State applies for windfarm permit, Maine lobstering union files lawsuit

by Nancy Beal

A non-commercial research windfarm in 15 square miles of the Gulf of Maine due south of Monhegan Island and east of Kennebunkport is the objective of an application that the Maine Governor’s Energy Office (GEO) submitted last week to the federal Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM). It is the first step in one of Gov. Janet Mills’ signature policy initiatives: bringing Maine to a position to require 100 percent renewable energy use by the year 2050.

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Nursing homes follow the money in survival struggle

by Ruth Leubecker

Maine’s fast-moving aging demographic is now dealing with a nursing-home crisis moving mightily in the opposite direction.

“We’re working on this piece by piece,” explains Rep, Anne Perry, of current legislative action. “But the main problem is MaineCare pays for it. And MaineCare, paying 90 percent-plus, is not sustainable (with its present reimbursements).” 

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Board talks Machias dike, police chief, lack of veterinarians

by Sarah Craighead Dedmon

What goes on top of the future Machias dike was the first subject of discussion at the Sept. 29 meeting of the Machias Board of Selectmen. Maine Department of Transportation (DOT) Project Manager Martin Rooney traveled from Augusta to speak to the board and was introduced by town manager Bill Kitchen.

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Washington County COVID-19 update: Local cases surge, national cases decline

by Sarah Craighead Dedmon

Washington County last week nearly doubled its record for weekly cases since the beginning of the pandemic. The previous high of 88 cases was reported in the week ending Sept. 18, and the week ending Oct. 2 reported 170 new cases. Maine Center for Disease Control Director Nirav Shah attributes a statewide increase in cases to the highly contagious Delta variant.

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Federal funding puts Calais one step closer to new senior housing

by Jayna Smith

“It’s a win for Calais,” said Tom Michaud, executive director of Sunrise Opportunities, speaking of the plans for a complete overhaul and reimplementation of senior housing at the former St. Croix Apartments building. 

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Redistricting: The Gerry Meander

by Jonathan Reisman

 

We live (at least for now) in a republic- a representative democracy. By constitutional, statutory and judicial decree, representation should be apportioned fairly and equitably amongst and within the states, and citizens are guaranteed a republican (meaning representative democracy) form of government. Every ten years the census measures our population, and redistricting efforts commence thereafter in each state to supposedly assure a fair, equitable, compact, contiguous and reasonable reapportionment. 

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A trip down south

by Wayne Smith

I have so many fond memories when I visit my nieces and nephews down in Brunswick. It’s always a good time, sharing conversation, reflecting on the past and present times. Reflecting on life in general. The times of telling that funny joke. The times I went to their school functions. This article is dear to me and it sums up what good times that I want to share with the readers.

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Shortage of workers in the state results from COVID-19, plus an aging population

by Gordon L. Weil - Maine Monitor

Help wanted.

These words are usually a sign of prosperity and opportunity. Now they are a symbol of frustration as employers search in vain for workers. 

The conventional wisdom had been that when COVID-19 cases went down, so would unemployment. Some maintained that federal unemployment benefits were discouraging people from job seeking, but that would change once the benefits ended.

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The Nature of Phenology: Those tropical trees

by Joseph Horn

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Kitchen accepts town manager position: ‘This is the time for Machias’

by Sarah Craighead Dedmon

Bill Kitchen says he was delighted to accept the position of Machias Town Manager when it was offered to him last week. Kitchen was hired after a Sept. 22 meeting of the town’s eight-person search committee, which reviewed 12 applicants and voted unanimously in his favor. 

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