Jonesport takes no action on 2nd Amendment resolution

by Nancy Beal

Earlier this month, Jonesport Selectman Billy Milliken was asked by an out-of-towner to bring a resolution supportive of the Second Amendment before his board. The towns of Steuben and Harrington have already approved such a resolution, he said, which affirms the right of citizens to bear arms.

Harry Fish said he supported the amendment but would not commit to the resolution without the support of the townspeople and suggested that the select board table the motion. “We could be stepping into a quagmire,” he said.

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Jonesport nursing home reborn as assisted living facility

by Nancy Beal

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Jonesport budget readied for voters

by Nancy Beal

The Jonesport budget committee spent 90 minutes with the town’s selectmen January 27, considering their suggestions and preparing a spending plan to put before voters next month. The total came to $767,113 but included $40,000 for rebate on taxes paid early, a discount that has been consistently voted down at town meeting in recent years.

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Proposed Jonesport budget up $88.5k

by Nancy Beal

At their January 20 meeting, Jonesport selectmen completed the requests that they will recommend to the budget committee this week for consideration by the town next March. The grand total is $762,113, an increase of $88,515 over last year’s amount. If voters follow the pattern of late years and choose not to raise $40,000 as rebate for early-paid taxes paid, the increase will be $48,515.

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Basketball back at J-BHS; some remote learners’ parents unhappy

by Nancy Beal

There will be no mid-winter tourney in Bangor to look forward to in 2021 and no gold ball to bring home to a trophy case already full of them, but Royal basketball will return to the gym at Jonesport-Beals High School this week, after the Moosabec CSD board that governs the joint high school voted December 9 to allow the sport for which that school is legendary to go forward.

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Jonesport positive sends Moosabec schools remote

by Nancy Beal

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Jonesport’s Kelly Point Road bridge a go

by Nancy Beal

 On August 19, when Jonesport selectmen opened construction bids on a small bridge that would replace a culvert that shuttles the Stillman Dyer Stream, they were dismayed to learn that the money with which they had planned to finance the project was about $40,000 short of the lowest bid. Hanscom Construction of Machias had bid $69,000 for the project and Carver Construction of Jonesport had bid $116,450.

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Beaches, bridges and bridal bells discussed in Jonesport

by Nancy Beal

The mini-bridge on the Kelley Point Road over Stillman Dyer Brook absorbed selectmen’s attention at their August 26 meeting. The previous week, while opening bids on the placing of a small bridge over the stream that they fear is in danger of washing out the road if either of two beaver dams upstream should fail, Selectmen Dwight Alley and Harry Fish realized that the combined proceeds of a small streams grant ($68,000) and the town’s appropriation ($20,000) was not enough to fund the project.

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Replacement bridge from Jonesport to Beals Island dedicated, celebrated

by Nancy Beal

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Jonesport-Beals boards to vote on school plan

by Nancy Beal

The three schools that make up Union 103—Beals Elementary, Jonesport Elementary, and Jonesport-Beals High School—are preparing to open for in-person instruction next month. Whether students go back to school physically or remotely will be decided at a board meeting scheduled for 5:45 p.m., Wednesday, August 12 in the high school gymnasium. That decision will be based on an 11-page plan that asks and answers how the schools plan to meet the requirements made necessary by the pandemic coronavirus.

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