1. Outrage update II

    by Jonathan Reisman

     

    King Responds

    Senator Angus King voted to confirm eco-terrorist and tree spiking apologist Tracy Stone-Manning as director of the Bureau of Land Management, where the former Earth Firster will oversee the stewardship of millions of acres of public land. King also chose to vigorously defend Ms. Manning in committee, and to belittle the concerns of those who opposed her.  On Oct 1, I wrote the following the Senator King:

    Subject: Voting for an Eco-Terrorist is a Betrayal

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  2. Julia Lane and Fred Gosbee to perform ‘Bygone Ballads of Maine’ Nov. 16

    On Tuesday, Nov. 16, starting at 6 p.m. on Zoom, the Pembroke Historical Society will sponsor a an exceptional evening of musical performance, poetic beauty, seafaring and shore folklife, and song collecting and book editing, featuring Julia Lane and Fred Gosbee, in what PHS Program Coordinator, Dr.

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  3. The Nature of Phenology: Togue spawning

    by Joseph Horn

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  4. Addison man captured after overnight manhunt

    by Sarah Craighead Dedmon

    Chad Sands, 34, of Addison, has been captured and taken to Washington County jail after leading local law enforcement on an overnight manhunt that ended after dawn when Sands was captured in Columbia.

    According to Washington County Chief Deputy Michael Crabtree, deputies were dispatched at 4:15 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 27, after a woman reported a domestic dispute in Addison.

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  5. To save the bats, Cub Scouts build houses for local nature preserves

    by Sarah Craighead Dedmon

    With a helping hand from Hammond Lumber, the Bear Den of Cub Scouts Pack 125 recently constructed brand new bat houses to be installed in local nature preserves. Cub Scout Lucas Johnson, 8, said the idea for the boxes came to him after reading a school library book. His mother and den leader, Shannon Johnson, suggested they turn it into a scout project.

    Lucas is happy with the results.

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  6. Could legislative redistricting eventually take a senator from us?

    by Ruth Leubecker

    “We have a lot of land now. Just not a lot of people,” said Rep. Anne Perry, who sat on the redistricting apportionment commission, and totally supports the outcome. “If you really look at the map it’s understandable, but it’s still really going to hurt us.”

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  7. Florida woman seeks answers to alleged family murder mystery

    by Jayna Smith

    Kelly Bartlett grew up believing her grandparents Herbert and Olive (McLean) Bacon of the Calais area had been shot and killed on October 31, 1947. The alleged incident occurred in Kellyland, near Baileyville. Bartlett’s mother Jean, daughter of Herbert and Olive, was only six years old at the time of their unfortunate deaths.

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  8. County’s EMS ‘crisis’ subject of emergency meeting

    by Sarah Craighead Dedmon

    Representatives from every county ambulance service last week attended an emergency meeting of the Washington County Commissioners to voice concerns over dwindling personnel counts following the deadline of a state vaccine mandate for health care personnel. 

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  9. Kingfish Maine goes before Jonesport planning board

    by Nancy Beal

    Nearly two years ago, a company in the Netherlands that grows what it has branded “Dutch yellowtail” sent its top executives and scientists to a public meeting in Jonesport’s library to tell the town that they wanted to build a $100 million land-based fish farm on Chandler Bay on 93 acres north of the town’s largest cemetery. The meeting concluded with all arms raised in a show of hands of those who supported the project.

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  10. Outrage update

    by Jonathan Reisman

     

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  11. Need a reason to celebrate? Get batty for bats this month

    by Jayna Smith

    Bats are often thought of as part of Halloween scares, but they are much more than an image representing the eerie night. Each October, bats are recognized as part of Bat Appreciation Month. 

    The winged mammals likely got their unfavorable reputation way back in 1897 with Bram Stoker’s Dracula novel, and although vampire bats, whose food source is blood, are indeed a real thing, those types of bats don’t live in Maine. 

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  12. County COVID-19 Update: No services to be cut, says Machias hospital

    By Sarah Craighead Dedmon

    As the state moves toward the Oct. 29 deadline for vaccine compliance in health care facilities, Down East Community Hospital in Machias says it does not anticipate cutting any lines of service.

