Roads slide into further disrepair as costs rise sharply

by Ruth Leubecker

As Maine’s embattled highways continue in a holding pattern for repairs, it becomes glaringly obvious that such a mode of operation is no longer sustainable.
The Blue Ribbon Commission to Study and Recommend Funding Solutions for the State’s Transportation System is as wordy and challenging as its mission. Rep. Tom Martin (R-Greene) who sponsored the bill to create the commission reinforces that statement.

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Local professor’s lawsuit on appeal to US Supreme Court

by Sarah Craighead Dedmon

A case originally filed in Maine is on appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court.

University of Maine at Machias Professor Jonathan Reisman is the plaintiff in Reisman v. Associated Faculties of the University of Maine (AFUM), et al, the union which represents all faculty members in the state university system. The University of Maine at Machias, Board of Trustees of the University of Maine, and the state of Maine are also parties to the suit.  

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DMR lottery opens lucrative elver fishery

by Sarah Craighead Dedmon

The Maine Department of Marine Resources (DMR) last week announced it would be conducting a lottery to award nine licenses into the lucrative elver fishery. Authorized by the legislature in 2017, the lottery will take the fishery to its legal limit of 425 licenses statewide. The lottery opened for entries on Jan. 16 and will close at 4:30 p.m. on Feb. 21.

The nine available licenses are the result of licenses that were not renewed in 2018 and 2019.

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MaineCF grants available for Washington County nonprofits

Nonprofit and public organizations seeking funding for projects that strengthen communities are encouraged to apply to the Maine Community Foundation’s Community Building Grant Program.

A volunteer committee of Washington County residents and community leaders reviews grants and makes recommendations for funding. The deadline for applying is February 15, 2020. Application, guidelines, and a list of 2019 grants are available at www.mainecf.org.

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Richard Stacey, live and unplugged

by Wayne Smith

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Whitneyville Library News

Winter has finally settled in as the Friends of the Library are getting ready for their Valentine's candy sale.  It will be chocolate and baked goods on Friday, Feb. 7 and Saturday, Feb. 8 at the library. If you are looking for something special to get your sweetie or loved one, how about some homemade candies.  Our regular chocolates as well as caramels, needhams, peppermint patties and peanut butter balls will also be for sale along with some baked goods.

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Bold Coast Yoga School opens for applications

Samantha Williams, owner of Bold Coast Yoga, is pleased to announce she will offer two yoga teacher training programs, a 200-hour and 300-hour course, beginning in April at West Quoddy Station in Lubec. The 200-hour training program is for those who want to become yoga teachers or learn more about yoga, while the 300-hour training is for those who have already completed the 200-hour level training. Participants will be guided through a wide range of yoga-focused topics including anatomy, alignment, teaching techniques and methodology, and yogic philosophy.

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CCLC is now Cobscook Institute

Cobscook Community Learning Center (CCLC) in Trescott was created more than 20 years ago to find ways to improve life in the rural region of Downeast Maine. As the organization grew and matured, it developed into something far more than a community learning center, and they believe their name should reflect that. So effective January 15, CCLC is changing its name to Cobscook Institute.

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The Nature of Phenology: Snowflake formation

by Joseph Horn

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Ray Reynolds

August 19, 1931 - December 1, 2019

 

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