabec Reach east of the Beals Island Bridge. A recent code violation for an unpermitted paved path and doorstep to a building he had recently built alerted him that the loop road, that he had always assumed was a private way owned by him and his brother, was considered a town road where construction was bound by town ordinances.

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Food truck owner requests porta-potty in Jonesport park

 

by Nancy Beal

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Jonesport library to hold community celebration

 

by Nancy Beal

 Jonesport’s Peabody Memorial Library recently received a community award of $1,000 from Bangor Savings after library supporters voted for the 100-year-old institution in a BSB-sponsored community service poll. To show appreciation for that support, library staffers and volunteers will host what they are billing as an “End of Summer Community Celebration” this Saturday, September 1, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

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Where Jonesport’s $100K anti-drug money went—or didn’t

by Nancy Beal

At their March 2017 town meeting, prompted by drug activity in the Moosabec area and more than one overdose death, Jonesporters authorized their selectmen to draw up to $100,000 from the surplus fund to secretly combat the problem. The town officials were not obliged to report how the money was used or how successfully until July 1, 2018. On July 25, 2018, Jonesport newcomer Barbara Malcarne, who with her husband, Bill, often attends weekly selectmen’s meetings, asked how the money was used.

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Beach owners, Jonesport selectmen discuss signs

 

by Nancy Beal

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DEI acquires Jonesport-Beals art collection

The Downeast Institute (DEI) has acquired fifteen paintings depicting the people, places and occupations of Jonesport and Beals by renowned artist Robert Beck. The Jonesport-Beals Collection will be on permanent display in the Downeast Institute’s new conference room.

DEI’s Director of Research Dr. Brian Beal says Beck’s paintings of local trade, people and events are an honest and caring depiction of life in our downeast coastal communities.

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Relations still chilly on Jonesport’s Ice Hill South

 

by Nancy Beal

As part of the legal process that towns must go through to abandon or discontinue municipal services on a public way, Jonesport selectmen held a public hearing July 25 on removing Ice Hill South from the list of town roads. Expectations were that, based on past conversations with the stakeholders, the hearing would reveal that all were in agreement with the planned discontinuance and that a formal special town meeting would follow, confirming and memorializing the abandonment of that lane.

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Jonesport’s Sandy River Beach cottage owners seek signage

by Nancy Beal

Public or private? Right or privilege? These questions have arisen in Jonesport’s Sandy River Beach District for the past five years, after the town purchased property in the area to guarantee its citizens the ability to access the mile-long sandy strand as they had done for the past century. Last week, after cottage owners said they experienced violations of decorum on the beach, the issues came back to selectmen again.

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‘Artists of the Moosabec’ opens in Jonesport

by Nancy Beal

The mid-summer offering of Art in the Library at Jonesport’s Peabody Memorial Library, entitled “Artists of the Moosabec,” opened with a reception last weekend featuring artists native to Beals and Jonesport, and some who have made the area their second or retirement home.

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