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  13. The Nature of Phenology: Witch’s butter

    by Hazel Stark

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  14. Downeast first responders praised after ambulance mishap

     

    by Sarah Craighead Dedmon

    One of LifeFlight Maine’s three helicopters departed East Machias yesterday, Thursday, Oct. 21, after spending four days on the grounds of Washington Academy. LifeFlight helicopter N901EM was damaged in a minor mishap with a Machias ambulance early Monday morning when the emergency air transport service came to collect a patient after a serious car accident in Whiting.

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  15. Mercier hired to lead Machias PD

    by Sarah Craighead Dedmon

    The town of Machias has hired veteran police officer Keith Mercier to be the new chief of the Machias Police Department, a post that has been vacant since July 18. Mercier will assume his new position on Nov. 1.

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  16. Local man saves cat shot by arrow

    by Sarah Craighead Dedmon

    For weeks, Troy Quimby noticed an orange cat hanging around his property in East Machias. The cat seemed at ease and knew when Quimby’s dogs were kenneled so he could move safely around the yard. Then one Sunday morning, Quimby spotted the cat just lying in his garden.

    “It looked like it was trying to get warm, I walked over and wondered what was sticking out from his arm,” said Quimby. “Then I realized the cat had something impaled in it.”

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  17. Federal judge rules for lobstermen; whale-related fishing ban on hold

    by Nancy Beal

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  18. 149:3 Studios gears up for grand opening in East Machias

    by Natalie Boomer

    A woman from northern Maine has recently moved Downeast and has noticed there is something missing in the area. 

    Hannah Toothaker is opening a dance studio for children in East Machias!

    “It will be small, privately hosted dance classes owned and operated by myself and I will rent space from a local church,” she said. 

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  19. As deadline nears, health care vaccination rates rise Downeast

    by Sarah Craighead Dedmon

    COVID-19 vaccination rates among Maine health care workers rose rapidly in September according to data released last week by the Maine Department of Health and Human Services. Statewide, hospital vaccination rates climbed to an average of 91.6 percent. Rates also rose by more than 10 percent for assisted housing facilities and intermediate care facilities. 

    Workers have until Oct. 29 to comply with the mandate.

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  20. Question one: none of the above please, and a pox on all your houses

    by Jonathan Reisman

     

    “Do you want to ban the construction of high-impact electric transmission lines in the Upper Kennebec Region and to require the Legislature to approve all other such projects anywhere in Maine, both retroactively to 2020, and to require the Legislature, retroactively to 2014, to approve by a two-thirds vote such projects using public land?”- Question one on the November Ballot.

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  21. Workshop to explore acrylic paints and mediums

    Artist Anne Black will lead a workshop, Joy of Acrylics, from 1-4 pm, Saturday, October 30, at Eastport Arts Center. Black will take attendees on an exhilarating journey into the magic world of acrylic paints and mediums. “We will explore the incredible versatility of these materials with quick, playful warm-up pieces,” notes Black, who will then guide participants in creating a series of three small paintings using different techniques and combinations of acrylics and mixed media materials.

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  22. The Nature of Phenology: Juncos

    by Hazel Stark

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  23. Machias hospital speaks to recent diversions: 'Ambulances are not turned away."

    by Sarah Craighead Dedmon

    Down East Community hospital today provided clarification on recent ambulance diversions from its Machias emergency department, which took place over the weekend and ended midday Monday. There is a lot of confusion around the diversion status, said the hospital.

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  24. LifeFlight helicopter grounded after incident with Machias ambulance

    A Maine LifeFlight helicopter is on the ground in East Machias after an early morning incident involving the Machias Ambulance Service. After midnight on Monday, Oct. 18, LifeFlight landed at Washington Academy in order to collect a patient. 

    According to LifeFlight Executive Director Thomas Judge, their helicopter was then damaged due to “simple human error.”

