Jonesport approves $670k, some elected offices

by Nancy Beal

Jonesporters held their annual town meeting March 9, electing the people who will run the town for the next fiscal year (July 2020 through June 2021) and authorizing the money to do it with. In addition to the usual expenditures, approximately 80 persons raised $20,000 as the town’s share of a $66,000 stream crossing grant to rebuild the little overpass on the Kelley Point Road near Route 187 where Stillman’s Creek empties into Sawyer’s Cove, making the total raised $669,398.

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Washington County Coronavirus updates

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Will fish farm propel $12M power line upgrade for Jonesport?

by Nancy Beal

In an unusual reversal in the practice of awarding grants, the town of Jonesport has been invited to apply for a $1,000,000 infrastructure grant. That was the word that Bill MacDonald, the new executive director of the Washington County Council of Governments (WCCOG) brought to Jonesport selectmen recently — first via email on the last day of January, then in person on Feb. 5.

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Jonesport to consider appointed assessors, treasurer/clerk/tax collector

by Nancy Beal

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Jonesport, Columbia Falls reject PRSWDD withdrawal offer

by Nancy Beal

At their February 19 meeting, Jonesport selectmen agreed to a draft email proposed by their Bangor attorney, Kate Grossman, to be sent to Portland attorney, Robert Stevens, who represents the Pleasant River Solid Waste Disposal District (PRSWDD). The draft was the response that Jonesport and Columbia Falls would send to the district following the district’s response to the towns’ withdrawal proposal. For nearly a year, Jonesport and Columbia Falls have been in the process of leaving PRSWDD and Grossman has been representing them together.

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Jonesport fish farmers hold workshop on recirculating water system

by Nancy Beal

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Hit me with your best shot: Jonesport-Beals basketball

by Wayne Smith

The second part of the story of the Jonesport-Beals Royals basketball team features senior Kaiden Crowley, the point guard, and senior Ryan Alley, a guard/forward, as they talk about what it takes to be a basketball player for the Royals. They discussed what it takes to be on top and how they might want it to end, the stories of success in the past, and what kinds of things make this team special.

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PRSWDD, Jonesport, Columbia Falls at odds over withdrawal agreement

by Nancy Beal

At the February 5 selectmen’s meeting in Jonesport, Harry Fish reported to his colleagues the latest development in their town’s year-long effort to withdraw from the Pleasant River Solid Waste Disposal District (PRSWDD). In addition to being a selectman, Fish is Jonesport’s representative to PRSWDD’s board of directors, and he was clearly displeased as he delivered the news from the town’s attorney to his colleagues that carried price tag nearly five times what Jonesport had anticipated.

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Jonesport fish farmers to hold sessions on water system

by Nancy Beal

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Dutch fish farmers mingle with Jonesporters

by Nancy Beal

Kingfish Zeeland, the Dutch company that aspires to build a $100 million land-based fish farm in Jonesport on 95 acres of waterfront on Chandler Bay and employ up to 70 local laborers, wants to be a good neighbor. Aware of the difficulties that similar ventures have encountered elsewhere on the Maine coast (read Belfast and Bucksport), Kingfish Zeeland’s managers have gone out of their way to extend an olive branch to the folks whose community their project would dramatically alter.

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