Youth theater group presents Arthurian spoof

Eastport Arts Center’s Children’s Theater Workshop will present a comedy, “Of Kings and Coconuts” on Saturday, April 20 at 3 p.m. Featuring a cast of 14 ranging in age from 7 to 27, the show pokes gentle fun at the legends of King Arthur and his knights. Participants include: Rachel Bailey, Marion Look, Tucker Thompson, Kali Wallander and Kieran Weston from Eastport; Siobhan and Roy Duffy and Wren Fraser from Perry; Cadence and Zephyr Nickerson from Pembroke; Owen Leavitt from Pembroke and Trescott; and Erin Harrell, Ivy Owens and Liam Rouleau, from St. Stephen, New Brunswick.

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Vacation week screening of ‘Ralph Breaks The Internet’ Vacation week screening of ‘Ralph Breaks The Internet’

The Grand concludes it's 2018-2019 season of matinees for families during school vacation weeks (sponsored by The City of Ellsworth & Morton’s Moo) with the crazy sequel to one of the most popular animated movies in years “Ralph Breaks the Internet- in 3D!” See this great family film the way the directors made it to be seen- through a state-of-the-art digital projection system- on the Coastal Eye Care giant screen.  See it any other way... and it wouldn't be Grand! “Ralph Breaks the Internet” screens daily at 1 pm from Monday, April 15 to Friday, April 19.

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Wrestling event to support Arise Addiction Recovery set for Machias on Saturday, April 13

Victory Championship Wrestling will be in Machias on Saturday, April 13, in support of Arise Addiction Recovery, a Christian residential drug treatment facility. Tickets purchased in advance through Arise directly benefit the charity.

The event will be held at the Lee Pellon Center and doors will open at 6:30 p.m. and the bell will sound at 7 p.m. To purchase tickets call (207) 271-7060, or message Arise directly through their Facebook page by visiting: www.facebook.com/ariseaddictionrecovery.

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WA teacher completes NYC Half Marathon

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Without any shelters, how do we handle homelessness Downeast?

by Sarah Craighead Dedmon

A single mother whose landlord turned off her heat, an inmate recently released from Washington County Jail, an elderly veteran living in his truck, an addict with nowhere to go for the night — all true cases of homelessness in Machias just within the last six months. What do we do — and what can we do — when we encounter homelessness here in Washington County?

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PRSWDD board to decide transfer station fate April 9; Jonesboro stays in; Beals to vote April 8

 

by Nancy Beal

When the Pleasant River Solid Waste Disposal District (PRSWDD) board of directors met March 25, four of the six towns that make up the Route 1 transfer station in Columbia Falls had held votes on whether to stay with PRSWDD or leave.  By a vote of 113 to 43, Addison, which had been the lead town in founding the district in 1993, opted to stay in.  Columbia also voted to stick with PRSWDD, but voted no money for it, pending the outcome of other towns’ votes.

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Recovery Resource Fair looks beyond addiction to a community that supports lasting and thriving recovery

 

by Sarah Craighead Dedmon

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Nurses fight to hang onto seniority

by Ruth Leubecker

Faced with unsustainable financial losses, Calais Regional Hospital in its most recent move to slice costs, continues in mediation to allegedly cut back on its senior nurses’ benefits.

Negotiations between CRH and the Maine State Nurses Association, according to the nurses, are focused on pay cuts, decreases in time off, and other benefits related to seniority. The hospital administration counters that CRH goals will always be delivering high-quality patient care and maintaining financial responsibility.

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DOC opposes reopening of Machiasport prison, suggests Route 1 sites in East Machias, Machias

by Sarah Craighead Dedmon

One of two buildings which just left a contentious local debate has been thrust back into debate with a revelation from the Maine Department of Corrections. Instead of advocating for the reopening of the shuttered Downeast Correctional Facility in Machiasport, the DOC is now looking at building a pre-release center at Blueberry Ford in Machias or at SuperTEK in East Machias.

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‘Beauty’ pageants a thing of the past

 

by Jayna Smith

What used to be called “beauty” pageants are few and far between nowadays. Many of today’s pageants focus not on beauty, but on qualities and skills such as academics, public speaking, and community service. Such is the case with the upcoming Miss Eastern Maine Pageant.

The pageant originated in 2006 and welcomes girls and women from all over Maine. Each participates in an interview with a panel of judges with a resume required, much like one would have in a job interview; fashion wear, a favorite among many contestants; and gown.

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