The Nature of Phenology: Snow Flies

by Hazel Stark

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Feds propose new whale regulations

by Nancy Beal

The long-awaited federal proposal for intensifying the rules under which commercial lobstermen are allowed to fish in the Gulf of Maine was made public last week. On December 31, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) issued a proposed “Risk Reduction Rule” to modify the Atlantic Large Whale Take Reduction Plan. These are its recommendations for enhanced restrictions on already existing rules concerning the configuration of gear that involves vertical lines in the water.

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Norman Nelson: a community institution now 10 years gone

by Ruth Leubecker

Norman Nelson, a lively lover of life with extraordinary talents and life experiences, passed away a decade ago this season.

He was always a man about town with many irons in the fire, but his variegated career resume and his ever-ready willingness to jump in and try something new made him a standout right up until his death at 92.

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Machias Valley Baptist gets head start on Operation Christmas Child

by Natalie Boomer

The Machias Valley Baptist Church is hosting Operation Christmas Child in a new way. Instead of filling shoeboxes with necessities for children in need at the end of the year, they are asking for donations throughout the entire year to make it easier for the community.

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COVID-19 update: Schools open, courthouse closed

by Sarah Craighead Dedmon

Washington County added two more deaths and two new hospitalizations to its tally in late December, bringing the county’s total hospitalizations to 19 and the total number of residents who have died with COVID-19 to four.

In line with a statewide trend, the county’s case count nearly doubled last month, climbing from 193 on Dec. 1, 2020, to 377 on Dec. 31, 2020. Statewide, Maine’s cumulative case totals climbed from 11,976 on Dec. 1 to 24,201 on New Year’s Eve.

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DECH welcomes first baby of 2021 on New Year’s Day

Down East Community Hospital welcomes its first baby of 2021!  Amber Norton gave birth to Neil Raymond Horn on Friday, Jan. 1 at 7:20 p.m.  Neil, who weighed in at 8 pounds, 10 ounces, is the wonderful addition to the family of Amber Norton and Calvin Horn and his two “big” sisters Audree and Brielle.

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Navy veteran proud to be descendent of Roger Williams

Robert Morris is a true son of New England. Born in Attleboro, Massachusetts, he’s a descendent of Roger Williams, the founder of Rhode Island, and Lucius Garvin, the governor of Rhode Island.

Bob’s parents, Garvin and Helen Buffinton Morris moved Bob and his siblings, Garvin Jr., John, and Judith to Lonsdale, Rhode Island, when they were young, and then to Cumberland, Rhode Island, in the village of Arnold Mills.

The Morris family were avid worshippers and found a home at Arnold Mills Methodist Church.

Bob follows the education path

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Out and About in Columbia

Another year is upon us and I wonder what will be in store for everyone. Will the coronavirus get worse or will we be able to get control of it and stop it? No one really knows for sure.

2020 was sure different for all of us, school not being in, remote learning, no after school activities for the students, delivering lunches to the students three times a week last spring and having to wear face masks.

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Sea Rhymes online musical event Jan. 19

The Pembroke Historical Society invites you to participate in a sharing of traditional and contemporary songs and poems of seafaring and coastal life.  You may sing a chantey, a ditty, a ballad, or a hymn with a maritime theme, or recite a poem, or just enjoy listening to others. "SEA RHYMES" will be presented via Zoom, on Tuesday, Jan. 19, at 6 p.m. Eastern Standard Time.  We expect to have presenters not only from the State of Maine, but from many parts of the United States and Canada.

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The Nature of Phenology: Sea smoke

by Joseph Horn

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