Obituary - Donald McKinnon

LACONIA, NH – Donald McKinnon, 85, of Laconia, founder and former owner of the Ridgewood, N.J. Cycle Shop, died Thursday, July 1, 2021, at Dartmouth Hitchcock Hospital in Lebanon.

Mr. McKinnon was born December 15, 1935, in Paterson, NJ, the son of the late John and Bertha (Nyenhouse) McKinnon. He grew up in Ridgewood and attended community schools.

In 1955, he joined the Army and served in Germany. He was honorably discharged in 1957 as a specialist fourth class, specializing in weapons and mechanics.

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New Machias board talks goals, public concerts, and town staffing

by Sarah Craighead Dedmon

 

New selectboard members Carole Porcher and Sandra Sinford continued learning the technical ropes of their new positions at the current board’s second meeting held Wednesday, June 30. Porcher and Sinford were elected on June 8, returning the board to its full, five-person membership after more than a year with four members due to the death of Dr. James Whalen. Sinford has previously served as selectman. 

 

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Loopholes in federal broadband funding will confront rural needs

by Ruth Leubecker

 

Leveling the broadband playing field has taken a step forward in tackling major hurdles facing rural areas, courtesy of how federal funds will be doled out throughout Maine.

 

“The town funding will flow through the state, but all towns have to have some kind of a plan in place for this to happen,” says Peggy Schaffer, director of ConnectME. “The treasury is giving out this money, and in order to be unserved, everybody has to be able to get 25/3.” (The definition of unserved is 25 megabits down, 3 megabits up.)

 

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Monthly child tax credit begins July 15

by Jayna Smith

 

Many people will soon be receiving monthly Child Tax Credits. This is due to the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) of 2021, which is expanding the tax credit.

 

Instead of a yearly tax credit, however, advance payments will be received by those who qualify on a monthly basis. Those payments are set to begin on July 15 and will continue mid-month through December.

 

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Beals voters approve revised harbor ordinance, float money

by Nancy Beal

 

An effort to revise and update Beals’ 2004 Harbor & Coastal Waters Ordinance has been underway for over a year, when Paula McCormack was voted onto the board of selectmen in March 2020. Working with the town’s attorney to make adjustments that accounted for changes in state statute (M.R.S. 30-A), she presented a revision to the town’s harbor committee May 12. Following the committee’s approval, she scheduled a public hearing, followed by an (approving) vote last week (June 29).

 

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Town costs for storm damage near $200k

by Sarah Craighead Dedmon

 

Three towns and one private homeowners’ association will pay a combined $200,000 to repair road damages from a June 9 thunderstorm that dropped up to 7” of rain in two hours, creating flash flood events in Machias, Roque Bluffs, Jonesboro, and Machiasport. 

 

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Maine’s state of civil emergency comes to an end

by Jayna Smith

 

On Wednesday, June 30, Maine officials held the last of the scheduled COVID-19 briefings as the state’s civil emergency came to an end.

 

The state of civil emergency was put into effect by Gov. Janet Mills on March 15, 2020, three days after the first reported case of coronavirus in the state, and extended times.

 

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Jonesport fishfarm gets DEP wastewater discharge permit; Kingfish brings chef, yellowtail samples to Moosabec 4th

by Nancy Beal

 

When two dozen Moosabeckers showed up on the library lawn last week for Kingfish Maine’s contribution to their July 4th celebration, they were in search of renowned chef Bardon Seaver, his ideas on sustainable fisheries, and a chance to sample some grilled yellowtail that Kingfish intends to grow after building a $100 million land-based fish farm in Jonesport.

 

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Freedom Studies

by Jonathan Reisman

 

Last week America celebrated our 245th Birthday as an independent nation dedicated to freedom.  One group of Americans has rejected that Birthday and cultural inheritance, arguing the country was actually founded in 1619 and is irredeemably dedicated to racism and oppression. Those dissidents are entitled by our Constitution to their views. My own 1st Amendment-protected (for now) opinion is that the identitarian racist Black Lives Matter/Antifa/ Democrat/ Biden voter/ critical race theory left is an existential threat to freedom. 

 

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Local artists donate talents to Chair-ity Auction

Women for Healthy Rural Living will hold a “Chair-ity” Auction from July 22 to Aug. 1 to raise funds for Milbridge Commons Wellness Park.  The on-line auction will feature ten Adirondack chairs, each painted by a different artist.  The chairs will be on display at Milbridge Commons on Saturday, July 31 from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. during the annual Milbridge Days festivities. The online auction will also run from July 22 to Aug. 1.

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