Beals lobsterman plucked from icy water by fellow fishermen

by Nancy Beal

Anthony Beal celebrated his 72nd birthday on November 4. Two days later, the Beals lobsterman celebrated those years in a different way after getting dumped into the water in Barney’s Cove off the northwest corner of Beals Island. A life jacket that very few fishermen wear and quick action on the part of friends and fellow fishermen combined to save his life.

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Partners focus on sustainable goals as foundation’s funding ends

by Ruth Leubecker

After three years of productive MeHAF funding, Downeast Community Partners are coming together to determine what’s reasonable to sustain and what is not.

The Maine Health Access Foundation has given $100,000 for each of the past three years to the Community Caring Collaborative and its partners. The money has been earmarked to support collaborations throughout Washington County, identifying the necessary resources and strengths to nurture thriving in place.

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County committee finalizes 2020 budget

by Sarah Craighead Dedmon

Clocking in one full month ahead of last year, the Washington County Budget Committee has finalized its recommendations for the 2020 county budget. Now the budget will go to the commissioners for final approval.

Committee chairman Lewis Pinkham said this year’s process went quickly and smoothly because the individual county departments “did a good job of keeping their budgets down,” so their reserves from last year’s budget carried forward to this year.

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Down East Quilters deliver cuddly comfort for kids in cruisers

by Sarah Craighead Dedmon

In the course of any given workweek, Washington County Sheriff Barry Curtis deals with all kinds of characters, not all of them friendly. But Curtis was in cheery company last week when he took delivery of 54 fuzzy teddy bears, each one lovingly handcrafted by members of the Down East Quilters group.

“Some of us did the sewing, some of us did the stuffing, and some of us were finishing them off,” said Linda Throckmorton, one of the founding members of the group. “They’re small, as you can see, and they’re very soft.”

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Machias area residents to receive insulating window inserts

How can you beat a deal that will save you money, keep you warm, and reduce the amount of heating fuel being burned?  350 Downeast and Machias Savings Bank are offering such a deal again this year with a WindowDresser workshop, December 5-10.  With expertise from Windowdressers, a non-profit in Rockland, Maine we will be assembling more than 200 window inserts to insulate draughty windows in the Machias area.  Last year WindowDressers held 33 workshops across the state with over 1,000 community volunteers making 7,597 window inserts with 34% provided free to low-income households.  Those wi

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November court date set for State v. Teer

by Sarah Craighead Dedmon

Dr. Cynthia Teer is scheduled to appear in Kennebec County Superior Court later this month for a contempt hearing, according to Maine Office of the Attorney General (OAG) spokesperson Marc Malon.

Teer’s license to practice veterinary medicine was suspended by the state in Jan. 2018, and revoked following a Sept. 25 hearing of the Maine Board of Veterinary Medicine.

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MSB donates to Community Christmas Giving Tree program

The employees of the Machias Branch of Machias Savings Bank raise funds by contributing to the bank’s Dress Down on Fridays Program, and then they donate to a program that is making a difference in the community.  The Community Christmas Giving Tree Program is proud and excited to share that they are the recipients of $1,500 raised by the employees this year.  “We are honored by your gift,” said charity volunteer Debra Echkart. “Thanks so much to all of you!  This is a tremendous boost to our program.”

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Out and About in Columbia

by Ronie Strout

I guess it is time, I waited till the 5th to build my first fire in the kitchen cookstove. We have a Union Crawford cast iron stove that puts out a lot of heat in the downstairs area. Now we will do most of our cooking on this as it is quicker than the gas stove. Now I must ready my wood box for the load of wood that I can place in it from the woodshed and bring in my bundle of kindling that I put in a huge cast iron pot beside the stove to start the fire with. Let it snow, I am prepared…

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Ticks in the deer woods

by V. Paul Reynolds

Most of us who spend time deer hunting have had encounters with deer ticks, the bad ones, or know someone with Lyme disease. Earlier this fall, University of Maine Professor Jim Dill, a tick expert, appeared as a guest on my Sunday night call-in radio program, Maine Outdoors. The phones rang constantly the entire hour as listeners cued up to ask their questions of Professor Dill. Dill heads up a new diagnostics research facility at the University of Maine that opened this past April.

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The Nature of Phenology: Winterberry

by Hazel Stark

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