Police seeking those responsible for cemetery fence hit and run

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‘Lobster War’ movie tells story of rising international tensions in the contested waters of the ‘grey zone’

 

by Sarah Craighead Dedmon
A movie filmed off the coast of Washington County will be shown at the University of Maine at Machias next weekend. “Lobster War: The Fight Over the World’s Richest Fishing Grounds” will be screened at the UMM Performing Arts Center on Saturday, March 30 at 2 p.m.

The film tells the story of increasing tensions in the waters between Washington County and Canada, locally referred to as “the grey zone.”

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PRSWDD towns split on staying, unsettled on policies

by Nancy Beal
Four of the six towns that make up the Pleasant River Solid Waste Disposal District (PRSWDD) have held town meetings at which the issue of staying with the group or leaving was raised and voted upon. The votes were necessary because the old intra-town agreement, which governed the operation of the Route 1 transfer station in Columbia Falls and how it should be paid for, expired December 31, 2018. That lapse forced all the towns in the group to vote on whether to sign a new contract. A “no” vote was equivalent to bowing out.

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Partnering boosts food pantry mission

by Ruth Leubecker
Serving more people who are food insecure and covering more territory in the process is the aim of Washington County’s 10 food pantries in 2019.

“Good Shepherd’s Food Bank is represented at every meeting, and they are very transparent and supportive of the pantries’ efforts,” says Regina Grabrovac, Healthy Acadia’s food program manager. “Our next meeting is June 6 and we welcome any community member who would like to attend.”

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Lighthouses in our school

 

by Nancy Beal
Beals Elementary School is lit up with lighthouses this spring in anticipation of a visit next month from children’s author/illustrator Sophie Blackall, whose Hello Lighthouse recently won a Caldecott Medal for the best-illustrated children’s book in 2019. Blackall’s visit will be sponsored by Island Readers and Writers, a group on Mt. Desert whose mission is to bring artists and authors into island and coastal schools.

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UMM mapping tech could help clammers know when to dig

 

by Sarah Craighead Dedmon
When the state closes a clam flat because of a biotoxin like Red Tide, communicating that closure is critical for the public’s health, and when a clam flat is ready to be harvested again, communicating that opening is equally critical for a shellfish harvester’s pocketbook.

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Scouts honored with Arrow of Light awards

On Saturday, March 16, Cub Scouts Pack 125 held an Arrow of Light ceremony and a Crossing Over ceremony. The Arrow of Light award is the highest award a Cub Scout can earn.  Arrow of Light is the equivalent of an Eagle Scout award for a BSA Scout or Boy Scout.

Pack 125 Cub master Darrell Daniels had the honor of presenting the Arrow of Light awards to Nicholas Hennessey, Linus Patterson, and Blaze Moody. Following the Arrow of Light ceremony, the crossing over ceremony was held. The Cub Scouts crossed over to become BSA Scouts of Troop 125.

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Out and about in Columbia

 

by Ronie Strout

What a week this has been for meetings….Monday the 18th my husband and I had an appointment in Ellsworth in the afternoon. After we returned home we attended the supper that the Columbia Cemetery Society sponsored. I later returned for their town meeting.

Columbia Town Meeting

They voted on forty five articles with Sonny Beal as moderator and Sharon Tibbetts, Pat Favolize and Sonja Grant as ballot clerks.

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Porter Memorial Library author talk will tell story of Machias son, lost in largest kamikaze attack of WWII

Author Martin Irons will speak at Porter Memorial Library in Machias on Saturday, April 6 at 2 p.m.

Irons' book, "Phalanx Against The Divine Wind: Protecting the Fast Carrier Task Force During World War II" recounts the fate of the USS Haynsworth and the rest of the Fifth Fleet on April 6, 1945 during the largest kamikaze attack of WWII. Among those lost that day was Hobart MacLaughlan of Machias.

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The Grand’s ‘Awards Season’ film series continues with ‘Mary Queen of Scots’ in Ellsworth March 28

 

On Thursday, March 28  at 6 p.m. and, in a special closed-captioned, matinee screening on Friday March 29 at 1 p.m., H&R Block of Ellsworth and Bucksport continue their “Awards Season” series for 2019 with a British historical epic which was twice nominated for the 2019 Oscars- “Mary, Queen of Scots.” See it the way it was made it to be seen- through a state-of-the-art digital projection system- on the Coastal Eye Care giant screen.

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