Unanimous Judiciary vote pushes disputed DA bill forward

by Ruth Leubecker

Better access to justice in Washington County, says Rep. Will Tuell, means Downeast Mane needs two district attorneys.

A years-long debate has hinged on the issue that Washington and Hancock counties, having long shared a DA, now each need their own. “I’m thrilled with the support,” says Tuell, sponsor of LD 272, An Act to Establish Separate Prosecutorial Districts in Downeast Maine. “We  could elect our own district attorney in November 2022.”

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Santa’s Helpers Program receives donation from Red Knights Charity Ride

by Jayna Smith

Downtown Calais rumbled loudly on Saturday morning when the Red Knights Maine Chapter 5 motorcycle club hosted a ride in memory of Blaine McLaughlin.  

The ride saw around 50 bikes and nearly ten other vehicles that took off from Papa’s Auto on Main Street in Calais.  The group made its way down Route 9, across the Cooper Road to 191.  From there, they proceeded to Pembroke via 214 and back along Route 1 to Papa’s Auto.

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Peabody Memorial Library art auction, book sale, fish tasting

by Nancy Beal

Jonesport’s Peabody Memorial Library is full of artwork these days, all part of a silent bidding auction from now through July 17. The subjects range from the traditional boat and shore scenes that this seaside area traditionally inspires through illustrated mottoes to a couple of abstracts. They are the product of Laura Fish’s art students at Beals Elementary School, professional painters who live in the area, and six posthumous panels done in decoupage.

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Green Energy Policy Meets TANSTAAFL

by Jonathan Reisman

 

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Workshop series, youth arts camp announced

EAC is thrilled to announce our Summer Workshop Series, to be offered June 29 through August 17 at the center, in accordance with CDC guidelines for safe gatherings. In addition to the center’s usual Tuesday afternoon offerings, there will be a special Sunday afternoon workshop in late July, and a four-day Summer Arts Camp for youth.

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Maine Community Foundation donates $10,000 to Incredible Edible Milbridge

Women for Healthy Rural Living (WHRL) has been awarded a $10,000 grant from the Maine Community Foundation for their Incredible Edible Milbridge project.

“Support from the Maine Community Foundation translates to expanded food production for the 2021 growing season.  This means we can feed more of our neighbors,” said WHRL executive director Christine Kuhni. “The gardens have become a point of pride for local residents, providing food, educational experiences, and a sense of community.”

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Joe Piscadlo selected as 2021 Norman W. Duzen Community Service Award recipient

The Washington County Extension Association will hold its annual meeting virtually, featuring the Norman W. Duzen Community Service Award, on Tuesday, June 22, beginning at 6 p.m.  

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The Nature of Phenology: Buttercups

by Hazel Stark

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Jane Ellen (Magner) Kamm

Jane Ellen (Magner) Kamm
August 23rd, 1940 - May 20th, 2021

 

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Beals moratorium puts halt to windmills

by Nancy Beal

In a special town meeting preceded by a public meeting May 25, Beals voters adopted a six-month moratorium on the erection of windmills, during which time town officials will draft a windmill ordinance to present to the town for approval. Another measure called for an outright ban on windmills on the two linked islands that house the town’s living quarters—Great Wass and Beals Island (the latter of which some in the audience were surprised to see identified on the meeting warrant as “Little Wass”).

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