The Nature of Phenology: What exactly is the ‘January thaw’?

by Hazel Stark

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DMR’s whale plan goes to feds

by Nancy Beal

Shortly after Christmas, the Maine Department of Marine Resources (DMR) officially submitted to federal authorities its alternative plan to reduce the danger to Atlantic right whales from Maine lobster gear. As recently reported in these pages (MNVO, Dec. 11, 2019), the DMR initially agreed to a plan that was crafted by federal fisheries managers and lobstermen in Rhode Island last spring, then rejected it on science and safety grounds.

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Bills, budget process battle will dictate upcoming session

by Ruth Leubecker

With hundreds of bills outstripping funds available, the upcoming legislative session promises a challenging performance of jockeying for center stage.

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DECH welcomes the first Downeast baby of 2020

Down East Community Hospital welcomes its first baby of 2020!  Alison Furman, of Princeton, gave birth to Chase Alexander Furman at 9:14 a.m. on January 3.  Chase, who is cuddly and very sweet, weighed in at 6 pounds and 13 ounces.

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105-year-old says secret to longevity is to follow doctor’s orders

by Jayna Smith

 Ruth Muller just celebrated her 105th birthday. This likely makes her the oldest person in the City of Calais, possibly even in the state.

Born in Germany on January 3, 1915, Ms. Muller immigrated to the United States with her parents and two sisters through Ellis Island. Like others at that time, her parents were in search of a better life for her family. Ms. Muller was eight years old and did not speak a word of English.

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Community mourns two killed in Columbia

The Washington County Sheriff's Office released a statement following a crash that took place in Columbia on the afternoon of Friday, Jan. 3, killing two and closing Route 1 for several hours.

The incident took place at approximately 1 p.m. when a Ford Explorer driven by Angela Skidgel, 43, of East Machias crossed into the path of a tractor-trailer owned by the JB Hunt Corporation and driven by Sean Kelly, 56, who was traveling west on Route 1. According to the Sheriff’s Office, the tractor-trailer was unable to avoid the collision.

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Man finds late brother’s identification in ocean

by Natalie Boomer

Frank Miliano of Pleasant Point recently made a Facebook post that has gone viral.

On Dec. 27, Miliano came across something that he could not believe. While out on the ocean on his fishing boat, "Aptuamkon,” the Passamaquoddy word for sea serpent, he discovered his late brother’s health care card.

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Steuben rocks in the New Year

by Wayne Smith

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Newcomers and veterans alike drawn to Stage East’s ‘Wonderful Life’

by Lauren Koss

With a swift rehearsal period of just one month, and only Saturday afternoons for the first three weeks, Stage East’s It’s A Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play was a chance for a group of 20 performers to participate, without a production’s usual staggering time commitment, in a crowd-pleasing holiday tale. Several of the cast were new to the stage, including Don Bailey, who played the villain of the piece—Henry F. Potter—as well as the angel, Joseph, and several other small roles, and helped with the sound effects.

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MSB bids CFO Reynolds a fond farewell

by Sarah Craighead Dedmon

After attending plenty of celebrations during his 33-year career, Machias Savings Bank Chief Financial Officer and Executive Vice President Donny Reynolds attended his own retirement party on Saturday, Jan. 4 where fellow board members and MSB coworkers recalled a career filled with kindness, integrity, and fond friendships.

“There is nobody I respect more,” said former MSB President and Board Chairman Ed Hennessey, who hired Reynolds 33 years ago. “Donny Reynolds brought credibility to everybody he dealt with.”

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