Santa Maria to port in St. Andrews

 

by Jayna Smith

A replica of the Nao Santa Maria, one of the most famous ships in history, will be docking at the St. Andrews wharf from Sept. 13-15 and will be open for visiting before its next stop in Portland, scheduled for Sept. 19-22. The visits are part of the ship’s North American tour and this is the ship’s first visit to Canada.

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Greenhorns Insect and Cider camps coming up

Join Greenhorns for Insect Camp Sept. 6-7 in Pembroke to learn more about insect habitat and behavior, their ecology, reproduction, population dynamics and impact on agricultural production. Our teachers will cover landscape design, natural beekeeping, learning how to mitigate pesticide impacts and create sanctuaries for these critical creatures on our farms and on our landscapes. You don't have to own land to learn how to help the insects!

One thing we’ve got in Washington County is a healthy forest edge full of feral apple trees!

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Make A Wish Foundation visits Calais

 

by Natalie Boomer

18-year-old Alex Newsome was granted his wish on Tuesday, Aug. 20 when the Make-A-Wish Foundation arranged for him to get  his very own hot tub.

While he was working as a camp counselor at the Calais public pool, a limousine pulled up filled with his family to surprise him, along with his friends and campers holding signs that said “Yay Alex” and “We love you.” He was handed a ‘Make A Wish’ T-shirt and a pin that said “Wish Kid” and they took him to see his wish come true.

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Costly day for taxpayers as special legislative session falls far short

by Ruth Leubecker

“I don’t think much was accomplished this session. One might wonder why we even had one,” said Rep. Will Tuell last week.

The East Machias legislator said he might’ve just as well stayed on his couch as gone to Augusta and collected a hundred dollars. “Basically everyone went to lunch and got caught up with their friends. It was a waste,” he said. “We were down there (Augusta) from about 10:30 or 11 in the morning until 8 pm. Probably we only had about one and a half hours of talking.”

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Machias prepares for winter with bids, talks town smoking policy

by Sarah Craighead Dedmon

At their meeting held Wednesday, Aug. 28 the Machias Board of Selectmen opened several bids including one for the town’s propane supply. That contract will go to the Dead River Company, and the fuel oil bid is being held for further clarification.

The town’s winter sand supply bid was awarded to By Us, who submitted a bid at the same rate as last year.

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Officials take steps to simplify suicide prevention call

by Jayna Smith

According to the National Institute of Mental Health, suicide is the 10th leading cause of death overall in the United States. Three years ago, for individuals between the ages of 10 and 34, it was the second leading cause of death, and for individuals between the ages of 35 and 54, it was the fourth leading cause of death.

The nation will observe Suicide Prevention Week Sept. 8-14 this year.

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New teachers, trips and tiles for Moosabec students

 

by Nancy Beal

As the three Moosabec area schools open this week, the incoming pre-kindergartners and high school freshmen won’t be the only new faces. There are newcomers on the faculties and a few who are switching places, plus a new look in one school and an agenda of trips and visits planned in another.

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Ahoy! It’s the return of the Pirate Festival

by Jayna Smith

When the City of Eastport celebrates any event, they do so in a big way, and this year’s Pirate Festival is no exception. Now in its 14th year, the Eastport Pirate Festival gets underway this Friday and runs through Sunday, and there will be plenty to do for pirates of all ages.

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Carrying on the family tradition

 

by Wayne Smith

This is a story about an interview with my uncle, Stanley Smith. He talked about his experience raking blueberries since he was a child and about how, at 72, he still has what it takes to rake blueberries. He and his wife Donna are some of the last pioneers who will pick up a rake and do what has been done since the beginning. Turning back time is what real blueberrying was all about.

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Skyla Libby wins state pageant title

Skyla Shay Libby, 16, was crowned the 2020 USA National Miss Dirigo Teen for her outstanding commitment to Crossroads and fundraising efforts over a period of six years. A junior at Jonesport-Beals High School, Skyla is a distinguished honor student and three-sport varsity athlete. She plans to attend college for marine engineering and has her own lobster business. She enjoys a variety of community service projects throughout the state and donates a significant amount of her time to volunteer work at Peabody Memorial Library and Crossroads.

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4-H Tech Changemakers address a growing need

 

National 4-H Council and Microsoft are working together through the 4-H Tech Changemakers program to empower teens to create opportunities for people to participate in today’s increasingly digital world in unique ways. Tech Changemakers began with 43 teen leaders from 12 communities who invested over 1,600 hours in innovative community projects and digital skills training.

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Linwood’s goes Green

 

by Wayne Smith

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Gary Magby and The Oceanaires present a benefit concert for the Church Hill Community Center

 

This night of music will be a memorable journey through the ages with music from Bach and Mozart to James Taylor and Pete Seger. Hauntingly beautiful, archaic folk songs, sacred music, pieces written for and performed within Shakespeare's plays in his time, show tunes and some more recent selections will mark the path we all travel as we enjoy this evening together.

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Calais nurses vote to strike

by Ruth Leubecker

After a Labor Day, Calais Regional Hospital nurses voted on Wednesday to strike.

