DMR’s whale plan goes to feds

by Nancy Beal

Shortly after Christmas, the Maine Department of Marine Resources (DMR) officially submitted to federal authorities its alternative plan to reduce the danger to Atlantic right whales from Maine lobster gear. As recently reported in these pages (MNVO, Dec. 11, 2019), the DMR initially agreed to a plan that was crafted by federal fisheries managers and lobstermen in Rhode Island last spring, then rejected it on science and safety grounds.

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Bills, budget process battle will dictate upcoming session

by Ruth Leubecker

With hundreds of bills outstripping funds available, the upcoming legislative session promises a challenging performance of jockeying for center stage.

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DECH welcomes the first Downeast baby of 2020

Down East Community Hospital welcomes its first baby of 2020!  Alison Furman, of Princeton, gave birth to Chase Alexander Furman at 9:14 a.m. on January 3.  Chase, who is cuddly and very sweet, weighed in at 6 pounds and 13 ounces.

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105-year-old says secret to longevity is to follow doctor’s orders

by Jayna Smith

 Ruth Muller just celebrated her 105th birthday. This likely makes her the oldest person in the City of Calais, possibly even in the state.

Born in Germany on January 3, 1915, Ms. Muller immigrated to the United States with her parents and two sisters through Ellis Island. Like others at that time, her parents were in search of a better life for her family. Ms. Muller was eight years old and did not speak a word of English.

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Community mourns two killed in Columbia

The Washington County Sheriff's Office released a statement following a crash that took place in Columbia on the afternoon of Friday, Jan. 3, killing two and closing Route 1 for several hours.

The incident took place at approximately 1 p.m. when a Ford Explorer driven by Angela Skidgel, 43, of East Machias crossed into the path of a tractor-trailer owned by the JB Hunt Corporation and driven by Sean Kelly, 56, who was traveling west on Route 1. According to the Sheriff’s Office, the tractor-trailer was unable to avoid the collision.

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Man finds late brother’s identification in ocean

by Natalie Boomer

Frank Miliano of Pleasant Point recently made a Facebook post that has gone viral.

On Dec. 27, Miliano came across something that he could not believe. While out on the ocean on his fishing boat, "Aptuamkon,” the Passamaquoddy word for sea serpent, he discovered his late brother’s health care card.

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Newcomers and veterans alike drawn to Stage East’s ‘Wonderful Life’

by Lauren Koss

With a swift rehearsal period of just one month, and only Saturday afternoons for the first three weeks, Stage East’s It’s A Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play was a chance for a group of 20 performers to participate, without a production’s usual staggering time commitment, in a crowd-pleasing holiday tale. Several of the cast were new to the stage, including Don Bailey, who played the villain of the piece—Henry F. Potter—as well as the angel, Joseph, and several other small roles, and helped with the sound effects.

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MSB bids CFO Reynolds a fond farewell

by Sarah Craighead Dedmon

After attending plenty of celebrations during his 33-year career, Machias Savings Bank Chief Financial Officer and Executive Vice President Donny Reynolds attended his own retirement party on Saturday, Jan. 4 where fellow board members and MSB coworkers recalled a career filled with kindness, integrity, and fond friendships.

“There is nobody I respect more,” said former MSB President and Board Chairman Ed Hennessey, who hired Reynolds 33 years ago. “Donny Reynolds brought credibility to everybody he dealt with.”

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Welcome Initiative works to draw new workforce, residents Downeast

by Tanya Rucosky

Mano en Mano and Sunrise County Economic Council (SCEC) are partnering to grow the year-round workforce in Washington County by building affordable housing for seasonal workers through their new Welcome Initiative. “When you look at the big picture demographics,” said Charles Rudelitch, SCEC’s Executive Director, “we see the population of Washington County, and particularly the workforce going down.”

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Skidgel family thanks community for ‘overwhelming support’ after loss

by Sarah Craighead Dedmon

Speaking on behalf of her entire family, Angela Skidgel said she was “forever grateful” for the outpouring of support, sympathy and kindness showered on them after the deaths of her grandfather Darold Ames and son Gavin Skidgel in a car accident that took place on Friday, Jan. 3.

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Healthcare top priority in Augusta as consumers struggle

by Ruth Leubecker

Dominating the legislative agenda even as nonpolitical leaders strive to make a bigger difference, healthcare in Maine still remains an out-of-reach necessity for many.

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Machias Food Pantry makes plans for the future

by Sarah Craighead Dedmon

The numbers are bleak: One in six Maine seniors don’t have enough to eat; one in five Maine children go hungry, and 37 percent of Maine’s food-insecure population does not qualify for public assistance. The numbers also hit close to home. Since she began volunteering in 2017, Machias Food Pantry Director Eunice Mommens has seen a significant increase in the number of clientele using the pantry’s services.

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Downeast Wind TIF hearing draws crowds to county courthouse

by Sarah Craighead Dedmon

Washington County Commissioner Chris Gardner opened a public hearing last week explaining what the hearing was — and was not — for.

“I understand the large number of people in this room tonight is because there are some strong feelings on this subject. I want to make it clear that the commissioners are not the committee of jurisdiction for approving or disapproving this project,” said Gardner. “It’s approved or disapproved by the DEP and the LUPC.”

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Machias talks police department, airport bids and special meeting

by Sarah Craighead Dedmon

At their first meeting of the new year, the Machias Board of Selectmen heard from Machias Police Chief Todd Hand who was hired last year and this month assumed the role full-time. Hand’s background includes 25 years in Florida law enforcement, as well as several years teaching at Florida State Law Enforcement Academy, Saint Leo University, and Unity College.

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Eagles dying from lead bullets — without being shot

by Jayna Smith

Avian Haven (avianhaven.org), located in Freedom, is a rehabilitation center dedicated to the return of injured and orphaned wild birds to their natural roles in the wild.  Last week, the center admitted two bald eagles from two separate areas, each experiencing symptoms due to lead poisoning.  Unfortunately, one of the birds did not survive.

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My brother David

by Wayne Smith

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Hudson Museum highlights shell heaps containing Wabanaki, environmental history

For generations, indigenous Wabanaki people hunted, caught fish, and harvested clams and oysters along the coast of what’s now called Maine. And they left behind middens — heaps of shells — that sometimes contain tools, ceramic shards and bones of animals.

Alice Kelley and Bonnie Newsom are in a race against time and tides to document the cultural and paleoenvironmental information contained in the shell heaps before they’re swept out to sea.

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Ray Reynolds

August 19, 1931 - December 1, 2019

 

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