Maine driver’s licenses won’t fly starting in May 2023

by Sarah Craighead Dedmon

Maine driver’s licenses will still suffice if you want to drive, cash checks, or rent a car, among other ordinary daily uses, after May of next year. But if you're going to fly or enter a secure federal facility, a standard driver’s license won’t cut it starting May 3, 2023. For that, you’ll need a REAL ID or a U.S. passport.

Maine began issuing REAL IDs in 2019 to comply with a new federal law. This year, the federal government announced it would begin enforcing use of the REAL ID starting next spring.

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House fire in Jonesport

by Nancy Beal 

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Machias PD asks public’s help with Bad Little Falls Park vandalism

by Sarah Craighead Dedmon

A power meter recently stolen from Bad Little Falls Park in Machias is just one in a string of vandalism acts that prompted Machias Police Chief Keith Mercier to ask for the public’s help.

“Over the summer months, the Machias Police Department investigated a handful of criminal mischief incidents at Bad Little Falls Park. These incidents took place in the overnight hours,” wrote Mercier. 

The park is supposed to be closed from sunset to sunrise, said Mercier.

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JBHS picks Carver-Kenney to coach girls' varsity basketball

by Nancy Beal 

After enduring a barrage of opposition to its agenda-listed choice for girls' varsity basketball coach on Nov. 9 and hearing strong backing for Kristi Carver-Kenney instead, the Jonesport-Beals High School board tabled action on the position hire that night (see MVNO, Nov. 16). Five days later, a subcommittee of three board members (Adam Merchant, Clifford Norton III, and Rebecca Stanwood) met with Superintendent Lewis Collins and athletic director Mitchell Worcester to review the recommendation.

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Thanksgiving

by Jonathan Reisman

Bitter cynicism is a recipe for heartburn and despair. It is not a healthy state of being, and I have been struggling to find a more positive state of mind in the wake of a very disappointing election for Maine and the nation. It also makes it hard to write a Thanksgiving column, but here goes-

Family and Homestead

I am grateful that my elder son and his partner have returned to Maine. 

I am grateful that my younger son is fighting for his beliefs in the swamp.

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Three-town tour planned for Passamaquoddy Bay Symphony Orchestra

The Passamaquoddy Bay Symphony Orchestra (PBSO) is delighted to announce its three upcoming fall performances: Friday, December 2 at 7 p.m. at the Eastport Arts Center in Eastport; Saturday, December 3 at 3 p.m. at the Centre Street Congregational Church in Machias; and Sunday, December 4 at 2 p.m. at Sunrise Opportunities (formerly Calais Congregational Church) in Calais.

The program includes Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No.1, “Winter Daydreams”, and “The Enchanted Isle,” a colorful suite by American composer Ernst Bacon. The suite, based on Shakespeare’s The

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Local documentary, ‘Hungry Now’ to have regional premiere at UMM Friday, Dec. 2

Following its television premiere on Maine Public Television on Thanksgiving night (9 p.m.), the locally filmed and produced documentary Hungry Now will have its regional premiere at the University of Maine at Machias Performing Arts Center at 7 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 2.

“Hungry Now” brings you direct voices of “the hungry, the homeless, and the helpers” in a series of interviews with kids and adults who seem to walk their whole lives uphill in a nation of wealth and promise. The film aligns with “Voices From the Barrens” in UMaine’s “Right to Food” film series. 

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WA senior wins Chinese language award

Seth Wilcox, a senior at Washington Academy, won the Excellent Chinese Learner award in a Chinese speech performance at the 2022 Maine Chinese Conference at Husson University in Bangor. 

The two-day conference was presented by The Chinese Language and Culture Center of Maine and Bangor Chinese School in collaboration with The Maine Department of Education, the University of Maine, and the City of Bangor on October 28 and 29.  The topics of the conference included Chinese education and culture.

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The Nature of Phenology: Phenology scavenger hunt

by  Hazel Stark

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Democrats hold on to Augusta, but majority votes red Downeast

by Sarah Craighead Dedmon

All but one member of central and eastern Washington County’s Augusta delegation will be a Republican, following the midterm elections held Tuesday, Nov. 8.

Anne Perry, a longtime Democratic representative from Calais, narrowly defeated Republican challenger John Chambers, with 51.52 percent of the vote. Following last year’s redistricting, in January, Perry will represent the new House District 9, which stretches from Eastport to Grand Lake Stream along the county’s eastern edge. 

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