Lubec landmark damaged by storm

Photo When viewed from Water Street, the brining shed is the building farthest from shore. 

Submitted photo

by Sarah Craighead Dedmon

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Scalloping closed in Cobscook, federal season opens

Photo: This diagram from the Maine Department of Marine Resources shows that all of Cobscook Bay is now closed to dragging and diving for the remainder of the 2016/17 scallop season, which closes everywhere in Maine on March 28.    Photo courtesy Maine DMR

by Sarah Craighead Dedmon

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Whitneyville, Columbia, Welsey and Harrington News

Whitneyville

by Pamelia Dowling  255-8834

A big hello to all you readers! Thank you for hanging in with me with your phone calls and prayers, as I have been under the weather for a couple of weeks or more. The Lord is good and He has taken good care of me. Praise His name.

Looking Ahead:

--Selectpersons meeting will be on Thursday, March 9th, 2017 beginning  at 5 pm in the town office.

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Scallop closures announced

Photo: Crocker’s boat, the Clean Sweep, is shown here surrounded by seagulls and making its way to Gloucester, MA last spring. Many members of the Downeast scallop fleet will head south to Gloucester again this year. The federal fishing season in the Northern Gulf of Maine opens on March 1, and Gloucester offers excellent fishing.         Photo courtesy of Ben Crocker Jr.

by Sarah Craighead Dedmon

The Maine Department of Marine Resources has announced new targeted closures for five scallop fishing areas, which became effective Sunday, Feb. 26.

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The quiet after the storm

Blue skies and bright sun shone down on the fields of Machiasport’s Kennebec road on Sunday, Jan. 29. The winter storm that brought snowfall to New Hampshire and southern Maine last week delivered only wintry mix and two inches of rain to Machiasport, leaving the ground completely bare and area sleds gathering dust.

Photo by Sarah Craighead Dedmon

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Jonesport’s budget committee

Jonesport’s budget committee met January 25 and agreed on a bottom line nearly identical to last year’s. Seated left to right are Boyde Crowley, Lois Hubbard, Shane Farris, Paul Iossa, Wendy Beal, John Church and Jane McMichen.                                                        Photo by Nancy Beal

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Jonesport budget close to last year

by Nancy Beal

Jonesport’s seven-member budget committee met with their selectmen and treasurer January 25 and produced a budget that is only $1,699 over last year’s, unless voters opt to offer a three-percent discount on early-paid taxes, which will add $40,000 to the bottom line of $643,988 reached last week. Jonesporters have rejected the discount in recent years but, according to the Maine Municipal Association, the option must be put before the voters.

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Machiasport News

by Sarah Craighead Dedmon

Last week’s winter storm brought winds over forty miles per hour, and more than two inches of rain to Machiasport. A wintry mix closed schools for the day and, because this time I was fully prepared with filled bathtubs and ground coffee, the power did not go out. You are welcome.

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Henry David Thoreau Journal notes

Henry David Thoreau, whose Feb. 2, 1854  journal entry read, “Already we begin to anticipate spring, and this is an important difference between this time and a month ago. We begin to say that the day is springlike. Is not January the hardest month to get through? When you have weathered that, you get into the gulfstream of winter, nearer the shores of spring.” 

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Martha Stewart visits Machias, Cherryfield and Lubec

by Johanna S. Billings

While many people headed to the malls and big box stores on Black Friday, a famous face shopped at an independent store in Machias.

Martha Stewart, a well-known business woman and television personality, shopped at Machias Hardware Nov. 25 while on her way back from Campobello Island, New Brunswick. She was traveling with colleague Kevin Sharkey and her two grandchildren, Jade and Truman.

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