Machias native Christi Holmes revels in her passion for the outdoor life

by Ruth Leubecker

From Costa Rica to Gray and all points in between, Christi Holmes has remained a Machias girl, born and bred.

“Growing up Downeast, there was never much to do, so it seemed like a natural progression,” explains Holmes of her innate propensity for all things outdoors. “After college I wanted to understand and see where my food came from, so I suppose that became part of (my interest in) hunting and fishing.”

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Downeast Cornhole League brings hot game to Washington County

by Sarah Craighead Dedmon

Note: This is the first in a series of stories on the games we play Downeast. Know of a Washington County league or club that’s having fun? Send us the details to [email protected].

Ryan Currier found his way to cornhole by way of a similar game called washers. Both are played by tossing something, either a washer or a bag, into a hole or holes on a board.

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Machias Chief Mercier pleased with PD progress

by Sarah Craighead Dedmon

When Keith Mercier accepted the position of Machias Police Chief, he knew he would need to jump into rebuilding mode. Every position in the four-man PD was vacant at the time, making hiring his top priority.

In the two-plus months since his Nov. 1 start date, Mercier says he’s pleased with the department’s staffing progress. Two out of the three vacant officer positions have been filled, with the remaining slot likely to be filled by April.

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Jonesport fish farm holds (another) public meeting; Moosebeckers split on support for Kingfish

by Nancy Beal

By rough count, January 17 was the sixth time that principals from Kingfish Maine, a Dutch-owned company that seeks to replicate its Netherlands yellowtail operation with a land-based fish farm in Jonesport, had faced the public to explain their operation. It was held in the firehouse, a cavernous building where the 60-or-so who came to listen and speak could sit socially distanced in the second winter of Covid 19.

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JES again takes part in WinterKids

by Nancy Beal

For the third time, Jonesport Elementary School is participating in WinterKids, a nation-wide four-week program designed to encourage students and their families to learn healthy habits and enjoy outdoor winter activities. JES is one of 22 Maine schools—four in Washington County, including Cherryfield Elementary — that are taking part. Besides enjoying the fun, schools compete for money prizes, including a grand prize of $10,000.

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The storied career of MVNO journalist Ruth Leubecker

by Sarah Craighead Dedmon

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The storied career of MVNO journalist Ruth Leubecker

by Sarah Craighead Dedmon

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Passing the torch

by Rep. Will Tuell

For the past eight years, I have done my best to serve much of coastal Washington County in the Maine House of Representatives. While there have certainly been ups and downs, successes and defeats, I am honored that so many of you have entrusted me with your support along the way. I love the Maine Legislature and have enjoyed serving there. 

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Virtue signaling follies

by Jonathan Reisman

 

A great deal of resources, freedom and integrity are sacrificed daily in support of policies that advertise moral superiority but accomplish little or nothing promoting their supposed goals and, in fact, are often counterproductive. Climate change, Covid and assorted Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) mandates all offer excellent examples of authoritarian moral preening that damages the country without actually averting any global warming, infections, or racial animus.

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EAC Sunday Series welcomes Navy ships, visits 18th c.

EAC’s Sunday Afternoons at the Arts Center series will continue on Sunday, Feb. 6 at 3 p.m., when Captain Bob Peacock gives attendees a glimpse into what it takes to bring a Navy ship to Eastport, with a special eye to past and future Fourth of July celebrations. “This year we have several ships that wish to come for the Fourth of July, with officers and crews that were here previously for the 4th on other ships,” noted Peacock. “The commanding officers had such a great experience as junior officers they wish to return.

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