Columbia Falls lobsterman releases 2nd children’s book, ‘Chasing the Tide’

by Sarah Craighead Dedmon

A recent career change led Kelly Hinkle back to fishing with his father and once last year’s traps were put away for the winter, Hinkle found time to return to his childhood love of writing. This March, he published his first children’s book, inspired by his son and his love of Downeast Maine. Hinkle listed Maddox the Moose on Amazon, expecting one or two copies to sell the first day.

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Expanding broadband still a frustrating distant future goal

by Ruth Leubecker

“None of the money is actually in our bank account yet,” says Peggy Schaffer, in what could be the broadband understatement of the year.

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Busy days ahead in Jonesport, Beals

by Nancy Beal

A busy eight days lies ahead for residents of Jonesport and Beals, as principals of the aerospace company Blushift return to meet with the public, an area vote on its project is held, and school boards act on rules for sports during the pandemic and non-school use of the three area schools.

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Wesley’s Tree Festival returns to Machias this weekend

by Sarah Craighead Dedmon

The Wesley Foundation will repeat its highly-anticipated Wesley’s Tree Festival this weekend starting on Friday, Dec. 3. This year’s event will showcase roughly 35 decorated trees, and will be held at the Pellon Center in Machias.

The foundation exists to serve area youth in honor of Wesley Keeton, who passed away in 2013 at the age of four. Keeton lived in East Machias.

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FOCB mobilizes support for mine regulation in Pembroke

Friends of Cobscook Bay (FOCB), a recently-formed Maine nonprofit based in Pembroke, has collected 220 signatures from Pembroke voters signing a letter supporting metallic mine regulation by the Town. Another 22 part-time residents also signed the letter, as well as 74 residents of neighboring towns. The letter was presented to the Pembroke select board at their regular meeting on Monday Nov. 22 by the FOCB board of directors. 

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Notes on Thanksgiving in New Orleans

by Jonathan Reisman

 

Vitality, Decay and Decadence 

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It’s the trot of the town!

by Amy Dowley

What a spectacular morning to gather together for the Roque Bluffs Turkey Trot! We had a great turn-out with nearly 40 participants, plus a number of four-legged friends, and lots of cheerleaders.  We raised the most funds to date, $620 for the Roque Bluffs Community Center’s (RBCC)  Education Fund.

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The Nature of Phenology: First snowfall

by Joseph Horn

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Machias teacher named Maine Financial Educator of the Year

by Sarah Craighead Dedmon

The Maine Jump$tart Coalition has named Caitlyn Roy the 2021-22 Financial Educator of the Year. Roy teaches fifth grade at Rose M. Gaffney Elementary School in Machias, where no one is surprised Roy was chosen for this honor.

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Moosabeckers wary of rocket company

by Nancy Beal

Personnel from the small Maine company that aspires to launch little rockets from an outer island near the boundary between Beals and Jonesport was back in town last week, hosting another public meeting. It was the second of such meetings  (see MVNO Nov. 3, 2021). In between was an outpouring of opposition voiced to Jonesport selectmen (see MVNO Nov. 17, 2021), so word had gotten around in the towns straddling Moosabec Reach that rockets could be coming, and upward of 70 people showed up for the November 18 session in the high school gym.

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