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  25. Interview: LePage brings the campaign trail to Machias

    by Sarah Craighead Dedmon

    Former Governor Paul LePage spent last Thursday driving the campaign trail through Washington County, stopping at Wreaths Across America, Whitney Wreath, the Bluebird Family Ranch Restaurant, and Helen’s Restaurant, finally ending his day in an evening meet-and-greet at the Calais Motor Inn. 

    LePage served as governor from 2011-2019 and in July formally announced his candidacy for a third term, last month hosting a kickoff event in Augusta. 

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  26. UMM unveils new, blue branding

    by Hailey Wood

    Last Wednesday,  Oct. 6, the University of Maine at Machias held its first rebranding event, where it was announced UMM’s traditional green color will be changed to blue and the school will adopt the UMaine black bear as the Machias mascot.  

    Faculty, staff, and students were invited to join each other on the UMM mall for a barbecue with food, free t-shirts with UMaine colors they’ll share starting next fall, and an opportunity to see a special visitor, UMaine mascot Bananas the Black Bear.

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  27. Local cross country moment warms hearts nationwide

    by Sarah Craighead Dedmon

    A quiet gesture of respect between two high school runners has gone viral in the best possible way. After watching Orono high school athlete Ruth White present her 1st place medal to Washington Academy senior Noah Carver, Cindy Moore-Rossi says she wiped a tear from her eye. Then, she wrote a post that has been shared coast to coast more than 200 times, by individuals and by news agencies.

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  28. Moosabec school boards consider workplace bullying policy

    by Nancy Beal

    At Jonesport and Beals Elementary School board meetings last week (Oct. 6), Superintendent Lewis Collins presented each three-person panel with a workplace bullying policy — separate and in addition to a previously approved student bullying protocol — made necessary, he explained, by a new state law. The nine-member board governing Jonesport-Beals High School will take up the matter at its meeting this week (5 p.m., Wednesday, Oct. 13 in the high school library).

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  29. Shah: COVID shots ‘biggest bang for the public buck’

    by Ruth Leubecker

    Reporting 29 deaths and 836 new cases, Dr. Nirav Shah also announced that Maine had reached the milestone of one million people now at least with one COVID shot.

    The occasion was his weekly Wednesday briefing. The message was “get the shot.” And a footnote: as of October 1, Maine had had 4,167 breakthrough cases.

    “It’s very different from a year ago, explained Shah, Maine’s CDC director. “We could call it COVID-21. It’s much more contagious than COVID-19, more transmissible, and there are fewer outbreaks.”

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  30. Washington County COVID-19 update: cases decline, schools adapting to outbreaks

    by Sarah Craighead Dedmon

    Following a nationwide trend, new case counts Downeast declined last week, down to 126 from 170 the week prior, making last week the second-highest case count since the beginning of the pandemic. There are no new hospitalizations or deaths reported, leaving those totals at 51 and 20 respectively. 

    The U.S. Center for Disease Control and Prevention still considers all of Maine to be in a state of high transmission, and advises universal indoor masking regardless of vaccination status. 

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  31. Moosabec planners to meet

    by Nancy Beal

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  32. This week’s outrages

    by Jonathan Reisman

     

    There are usually a couple of stories every week that raise my blood pressure and result in dark thoughts and angry mumbles. Here is a recent sampling:

    Angus King votes to confirm eco-terrorist and tree spiking apologist Tracy Stone-Manning as the director of the Bureau of Land Management, charged with the stewardship of millions of acres of public land. Ms. Manning was approved 50-45, with nary a Republican vote, including Senator Collins, who can usually be counted on to support the environmental left.

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  33. Stage East performs 30 plays in 60 minutes

    Stage East opens their 30th anniversary season on Oct. 15 with 30 plays—or rather, with 30 Neo-futurist Plays from Too Much Light Makes the Baby Go Blind (30 Plays in 60 Minutes) by Greg Allen. This show originally ran in Chicago for 30 years and has been chosen by Mark Macey as the first play of his inaugural season as Artistic Director. “The interminable title aside, it’s a fun, funky, fast-paced show. If you’re looking for something entertaining and lively, this is it,” says Macey.

