Jonesport Elementary School graduation, class trip rumors aired, addressed; consensus on the horizon

by Nancy Beal

Rumors abounded in Jonesport recently that the elementary school board and superintendent were conspiring to cancel eighth-grade graduation ceremonies and the class trip that traditionally follows brought over 40 Jonesporters to the JES library Nov. 2, where the school board was holding its monthly meeting. In a straw poll called for early in discussion, they registered unanimous opposition to the change.

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WA Raider volleyball dominance continues

by Phil Stuart

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Washington County 1 of 2 selected for NASA space grant funding

bluShift Aerospace and the Maine Space Grant Consortium announced last week that they are collaborating with Educate Maine and MaxIQ Space to deliver K-12 Space STEM programs in two northern Maine counties. A member of their team will be traveling to Aroostook and Washington counties next Wednesday and Thursday to hold public educational forums.

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Polls, press, propaganda, and predictions

by Jonathan Reisman

 

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Community Chorus to present 'A Harvest of Song'

Quoddy Voices, our region's community chorus, once again takes the stage with a pair of concerts on Friday, November 18, at 7 p.m., and Sunday, November 20, at 3 p.m., at Eastport Arts Center. The chorus’ program, ‘A Harvest of Song,’ celebrates the season of thanksgiving as well as the upcoming feast day of St. Cecilia, the patron saint of musicians. 

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The Nature of Phenology: Oak apple galls

by Hazel Stark

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Brewer deferrals mean cancer patients now drive even further for treatment

by Sarah Craighead Dedmon

Service deferrals at a Penobscot County cancer care center mean Washington County cancer patients must drive even further for care, or delay it.

Almost all Washington County cancer patients receive treatments at the Lafayette Family Cancer Institute in Brewer, says East Machias Family Nurse Practitioner Christine Moulton, but three months ago, Lafayette stopped accepting most new patients. 

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Washington County sees new residents, higher home prices

by Joyce Kryszak, Maine Monitor

Hope and Despair, the tiny twin islands perched near the mouth of Little Kennebec Bay, could serve as an allegory for Washington County. Beleaguered by boom and bust since the demise of the canning factories that used to line the coast, the once-thriving region has nearly drowned beneath unfulfilled plans and promises.

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Jonesport liquor vote will exclude Sundays

by Nancy Beal 

The inadvertent addition of three words to state-provided language for a liquor referendum in Jonesport has caused its selectmen to pull it from next week’s ballot and to post signs telling voters to ignore the question.

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Machias Savings Bank makes $250k donation to support Maine’s lobster industry

Machias Savings Bank (MSB) announced last week that it will donate $250,000 to the Maine Lobstermen’s Association’s (MLA) Save Maine Lobstermen campaign. The donation comes after a federal appeals court granted a motion to expedite the MLA’s appeal of a decision in its lawsuit against National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS). The MLA seeks to reverse what it calls a scientifically flawed federal whale plan that will cripple Maine’s lobster industry and negatively impact the economy of Maine and our coastal communities.

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