Jonesport considers Good Citizen Award

by Nancy Beal

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Jonesport selectmen open bids on tax-acquired properties

 

by Nancy Beal

It was not a clash of towns but a clash of cultures that brought Beals Selectman Louis “Tony” Unger to his feet to speak angrily to Jonesport selectmen last week after losing his bids on a pair of tax-acquired properties. On April 17, the Jonesport panel opened, reviewed and voted to award five properties that had undergone foreclosure due to non-payment of taxes. Unger had bid on two of them but acquired neither.

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PRSWDD to stay open—for now

by Nancy Beal

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Jonesport war memorial, food truck law, IGA repair

 

by Nancy Beal

The site of the original Jonesport-Beals High School on Jonesport’s Main Street is currently being used to store various sizes of crushed granite going into the construction of the new bridge to Beals Island, but from 1968 to 2016 it housed the old brick school building—and a war memorial standing in front of it. Prior to the demolition of the high school, the memorial was moved to the library lawn. Now, some in town want to see its replacement back on the old location.

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Jonesport opts out of PRSWDD by 3-1 margin

 

by Nancy Beal

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Jonesporters lower medical marijuana license fees

 

by Nancy Beal

A dozen Jonesporters braved the cold last week (February 27) to attend a public hearing on a proposed medical marijuana ordinance that will be formally voted upon at next week’s town meeting (March 11). (A description of the ordinance appeared in the MVNO of Feb. 20, 2019.) After an hour of discussion, the only changes proposed and accepted in hand votes were lowering of certain fees and clarification of terms.

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Jonesport-Beals Royals headed to semifinals

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Jonesport to act on medical marijuana ordinance Feb. 27

by Nancy Beal

An ordinance governing the licensing of medical marijuana retail stores, manufacturing and testing facilities will be placed before Jonesporters next week. Starting at 5:30 p.m., Wednesday, February 27, the proposed nine-page ordinance will be aired at a public hearing followed by a vote to accept or reject it. If accepted by a majority of those present and voting, it will become effective immediately. Copies of the proposal are available at the town office, where next week’s hearing and vote will be held.

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Jonesport budget committee readies figures for March 11 town meeting

 

by Nancy Beal

The Jonesport budget committee met January 30 and reviewed selectmen’s recommendations for a 2019-20 budget that totaled $728,961. After an hour’s discussion, the five-person panel added nearly $6,000 to that total. Members of the committee present included Wendy Beal, chair, John Church, Shane Farris, Lois Hubbard and Jane McMichen. Absent for medical reasons were Boyde Crowley and Paul Iossa. Also present were the town’s three selectmen, their office assistant and the town treasurer/tax collector.

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Jonesport writer draws on her heritage, life experience

 

by Nancy Beal

Wendy Newell Dyer, 54, of Jonesport, was taken from her 15-year-old mother at the age of 17 days and placed in foster care. Her early removal from her mother’s arms was the demand of the young mother’s father, and the reason was that the baby’s father was a Native American. Wendy’s foster parents, who were Caucasian, became her adoptive parents. She was raised in their culture, went to public school and college (UMaine-Machias 2003) and married a Jonesport boy. 

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