“Unions have been under attack across the United States, and the tech staff at Calais Regional Hospital are bucking the trend,” said Chuleenan Svetvilas of National Nurses United. “In June they voted to join the Maine State Nurses Association, which is affiliated with NNU. The techs joining the union was a Labor Day move that would hopefully be a positive one.”

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Still time to vote for two local filmmakers

 

by Sarah Craighead Dedmon

Kelly Hinkle and Ryan Malagara made two different films, but they made them for one reason — to show off the region they love.

“It’s just so everyone can view the film to see the small towns we live in, to appreciate that small-town living that we take for granted every day,” said Hinkle, who lives in Columbia Falls.

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Decreased revenues, bad winters lead to East Machias tax increase

by Sarah Craighead Dedmon

As their property tax bills arrived in the mail, East Machias residents began calling the town office asking what caused their taxes to go up this year. The town’s mill rate rose from 19.75 mills in 2019 to 25 mills for 2020.

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Rep. Golden hosts congressional hearing on rural broadband at UMM

 

by Sarah Craighead Dedmon

As the first week of school came to a close, something unusual took place in Machias. Two U.S. congressmen sat behind microphones in a University of Maine at Machias classroom. A television camera focused on the congressmen, one of them swung a gavel, and so began a formal U.S. congressional field hearing.

The subject? Rural high-speed internet, or lack thereof.

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The making of the scrubs

 

by Wayne Smith

When you think of the word “scrubs’, one might picture someone wearing them while working in the emergency room of a hospital, maybe doing surgery on a patient that’s just been in an accident and the ambulance has just brought them in. Yet it couldn’t be farther from the truth, in this instance.

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Performers sought to act alongside Ed Asner

 

Two performers, one male and one female, age 13 to adult, are sought to act alongside

Ed Asner in the political comedy God Help Us, to be presented Oct. 12 at 7 p.m. and Oct. 13 at 3 p.m. at Eastport Arts Center. These are non-speaking roles, but acting is required. The performers, who will portray angels, will also be the stagehands during the production.

Those interested in these roles should email chris@eastportartscenter.org by Sept. 20, using the word ‘angels’ in the subject line, or call (207) 853-4650.

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Machias selectboard gets to work on adult use marijuana ordinance

 

by Sarah Craighead Dedmon

Last winter, Machias voters overwhelmingly approved an ordinance allowing medical marijuana sales in Machias. Now, the Machias Board of Selectmen is preparing language for a recreational, or adult use, marijuana ordinance that would govern its sale, should residents vote to adopt it.

In 2016, Maine voters approved a referendum legalizing recreational marijuana. At that time, Machias voters narrowly opposed the measure, with 501 opposed and 486 in favor.

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As towns leaving PRSWDD set deadlines, district hires attorney

 

by Nancy Beal

The issue of when and how Jonesport and Columbia Falls would separate themselves from the Pleasant River Solid Waste Disposal District, a topic that has received regular attention since those towns voted last March to step away, came up only tangentially at the district board’s regular monthly meeting September 9, but a new face heralded that it would surely come up again.

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The Munsons reflect on 41 years delivering the MVNO

 

by Sarah Craighead Dedmon

After 25 years in the car sales business, Dalton Munson decided to retire. He ran an advertisement in this newspaper thanking his customers, closed the doors on Munson’s Auto Sales and sat back to relax. That lasted about 15 minutes.

“A little while went by, and I got a little bored, not too much to do,” said Munson. “My wife picked up the newspaper one day and read in there where they were looking for someone to deliver the paper.”

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Broken pipe releases farmed salmon into Bay of Fundy

 

by Jayna Smith

The Atlantic Salmon Federation (ASF), a Canadian organization whose mission is to conserve and restore wild Atlantic salmon and their ecosystems, announced last week that its researchers have removed 58 aquaculture-raised salmon attempting to enter the Magaguadavic River through the St. George, N.B. fishway.

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CRH stresses key points in final offer

by Ruth Leubecker

Although resolution is allegedly close at hand, Calais Regional Hospital and its nurses remain locked in position. Despite attempts to find common ground, mediation remains unsuccessful, and lately nonexistent.

When asked about a possible next date for talks, DeeDee Travis, CRH vice president of community relations, claimed several days ago, “This is our final offer.”

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New superintendent in Jonesport/Beals, new hires

 

by Nancy Beal

Lewis Collins of Hallowell has taken over the reins in the superintendent’s office at Union 103, and reported to the two elementary school boards September 11 that he was “getting out and about…and learning who’s who and what issues are important to everyone.” Union 103 is made up of Beals and Jonesport Elementary Schools and Jonesport-Beals High School.

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Machias students receive backpacks full of school supplies

 

by Sarah Craighead Dedmon

Machias elementary school students had a little something extra to be excited about at the beginning of their new year. During their first week of school, every member of the student body was presented with a brand-new backpack full of school supplies and complete with their name on a luggage tag.

Rose M. Gaffney Elementary School teacher Lizzy Douglas said that the 350 backpacks were a gift from Ruth’s Reusable Resources, an organization she reached out to when she first heard of them earlier this year.

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Calais Regional Hospital Files for Chapter 11 Protection

 

By Pierre Little, Publisher and Managing Editor

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