DECH Nurses Rally Public Support for ‘Safe Staffing’ in Midst of Contract Talks

Nurses Working Since October Without a Contract

 

By Paul Sylvain

Bone-chilling cold on Jan. 27 failed to deter at least 22 nurses and techs employed at Down East Community Hospital in Machias from rallying on the Jeremiah O’Brien Bridge. The nurses have been working without a contract since October and are trying to leverage public support for what they call “safe staffing” levels as part of their new contract. 

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Panthers Move to 12-1 with Thrilling Come-from-Behind Overtime Win over Calais

By Will Tuell

Cavernous, guttural roars swept through the Elm Street School gymnasium Thursday night as the Panther girls’ basketball team, down by 17 points with minutes to play, stormed back to beat Calais 58-57 in overtime, bringing Elm Street to an impressive 12-1 mark with one game to go before the playoffs. 

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Selectmen Renew Starboard Road Eminent Domain Proceedings

Public Hearing set for Feb. 5

 

By Paul Sylvain

For Machiasport’s selectmen, their Jan. 26 meeting must have seemed like deja vu all over again.

For the second time in six weeks, Machiasport’s three-member board, along with town attorney Stephen Wagner of Bangor, met to consider five legal motions aimed at taking by condemnation and eminent domain portions of private property at 1755 and 1759 Port Road in Starboard to build a public access road to the Point of Maine and a pair of islands accessible only at low tide.

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Extended Learning Opportunity Program Sends JBHS Students into the World

By Nancy Beal

High school education these days does not take place just within classrooms. Earlier this month, Corrie Hunkler described a program she supervises at Jonesport-Beals High School that offers instruction and reflection out in the real world, with a goal of guiding teenagers in directions that interest and challenge them—and that may steer them into career fields that are compatible and achievable for their individual make-ups. Her presentation was made at the school’s monthly board meeting on Jan. 17.

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Captain Jack is Back: Knot Tying Workshop Returns to the LCOC on Feb. 3

The Lubec Community Outreach Center (LCOC) is pleased to announce a Knot Tying Workshop on Saturday, Feb. 3, from 10 to 11:30 a.m. 

This is a repeat of an earlier knot tying workshop, which proved to be extremely well attended and much enjoyed. The LCOC is happy to bring back the workshop and its co-leaders, Captain John “Jack” Lynskey and retired fisherman Nathan Dunford, for a second round!

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UMM Professor Using DNA to Solve Wildlife Crimes

Gerry Zegers, associate research professor of biology at the University of Maine at Machias, knows that a career in biology is about more than just working in a lab. Zegers uses his DNA analysis skills to help solve wildlife-related crimes — and he is teaching his students how to do the same.

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Quoddy Voices Community Chorus to Resume

Weekly rehearsals for Quoddy Voices’ spring season, under the direction of Gene Nichols, will begin Wednesday, Feb. 7, 6-8 p.m. at Eastport Arts Center. A diverse program celebrating 'People, Places, and Spring' is planned for the international community chorus. (Returning participants: please make note of the change from Tuesdays to Wednesdays). Performances are scheduled for May 3-5. The group welcomes new singers with no audition required.

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Soctomah to Present Documentary for Sunday Series

EAC's Sunday Afternoons at the Arts Center series continues on Feb. 4 at 3 p.m., when Donald Soctomah will present a screening of Ntolonapemk: Our Ancestors’ Place, a 2006 film, which documents the cleanup of one of the most contaminated sites in Maine. In earlier times, Ntolonapemk was one of the sites of a Passamaquoddy village. For thousands of years, people would come to this spot to harvest great numbers of fish on their annual run up the Dennys River. A true success story, the film chronicles the site’s cleaning and return to the Passamaquoddy people.

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Washington County GOP Region 2 Caucus Rescheduled, Monthly Meeting in Calais Feb. 8

The Washington County Region 2 Republican Caucus originally scheduled for Jan. 26 has been rescheduled for Feb. 8 at 4:30 p.m. at Calais High School. Following the caucus, the committee will have a potluck supper at 5:30 and regular monthly meeting at 6 p.m. As of press time, Representative Austin Theriault (R-Fort Kent) who is vying for the Republican nomination for Maine’s Second Congressional district with fellow Republican Mike Soboleski of Phillips, will be in attendance, as will Republican candidates for state office.

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Eminent Domain Hearing on Port Road Properties in Starboard Divides Town

By Paul Sylvain

Citing “an abundance of caution” and in an effort “to ensure transparency,” Machiasport town officials moved late on Jan. 19 to postpone a public hearing scheduled three days later to consider taking, by eminent domain, private property in Starboard to preserve public access to Starboard Beach, the Point of Maine, and a pair of islands accessible at low tide.

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