2nd CD, RCV and me

by Jonathan Reisman

Three Republicans are vying for the GOP nomination to challenge Rep. Jared Golden in Maine’s Second Congressional District. The District has been represented by Olympia Snowe (R, 16 years), John Baldacci (D, eight years), Mike Michaud (R, 12 years), Bruce Poliquin (R,  four years) and Golden (D,  two years). The District voted for President Trump and against ranked-choice voting in 2016.  In 2018, ranked-choice voting installed Rep. Golden despite Rep. Poliquin’s initial plurality. In other words, votes from the 1st Congressional District in 2016 determined who “won” the 2nd Congressional District in 2018. The League of Women Voters call it “Democracy”; I call it colonialism. I would remind the LWV that we supposedly live in a Republic, not a democracy, and for good reason, but it would just be a waste of time.

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Incredible Edible grows again with greenhouse donation

by Sarah Craighead Dedmon

Free, pick-your-own summer veggies will soon be available in spring and autumn, too, thanks to a five-figure donation to Incredible Edible Milbridge.

A 16-by-24 foot greenhouse will be constructed behind Women for Healthy Rural Living’s (WHRL) new Main Street location, thanks to a donation from Wyman’s, the nationally-known berry company headquartered in Milbridge. An anonymous donor working with the Maine Community Foundation has given money to pay for site preparation, too.

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Popular Beals takeout closes

by Nancy Beal

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Collins, King weigh in on controversial Heroes Act

by Ruth Leubecker

Last week’s phone-calling campaign from area teachers pleaded to Mainers for help in passing the Heroes Act, a $3 trillion relief bill now before the Maine Senate.

Maine’s teachers not only face the uncertainty of schools reopening, but are burdened with funding shortages due to the pandemic and sharing relief dollars with other departments facing deficits.

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Baking with Rebecca’s custom cakes amaze, delight

by Natalie Boomer

Rebecca Robicheau of Wesley has started her very own baking business, Baking with Rebecca, creating custom cakes, cupcakes, cookies, pies, and more.

“I officially launched Baking with Rebecca about six months ago. I have been floored by the amount of feedback and business I have received so far. I am really grateful to my community who has shared my work,” said Robicheau.

Although she hasn’t been in the business very long, she started baking at a very young age and never stopped.

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Countywide Fourth of July parade to honor first responders

by Sarah Craighead Dedmon

A series of Independence Day cancellations led Rep. Will Tuell to wonder if, despite coronavirus restrictions, there might a creative way for Washington County to celebrate the Fourth of July together. The result will be an unprecedented parade that will begin in Steuben and follow Route 1 all the way to Indian Township.

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Budgets approved for Moosabec elementary schools

by Nancy Beal

The towns of Beals and Jonesport held separate, consecutive town meetings June 17 to act on budgets for their respective elementary schools. In both cases, the budgets prepared by Superintendent Lewis Collins and the school committees were accepted by the public.

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Beals town meeting brings forth new faces

by Nancy Beal

A COVID-19-postponed town meeting took place in the Beals Elementary School gymnasium on June 23 with 20 attendees seated six feet apart throughout the room. While there were no significant changes in money matters from last year, three new faces emerged from the election of officers.

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Machias talks clean energy, school custodians and recreation area improvements

by Sarah Craighead Dedmon

Under the ruse of discussing the upcoming election, the Machias Board of Selectmen invited select board candidate Les Haynes to their meeting held June 24. Then, they presented him with a certificate to honor his decades of work in the Machias Ambulance Service, and a gift certificate to Haynes’ favorite campground.

“We really appreciate everything that you’ve done for the town,” said town manager Christina Therrien.

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Out and About in Columbia

by Ronie Strout

 

I have been busy trying out new recipes this week. So far I have made rose petal jelly, pink and red peony jelly, and on top of that, I made a raspberry shrub this week to try. I am enjoying finding what is around me that I can actually use from my yard.

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