After 33 years, Tuell retires from Machias Savings Bank

by Sarah Craighead Dedmon

Last week at Machias Savings Bank, Jennifer Tuell greeted customers dressed as Mrs. Claus for the 15th time, and for the last time. The end of 2019  will also mark the end of Tuell’s long and — to hear her describe it — happy career at Machias Savings Bank. She began working for the bank in January 1987, and though she is technically a few days shy of her exact work anniversary, she said ending with the calendar year felt right.

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New year heralds bicentennial birthday

by Ruth Leubecker

Welcoming in 2020 is not just like greeting any other in the annual firmament.

This time around we celebrate 200 years of statehood. The actual date is March 15, 1820, but throughout this year galas from Kittery to Fort Kent will mark this special year, already steadily growing with scheduled events.

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What Christmas means to me

by Wayne Smith

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Wesley News

by Camille Hawkins

My Christmas cards are all out and coming in steadily.

Linda and I went to Bangor on Sunday to pick up my new GE washing machine. Richard and Dustin unloaded it and put it down cellar for me. Thank you both. Got it hooked up on Monday and have done three loads. Merry Christmas to me. Thank you Warren and helper for working on my flush, it had to have all new innards in the tank.

I got a small tree this year; it's sitting on the puzzle table. The cats are taking turns sleeping under it.

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Whitneyville Library News

It was all you could eat chowders, soups and stews at the last public supper for 2019. Everyone got to enjoy some seafood, fish and corn chowders as well as the very popular cheeseburger soup, chop suey, chili and some beef and hamburger stews. Janet's rolls and biscuits topped out the meal along with homemade pies and cakes. This supper, along with all the eight other public suppers, was put on by the Friends of the Whitneyville Public Library. In 2020, the suppers will once again begin on April 4th. So keep watch in this article and paper for the public announcement.

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Out and About in Columbia

by Ronie Strout

I have been busy reorganizing my woodshed since I got my freezer on Tuesday. Not sure if it will be completely done before the New Year as I need to do some picking up inside. Thank goodness they took the old freezer away so I don’t need to get that done by myself. Little things like that make me happy.

Schools closed on December 20 for Christmas vacation and will reopen on January 2. Hopefully, all the little children will be ready to return to school. We do need this break right now, or rather I do.

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From tragedy to a Christmas carol: The story of Longfellow’s ‘Christmas Bells’

by Jen Simone

In times of intense despair, it can seem impossible to have any hope. All of us get caught up in the tragedies occurring all around us and begin to believe that life is a constant struggle without any good in it. Christmas time, though often a time of mourning for people who have recently lost loved ones, also is a time of restored hope for many.

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The Nature of Phenology: Firewood

by Joseph Horn

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PRSWDD recycling windows to close

by Nancy Beal

After nearly two decades of educating and encouraging people to separate recyclables from their regular household trash, the Pleasant River Solid Waste Disposal District (PRSWDD) will close all its recycling windows at the Route 1 transfer station as of the first of next year. This change of policy was approved at the board of directors’ December 9 meeting and is the result of technology and economics.

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Five weeks on Bristol Bay: Downeast fishermen bring Alaskan salmon to Maine

by Sarah Craighead Dedmon

While blueberries ripened on Downeast barrens, two local fishermen were making their way to Alaska, exchanging the Sunrise County’s wooded waterfront for one even more remote. This summer, Captain Chris Mullen of Machias and Asher Molyneaux of East Machias spent five weeks fishing for salmon in the shallow waters of Bristol Bay, famed for its unspoiled beauty and abundant wildlife.

Mullen said the bay’s remote nature is part of what keeps it pristine.

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