‘We are not Washington. We are Maine.’

by Ruth Leubecker

In a proud tone, describing trying times and predicting unity and growth for Maine, the state’s first female governor presented her first State of the State address on Tuesday.

“Maine’s economy is on a solid footing and growing,” said Gov. Janet Mills. “Revenues are up, gross domestic product is up, housing starts, construction and car sales are up, and the state budget has a healthy surplus.”

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Jonesport budget set, goes to voters March 9

by Nancy Beal

Jonesport’s budget committee met with their selectmen and treasurer January 22 and reviewed and approved a slate of expenses for 2020-21 to be sent to the voters for action at the upcoming town meeting, scheduled for March 9 at 3:30 p.m. The grand total is $688,598 but that figure includes $40,000 in the off chance that voters break with recent tradition and approve a discount for taxes paid early. If the $40,000 is rejected, the 2020-21 budget will be under last year’s amount by $2,005.

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Machias public hearing to discuss marijuana, ordinances and airport

by Sarah Craighead Dedmon

The Machias Board of Selectmen will host a public hearing on Wednesday, Jan. 29, to take feedback on seven items, including proposed updates to three existing ordinances, and a new proposed adult use marijuana ordinance.

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New Food Pantry Director Mommens speaks to Machias Rotary Club

by Wayne Peters

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Girl Scout cookie sales have begun

by Jayna Smith

Area Girl Scouts have begun their annual cookie sales campaign.  The girls are ready to demonstrate goal setting, decision making, money management, people skills, and business ethics--the “5 Skills" each Girl Scout learns through the cookie program.

Girls will soon be selling cookies at booths, door-to-door, and through Digital Cookie, the national digital platform that enables girls to learn 21st-century skills while selling cookies through their own personalized cookie websites or face-to-face using a mobile transaction app.

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Hearing voices at Hammond Hall

by Wayne Smith

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Downeast historian speaks in NYC

Stephen Sanfilippo, known to many in our Downeast communities for his performances of historic music and his volunteer work with the Pembroke Historical Society, was a participant at the annual meeting and conference of the American Historical Association held in New York City in early January 2020. Stephen, who taught grades 9-12 history courses for many years, served as chair for a teacher training session on the use of local historical archives by high school, middle school and elementary school students.

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Open Mic series continues

EAC’s Second Saturday Open Mic series continues on February 8, from 6-8 p.m. Spectators and performers of all ages are invited to the family-friendly event, which is held downstairs at EAC. The opening act for February’s event will be Lauren Koss, singing and accompanying herself on her baritone ukulele. The series began January 10 with diverse performances and an enthusiastic audience. “Our talented January musicians were Brandy and Ross Argir, Dan Cashore, Audrey Bradbury, Beth Goodliff and Rachel Bailey,” noted organizer, Alison Brennan.

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The Nature of Phenology: Black bear cubs being born

by Hazel Stark

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Roads slide into further disrepair as costs rise sharply

by Ruth Leubecker

As Maine’s embattled highways continue in a holding pattern for repairs, it becomes glaringly obvious that such a mode of operation is no longer sustainable.
The Blue Ribbon Commission to Study and Recommend Funding Solutions for the State’s Transportation System is as wordy and challenging as its mission. Rep. Tom Martin (R-Greene) who sponsored the bill to create the commission reinforces that statement.

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