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  34. The Nature of Phenology: Cotton-grass

    by Hazel Stark

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  35. County approves pay increases

    by Sarah Craighead Dedmon

    Washington County Commissioner Chairman Chris Gardner says union employees of the county will receive a 20 percent pay increase over the next three years, roughly broken out to 10 percent the first year, and five percent for each of the following two years.

    Gardner says the pay increases were done in negotiation with the unions that represent different aspects of county government and in response to the county’s lagging pay rates, especially relative to wage inflation. For instance, an entry-level dispatcher can earn $17 per hour.

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  36. State applies for windfarm permit, Maine lobstering union files lawsuit

    by Nancy Beal

    A non-commercial research windfarm in 15 square miles of the Gulf of Maine due south of Monhegan Island and east of Kennebunkport is the objective of an application that the Maine Governor’s Energy Office (GEO) submitted last week to the federal Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM). It is the first step in one of Gov. Janet Mills’ signature policy initiatives: bringing Maine to a position to require 100 percent renewable energy use by the year 2050.

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  37. Nursing homes follow the money in survival struggle

    by Ruth Leubecker

    Maine’s fast-moving aging demographic is now dealing with a nursing-home crisis moving mightily in the opposite direction.

    “We’re working on this piece by piece,” explains Rep, Anne Perry, of current legislative action. “But the main problem is MaineCare pays for it. And MaineCare, paying 90 percent-plus, is not sustainable (with its present reimbursements).” 

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  38. Board talks Machias dike, police chief, lack of veterinarians

    by Sarah Craighead Dedmon

    What goes on top of the future Machias dike was the first subject of discussion at the Sept. 29 meeting of the Machias Board of Selectmen. Maine Department of Transportation (DOT) Project Manager Martin Rooney traveled from Augusta to speak to the board and was introduced by town manager Bill Kitchen.

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  39. Washington County COVID-19 update: Local cases surge, national cases decline

    by Sarah Craighead Dedmon

    Washington County last week nearly doubled its record for weekly cases since the beginning of the pandemic. The previous high of 88 cases was reported in the week ending Sept. 18, and the week ending Oct. 2 reported 170 new cases. Maine Center for Disease Control Director Nirav Shah attributes a statewide increase in cases to the highly contagious Delta variant.

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  40. Federal funding puts Calais one step closer to new senior housing

    by Jayna Smith

    “It’s a win for Calais,” said Tom Michaud, executive director of Sunrise Opportunities, speaking of the plans for a complete overhaul and reimplementation of senior housing at the former St. Croix Apartments building. 

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  41. Redistricting: The Gerry Meander

    by Jonathan Reisman

     

    We live (at least for now) in a republic- a representative democracy. By constitutional, statutory and judicial decree, representation should be apportioned fairly and equitably amongst and within the states, and citizens are guaranteed a republican (meaning representative democracy) form of government. Every ten years the census measures our population, and redistricting efforts commence thereafter in each state to supposedly assure a fair, equitable, compact, contiguous and reasonable reapportionment. 

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  42. A trip down south

    by Wayne Smith

    I have so many fond memories when I visit my nieces and nephews down in Brunswick. It’s always a good time, sharing conversation, reflecting on the past and present times. Reflecting on life in general. The times of telling that funny joke. The times I went to their school functions. This article is dear to me and it sums up what good times that I want to share with the readers.

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  43. Shortage of workers in the state results from COVID-19, plus an aging population

    by Gordon L. Weil - Maine Monitor

    Help wanted.

    These words are usually a sign of prosperity and opportunity. Now they are a symbol of frustration as employers search in vain for workers. 

    The conventional wisdom had been that when COVID-19 cases went down, so would unemployment. Some maintained that federal unemployment benefits were discouraging people from job seeking, but that would change once the benefits ended.

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  44. The Nature of Phenology: Those tropical trees

    by Joseph Horn

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  45. Kitchen accepts town manager position: ‘This is the time for Machias’

    by Sarah Craighead Dedmon

    Bill Kitchen says he was delighted to accept the position of Machias Town Manager when it was offered to him last week. Kitchen was hired after a Sept. 22 meeting of the town’s eight-person search committee, which reviewed 12 applicants and voted unanimously in his favor. 

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