Pratt donation campaign brings in $16,000 for Washington County food pantries

by Jayna Smith

For the past several years, after realizing how great the need is for the food pantries in Washington County and in an effort to decrease food insecurity locally, businessman Ian Pratt has matched donations to local food pantries. Anyone taking part in his matching donation campaign could simply bring his or her donation to the Pratt car dealership throughout the month of November, where all donations would be matched, up to $3,000. This year, however, Pratt was able to increase his match to $5,000.

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Funding outlook for roads remains abysmal as plans falter

by Ruth Leubecker

Maine’s rural roads and bridges are among the worst in the nation but the plans to reverse this trend remain elusive and splintered.  

“While all of these plans have their supporters and opponents, it should be noted that the only funding mechanism that gets bipartisan support year after year is bonding,” says Rep. Will Tuell. “I know plenty of people do not like highway bonds, but to my mind, it is the lesser of many evils.”

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350 Downeast helps 32 families keep warm

From Dec. 5-10, 350 Downeast, a local non-profit dedicated to reducing our use of carbon-based fuels to protect the environment in coastal Washington Co., built 222 custom-made insulating window inserts for 32 families from Cherryfield to Calais.  Over half of the window inserts were provided free to low-income families thanks to grants from the New England Grassroots Environment Fund and other sources.  We also made window inserts for the Centre Street Congregational Church, United Church of Christ and Porter Memorial Library.

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Out and About in Columbia

by Ronie Strout


December is moving right along faster than I want it to.

I got my tabletop Christmas tree made on Tuesday and decorated, we are now enjoying it with the blue lights on it. This year I decorated it with tiny mittens, something different for a change. I also put up an artificial tree for the first time and got that all decorated on the same day.

Our son Zebadiah turned another year older, we got to chat with him in the afternoon via the telephone.

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Local author announces book release

by Marci Gaglione

Susan Grant, a local teacher and author, is pleased to announce the release of her first book, “100 Minutes with God.”

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A Celtic Christmas with Cape Breton's COIG

Calais Celtic Concerts will present Coig at the Calais High School, on Saturday, Dec. 21, at 6 p.m. Doors will open at 5 p.m. Eastern time.  

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Tuell’s DA bill advances in emergency session

by Sarah Craighead Dedmon

A bill that could give Downeast voters a say in their district attorney coverage advanced past the state legislative council on Friday, Dec. 6.

“An Act to Create Separate Prosecutorial Districts in Downeast Maine,” sponsored by Rep. Will Tuell (R-E. Machias), was initially voted down by the committee, but passed on appeal last week. Tuell said he was especially pleased that the passing vote reflected bipartisan support.

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DMR, MLA whale plans move forward

by Nancy Beal

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Lobsters crest variable wave of fluctuating risk, reward

by Ruth Leubecker

While warming waters may eventually contribute to a period of decline in lobster fishing in the Gulf of Maine, other factors enter into the viability of Maine’s premier crustacean.

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University of Maine at Machias hosting one-act play ‘The Dollar’

by Tyler Royle

The University of Maine at Machias is hosting a play that will be performed at the Performance Arts Center by the students in Instructor Eustacia Landrum’s class. “The Dollar” is a comedic play about a bunch of lost travelers fighting among themselves over the discovery of a dollar. The play is set to have a bunch of random skits that will be open to the public.

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